THE SAGA OF NU by Metrov: EXPLORE THE “NU” SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT

THE SAGA OF NU by Metrovwww.DoYouNU.com

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 www.DoYouNU.com 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.

DOWNLOAD THE NU LOGO

INTERNATIONAL SYMBOL OF SUSTAINABILITY

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.

Please watch the video on www.DoYouNU.com. We can use your Youtube “views.” Any comments on the Youtube video would also be much appreciated! To leave a comment just click the Youtube icon under the video. Thanks”

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Life Imitates Art Fundraiser Art Auction March 12th

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On Saturday, 12 March 2016 at 2 p.m. (14h00), DignitySA hosts a Prestigious Art Auction at the magnificent 5 star Hollywood Mansion in Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa.  Anyone around the world may bid on the art at the auction via telephone.

Notable South African artists will be represented including Benon Lutaaya, Barry Lungu, Dr Jack & Curtis, Restone Maambo, Lioda Conrad, Casper de Vries, John Adams, Carrol Boyes, JP Meyer, Shani Krebs, Alex Hamilton, Andre du Toit, Shui-Lynn White, Jade Holing, Jill Coleman, Dlamini Tendai, Mkhululi Dukuza, TC Malia, Edward Selematsela, David Barkham, Keith Zenda, Sylvia de Villiers and Arlette Franks- to mention a few. A special addition to the auction is a “for children” lot which includes works by Robin Stransham-Ford’s daughter, Epiphany (13); Mario Oriani-Ambrosini’s son, Luke (8); Diago Moss (4), nephew of the late Avron Moss, and Kayla Molenaar (12).

One of South Africa’s foremost female artists, Lioda Conrad, was commissioned by DignitySA to do a portrait series of the honorees. She chose her “Fluidity of Identity” series, and not only donated the portraits, but agreed to act as Curator for the event. Details of her Fluidity Series can be found here: http://www.xposy.com/…/life-imitates-art-lioda-conrad-flui…/

DignitySA chose art to raise funds as artists see beauty where others sometimes cannot. Death and dying needn’t be hideous – it can be a gentle, dignified experience, for the patient and their loved ones.

Remote bidding and on the day sales of additional artworks will be available.

Guests and art collectors can look forward to entertainment by Marc Lottering and Keri Stroebel; unique artwork; experiencing Carlo Harris – a Master Auctioneer – at work; mingling with esteemed guests, board members and legal team, bidding paddle lucky draws; and enjoy delectable gourmet snacks and Montpellier wines.

For more information and a look at some of the works available, or to book a ticket, visit www.dignitysa.org. Tickets are limited, with just 90 tickets still available at R800 per person. Tax deductible donations in lieu of attendance will be welcomed. Contact: Lee on 0769424477 or at lee@dignitysa.org.

Honorees include our first democratic president, President Nelson Mandela – for his Draft Bill “The End of Life Decisions Act of 1999”, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who got the world talking when he publicly supported the right to choose a dignified death and Professor Sean Davison – who founded DignitySA.

The purpose of the fundraiser is two-fold: To raise funds for the Appeal and to honour those who have dedicated themselves to changing an unjust law.

In a recent groundbreaking judgment in the North Gauteng High Court, Judge Hans Fabricius granted DignitySA’s applicant, Adv. Robin Stransham-Ford, the right to an assisted death. This ruling has, however, been set aside due to the State and others appealing the judgment. The date of the Appeal has yet to be announced, but DignitySA’s legal team is fully prepared to vigorously defend our human right to dignity and autonomy over our bodies, for those who demand choice at end-of-life.

 

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#Artists Add Your Art to Facebook Art Page + Retail Price, Link

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Artists are invited to add their art image to our Facebook page–be sure to include a link to where buyers may purchase your work, a price and details about the artwork to increase visibility and drive traffic to your site.

