Online Performance Art Festival Open Call to Artists, Deadline Oct 14th




The 1st Online Performance Art FESTIVAL was held in July 2016, with 20 artists performing in an event created by Sandra Bozic. During the festival, live  “Online Performance”  went out directly onto digital devices. As with anything new, it takes time to grow. The 2nd Online Performance Art Festival is expected to be even larger and will last for four days.

If you are interested in showing your work as online performance art, apply here. Submit your proposals and projects!

The 2nd Online Performance Art Festival will take place October 20-23rd 2016 on the festival website here.



You can apply with max 2 works per person/group. Application form


Open Call for you to apply with your performance art works for the 2nd Online Performance Art Festival, that will take place on the website


Instagram Graphic Novel Shines Critical Light on American Corporate Business


Los Angeles born artist touches global nerve with endearing character who calls out polluters, chemical companies, and corrupt government officials.

SANTA BARBARA, CA (Sept. 1, 2016) — The Creature NU” has blossomed into an international phenomenon on Instagram, currently considered leading social media outlet for the Arts. Los Angeles native, Metrov—painter, filmmaker, writer, & designer—chose Instagram to launch his sustainability awareness campaign. With strong support from #organicmoms and other eco-friendly groups, Metrov’s unorthodox tale has quickly garnered an army of passionate “Green” followers.

“For quite some time,” says Metrov, I’d been looking for ways to integrate messages of sustainability into my work. I wanted to do my part as an artist. When Leonardo DiCaprio purchased an artwork on Instagram, the entire art world, it seemed, boarded the burgeoning social media platform. Artist Amalia Ulman’s make-believe Instagram story about a troubled Beverly Hills socialite landed her a show at London’s Tate Museum. I knew Instagram would be The Creature NU’s stage.

   NU, a small, loveable, noble savage, embarks on a mission to Earth to “find out what’s gone wrong.” In the beginning, he discovers spectacular, natural grandeur. But as he travels across America, he falls ill from toxic drinking water. He witnesses the horrors of strip mining, morbid obesity, and land forever destroyed by oil production. He meets other creatures who tell him he must go to Wall Street to find the perpetrators. When he arrives, however, he’s taken in by a gang of uber rich, subterranean rats who secretly control the stock market. It’s not until he falls for the allure of materialism, acquires his own wealth, then becomes homeless and nearly dies from cancer, that the Creature NU finally awakens to his destiny—to become a sustainability role model for the youth of the world.

Metrov began his career as portraitist for superstars like Margaux Hemingway and Mick Jagger. His work is exhibited and collected internationally, though his priority is to explorethe ever-evolving potential of artistic mediums and technologies.” Learn about All Things NU at:

Intrusion, S. Richard (Dick) Shook

The Figurative Paintings of Richard “Dick” Shook

Intrusion, S. Richard (Dick) Shook

Intrusion, S. Richard (Dick) Shook


The title of this painting Intrusion (Portrait of Sarah Z.) hints at an interruption in the contemplative mood of this young woman sitting and casually eating fruit. What is the intrusion? Her gaze directs us toward the answer to that question– in the shiny surface of the pot holding flowers we see a reflection of a man opening a door.

Weeks ago, I was privileged enough to view an early stage of this painting (below). You can see how the artist, Richard Shook aka Dick Shook continued to develop the painting, completing it very recently.

Intrusion (In Progress), S. Richard (Dick) Shook

Intrusion (In Progress), S. Richard (Dick) Shook


To take it further, we are wondering if perhaps the intrusion or intruder in the painting is the artist himself entering Sarah Z.’s private world? Or the intruding man in the door may be a metaphorical reference to represent interruptions in the artist’s contemplative painting practice– such as those he experiences on a daily basis that take him away from his work.

“I’ve been very focused on finding “myself” and refining my craft in terms of color palette and process, ” says the artist Richard (Dick) Shook.  “The new piece is the best one, at least for me, so far.  I suppose that’s always the case in my world.  I keep after the idea that there is always something “more” in the way of something like a religious mystery.  I do five or ten things that I like, but don’t blow me away.  It’s that next one that I’m looking for.”


Richard (Dick) Shook has also been at work on a series of paintings of dancers, saying–“Dance provides some of the most interesting figurative possibilities.” The artist also has plans to paint a large-scale multi-figure painting of dancers.

Dance--Lindsey, S. Richard (Dick) Shook

Dance–Lindsey, S. Richard (Dick) Shook


He let us know about his plans, and informed us of his process by saying–“As far as the dancers go, I’ve been working on a group painting of twelve dancing princesses. Only recently did I get sufficient reference photos from my sessions with the dancers to take that a little further. My first idea with this was to make it huge, I was going to try to raise the funds to do it (the twelve dancing princesses) for our public library, but as so often happens they’ve been stuck in non-deliberation.  In any case, I like to do large paintings.  It’s been hard to get me into the small range.  So I’m always on the lookout for venues that can accommodate the bigger things.  I do pretty well, though, in the 30 x 40 ish range, in part because they are the easiest to haul around.”

