Art Chowder Magazine Print Edition + Digital! #Artists Submit!

 

Flootie online gallery owner Dean Cameron has purchased Art Chowder magazine and published the first edition since taking on the publication.

The May-June issue of Art Chowder is out now at www.artchowder.com and print copies can be purchased locally in all major bookstores including Barnes & Noble, Hastings, as well as many local retailers. The Art Chowder website is up and running and people can subscribe to receive print copies of the magazine in the mail or download a PDF version to their Nook or Kindles. Cover price is $5.95 and digital is $1.99. People can also read for free on the Art Chowder website here.

Artists Submit to Art Chowder

Art Chowder publishes 6 issues of the magazine per year with each issue featuring at least one national and one international artist per release.

The Art Chowder website has all the tools from advertising rates and submission details for artists. 

Art Chowder has several expert columnists that will feature articles every issue as well. The “Chowder” in the name implies they will have a savory mix of a wide spectrum of the “Arts” in each issue begging the reader to ask “What’s next”?

 You can reach Dean Cameron via email at:  dean@artchowder.com
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Artists Building Relationships With Art Collectors

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The idiom or aphorism “God is in the details” expresses the idea that whatever you do you should do it thoroughly and completely. I like to think of such thoroughness as “leaving no stone unturned,” that is, let no detail –no matter how small — go unexamined. And, yes, for any artist “it’s the little things that count” when it comes to establishing relationships with collectors. Those are some of the things that I took away from my conversations with the art collector and entrepreneur Dean Cameron and artist Rush Cole. Yet, surprisingly enough, neither could seem to recall specific moments or words, just that they began to talk, kept the conversation going and art entered into private art collections.

“Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgement difficult.” Hippocrates

Dean Cameron says, “I love it when an artist shares their truth about their artwork and even what it means to be an artist (the struggle is real). I enjoy getting to know them personally and not just their pedigree. There is a lot of very beautiful artwork out there and visual attraction can sure get the conversation started, but what usually prompts me to purchase is when I have developed a relationship with that artist. Nearly every painting we own has a story of some type.”

Dean recalls a relationship with an artist that started as a chance meeting at a printer. “The Artists name was d l’Aigle. He was having printing done as well and he and I struck up a conversation. In a very similar fashion he and I became friends, as well as me becoming his publisher. I helped him sell numerous prints and originals. Sadly we lost d’lAigle a couple of years ago. Pam and I own 3 originals. If there is a single key…say hi and strike up a conversation. Even just say hello!”

New Mexico artist Rush Cole

Artist Rush Cole (photo: Herschel Mair, Santa Fé, NM)

Rush Cole recalls that, “Dean and I met on Facebook several years ago through a mutual friend, Marcella Rose…I’m thinking it must have been somewhere around 2005-2007…it’s all a little vague. At any rate, Dean and I communicate occasionally online. Recently, I posted a flurry of artwork from my website rushcolefineart.com and he purchased a small painting.
"YOUNG PUEBLO MAIDEN", 18" x 26", Oil on canvas, Gallery-wrapped: $5500.

YOUNG PUEBLO MAIDEN, 18 x 26 inches, oil painting on canvas, $5500.

 

Rush Cole’s words remind me of the importance of starting the conversation. No need to wait until you have the perfect elevator speech or business card. (Don’t make excuses, or justify not taking action). We are all human. Others may not remember the exact words or moment you first spoke, but they will remember that you connected with them. Get the conversation started and keep it natural. Have lots of conversation too!

