Artist’s Pets for Memorable Branding

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Randall Marmet’ decided that he wanted to include his pet dog and muse “Harley” in his identity and branding. Harley holds an important place in the artist’s studio and life.




Artist Laurie J Craig Cat in Sink Studio Twitter profile features photos of the artist’s cat sleeping in the oval bathroom sink that inspired her logo.

Their pets are an important part of these artists lives.

Famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is also known for the dogs, birds, monkeys and pet deer that she kept in her studio home and included in her paintings.



Frida Kahlo and her pet deer, Granizo, 1939

Frida Kahlo and her pet deer, Granizo, 1939

I visited Frida Kahlo’s Blue House museum in Mexico City, which is still contains her powerful presence in the many things she loved and collected that remain in the house.

In advertising, some famous animal mascots of the past include the RCA Victor dog “Nipper” introduced circa 1905 and continued to appear on vinyl records into the 1950’s and beyond.  Morris the Cat of the 1970’s became part of people’s lives. More recently a duck and slogan made a company memorable and stand out.

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Hellsheart Call for Entries: Get Your Art Shown in a Feature Film



You must be a member of to upload submissions. Membership is free and open to artists globally.

Deadline: July 10, 2013

Get your artwork shown in a feature film and a Brooklyn, NYC art exhibition #callforentries #hellsheart #brooklynart

How To Enter

1. Your piece should explore any of the following themes: Hell, Afterlife, Spirituality, Love, Symbolism, and Catholic Iconography. Feel free to make a new piece or submit one you already have. Any size.

2. Upload the artwork to and include the tag#hellsheart. You must be a member of to upload submissions. Membership is free and open to artists globally.



Free Teleseminar on Marketing for Artists – June 25th @ 3 p.m. Pacific Time

Insider Secrets to SmART Marketing for Artists
FREE Teleseminar
Tuesday, June 25th at
3 p.m. noon (PT) 3 p.m. 6 p.m. ET)
SmART Marketing for Artists, an online course offered by
Gwenda Joyce – The Art Ambassador – teaches you how to
develop a marketing plan that empowers you to market
and sell your work as quickly as possible, so you can get
back to your studio!
Learn how you can achieve the results you’ve been looking for
by developing a marketing program using the newest online
techniques to build your audience and your art career with
more exhibitions, gallery relationships and sales.
SmART Marketing for Artists begins July 10th
6 online sessions – recorded for your playback –
Here’s the link to learn more & Register,
This is what you will learn in the online course, SmART Marketing for Artists:
***Creating an identity for your art and set yourself apart from other artists.
***How to integrate Marketing into your process so that you can
continue to spend most of your time in the studio
***How to develop your audience using online techniques
Click on this link to learn more:

Ownza: Easy Way to Make Money Online

I signed up with Ownza. When I made some purchases on Amazon, Ownza gave me the option to share each item. A couple of days after I made my purchases, I received email notifications:

Good news. You have a payment of $1.59 pending to be credited into your Ownza account for purchasing something through Amazon for $69.35.

Good news. You have a payment of $1.86 pending to be credited into your account for purchasing something through Amazon for $69.24.

It’s easy to sign-up for Ownza and share your online purchases for cash back.

Sign-Up: We Think Alone — A project by Miranda July

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by Barbra Drizin, Start From Scratch Social Media

The  FACEBOOK  COVER  PHOTO  for  your  business  page  is  the  viewer’s  first impression of who you are, what you do, and how to contact you.

Previously, there were many limitations on what could be included in cover photos. However, now this huge piece of “real estate” is THE place to introduce, market, and brand.

And, ever since Facebook removed the ability to set a custom landing tab, your cover photo is the most important place to drive traffic and awareness.



The new cover photo rule is that 20% of your cover photo may be TEXT. This gives permission for highlighting:

Your Website

Your contact information Your tag line Promotions

Purchase information or special offers Calls to Action

I also suggest rotating your cover photo each month, since an “updated” cover photo appears in the newsfeed of the people who have “liked” your page, and you have another excellent opportunity to stay in front of your audience.


Do you know how to use Facebook Ads?

This benefit is magnified as Facebook has released a new “Page LIKE” ad that includes the brand’s cover photo. Facebook Ads present a huge opportunity to carry a brand message from the Facebook page to the newsfeed with optimal impact.

Facebook Ads also allows you to target the exact demographics of your audience!

For example, client – artist went from 600 likes to over 2000 likes using targeted ads…all in a matter of weeks!