Weightless, S. Richard (Dick) shook, Collection of the Health Dept

Weightless, oil painting on linen, 48 x 72 inches, S. Richard (Dick) shook, Collection of the Polk County Health Department, Des Moines, Iowa


S.Richard (Dick) Shook has completed several multi-figure public art paintings, including the painting of swimmers in a pool, above, titled Weightless– the second in a series of three paintings that he created for the Healthy Living/Healthy Life Art Initiative for the Polk County Health Department of Des Moines, Iowa, USA.


Bike Club, S. Richard (Dick) Shook, in the Collection of the Polk County Health Dept of DesMoines, Iowa

Bike Club, S. Richard (Dick) Shook, in the Collection of the Polk County Health Department of Des Moines, Iowa


Bike Club was painted for the Polk County Health Department–completed in 2012–this, the first of the artist’s three large paintings to promote healthy lifestyles.

“I, too, enjoy the paintings with more figures.  I like them all tangled up and in interaction because, that’s life and it’s more fun that way.  I’m anxious that my future work have a good home, or that I can afford to have a place to store it.  No more room in my studio and house.  But the biggest thing for me is to keep after my muses, to get these things out of my head and into the real world. where people can enjoy them.”

One on One, S. Richard (Dick) Shook, in the Collection of the Polk Country Health Dept, Des Moines, Iowa

One on One, S. Richard (Dick) Shook, in the Collection of the Polk County Health Department, Des Moines, Iowa


You can find out more about these paintings on the artist’s website and view many more artworks by this wonderful artist.


Featured Post in the Art Category on Niume

My article published on Niume is now featured  in the Art category and they’ve given me a gold badge for one week–which means the articles I publish on the platform this week will receive some extra attention.

If you have powerful work that’s not getting enough visibility, then follow me on Niume here and send me a message with a link to your site where I can view your art.





Enchanted Forrest, Pat Timbrook

Featured #Artist Pat Timbrook


JUXT, Pat Timbrook

JUXT, Pat Timbrook


American artist Pat Timbrook is a full-time fine art painter living in the state of West Virginia. Pat has sold many of her large abstract acrylic paintings over the years. But, in September 2016, Pat began a new venture with the owner a local clothing boutique called MIXX. The artist placed many of her small abstract paintings on display in the boutique, using ART-to-Go as her selling point. That is, making small and affordable pieces that are easy for buyers to purchase and carry home. She develop this sales concept, reaching out to fashion conscious shoppers, after coming to the conclusion that not many people in her area knew how or where to purchase art locally. Pat knows that not everyone can afford to make a large art purchase, so she wanted to offer an easy option to buyers to own her smaller works. “There are still many people whom we know who cannot afford art at big prices. The clientele of MIXX varies in income range. Plus, we have factored in other business possibilities to help make this work. It’s a new venue for the boutique owner and for me as an artist,” says Pat Timbrook.



April 2016, Pat Timbrook


Apart from all the works shown on her websites here, and her ART-to-Go sales project, Pat has also taken up another new art project. This year, she completing 10 contemporary abstract acrylic paintings in her series called Flowers for Vince. These paintings will be used for prints sales to raise funds for a children’s charity organization in the Philippines called, founded and run by her close friends Bryan and Diane Thomas. The purpose of this painting series is to honor Vince, a five-year-old child at the children’s home, who was killed by a car in the Spring of 2016 as he played in the street. Sale of prints from the paintings will also help fund the children’s organization.



Enchanted Forrest, Pat Timbrook


Also in 2016, Pat Timbrook has painted over 90 acrylic paintings on canvas  in her Flowers in Vases series and will be painting many more before the end of this year.


Flowers For Vince, Pat Timbrook

Flowers For Vince 1100, Pat Timbrook


Flowers for Vince 1400, Pat TImbrook

Flowers for Vince 1400, Pat TImbrook


Pat Timbrook began painting in 1997. She acquired her art education through self-directed independent study at Frostburg University, in Frostburg, Maryland with mentoring by Gay Holland. She attends annual seminars of the Society of children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in California. In 2011, her painting Pairings was selected out of over 500 entries as winner of the DesignaWineLabel National Art Competition sponsored by Darden Restaurants and Capital Grille Restaurants for its fundraising charity event Share Our Strength

Paintings of Pat Timbrook have been exhibited in national and international juried shows, including at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City; and the Art Rom Gallery, Italy, and her paintings are in several corporate and public art collections.

Pat Timbrook will have her first duo-show exhibition in October 2016 at the Manhattan Gold & Gallery in Cumberland, Maryland.


Find out more about the artist and view more of Pat Timbrook’s paintings on her website

Follow Pat Timbrook on Twitter here @REDRubyart, on Facebook here and here.

Follow Pat Timbrook on Instagram here.