Dean Cameron also values his friendship with Marcella Rose, saying, “If I remember correctly, she called me on the phone to ask me about my business at the time American Fine Art Company. We met and it developed from there. I saw her work and got to know her as a person and we hit it off from there. After meeting her and getting to know her, we developed a relationship of me being a publisher for her as well as placing her works in a local gallery.   The first business deal developed when a bank president I know was buying a new condo and the designer asked me if I could show her a collection of some of our artists. She loved an abstract series of Marcella’s and asked for prices of canvas giclees and originals. She chose the giclees…. (I now own the originals…). Marcella has developed an outstanding art career for herself in Minnesota and her works are selling like hotcakes. She is a Flootie artist as well. Pam and I own 10 of her original paintings and 4 of her prints. We talk often and help each other when we can. What inspires me is when someone else is inspired. My advice to artists is to be “engaged” with people. Not everyone will buy your art but friendships and networking lead to opportunities. I can’t tell you how many business deals have developed between friends of friends and a good word.”
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 Last year, an Artist Marketing Resources article (read it here ) featured some of the many art projects of Dean Cameron, including mention of his private art collection of over 200 paintings and numerous prints. In a more recent conversation, Dean said–“I am privileged to have made many artist friends (some I have had professional relationships with as well). In many cases I have tried to help artists build relationships through networking without contractual binds as well. Funny thing I have always believed in the cheesy “what goes around comes around” philosophy. Of the over 200 paintings Pam and I own a good 50% are from artist friends. I tell many, that most successful artists sell a lot of work BECAUSE of the Internet. It’s about building relationships and trust in your brand. People buy online when they trust the quality of work or the merchant that is selling it.”

Even Dean Cameron’s online gallery, Flootie, is set up to make connections with each of the artists there. Rush Cole is a Flootie artist member and you can review her portfolio here.

Dean Cameron invites both artists and collectors to connect with him via email (info@flootie.com) and join in the discussions on his Facebook gallery page here.

Artist Layne Brady Painted + Gifted More Than 700 Portraits to Families of Fallen Soldiers

Layne Brady

Layne Brady

The skilled and versatile artist Layne Brady created bronze sculptures, landscape and bird paintings, and undertook an amazing portrait project. Tragically, Layne passed away suddenly last April from complications of a bronchial infection. Layne is sorely missed by friend, collaborator and collector Dean Cameron, who would like to pay tribute to Layne is an homage to the artist’s career. One project Dean Cameron and Layne had in the works was a collaboration on a children’s book which Layne was to illustration, but he passed away before he could complete the project. Dean Cameron maintains a posthumous artist profile and portfolio for Layne Brady on his Flootie online gallery site–view it here.

“I met Layne online through a barter network. I liked his work and so we put a deal together. Since that time I fell in love with his style and passion he had for his work. He was a very kind and gentle soul,” says Cameron.

Dean became his agent and placed his work in several galleries that sold his work, including Angel Gallery in Couer d’Alene, Idaho, and Pacific Flyway Gallery in Spokane Valley, Washington.

Dean Cameron misses his artist friend and spoke with admiration, particularly on the late artist’s portrait project, saying, “Layne was a very accomplished portrait artist. I own 7 original paintings of his. He painted over 700 portraits of fallen soldiers that were given to their families at no cost. His wife is in the process of creating prints of his remaining originals and developing a site to sell them.”

Here is a video, made in 2010, with Layne describing how he got involved making portraits for Project. In the video, the artist mentions painting and sending 500 portraits to families of fallen soldiers, but he continued painting for years after the video was made, and ultimately produced 700+ portraits. Anyone can fill out a request form for a portrait of a fallen hero to be painted by current project artists here.

 

Dean Cameron: Serial Entrepreneur, Art Collector, Producer of “Where’s Art?” TV Series Interviewing Artists

 

Dean Cameron

Dean Cameron

Dean Cameron is busy creating new and innovative features for his online gallery Flootie.com. Although he humorously refers to himself as a “Serial Entrepreneur in need of a 12 step program,” he also says that Flootie is his focus and at the top of his list of priorities. “We are all about “Concentric Marketing,” says Cameron of his online gallery– “Currently our programmer is developing a single point registration system to be rolled out very soon. Next is an “auto share” feature that allows artists to post a new work on Flootie and have it share to all their social media accounts at the same time. Saving them time to create more artwork.”