We often share the links to our Facebook page and Pinterest group boards on Twitter which increases the number of visitors viewing your artwork there and clicking through to visit your site.

As we reported last week, our group Pinterest boards have gotten artists higher click-throughs according to Google analytics.

Artist Leon Sarantos wrote: “Marie’s Pinterest boards are one of many important aids to artists that I’ve discovered through her Artist Marketing Resources blog. Kudos! .. and thanks for all you do.”

Two of our five Twitter pages have over ten thousand followers each: @TransArtGuide and @Artozon

Tweet your art images, links to your site, exhibition news and art sales news with the hashtag #ArtistMarket or #ArtistNews and we will retweet your tweet!

Send your work to mariekazalia@gmail.com and I will post it on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr!

 

 

 

 

#Artists Apply To Open An Online Shop on Pink Lion

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Above: painting in Pink Lion Natalie Baca’s Studio 2

Artists with their original drawings, paintings, prints, jewelry and other 3D fine art items on such popular sites at Etsy, may also wish to explore some lesser-known online sales options such as Pink Lion.

To get your own shop on Pink Lion, you must apply (here) using their site form and upload four images as examples of art items you wish to sell for review.

Your shop may get more visibility and your work may stand out as one-of-a-kind to buyers on such sites that feature both art and home decor items.

Find many more shops and online galleries here.

Below: Drawings available in Mason Holcomb Design

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Fine Art Gallery Represents the Paintings of Emerging Artists at Affordable Prices

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The Gregg Irby Fine Art gallery represents emerging artists at affordable prices in the niche market they’ve built. Gallery curators scour the country for new talents to bring their clients one-of-a-kind paintings by artists who have yet to be widely discovered. They strive to have a variety of painting styles in their gallery.

Both aspiring and established art collectors in Atlanta, Georgia can see the available artworks in person in the Gregg Irby gallery.  Plus, their connection to the up-and-coming art community allows Gregg Irby curators to source stunning paintings from artists for collectors shopping in their online gallery shop.

If you are an artist, take a look at the art on the gallery site. If your paintings complement what you see on the site and you think that you work in a good fit and in line with their price points–you can email 5-7 images to the gallery. Read the full submission guidelines on the gallery site.

Artist Marketing Resources continually adds more and more galleries to our e-list of 5,000 international art galleries. We’ve been working on the e-list over the past several years. Gain access to the international art gallery e-list here.

OAC Gallery Curated Affordable Art Site

 

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OAC Gallery is a curated art sales site of painting, photography, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture, and works on paper. OAC Gallery is small and selective. Their curators feel that a well-curated site strengthens artists online presence, helping them sell more work. They work with each artist to carefully select affordable pieces from their portfolios that appeal to their core audience, and, in turn,  engage buyers more powerfully. OAC Gallery has no exclusivity clause. They want artists to succeed and affiliate with as many galleries as possible.

Find many more are sales sites and physical art sales venues on the 1,100+ Places to Sell Your Art e-list. Review five thousand physical art gallery listings in the International Art Gallery Directory  

 

Photographic Artists Collective: Open Call to Photographers to Join Project

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NOISE Collective: CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

Noise electronic magazine and collective has an open call for photographers interested in taking part in a collective project.

Noise is accepting up to 3 new members for 2015.

Applicants must be:
– an active photographer (professional or amateur), producing work to share
– willing to be part of a no-profit collective
– Photographers with a sense of commitment
– Be an enthusiastic artist committed to sending a selection of your work (mini-projects or a set of single shots) 4 times per year for Noise electronic magazine
– Participate in private group
– Participate in social media promotion such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
– Agree to be administrator with the other members of the Noise official page on Facebook
Noise offers:
– Absolute creative freedom
– no restrictions or imposition on publishing your visual proposal
– Full control and freedom when you want to post on the collective facebook page
– Being part of a real collective where decisions are taken all together
– Being part of a collective project-focused, producing something real

If interested please send your submission (a presentation letter explaining the reasons why you want to join Noise and links to your online portfolio to review your work). Please don’t send attached files or images. Send to: alxcoghephotographer@gmail.com

NOISE Collective CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

E-list of International Photography Representatives and Photographer Agents, Gallerists +More 

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Recent Feedback from Artists About Artist Marketing Resources

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Find more magic realism photography designs, such as on the iPhone 6 case pictured, in the Joyce Dade Art shop here.