Metrov with first stainless steel “NU”



Researching megastar artist, Takashi Murakami, I learned he first made millions from his business, Kaikaikiki, a commercial art production company. He was able to use this money to create larger scale works for the Fine Art arena. Similarly, Jeff Koons became a Wall Street broker to earn the money to finance his early works. This strategy of creating multiple income streams to survive and prosper as an artist applies not only to superstars, but to us every day creators as well.

I set out to produce what I call a “Commercial Fine Art” product… something I could readily manufacture in small quantities on my own in order to get the ball rolling; something, however, that could eventually sell in volume to develop a substantial revenue stream; something that would be a fit for high-end gift shops, department stores, and other outlets. In the past, this would have been frowned upon in the Fine Art World. Now it is not only acceptable, but expected. I spent the last several years trying a variety of ideas and experimenting with all the materials (traditional and new) I could lay my hands on. The road was rockier than expected.

Among the first products I developed were 3D acrylic works. I had my own designs and artwork printed on clear, Plexiglas panels, then used stand-offs to arrange them two or three panels deep.

"3D Tara Goddess Supreme with Pink Dots." (2015) Three layers of acrylic art held apart by brushed nickel stand-offs mounted to a wall; 36" x 52"

“3D Tara Goddess Supreme with Pink Dots.” (2015)
Three layers of acrylic art held apart by brushed nickel stand-offs mounted to a wall; 36″ x 52″


I also layered translucent, acrylic artwork inside shadow boxes, and as free-standing pieces, edge-lit with LED strip lighting.


"3D Tara Goddess Lightbox-Dot Gate" (2014) Three layers of acrylic art in black wooden box, edge-lit by adjustable LED lighting.

“3D Tara Goddess Lightbox-Dot Gate” (2014)
Three layers of acrylic art in black wooden box, edge-lit by adjustable LED lighting.


The results were often lovely, but acrylic prints are quirky and don’t always end up looking the way they are visualized in Photoshop, particularly when employing translucent effects and adding LED edge lighting (fyi, some acrylic sheets distribute the edge lighting evenly, some do not). And if the visual effect doesn’t work, guess what… the printed acrylic sheets are a bust, meaning money down the drain. But the biggest challenge was working with the acrylic itself. Without precision manufacturing equipment, it’s difficult to cut or drill, and often breaks where it should not. Additionally, cutting acrylic makes a huge mess… dust goes everywhere. My studio was not the ideal place to construct these pieces. I’d need a full-blown factory style workshop. Back to the drawing board.

I decided to see if I could reasonably produce one of my 3D models. I’d been creating sculptures in “Blender,” a free, open source, 3D modeling/animation software that’s equivalent to its professional counterparts costing many thousands of dollars. Not an easy learning curve, but very rewarding once you figure it out. (It only took me about five years, off and on, but that was learning on my own via Youtube tutorials.) The awesome thing about creating digital-based sculpture is that I can email the computer file to a foundry in China where they will 3D print it any size, and from that 3D print, form a mold. And from that, the work can be cast in a wide range of materials.

I’d created a character called “NU,” deceptively naïve, even cartoon-like in appearance, but part of a much larger installation series, “MYTH OF PAX: BEAR GODDESS,” 

which is very much on the frontiers of cutting edge fine art. Previously, I’d ordered the first casting as a nine inch, stainless steel sculpture. The results were magnificent, but costly. The stainless steel version of NU would have to retail at around $6,000.00, not exactly commercial department store faire.


Metrov with first stainless steel “NU”

Metrov with first stainless steel “NU”

At any rate, I decided NU would be my first “Commercial Fine Art” product, as it seems to have the “cute” factor going for it, and everyone loves “cute.”

So, how to produce the Commercial Fine Art version of NU? I began to experiment with materials and processes… wood, clay, metal, concrete, cardboard, Styrofoam, and more. Because of his unique shapes, NU would be difficult to make using any of these materials. Either that, or the materials just wouldn’t work at all. For example, I thought ceramic was surely the answer. After experimenting with various, slipcasting prototypes, I found out my design would not hold up in the “firing” process. I won’t go into detail about all the different things I tried, but when you’re researching, and ordering stuff, and waiting for it to arrive, and then finding time to actually assemble your ideas, time passes quickly… in this case, R&D, including the acrylic works, took years.

At last, I discovered “Ponoko,” a company that can cut out small designs from a variety of materials using a standard laser cutting technique. A lot of artists use Ponoko to produce jewelry and small figurines. Ponoko also does 3D printing, but sadly 3D printing is not yet ready for prime time—you end up with a rough, gritty surface. It also gets quite expensive. For example, I would have loved to have small NUs 3D printed in a metal like stainless steel or bronze, but the cost was in the thousands for a single 5” inch high figure.