Although he’s not ready to divulge other innovations that he has in the works just yet, Cameron reveals something of the process, “I have assembled a focus group of artists so that I can have their perspective on some of our plans. Let’s just say it this way….I abhor the term “Starving Artist.” To me it says the same thing as “I am a terrible cook so please come to my restaurant.” You will hear people say that oil is the #1 world commodity and coffee is #2….I dispute that notion. I feel that artworks are the worlds #1 sold product. From Huts to Mansions and every business in between displays artwork. It is truly a matter of putting the right artwork in front of the right customers. I don’t intend to make it sound easy, as it is certainly not. But if we can support the artists by helping them build their “brand” and offering a vehicle that arms them with tools they have been lacking previously, then maybe we can make a difference.”
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Memorial to Empty Hearts, by Paula Rosa, featured on Flootie.com and Magicraftsman Studio

You’ll find the Magicraftsman Studio gallery featured prominently on the Flootie homepage. The gallery is in the Pacific Northwest area of the USA, in Spokane, Washington, and was founded by artist Roch Fautch. Working in conjunction with Dean Cameron and Flootie, this gallery space is made available commission free to imaginative and thought-provoking artists–both local and international.

Roch Fautch and Magicraftsman Studios also sculpted a set design for Dean Cameron’s new art TV production studio. Ever busy, Cameron describes the development of his Unit 219 TV studio space–“We built a new office for our producer and myself to better support the post production work we do in video. On top of that we have built a state of the art TV production studio with chromakey green wall and LED lighting, pro sound and our “soon to be unveiled” sculptured set design from our artist friend Roch Fautch and Magicraftsman Studio.”

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Cameron works closely with artists in a variety of ways, and uses TV interviews with artists to promote their work. Cameron produces his Flootie TV series in his new Unit 219 space. “The Studio resides in a building I own and we are calling it “Unit 219 Studios”. It is a large Commercial “Condo facility.”

Flootie TV Studio office

Flootie TV Studio office

The art on the Flootie TV office walls (in the photo above) are pieces in Dean Cameron and wife Pam’s private art collection. “My background is as a “collector” and supporter of the arts and artists and I served for several years on numerous boards in our region. The Spokane Valley Arts Council has done great things in bringing original art to collectors in our region. My wife and I own approximately 200 original paintings and many are from regional artists and many of those are Flootie artists as well.  I have primarily been a professional and/or business owner most of my adult life in various industries. My skill set is in Relationship development (Sales and Marketing) and I have worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies as a supplier to them. I have always had a great love for the arts (no skill whatsoever to make art) just a profound respect for the artists and their works. I see so much in the way art is presented to the public that has not changed much in eons of time. We live in a changing world and I think we have some idea’s that can make a difference (many are still in development and are what I like to call “game changers”).”

Cameron says, “TV and Radio production was a potential career choice of mine waaaay back in High School. It is a whole different world today in the digital realm. Our Producer Jani Behrs has a 30 year background with the BBC. I like to write our shows and interject our “Benny Hill” type comedy in our shows so we may appeal to a much broader audience and capture their attention for our artists interviews. We strive to make Flootie TV unique, entertaining and most of all fun! And we do have fun…”

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“Jani produced our first video for Flootie and all the “Flootie University” video’s that were designed to explain the features and benefits of Flootie to our users. We were invited to create a TV show by our local station CMTV and had an open book as to content and style. Jani and I seem to click on how we build these shows. I would also be remiss if I did not mention our character “Art Formee”. The name came to me as a way to reference artists and buyers in the same breath. He has come to life in our TV Shows (of which I am the straight man to his comedic insults). He is played by our good friend and AWESOME musician Charles Swanson.”

Jani and Dean share the role of Director. “We have 3 studio camera’s, LED lights and remote microphones. There is more equipment at our disposal if needed. Jani runs one camera and my son John Cameron runs another (he studied video production in school as well). The Flootie TV production team is rounded out by our Super Ninja Internet Programmer Adam Townsend. Usually much of the show is shot before hand with our vignette’s. We bring in two artists and it is Jani, John and me (and the artists of course). Then post production happens and they are all “knitted” together into a 30 minute show.”