Photos are now the #1 content strategy. Facebook continues its evolution to become a more visual platform. Therefore, brands must craft posts to ensure they are visually powerful.  Your cover photo is the “main event” of this strategy.


NEWSFEED: the posts of the PEOPLE who are you friends AND the posts of the PAGES you have liked. When you post on your Facebook Business Page, the post appears on the newsfeed of those who have “LIKED” your page.


Your cover photo is 851 x 315 pixels. With photoshop or other photo editors, you can add text. Remember not to put text where your profile picture will obscure it.

Want to optimize your Facebook Business page? Learn how to use Facebook Ads? Barbra Drizin is a social media educator, trainer and manager. Her business is

“Start from Scratch Social Media”

Barbra especially assists those who may be ‘resistant, reluctant, or intimidated’ with the world of social media by starting with the basics and going beyond. Her goal is for you to be confident and comfortable with the rewards and benefits of the virtual world! Barbara targets solopreneurs, artists, and alternative health practitioners. Contact Barbra at

Barbra meets with you personally and by Skype


Artist Marketing Resources Articles on Copyright Issues

Beginning today, Tuesday May 28th, the Artist Marketing Resources blog will publish a short series of articles on copyright issues for artists, artist experiences, and useful tools for tracking and protecting your online images from unfair use.

InterArtive completed a project gathering together text on contemporary art and copyright issues, which you will find here.

Berlin: Team Titanic Gallery Call for Submissions

Call For Submissions

On June 14th 2013 team titanic will host a group exhibition dealing with the subject

palin (πάλιν; „again“) and dromos (δρóμος; „way, direction“)

Praised, forgotten, sampled, reloaded.
Group exhibition tracing the signs of a culture of transformers

For our upcoming show we invite artists, poets and scientists to contribute artwork, patterns and ideas.

Deadline: June 9th 2013
Online Submission:

When: Friday, June 14th 2013
Where: team titanic
Flughafenstraße 50, 12053 Berlin


Deadline: Sun Jun 9th, 2013

team titanic
Flughafenstrasse 50
Berlin, 12053

International Print Exchange and Exhibition

ARTspace Original International Print Exchange & Exhibit

ARTspace  announced a Call for Entry into the second biennial International Print Exchange and Community Arts Initiative, which will run from August 21 – September 28, 2013. This open call is to artists, print studios and forums across the globe asking printmakers to create a print with a paper size no larger than 5 inches x 5 inches (12.7cm x 12.7cm) and an image size no larger than 4 inches by 4 inches (10.7cm x 10.7cm) in an edition of ten. Each artist will have one of their prints on display and for sale at the standard price of $75.00 + HST while the rest of the prints will be distributed among other participants, ensuring each artist will receive a suite of different prints.

These prints will be on display on ARTspace with an opening reception that will take place on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 7pm. During the opening reception, a curator’s choice award of $150 and one people’s choice award of $100 will be selected. Please note: the deadline for entry is August 1, 2013.

Submission forms can be found at

ARTspace is open Tuesday through Saturday 12pm – 5pm and is located at 165 ½ King Street West in Historic Downtown Chatham. ARTspace gratefully acknowledges the support of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and Windmill Cabinets.

For more information:

Danielle Dupuis, Assistant Administrator
165 ½ King Street West
Chatham, ON


Paintings of Artist Gabriella Cleuren in All Female Group Exhibition:der weibliche blick

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Injured by others supported and helped. An image of solidarity with difficulties. This is the human image par excellence, that seems to be forgotten.

Carried by friends, Gabriella Cleuren, 2009,

Carried by friends, Gabriella Cleuren, 2009, 110 x 73 cm – 43 1/4 x 28 3/4 in.

From May 16th a group exhibition with other exclusively female artists is on view at KunstvereinBurgwedel-Isernhagen until May 20, 2013. The title of the exhibition is: der weibliche blick.

More information about this exhibition at in German.