 FEEDBACK FROM ARTISTS:

It’s great getting unsolicited feedback about our resources and services, such as in a tweet that we received from artist Joyce Dade regarding the $39.95 price of our International Art Galleries Directory. Joyce tweeted to us @TransArtGuide “A very decent price for such an art directory.  Paid $100 years ago for Italian version. I forget the name of publisher.”

Artist Alexis Avlamis, an artist curated into the Drawing Center New York City and featured on the Art21 interview blog wrote to us, in part:

“About two months ago, I stumbled upon your websıte and bought both the Transmedıa Artıst Guıde to Makıng Artıst Submıssıons and the Internatıonal Art Gallery Dırectory Share Lıst. I found them very professıonal, well wrıtten, ınformatıve and eye openıng, especıally when ıt comes to untanglıng the mysterıes and meshes of the art world.”

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This week an artist in Europe wrote in an email:

“Hi Marie, I just wanted to say thanks for doing a good job…” an except from an email we received after our submission got this artist a much-needed magazine feature, a requirement to obtain an artist via to the USA. We are also assisting this artist in completing the USA Artist Visa application.

Plus, last week we received a thank-you gift of an original art piece in the mail from an artist we work with!

Artist Marketing Resources would like to thank all the artists who sent such positive feedback. We’d like to make this a regular monthly feature on our blog. So if you talk about us online, please let us know, and you could get mentioned along with an image and link to your site.

Click here to find the International Art Directory, Artist Guide ebook and other resources for artists mentioned above, plus details on our e-postcard marketing services.

Virtual Artists’ Agent–the past few years

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A few years ago, I posted details of my services on the site Referral Key.  After some initial activity, I ceased using that site. (We all need to focus on the best sites for us!) Recently I returned to find the text I had written on my profile for my services. I’ve copied the details here with some updating and changes to what I’ve been working on for the past few years.

Artists–Do you need a Marketing and Promotions Virtual Artists’ Agent?

With all the demands your artist business can generate it’s tough to cover everything on your own. A lot of tasks need to be done daily to increase your artists’ reputation, earnings, and visibility.

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I work for visual artists as a marketing and promotions artist agent, assisting you by making weekly submissions on your behalf to lighten their workload, save you time, and propel your art career forward. My online services connect you the artist to an extensive network of contacts as I work toward your career growth. I offer you, the visual artist, individualized and highly personalized services as I get to know your artwork, history, goals, needs, and desires for your career development and advancement.

My focus is on you the artist and on the promotional efforts that lead to sales of your work, art licensing contracts, exhibitions and increased online presence. Since a buyer or curator wants to talk to the artist directly, my role is to drive opportunities to you by making contacts and submissions on your behalf.

My services are tailored to individual artist needs and goals, and depending on artist media, my promotional services can include, but are not limited to the following:

– I help you get your image files labeled properly, your bio and CV, artist statement, images script and price lists prepared.

-I identify lucrative niche markets suited to your style of artwork and I work to get you into them to create multiple income streams that will help support your studio practice.

-I work to get you art licensing contracts and to get your art into corporate art collections via my hundreds of contacts– with possibilities for representation, sales, and commissions of originals.

– I increase your online presence by marketing your art to a larger audience online.  I write and publish original content articles for my blog, and for other online art news sites. I create other opportunities for exposure for your artwork–both online and in print.

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-I create exhibition opportunities, write proposals for opportunities that require artist proposal submissions, and help you submit proposals to galleries and museums.