 “We will be continuing with interviewing our artists who are regional enough to make it to our studio as well as present opportunities for our artists outside the region to submit video of themselves, their stories etc…for our “Where’s Art”? segment. Currently Flootie TV is seen on 11 public access stations in 8 states and growing.”
Here is an example segment of “Where’s Art?”  https://youtu.be/rP6BxfPGvFo WHERE’S ART Marcella Rose Segment on Flootie TV and a couple of short and fun videos…

FLOOTIE TV – 1-800-bad-dali  If all the wretched drug manufacturers can do it, so can Flootie TV!

“We are going “off studio” for our next show. It will be a special episode that centers around our “Artists Forever” Grant Program. We will shoot from a local Gallery and tie into the three video’s we have already completed where we give grants to elementary school arts programs to support the purchase of art supplies.”

Where does Dean Cameron get funding for his Flootie projects? “Subscriber artists pay a small monthly fee for the use of the marketing tools on Flootie. We also ran a “pARTy on” T-Shirt campaign to help us raise funds. The rest is financed by me and my wife,” he says rather humbly.
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Cameron and Flootie support and work to promote other art galleries as well. “We enjoyed a cooperative event this past summer called “The Summer of Flootie” where our friends at Pacific Flyway Gallery (now called Spokane Gallery) displayed Flootie Artists works for the months of June, July, August and it culminated into an outdoor BBQ and art show event. We plan to do more co-op events with others as well.”

Cameron relates that his”Master GOAL” was established long ago, saying, ” I learned a long time ago that business plans need to be flexible as they change based upon opportunity. Much of what we laid out on the original website has changed. It does come to me somewhat naturally (Serial Entrepreneur in need of a 12 step program again..lol). Sometimes I need the art to distract me from pursuing other idea’s…SQUIRREL!!”

To relax and unwind Dean Camera fly fishes–and sent this photo to prove that he does take some time off.

“This is me Fly fishing near our cabin on the Kettle River in NE Washington State,” says Dean.
Dean Cameron fly fishing

Dean Cameron fly fishing

Found on Flootie: Bird, Fish,Turtles, Rabbits and More For Animal Lovers

In the Garden, Debbie Hughbanks

In the Garden, Debbie Hughbanks

Skillfully rendered rabbit fur, in Debbie Hughbanks drawing In the Garden is so believable you may find yourself reaching out to touch your computer screen. It’s a work of realism to rival the famed Young Hare (1502) watercolor painting of Albrecht Durer. Artist Debbie Hughbanks specializes in painting the wildlife around her studio in Washington State in the USA. She may have also traveled to the tropics to see the sea turtles, shells glistening wet, in her painting Taking the Plunge.

Taking the Plunge, Debbie Hughbanks

Taking the Plunge, Debbie Hughbanks

In Daniel Smith’s painting Cowbird Companions, a portrait an American bison stares defiantly at us, unperturbed by the Cowbirds resting on his massive shoulders. All are in a symbiotic relationship, with the birds eating insects around the enormous animals. Daniel Smith’s paintings and Giclee prints are represented by Pacific Flyway Gallery.

Cowbird Companion, Daniel Smith

Cowbird Companion, Daniel Smith

Roman Rocco Burgan knows his fish! While most of us might simply see an expressive and lovely rendering of a gold fish pond is his painting below, the artist identifies the breed or strain of goldfish as Bristol Blue Shubunkin and Golden Rudd.

Bristol Blue Shubunkin and Golden Rudd Fish, Roman Rocco Burgan

Bristol Blue Shubunkin and Golden Rudd Fish, Roman Rocco Burgan

You’ll find beautiful animal art in Marcella Rose’s Flootie portfolio here. The artist grew up on a farm and learned to appreciate animals early in life, painting both the domesticated animals such as cows–that may remind you of Andy Warhol’s cows–but also the lesser seen animals of North American such as wild sheep and deer.