Gabriella shows two works from the series: Brave New Old Worlds. If you want to see more works from the series Brave New Old Worlds show, click on the following link:

We are very busy  to make a multilingual presentation of the website

Regularly we will post the progress on
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Join, upload, sell and earn from the comfort of your studio/home. Patternbank will soon become the go-to online source for all things print, pattern and graphics. With our extensive industry database we aim to get your designs under the noses of key buyers within the fashion and design sectors and showcasing your designs to a global audience around the clock.
If you would like to be one of the first to appear and sell designs in the ‘Patternbank Studio’ sign up now for the pre-launch application. Please email with 4-6 sample designs. We will get back to you with our selling price structures and more detailed information of how you can join the Patternbank Studio.
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Increased Sales as Artist’s Painting is Shared + Liked Hundreds of Times Online

 Mississippi bluesman Robert Johnson (1911-1938), recorded 29 songs in 3 days in a Texas recording studio in 1936.   In 2004 Eric Clapton released an entire tribute CD to Robert Johnson.  It is the bluesman’s song Terraplane Blues that inspired this painting by Chris Osborne. The 1935 Hudson Terraplane automobile that is featured is owned by Clem Martin in Connecticut.  Many of Johnson’s song titles are referenced in the painting, including 32-20 Blues, Hellhound On My Trail, Stones in My Passway, and Crossroads.
Robert Johnson and the Blue Terraplane painting by Chris Osborne

Robert Johnson and the Blue Terraplane painting by Chris Osborne

Painter Chris Osborne has had recent sales of limited edition posters and Giclee canvas prints of her painting that she directly attributes to a photo that someone else posted on Facebook. 
Chris explained–” There is a canvas print of my painting hanging in the Robert Johnson Foundation office in Mississippi that I donated to them when I was exhibiting art at their music festival in 2005 & 2006. Someone recently snapped a photo of the print and posted the photo on Facebook.  A friend told me about seeing it and I followed it on one page, adding some comments to identify me as the artist (a good number of people in their comments thought it was a photoshopped image!  I hate that!!). Then, it was shared by a page called In Music We Trust.  From that it has been shared over 400 times, and “liked” over 800 times!  Check out that page and go to their photos, you can find the post there.  I wrote to that page via messaging and asked if they could credit me.  He/she re-posted the photo with my name.  They may have deleted the earlier post that didn’t credit me (the one that had 400 shares).  This new post was up to 37 shares as of today. What’s kinda good is even though the snapshot is not to my quality, it is likely to prevent printing or theft because of the flashbulb look.”
You can also view the flashbulb glare image of this painting on Chris Osborne’s Facebook page linked here.
The artist has recently sold posters and Giclee canvas prints of her Robert Johnson & the Blue Terraplane painting — the poster  is 22 x 28 inches  and is available here and the Robert Johnson and the Blue Terraplane  Giclee canvas print  is 16 x 20 inches and available on Amazon here.

Call For Artists -:- Screengrab -:- $5000 Award (No Entry Fee)

Big beautiful data is everywhere. Sounds are everywhere. Images are everywhere. The network sends and receives everything. We capture, post, follow, share and archive. Data becomes us.
This new aesthetic of machine ambience is at once an embodiment of our private present selves but also an ambient beautification of what lies in our wake. We remix our environment by just being present in it. We bring our own signal noise with us wherever we go. We are fast becoming the sample bank of a dense ambient mix of images and sound.

What does this look like? How do we construct our own ambient worlds? How is Big Data constructing it for us? Where does our ambience end and where do that of others begin?

The 5th International Screengrab New Media Arts Award seeks works that explore the theme of ambience – personal, virtual and commercial – and all its private, political and social connotations. Creators, imagineers and explorers of big data, augmented reality, data aesthetics, generative art, audio/visual collage and interactive environments are encouraged to submit works that address the theme of the ambience.

Deadline: Mon Jul 1st, 2013

OPEN CALL: THINKABOUTSPACE + IKONO Open Call for Berlin Painters


Calling all artists, architects, curators, or theoreticians–– do you have ideas regarding new forms of public monuments that you’d like to share? Here’s your chance.

As one element of the international group exhibition Open Monument at Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Germany, running from May 3 to Jun. 16, an online platform of your ideas will be open for submissions. This unique exhibition explores multimedia and transformative historic monuments through the platform THINKABOUTSPACE, alongside 10 international artists’ works in the gallery space–– from installation to documentation of architectural design. Even walking tours through Berlin will be conducted by various residents showing their special, hidden places–– their personal monuments.

The online platform THINKABOUTSPACE will include everything from image, text, sound, video, and architectural models referring to possible ideas for a new historic monument. The stipulations are almost none, the possibilities endless. Material gathered for THINKABOUTSPACE will be infused in the exhibition and projected alongside the works of Open Monument. The deadline for submissions is April 20 and contributions can be nominal or anonymous. Send material to with the subject line: “proposal for thinkaboutspace”




ikono invites Berlin based artists to take part in a year-long series of open calls held in collaboration with Artconnect Berlinto promote the visibility of the arts on a local and international scale.