– I work to generate more opportunities for you. Opportunities change daily, so I conduct ongoing research to your specific artist needs, including: locating representation with art galleries and art consultants, locating grant ops,  finding promotional ops and art publication ops in magazines and on art blogs, locating art licensing contracts for your work, and locating private online stores and brick-and-mortar stores for art original and print sales, and more to meet your specific needs.

I have obtained art licensing contracts with top companies internationally for my artist-clients. Read one of my success stories here. I’ve written letters to sponsors. I’ve written proposals. I have completed public art applications and grant applications for artists. I have written letters of recommendation and RFQs(Requests for Qualifications).

Since I do this work daily, I have an extensive list of contacts already in place– that alone will save you hours, weeks, months or even years of research time and effort, along with a reduction of your related costs and expenses!

My services free you, the visual artist, from excessive daily online time better spent in your studio creating your art. With me as your online assistant, making contacts and submissions on your behalf, you have my supportive efforts. I am there for you, on your side, which helps build your confidence as an artist.

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I offer flexible agreement terms, an introductory trial period, and written agreements for more long-term commitments.

I’m highly experienced and established with an excellent reputation in the online artist community.

Email me for more information: Marie Kazalia at: MarieKazalia@gmail.com

I’m available to chat about your goals by email, Skype chat or other chat service, or by voice on Skype or Skype phone.

The 3 D’s– Desire, Determination, Dedication. I’m there.

Best to you!

Marie Kazalia

Artist Marketing Resources,blog launched February 3, 2009

blog: Artist Marketing Resources http://ArtistMarketingResources.com

About my relevant education and professional experience:

– BFA–Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
-2 years of graduate school in Museum Studies and Museology / three years experience in the museum profession as a museum registrar and arts collection manager in a major US city.

-Completed Business and Entrepreneurial Courses and Workshops, Art Licensing Course, and Arts Journalism studies. Contributing writer for top online news sources and art blogs.

-Have Successfully obtained corporate art consultant representation and contracts for artists, obtained print contracts internationally and art licensing contracts with top companies for my artist-clients, facilitated art sales, obtained solo exhibitions, obtain gallery representation for my artist-clients, have written and published feature articles on artists, and much more for my artist-clients.

-More than 15 years experience as widely published author of poetry, short fiction, reviews, articles–in print: books, anthologies, magazines, literary journals and online articles published on news sites, blogs and e-zines. Have done numerous bookstore readings, café readings, coffeehouse readings, restaurant readings, and performances, including a performance series at a Performing Arts center in San Francisco. Produced a 2 year-long series on public access cable TV interviewing artists and creative writers, using my filmmaking and editing.

-Since Feb 3, 2009, interacting in the online arts community via my blog/and site, providing and sharing free information with other artists. Since Sept 2010 interaction with my over 3,400 artist and art professional members of my LinkedIN group, Artist Marketing Resources.

-My own personal experiences as a gallery represented artist, exhibiting artist, published artist, and my around-the-world international teaching and travels, including four expatriate years in Hong Kong, China,Tokyo, Japan, and India, gives me unique inside view for representing and promoting artists internationally.

I have the education and experience to give myself a higher level title, such as Director, President or CEO, so why have I chosen the title and role of Agent? As an agent I’m hands-on and can do more for artists as an expert independent contractor working on your behalf. I don’t just give artists advice, I make many actions on their behalf. I do the work needed!

Bridgeman Studio Award 2014 Competition Now calling for entries: Book Cover Art • CD/Album Artwork • Standalone piece of art

 Bridgeman Art Library Studio,  in partnership with Creative Review  will be carefully selecting new artists from competition entries to meet the demands of the global image-licensing industry.

 entry deadline : Tuesday 20th May 2014

Results will be announced in the Creative Review July Issue, out June 17th 2014, and across all Bridgeman social channels, website and newsletter.