Trailblazer, Marcella Rose

Trailblazer, Marcella Rose

Lovely brushwork on the deer’s body brings the fur texture to life.

GRACE, Marcella Rose

GRACE, Marcella Rose

The sweet face of Country Girl a painting by Marcella Rose below.

Country Girl, Marcella Rose

Country Girl, Marcella Rose

Darrell Sullen’s Ladies First is a little bit of a humourous take on this view of two cows and one bull on the river’s edge to drink.

two cows, one bull by river, Darrell Sullens

Ladies First, Darrell Sullens

Bill Werle paints in soothing and muted tones to portray the predatory owl, its white face punctuating the center of the dark canvas ground.

Figment of Your Imagination- Barn Owl, Bill Werle

Figment of Your imagination -Barn Owl, Bill Werle

Here Bill Werle skillfully captures an autumn forest view with a moose crossing a stream in his painting Just Passing Through.

Just Passing Through, Bill Werle

Just Passing Through, Bill Werle

Animal lovers will find these, and many more paintings of animals on the Flootie online gallery site here.

Mapping Joey Favino’s World of Art

The Other Saint Paul Island, Joey Favino

The Other Saint Paul Island, Joey Favino

Joey Favino is both Cartographer and artist. Cartography is the study and technique of making maps, and maps usually provide precise spatial information about physical locations. But while Joey Favino’s take on painting is based on geography and cartography, he completely divorces landforms from any mapping data, leaving the viewer with only shapes to contemplate, often in repeating patterns.

“Are they representational or abstract? Take your pick,” says the artist.

For his painting titled The Other Saint Paul Island, artist Joey Favino says, “Saint Paul Island is located in the Barents Sea, about 300 miles (450 km) off Alaska. My previous paintings featuring the French island of the same name (in the Indian Ocean) led me to seek an alternate namesake. The stark, harsh beauty of the island and its icy surroundings are portrayed by the “cold” and subdued pallet, with the iridescent background hinting at the icy reflection of a low subarctic sunset.”

New Zealand, Joey Favino

New Zealand, Joey Favino

Artist Joey Favino remembers how he liked to look at maps when he was a little boy and when a sophomore in high school, he says,  “I needed an excuse to spend my lunch period in the nice warm library during upstate New York’s winter, so I claimed that I was there to consult an atlas. Within weeks that was my actual purpose there. I postered my room with maps.”

He likens a good map to a piece of art–“I don’t mean old Renaissance maps with ornate borders and cute drawings taking up space where areas are just unexplored… Y’ever look at a Raven map of Idaho? Okay, it’s an esoteric sort of beauty (remember, a map is just a specialized graph, a reference tool), but mapping seemed to be the best path for me to pursue, both very analytical and numeric AND strictly graphic and holistic.”

Hilo, Joey Favino

Great Salt Lake Hi-Lo, Joey Favino

After earning his B.S. in Cartography, Mr. Favino tried unsuccessfully to start a career in the field–“At the time, operating a stereoscope was the standard toe-in-the-door. That’s problematic for me: I’m blind in one eye.” So, he started doing odd jobs and traveled around the United States. On his travels he engaged in a lot of correspondence–writing letters by hand on paper. “Three times now, a series of well-written letters has gotten me to the other side of the planet to be toured around by a local for a couple of weeks, for nothing more than the cost of airfare (Kazakhstan, South Africa, and Maui), so my wanderlust and my bent for geography have been rather satisfied,” explains Favino.

While in Maui, he watched as a commercial artist of note painted a couple of paintings and decided that he should try his hand at it. Favino says of his painting practice, “It quickly became second nature, and both my innate fascination with geographic forms and my learned way of presenting them, with a little twist of well-traveled perspective (for lack of stereo perspective?), both seem to collaborate in some way in each piece I create.”

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Cape Quad Cape Cod, Joey Favino

Favino’s take on Cape Cod’s distinctive shape was to repeat it four times in his painting Cape Quad Cape Cod with swirling blues to represent the deep, cold Atlantic waters in Cape Cod Bay and Buzzard Bay.