However, laser cutting, which employs a 2D design format (even something as simple as an Illustrator .eps file), is far more cost-effective. I placed my first order for a 4” NU. The results were promising. Laser cutting is precise, and I was able to order ten figures cut from bamboo for around $200. So cost, not including my labor to finish, is around $20 each. And these days Fine Art Toys are selling anywhere between $150-250 bucks (and that’s for mass-produced, injection mold figures which are never touched by the artist’s hands). I also wanted something a little fancier than just a cut-out. Laser cutting can also make engraved areas which allowed me to have inlays made from a different material. This was getting exciting now. I really wanted the inlay pieces to be made from some kind of metal. Alas, Ponoko can’t laser cut metal. I reluctantly settled for black plastic in my excitement to get something finished.

I decided to “distress” the wooden bodies so they had an antique look. I also had to glue feet on because the cut-outs (only 1/4” thick) won’t stand on their own. After staining the wood, I glued the plastic inlay parts on by hand. I thought I’d done it, at lasta product I could reasonably produce on my own without a lot of initial headache and expenditure. (Injection molding runs around $20-30k for a minimum run.)


Early NU’s—waiting for the stain to dry. Note the engraved areas where inlays will be inserted.

Early NU’s—waiting for the stain to dry. Note the engraved areas where inlays will be inserted.

One of my plans for these figurines is to send them as gifts to gallery owners in New York and Los Angeles. After a couple of weeks, I realized, no matter how cute, I couldn’t send a hand-finished figurine that used plastic. Damn! I really wanted those metal inlays. Back to research. Fortunately, I found a company called “Pololu,” similar to Ponoko, but they laser cut metal! I ordered another batch of wooden figures with thin steel inlay parts. They arrived… and everything was magnificent, perfect, beyond my expectations. Still, I had to distress the wood, stain the metal, and glue everything together, but the parts fit together perfectly.

Meanwhile, during all this R & D, I was also researching the best gift packaging materials… another grueling excursion into the unknown. After looking at literally thousands of styles of gift boxes and stuffing materials, I finally found the perfect one—and this is big—one that was the perfect dimensions. AND I was able to order them in small quantities whereas most companies have minimum orders of hundreds. After years of sweat and failures, the NU Fine Art Figurine was ready at last.


Frame #23 from the Instagram Series: SAGA OF NU

Frame #23 from the Instagram Series: SAGA OF NU


 Next: How to sell NUs? I knew I wanted to eventually sell the figurines in large quantities… that’s where the real income would beincome potentially large enough to support my household, studio operations, and my more ambitious fine art projects. I knew you could submit products to high-end retail chains like “Restoration Hardware” and others. I also figured I could put them into museum and other gift shops. Still, it would be an “iffy” proposition. What if, after all that work, they didn’t sell? Unacceptable.

Because of my background writing film and novels, it occurred to me I might craft a kind of graphic novel using still images. I thought if I could capture the attention of my target audience, and get them emotionally involved with NU, they would help me spread the word. I could also have NU contests and give some away free. I decided to go this route… and I would not even hint at selling anything… not until my customers were hooked.

Crafting a compelling story using small still frames means you have to come up with a very succinct way of writing. You must convey as much as possible in one or two short phrases. Not to mention, of course, your visuals better be pretty damned exciting. I love taking photographs, especially of natural beauty, and have done so in my travels for many years, so I have a large archive of images I could use as backgrounds. I also had experience combining digital characters with real photos (sort of like the FX process used in LORD OF THE RINGS.)


Frame #37 from the Instagram Series: SAGA OF NU

Frame #37 from the Instagram Series: SAGA OF NU

I put “selling” aside, and got to work writing the SAGA OF NU. From my past experience in online marketing, I knew that it can typically take three years for something to catch on with a target audience. I also knew that “marketing” was something you’d have to keep doing for a long time, conceivably for the rest of your life if you’re talking about your art. So you’d better be marketing something you’re really passionate about; it had better be your Primary Mission in Lifethe Reason You’re On This Planetif you’re going to stick with it. Otherwise, you’re gonna burn out on the process, something I’d also experienced in the past.

I decided to start writing without a detailed outline… I wanted the story to be spontaneous. Early on, I realized NU could be a champion for things that are dear to my heart… socio-political causes which, fortunately, are embraced by the Art World. The Creature NU, quickly became an advocate for the environment, sustainability, love vs fear, the value of Living in the Now, and my vision of reinstating dignity and integrity to the Human Race (as opposed to the superficial, sickness-ridden, Market Society that is now the Mainstream).

Like the character, the SAGA OF NU starts off seemingly childlike and innocent. But the tale gradually grows darker and more surreal. NU himself falls victim to the allure of materialism. He will forget his ideals, succumb to greed, and eventually get a terrible, but common disease. It’s not until he almost dies, that he has an epiphany and evolves into the true hero he is meant to be.