COMPETITION DETAILS: To enter you will need to submit up to five single pieces of original artwork, which will be assessed on their ability to work across the range of applications detailed below.

Theme: JOY

The winning piece will be judged on its commercial ability to be licensed on all three of the following products:

Book Cover • CD/Album Artwork • Standalone piece of art

Prizes

1 WINNER: will receive: £500 (or $800), Bridgeman Studio Award 2014 Certificate/Award, 1 year free subscription to the Bridgeman Studio portal.

5 RUNNERS UP: will be given 1 free year subscription on Bridgeman Studio

JUDGES: Victoria Bridgeman – CEO of Bridgeman; Lucy Innes Williams – Manager of Bridgeman Studio; Patrick Burgoyne – Editor of Creative Review; Pixie Andrew – Curator of Will’s Art Warehouse ; Jenny Wen – Director of Merchandising at Art.com; Jonas Almgren CEO of Artfinder.

Terms & Conditions

• Maximum of 5 entries from an artist only.
• All artwork entered into the competition remains 100% copyright of the artist.
• All artwork can be used in marketing and advertising the competition from Bridgeman and third parties (Creative Review) .
• Entrants must give permission for their names and photographs to be used for publicity.
• The entry can be photography, illustration, digital art or fine art.
• All artwork must be 100% original copyright owned by the artist and not use any third party copyright material.
• Entries must be supplied as two files, one high resolution .jpeg sized between 3MB and 5MB, and one low resolution version, sized between 250KB and 500KB
• By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to these terms and conditions

Entries to: competition@bridgemanstudio.com by Tuesday 20 May 2014 LATEST.

Online Original Art Sales: Home Decor vs Contemporary Gallery Venues

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I’ve noticed that when artists and others discuss the virtue of online art sales, that much is assumed. Seldom is a distinction made between venues that clearly appeal to the home decor shopper and venues that actual collectors of contemporary fine art may frequent looking for new artwork to add their collections.

Artsy Home is clearly a home decor online sale site. Beside having *home* in their name, their sales categories include artisan crafted lamps, ceramics, tile and mosaic, fiber and textiles, weaving and wicker, woodworking, wall art objects, and seasonal painting, as well as photography and sculpture. As a painter, photographic artist, or sculptor, will your work be a better fit and actually sell on a home decor site such as Artsy Home, rather than in an online gallery? There are numerous online art galleries, such as Saatchi online and many more. We’ve put together an extensive list of clickable links to art sales venues that provide artists with many more options.

1St Dibs is a top online sales site with categories that include furniture, fine art, jewelry & watches, fashion, and collections.  The 1St Dibs fine art items are sold from within storefronts that are operated by physical galleries using the platform to expand their sales into the online market. Each gallery pays the fees and expenses associated with setting up and maintaining their site shop, and many galleries continue to take their 50% commission for online sales. I am familiar with the process of getting into a 1St dibs gallery, since my artwork is represented in the Schroder Romero Gallery 1St Dibs Store. Schroder Romero is a Brooklyn, New York based art gallery that has moved into online sales, not only with their 1St Dibs store but also with their Schroder Romero Editions site. Within the 1St Dibs *collections* category, Schroder Romero Gallery is listed as a themed collection of fine art available for purchase.

Artists: Get Your Art Featured on Blog + Linked Image Gallery

Unknown maker, French (photographer) , Polyorama Panoptique Lorchette Enchantée, French, about 1855, Lithograph, colored.

Unknown maker, French (photographer) , Polyorama Panoptique Lorchette Enchantée, French, about 1855, Lithograph, colored. Getty images.

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Great Ode Artist Book – Call for Submissions and Contributions

Great Ode is a new publication in the form of an Artist’s Book. The book will feature a variety of works which reflect upon changing perceptions of contemporary society and how we artists are affected by its processes, requirements, its fast-moving cycles and the structure.