Every other month in 2013, ikono and Artconnect Berlin will encourage submissions of artworks from local artists. Two artworks will be selected from each open call and presented on our local and international media platforms throughout the following months. Each call will focus on a specific artistic medium as a criterion for submission: sculpture, photography, painting, installation and drawing.

We are really happy with the results of our first two open calls, sculpture and photography! We are now ready to move on to the next one: until May 13th, we are searching for submissions of paintings from Berlin based artists. There is no specific theme.

The two artworks selected from each call will be showcased in two unique films produced by ikono. They will be broadcasted on its two internationally viewed HDTV channels, ikonoTV (Germany) and ikonoMENASA (Middle East, Northern Africa and Southern Asia). The videos will also be presented on Artconnect’s and ikono’s blogs, alongside with in-depth interviews with the featured artists conducted by Artconnect Berlin. At the end of 2013, ikono will produce a short retrospective film highlighting all selected works to conclude the series.

The entire collection of open call interviews and films will remain available as an archive on Artconnect Berlin’s and ikono’s websites for general public access.

How to submit:

  1. You will need an artist’s profile on Artconnect Berlin’s website, which is free and easy to create under Feel free to upload as many files as you want, as this is a great tool to connect with other artists in your area and share your art!
  2. For the #3 Open Call for Paintings, you should submit one artwork documented through still images. As a general rule, we ask you for up to five images (Max size per image: 1MB). Upon acceptance you will be required to upload a full quality version of the artwork along with full credit information. However, if you want to submit more than 5 images, feel free to contact us at the e-mail address below.
  3. You must include the following production information in your submission: applicant’s name, country of origin, contact, link to your website (if you have one), link to your Artconnect Berlin profile, a small bio, a short description of your work.
  4. The artworks must be your property and you must own the full copyrights of it. This applies to all visual and written content.

If you have all the information mentioned above, you are now ready to submit. You can do it at the following link: !

We are really looking forward to seeing your paintings! Good luck!

Please send any further questions to:

Stocksy United: New Co-Op Where Photographers Share Ownership and Profits



Stocksy United is calling itself a new artist-owned co-op.

Stocksy United has developed a new model for stock photography focused on shared ownership and profit-sharing. The new site is owned by its photographer-members and dedicated to paying them the highest possible fee for their photographs.

Photographers who are members of Stocksy United will receive 50% royalty on each transaction and 100% of extended licensing fees. Members will also receive equity in the company giving them input on business operations and 90% of all profits will be divided among the members at the end of the year.

Founder of the new Stocksy United , Bruce Livingstone also previously founded iStockphoto. Livingstone says–“There’s no reason these artists shouldn’t be able to earn a living from what they produce.”  He believes that Stocksy United will  change the stock photography industry permanently—and for the better.

It’s expected that this philosophy of sharing will certainly make Stocksy United the preference for conscious-minded designers looking for quality images.

How We Got This Magazine Cover + 6 Page Feature For Artist Agent X

After many email exchanges Artist Agent X wrote to me:

Hey Marie, Thank you so much !! I really appreciate all the work you have done for me and would not have the awesome interview and cover if it wasn’t for you 🙂 Thank you 🙂

Yes, we did it–Artist Marketing Resources got the artist this magazine cover and feature and he is pleased!  If you are an artist and need help marketing and promoting your art,  email  Marie Kazalia, email:
The magazine featuring the art of Agent X is Unfolded, an online, print, and digital publication showcasing artists– here is the link to the April issue of Unfolded Magazine, just released, with the art of Agent X on the cover + 6 pages inside–
Unfolded Magazine, April 2013 cover featuring the art of Agent X

Unfolded Magazine, April 2013 front cover featuring the art of Agent X (that continues onto back cover!)



Sound Art Open Call For Submissions: Visible Near Midnight Recordings

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SoundFjord’s Visible Near Midnight Recordings is looking to put out new works of sound art and genre bending works. The result, strictly limited edition, hand-made artefacts.