So that’s where we are today. Fortunately, the Creature NU is gaining momentum on Instagram with over 35k followers at the time of this writing. The hub for the NU Project is where you can see the NU video, as well as visit the Instagram graphic novel and the NU Gear Etsy store. If you like NU, and share his ideals, then your support would be much appreciated. Follow NU, and invite your friends to do the same. As we all know, the artist who thrives off his art is the artist who establishes multiple revenue streams. This is true even for the fortunate few who have top tier gallery and museum representation. Whether I can sell figurines in the thousands, even millions, remains to be seen. But I sure plan to give him my best shot. (Move over Murakami!) I’ll start off with a Special Limited Edition until enough financing comes in for mass-produced versions.

Wish me luck, folks. I hope you find this story inspirational for your own creative endeavors in supporting your Art. Be Positive, Confident, and Never Give Up! And perhaps most importantly… HAVE FUN!

“NU—Vintage Series” Special Limited Edition 1500; wood and stained steel; 5” high—now available at Etsy! Gift wrapped with Hang Tag (also included on cards: Legend & Certificate of Ownership)

“NU—Vintage Series” Special Limited Edition 1500; wood and stained steel; 5” high—now available at Etsy!
Gift wrapped with Hang Tag (also included on cards: Legend & Certificate of Ownership)


Now an international symbol of Sustainability, the Creature
without compromising ours.



Do You NU?

From the lineage of the great Gregory Gillespie, Metrov has been impacting the Fine Arts for over 35 years. His work resides in collections around the world, including those of celebrities like Mick Jagger, the Hemingways, and Academy Award winner, Robert Zemeckis. He is also an author, filmmaker, and environmental advocate who lives in Southern California.

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The Drawing Academy Online Course and Art Community

silverpoint portrait, Vladimir London

silverpoint portrait, Vladimir London


Drawing Academy is the online drawing course and art community where art students from all over the world can learn how to draw in comfort of their homes, rely on art teachers’ support, get critiques on their artworks, publish their art online and get feedback from fellow students and website visitors. You can learn how to draw whatever you see or imagine with this online Drawing Course and with the benefit of the support of The Drawing Academy’s Art Community.

Drawing Academy was founded and is led by professional fine artists and art teachers, introduced to you in this video–



Even if you have already attended art school for your BFA or MFA you likely could use more time and attention focused on your drawing practice. Perhaps you always wanted to try silver point drawing techniques, or you are interested in exploring ancient art theories.  Many of the Drawing Academy drawing lessons are advanced and have a European or classical focus, such as Drawing Lesson 24, Part 1, on the golden proportions of a human body and universal principles present in nature, science, and art. You can watch a free video lessons here to help you decide if this course is for you.

The course includes free downloads of art books and albums, such as the ancient art book dating from 1532, Albrecht Durer – De Symmetria



In the Art Community you can ask tutors questions, write articles about classical art and get the drawing course free, and enter Drawing Academy art competitions. What this short video on what makes the Drawing Academy Unique and how to enroll–


This drawing course is focusing on teaching traditional drawing skills that are no longer covered in depth in contemporary art colleges. The Drawing Academy’s curriculum includes fundamental principles of constructive drawing, linear and aerial perspective, golden proportions, rules of composition, human anatomy, and even some almost lost techniques of the Old Masters like Gold- and Silver-point drawing that is not taught in any other art institutions. These fundamental rules and know-how of drawing give art student ability to draw whatever they see, think or imagine.

I contacted Vladimir London, Drawing Academy tutor, here’s what he says:

“Improving drawing skills is not a project, it is a life-long process. That is why in our drawing course students get a lifetime membership. Drawing Academy is the only place where art students also receive a lifetime personal support from the Academy tutors. This support comes at no extra charge. I think you would agree that Drawing Academy is special.”

The Drawing Academy’s teaching method is based on the principle “Draw what you know, not what you see”. This is especially important when drawing human figures and portraits. Without necessary understanding of a human anatomy for artists and the knowledge of constructive drawing principles, figurative artworks from life or imagination would always end up looking amateurish.

To help students to achieve success, Drawing Academy tutors show on their own example how to draw proficiently. All 45 video lessons demonstrate the complete step-by-step creation process from a blank piece of paper to a finished artwork. There are also multiple bonus videos, art books and albums provided in addition to the main Drawing Academy curriculum.

To check what this drawing course is about, you can subscribe for a FREE Drawing Academy demo here.


Applications for Creator Membership Open for Baby Forest Creative Colony Online

Trees Reflected in Pond, photography by Marie Kazalia

Trees Reflected in Pond, photography by Marie Kazalia



September is here– and after taking some time off this summer we are back!

Baby Forrest is our newest discovery of an online sales platform for artists working in all disciplines including digital and photographic artists. Baby Forest says that they are — A Creative Colony. By Creators, For Creators & lovers of creativity everywhere. Applications for Creator Membership now open. Welcoming creators worldwide.

We definitely love the look of the Baby Forest site and their Broadcasts and Newsfeeds giving artists lots of visibility. Go on over and take a look here.
If you are an artist looking for more sales venues and platforms for your work you will find them here and here.