Great Ode is seeking contributions that are both experimental and subversive, at times satirical, anarchic, or even hopeful. This isn’t to be implied in one work, but in the final book length collection of varied artworks, visual explorations, essays, notes, criticisms, proposals for alternative living and photographs (by different artists and creators).

The book will be predominantly visually based with strong emphasis on visual content–

photographs,

illustrations,

mixed media,

sculpture,

poems,

writings/essays

theoretical ideas

concepts

‘DIY plans’

design

transcripts

Artists submit artworks in the forms above which strongly articulate and illustrate their concerns with contemporary society, or their hopes for alternative living and power/political structures.

We are open in the form of the work, as long as it is able to be printed / reproduced in a 2D format in the final book. Videos will be welcome for the website when it is launched or the corresponding blog.

Deadline:  October 31st

TO CONTRIBUTE:

GREATODE@GMAIL.COM or GREATODE@YMAIL.COM

Send an email with attached images or pdf of work you would like to submit, only mac/pc-readable files accepted:

PDF, Jpeg, PNG, TIFF

Links are ok to send also as examples of your work, ideas, writings, practice.

Artists retain all rights to their work but grant Great Ode the right to use their images in the book, and as promotional material with permission from the Artist.

Yoko Invites Woman of All Ages and All Countries To Submit To Her Project

Yoko Ono invites woman artists to take part in her art installation project and resulting book.

Details on the artist’s website:

http://www.imaginepowerarising.com/#sthash.UeMhsKeY.dpbs

More Art Sold Online than in Brick and Mortar Galleries

The Saatchi Gallery was based at County Hall 2...

The Saatchi Gallery was based at County Hall 2003–2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to this BBC article, more art is sold online than in galleries. This is the first I’ve read of this. Over the past few years there has been an ongoing debate, and even a snobbery perhaps against online galleries. It seems the tides have turned!

Read this article, including a quote regarding Saatchi online gallery sales vs physical gallery sales—http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23054641

PLEASE NOTE: Keep trying the links–you may receive an error message, but you will get through to the article if you keep trying.

Common Problems When Purchasing Fine Art

The best way to buy art and avoid all the common problems of purchasing art mentioned in this video, is by purchasing direct from living artists. You can buy art directly from Belgian artist Gabriella Cleuren on her website.

Concerning Artist Copyright : Tips on How to Keep Tabs on Your Art Images Online

Keep tabs. See what people are pinning from your blog by going to: http://pinterest.com/source/YourBlogURL

 and

Do a reverse image search of your jpeg art images.

You can do a reverse image search using TinEye http://www.tineye.com

This little kid explains how to do a reverse image search–

If you have found your art used by others without your permission, here are some organizations that can help–

Join Creative America united against content theft organization  http://www.creativeamerica.org

Come and Play Collaborations

Whether you’re a painter, musician, sculptor, writer, or filmmaker, submit your work to Dream The End to take part in one of our most exciting collaborations yet. To have your work considered for the edition, simply send samples of your work or website links to submissions@dreamtheend.com . If chosen, your work will appear on Dream The End’s front page along with your very own artist page on our site.

Your work will be reviewed by the editors at Dream The End and our Advisory Board, whose members include: Nicole Will of Bortolami Gallery, curator Price Latimer Agah, John Steele of Leslie Feely Fine Art, Alex Jovanovich of Artforum, artist Leor Grady, and Susan Strebel of New York City Center.

www.dreamtheend.com

All-Woman Group Art Exhibition

San Francisco’s Lim Gallery Presents All-Woman Art Group Exhibition Dynamic Color, Featuring Patter Hellstrom, April Hawkins, and Saundra McPherson (via PR Newswire)

Download image SAN FRANCISCO, April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Lim Gallery is proud to announce the upcoming show Dynamic Color, which includes fine art and paintings by Patter Hellstrom, April Hawkins , and Saundra McPherson , on view through June 30th, 2013. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com…

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