Drop them a line if you’d like to be considered, or if you have a specific work you’d like them to listen to (original/unreleased pieces please):

Further information about the label:

Deadline: 21 June 2013 | 23:59

C o n t e m p o r a r y   S o n i c   A r t   A r c h i v e   ( C S A A )

SoundFjord is about to embark on its largest project to date, to collect and archive works of sonic art from the length and breadth of the country (UK) as well as sending out feelers abroad– to collect and preserve  a comprehensive archive of sonic art works and documentary evidence through photography, film, sound files, analogue and digital formats, writings, letters, emails and so forth. The archive will also serve as to document the gallery’s past exhibitions


SoundFjord is constantly on the look out for new items to add to their collection. Should you have work you wish the gallery to consider please let SoundFjord know. They are happy to consider, photography, video, books, leaflets, letters, writings, tapes, CDs, DVDs, digital sound files and so forth.
The archive when suitably collected, stored, categorised and annotated will be available for viewing to artists, researchers and the interested general public at no cost. Unfortunately, items from the archive may not be removed; all items will be made available for reference purposes only. Please contact the curator should you wish to submit work to the archive: helen[at]soundfjord[dot]org[dot]uk N.B. Do not send items to the gallery before sending prior information
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SoundFjord is looking for performers to take part in SoundFjord.Dynamic, the live initiative of the gallery’s Exhibition and Events Programme. They are particularly interested in works of an experimental and research-based bias; those that inquire into language within sonic art practice; works researching acoustic ecology; and works exploring minimal sound.

Please state your interest by emailing your contact details along with your performance CV to:

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SoundFjord is currently seeking sonic artists and performers to exhibit at SoundFjord in 2013/14. Please contact the gallery for information and an application form regarding new works you would like them to consider: info[at]soundfjord[dot]org[dot]uk

They are particularly interested in works of an experimental and research-based bias; those that inquire into language within sonic art practice; works researching acoustic ecology; and works exploring minimal sound.



Open Call For Submission To Touch.My.Prints Issue01

Call for Submissions 

Virtual Connection 

The publication

Touch.My.Prints seeks image based works, essays, virtual sculptures, and video based works on the topics of death, isolation, love, loss, tragedy, betrayal, friendship, etc of and by players and characters in video games.

T.M.P is interested in the lives of NPCs (Non-Player Character) and our interactions with them.

Submission Deadline is April 1, 2013

Touch.My.Prints is a digital publication project by Aaron Brumbelow showcasing photography, time based works, virtual sculptures, and essays. T.M.P explores aspects of virtual spaces through the lens of photographic and new media theory. We look at our relationships with the landscapes of online video games. We explore our personal connections with Google Street View. We embrace a virtual romanticism.


Please only submit 1-3 images, 1-2 writings, 1 video per issue 


Please submit files at 300 dpi, with the longest side being 10 inches, 8-bit and as a JPEG. 

File Name would be Doe_Jane_01.jpeg 

In the email (TouchMyPrints @ gmail .com) please list the following information. 

Title, Year Produced
Medium (i.e. Screenshot / Digital Photograph / Digital Collage) 
Source (Which game or program was the original source) 
Your Website (Professional Site / Twitter / Tumblr / etc)


Please submit a RTF file. 

Essays should be a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 2000. 

Carefully copy edit your work before submitting. 

File Name would be Doe_Jane_01.rtf

In the email (TouchMyPrints @ gmail .com) please list the following information. 

Title, Year Produced
Your Website (Professional Site / Twitter / Tumblr / etc) 


Please submit a link to your Vimeo or Youtube

In the email (TouchMyPrints @ gmail .com) please list the following information. 

Title, Year Produced
Your Website (Professional Site / Twitter / Tumblr / etc)


Jester Jacques Gallery Accepting Submissions From Artists

BlogJJ-logo-FINAL-web-large-RGB-300x140In the past, I’ve  posted news from Jester Jacques Gallery on this blog. Yet, the gallery is so active online, with great information shared in ongoing newsletter announcements that I felt their activity warranted a 2nd post.If you are an  illustrator, tattoo artist, graphic designer, print maker or street artist, Jester Jacques Gallery WANTS TO SEE YOUR ART! Jester Jacques Gallery predominantly sell prints (screen prints, lino cuts and digital prints), but they are also open to selling drawings, any mixed media on paper and photographs. Email with a few examples of your work, as well as links to your website/portfolio for consideration.If you are a writer, Jester Jacques is constantly in need of contributors to their blog. if you enjoy reviewing exhibitions, have some interesting ideas to share about any genre of creative work – fashion, design, branding, illustration, etc. – they welcome your posts. Email to suggests topics.Jester Jacques also offers free event listings for your upcoming art exhibitions, as well as running short features for new, small, emerging creative businesses. Email with your events or background to your business.To get an idea of the art they like,  view some recent submissions they loved enough to post to their website — here. For a list of thousands more gallery links + opportunities click here.