Approaches to Colour: KALEIDOSCOPE at Fold Gallery

I’m sharing another quality review of an exhibition in the UK by Andy Parkinson. He always has quality photos and full details on the gallery and each artist–in this case, it’s the Kaleidoscope exhibition at Fold Gallery. Hope you enjoy reading about this art!


Working for a day in central London, only yards away from New Cavendish Street where FOLD Gallery’s summer exhibition Kaleidoscope, curated by Dominic Beattie, is on show, I get my lunch hour to go and see it. Having learned from the publicity flyer that the seven artists, Dominic KennedyMali MorrisBridget RileyJulian WildJames Alec HardySelma Parlour and Martin Maloney, work with colour in “radically different ways” each one presenting “a unique vision of how to liberate colour to stimulate and energise the viewer” I wonder if I can discover in my short visit what it is that they are doing differently with colour. 

Installation view, with works from left to right by Bridget Riley, James Alec Hardy and Julian Wild. Image courtesy of Fold gallery Installation view, with works from left to right by Bridget Riley, James Alec Hardy and Julian Wild. Image courtesy of Fold gallery

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This Coming Fall Season Are Artists Connecting With Art Consultants or Gallerists Most?



For the past several years, our extensive e-list of Art Galleries all over world has been our top resource that artists want most all year-long. As this Fall Season comes near, we’ve noticed that it’s our e-list of Art Consultants that artists and arts professionals seem to be getting most often. You can buy either the International Art Gallery e-list or Art Consultants Directory, or both, in our webstore here and Gumroad store here.

We received an unsolicited email from one of the recent buyers of the Art Consultants resource e-list that was sent to us less than 24 hours after she made her purchase.

After Raven Deel purchased the Directory of Art Consultants e-list she wrote to us in an email:

Hi Marie,

It did come through and I have already received 1 client in Texas from sending emails from this file. Thank you. You have done great work in the time and research in building this resource for artists. And you can quote me as saving that.

Best wishes, Raven

You can get ready for the Fall Season marketing and promotions of your art with the International Art Gallery e-list or Art Consultants Directory, or get both, in our webstore here and Gumroad store here.


If you’d like us to review of your work and make suggestions, send your goals and the link to your website in an email to:



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Handmade Artisan Jewelry and Glass Beads by Kathy Bankston

Brown disc lampwork beads created by Kathy Bankston

Brown disc lampwork beads created by Kathy Bankston


Jewelry artist Kathy Bankston is a skilled metalsmith, weaver, and lampwork beadmaker. Lampworking is a technique that can be traced back to 14th Century Italy. Lampwork beads are created when glass is melted into a molten state using a torch and then the molten glass is shaped with tools into beads.  As well as creating these glass beads for her own jewelry designs, Kathy sells these beads in her Etsy shop Kathy’s Bead Shop as beadwork supplies for you to use in your own fine art and craft designs. Each bead is annealed in a kiln in Kathy’s studio to add strength and durability to the glass.




The white large hole lampwork beads above, available in Kathy Bankston’s Etsy shop are clear glass with a white frit on top that lend themselves to many possibilities for creating jewelry such as with silver metal or black leather creations.

Kathy Bankston is an artisan and lampwork bead maker from Hitchcock, Texas, USA.  She takes pride in hand-making the elements that go into her jewelry designs. Her metal jewelry is designed, sketched, sawed, shaped and soldered all by hand. Her weaving is done on a loom using only the finest silks, threads, and beads. She makes lampwork beads from Effetre and CiM soda glass and kiln anneals them in her glass studio.




Above are a pair of simple and elegant sterling silver and black onyx cabochon stud earrings from Kathy Bankston’s jewelry designs available on her website here. She makes rings, earrings, pendants, necklaces and bracelets.



Kathy hand makes each copper wrap ring in her studio from recycled copper wire, wrapped to form a beautiful ring soldered together on the back side so that the individual bands will not move.


Purple lampwork bead and antique key necklace, Kathy Bankston

Purple lampwork bead and antique key necklace, Kathy Bankston


Kathy Bankston also incorporates found objects, such as an antique key, combined with her handmade purple and blue lampwork beads into the beautiful necklace above. Kathy says,  “I’ve strung the beads on a 35″ sterling silver cable chain. It is an endless chain that you simply slip over your head. There is no clasp. The necklace has an antique key that I found in a Galveston antique store. The bead cap is a hand wire wrapped bead cap in sterling silver. Romantic, and beautiful, you’re sure to get compliments every time you wear this beautiful necklace. All sterling has been oxidized for extra glamour.”

View many more of the wonderful creations by this artist on her website– Kathy Bankston where you will find lampwork pendants–such as this pink glass piece–and many enamel pendants such as those pictured below–

pink glass pendant, Kathy Bankston

pink glass pendant, Kathy Bankston


enamel pendants, Kathy Bankston

enamel pendants, Kathy Bankston



Call for Proposals to Participate in the Alternative Art School Fair in Nov


Organizers contacted me asking if I would share this opportunity and Call for Proposals with you my readers–

Dear Marie Kazalia,

We are organizing the first Alternative Art School Fair (AASF), from 17 to 19 of November at Pioneer Works in New York.

50 alternative art schools from all the world will be present at the fair.

The Alternative Art School Fair is open to people who run a school, program, or practice that engages arts pedagogy, or educational research and experimentation.

Participation is free for accepted proposals.

We would like to ask you if there is possible to distribute this information on your website.

Thank you very much for your attention and your time.

All Best,
Alexandre Gurita

PS: You can find here the Call and in attachment the logo of AASF.

Alternative Art School Fair

November 17-19, 2016

Pioneer Works, New York

The Alternative Art School Fair presents an introduction to alternative art schools from around the world.

Art education is a reflection of social and cultural evolution; it engages with structures of meaning-making and considers different frameworks for experience. The impetus to create an alternative art school is rooted not only in a desire to create “better” art, but to create the conditions for greater freedom of expression. Often run as free, artist-run initiatives, the values and visions of alternative art schools vary widely in methodology, mission and governance. But even when they are relatively small in scale they provide vital models of cultural critique and experimentation.

The Alternative Art School Fair recognizes that the act of school building is an effort to create institutional structures that are more responsive to cultural evolution. With this in mind the Fair invites the public to engage with these schools at interactive booths alongside a weekend program of presentations and discussions that examine the role of such alternatives.

The reasons for this fair are several
– To provide better visibility for alternative schools and improve access to their programming.
– To create opportunities for schools to share experiences and resources for mutual enrichment.
– To generate awareness and discussion of their methods among a broader public.
– To reflect on the structure and purpose of traditional institutions.
– To demystify the process of creating a school.

– Calls itself a school.
– Engages arts or creative practice education within their programming.
– Proposes something unique in terms of methodology, organization, mission, curriculum, final output.
– If the school does not call itself an art school, it should propose something that can impact or transform arts education.
– Is a space that generates alternative systems and new cultural models.

Open Call
Interested schools are invited to submit information through this form: click here

For general inquiries, please email

Organizers: Catherine Despont of Pioneer Works, Alexandre Gurita
Partners: Dylan Gauthier

Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer Street
Red Hook, Brooklyn
NY 11231
New York

Find them on Facebook here

Elation- 40x36"- Acrylic

Paintings of Louisiana-based Artist Francque Lynn

Photo of Francque Lynn

Photo of Francque Lynn


American artist Francque Lynn exhibits her paintings primarily in local Louisiana art galleries, including Pineapple Gallery and Pizzella Fine Art, as well as the home decor shops Rustic House LA, and Gild Home Decor.  You will find her work currently on display at the St. Tammany Art exhibition through the 20th of August. Find the full exhibition details here.


Francque Lynn recently exhibited at RAW

Francque Lynn recently exhibited at RAW Underground Exhibition


Above is an event photo at the RAW Underground exhibition where Francque Lynn recently exhibited her paintings.


Nautical, Franque Lynn painting with metallic hues, 40 x 16 inches.

Nautical, Franque Lynn painting with metallic hues, 40 x 16 inches.


One of Francque Lynn’s latest textural painting, available for purchase, Nautical (above) is a work that the artist created in a vertical format incorporating impasto depth and a mix of swirling paint in contrasting dark and light tones in her own controlled painting process. Another lovely, light and airy example of the artist’s use of a variation on this technique is the painting titled Elation, and Divinity with muted color tones.


Elation- 40x36"- Acrylic

Elation, Francque Lynn, acrylic painting 40 x 36 inches


Divinity, Francque Lynn

Divinity, Francque Lynn


Francque Lynn’s series of paintings with built-up impasto surfaces include the titles Vertigo and Roots.


Close up detail view of a thick textural impasto area of Franque Lynn's painting titled Vertigo

Close up detail view of a thick textural impasto area of Franque Lynn’s painting Vertigo


Above, is a close up detail photo that gives an idea of the three-dimensionality of the thick blue paint impasto area in Vertigo, and below, a photograph of Roots another of her highly textural paintings.


Roots, Francque Lynn

Roots, Francque Lynn


Francque Lynn is an autodidact painter, and although she has no art school education has gained extensive knowledge of the arts while working under apprenticeship to artist John Lambert. With Lambert, she primarily concentrated on mural painting and  currently has three standing murals in various parts of the state of Michigan. But Her abstract painting skills and process-based painting techniques Francque says she “learned through trial and error.”


Horizons, Francque Lynn

Horizons, Francque Lynn


Her love of art is like a deep tap-root directly to her painter Grandmother. Francque Lynn describes some of childhood memories of watching her Grandmother paint, and how she felt, “awestruck by her abilities.” Her Grandmother would hold Francque Lynn’s hand in hers guiding the brush and showing her how to produce various brushstrokes. “This was my defining moment, the moment I decided I wanted to paint,” says Francque Lynn– “Since that time I have grown into an artist.”


Wildfire, Francque Lynn

Wildfire, Francque Lynn

To this day Francque Lynn’s Grandmother Fran Burdo, keeps Francque Lynn’s very first painting on display in her home. Here is a sample painting by Fran Burdo that clearly shows the source for textural and other influences in Francque Lynn’s paintings.


Painting by Grandmother "name?"

Painting by Francque Lynn’s Grandmother Fran Burdo


Francque Lynn also says,  “I’m proud of where I have been, and have every intention of continuing to move forward. I take much of the inspiration for my artwork from memories and my surroundings.”

Across the Water, Francque Lynn

Across the Water, Francque Lynn


For those interested in purchasing painting from Francque Lynn, she would like you to contact her via her website here and feel free to follow her on Instagram here.


Francque Lynn

Francque Lynn



Artists United Call for Entry for Election Year Exhibition in Washington DC

Karen Gutfreund, Curator at Karen Gutfreund Art and Gutfreund Cornett Art sent us this Political call for art from Charles Krause, with whom she is working with and consulting. “Very big potential for this exhibition. Charles was a foreign correspondent, ” Karen wrote to us.
Charles Krause’s interest in the art of protest, propaganda and political change developed over the course of his career as a foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, CBS News and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. On assignment in Latin America, Central Europe, Russia, Asia and the Middle East, he witnessed many of the wars and revolutions of his time. His reporting earned him an Emmy for his reports from Israel and the Middle Est (1997), the Latin American Studies Association Media Award for his Central America coverage (1987) and the Overseas Press Club’s Hal Boyle Award for his reporting from Jonestown, where he was shot and wounded while on assignment for The Washington Post (1978).

Artists United 2016 website here.

Metrov @ Barnsdall





Contemporary Arts

Santa Barbara, CA 93117



Feeling stressed? Smile. Inhale 1-2-3. Keep smiling. Exhale 1-2-3-4-5! (learn more)

Self-portrait, Amer D

Jordanian Conceptual Photographer and Digital Artist Amer Dababneh

A little bit of the surreal, by Amer D

A little bit of the surreal, by Amer Dababneh


Amer Dababneh lives in Amman, Jordan where he works as a conceptual photographer and digital artist specializing in creating composite imagery– such as the examples of his surreal work above and his highly original self-portraits below.

Self-portrait, Amer D

Self-portrait, Amer Dababneh


Self Portrait, Amer Dabaneh

Self Portrait, Amer Dababneh


Me Myself & !, Amer D

Me Myself & I, Amer Dababneh


You will find dozens of Amer’s images in his portfolio on the 500 Pixels site here and you can keep up with Amer’s amazing work on his facebook page here.


Orange Juice, Anyone? by Amer Dab

Orange Juice, Anyone? by Amer Dababneh


The Light of Freedom, Amer D

The Light of Freedom, Amer Dababneh


The digital camera and Photoshop mastery of the versatile Amer, cross over into portraiture, animals and birds, landscapes and seascapes, and urban explorations. The image titled Serenity Fisher (below) is one in a series of photographs the artist made in the coastal Jordanian city of Aqaba, located at the north-eastern tip of the Red Sea between the continents of Asia and Africa.


Serenity Fisher, Amer D Aqaba is the only coastal city in Jordan at the northeastern tip of the Red Sea between the continents of Asia and Africa.

Serenity Fisher, by Amer Dababneh


Amer Dababneh would like you to feel free to contact him about his artworks and professional services as Creative Director, photographer and digital art expert, via both Facebook here and on 500px here.

Amer uses the Canon 5D Mark II digital camera and the Canon 7D with Canon 24-70 mm zoom lens, the Canon 70-300 mm zoom lens, and the Canon 85mm prime lens.


USA Artist Accepted into UK Exhibition After Submitting Via Our Posted Call To Artists

artwork by Alan Singer

artwork by Alan Singer


On June 4th, Artist Marketing Resources published a call for artists to submit here. One of our regular readers , artist Alan Singer, let us know that he made his submission to this opportunity after reading our blog post and his submission was accepted!


Artist Alan Singer wrote:

Hello Marie,

Once again, one of your news updates worked for me – the opportunity to show a work in London,UK through the listing you published for
Ice-Tuxedo  a group show called Random Orange, at  the Schwartz Gallery.  Thanks once again, enjoy the rest of the summer!

Alan Singer


Artist Marketing Resources #artists Discount on 30 Day Artist Jumpstart Challenge



For Artist Marketing Resources readers–Here’s a new opportunity for artists sent to us from Andy Derrick, Head of Artist Community at artsquare–

Hey Marie,

Hope all is well! I wanted to let you know I’m hosting a 30 Day Artist Jumpstart Challenge with a teammate of mine…participants will get daily lessons and practical directives all geared towards helping them get sales traction. They’ll also get access to a private chat group where we’ll all chat through progress, answer questions, share successes, etc.
It’s $15 to join, but I’d love to offer your readership $5 off. They just have to click through this special link.
Let me know what you think!