For his six-panel piece of Utah’s Great Salt Lake, the various tones and line patterns contrast the shoreline at its lowest recorded water level (in 1963) against its highest (in 1986). Two large and three small islands can be seen, as well as the distinction between Northern and Southern parts of the vast inland sea created by the solid railroad causeway crossing the lake. Almost mimicking one’s perception on the shore, the whole thing shimmers against its desert surroundings.

Pyramid Lake, Joey Favino

Pyramid Lake, Joey Favino

For Pyramid Lake, Favino again chose a repetition of four. Pyramid Lake is an eerie, alkaline or saline lake about forty miles northeast of Reno and which consists mostly of the outflow from Lake Tahoe. In this four-panel work, the artist uses browns to color the lake itself (somewhat resembling the gray-brown of the lake’s water), with fiery reds and pinks between each mirrored pair to symbolise of the stark high-altitude desert surroundings. The green spots of paints is Anejo Island, the largest in the lake.

Ascension, Joey Favino

Ascension, Joey Favino

The small island of Ascension, a British possession in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, repeated five times in Joey Favino’s painting Ascension, as first glance resembles a beautiful flower, but also reminds me of a vintage oyster plate. The green area of each “petal” corresponds to Green Mountain, the only hill tall enough on the otherwise Mars-like island to have a fair amount of rainfall and thick vegetation.

Joey Favino

Joey Favino

Joey Favino’s art is on display through the end of September at THE GRIND coffeehouse in Cedar City, Utah

View Joey Favino’s Flootie portfolio here.

Visit Joey Favino’s website http://www.jfwoa.com

Follow his Blog/Newsletter: http://jfwoa.com/blog/

Feature Article by Marie Kazalia, Artist Marketing Resources http://ArtistMarketingResources.com

 

 

Loretta Jenkins “Wise Beauties” from Birth to Old Age

The Wise Beauties, Loretta Jenkins

The Wise Beauties, Loretta Jenkins

I love the way Loretta Jenkins Wise Beauties, above, peer into the image frame at us so powerfully and with such hard direct gazes!

Over the past 25 years Loretta Jenkins has been working as a professional portrait artist in and around North Idaho and Eastern Washington State and online.  “I have worked at doing portrait commissions in malls, galleries and resorts throughout the area, drawing and painting from life and photographs. I am well known in the local area and my work is included in personal collections throughout the US, Canada and Europe. I have been invited to parties and events numerous times to paint and draw for part of their fun activities,” says Loretta.

Home in North Idaho in 1952, Loretta Jenkins

Home in North Idaho in 1952, Loretta Jenkins

Loretta Jenkins often uses photographs provided by her clients to create unique paintings and drawings of large or single groupings of families. She has used old or vintage photographs and combined them with the new to create unique artworks. In the charcoal drawing above, titled Home in North Idaho in 1952, the artist worked from a family photograph of her brothers and cousins at play at their family log cabin located at Cocoalla, Idaho in the nineteen-fifties. Loretta explains why she is absent from the photo– “I was still a baby, so I wasn’t big enough to be outside playing with the family.” She created this drawing as a gift for her brother.
Motherhood, Loretta Jenkins

Motherhood, Loretta Jenkins

Loretta’s painting Motherhood is available as prints on paper in two sizes–click here for details and pricing.

Learning From Grandpa, Loretta Jenkins

Learning From Grandpa, Loretta Jenkins

Loretta Jenkins artwork above, Learning From Grandpa, was a commissioned watercolor painting.
Innocence, Loretta Jenkins

Innocence, Loretta Jenkins

Her painting of a baby who fell asleep in his high chair is based on a 1950’s photographer of her cousin in infancy own by the artist’s grandmother. The artist added the beautifully rendered dogs for additional interest.
Pueblo Clown, Loretta Jenkins

Pueblo Clown, Loretta Jenkins

Loretta describes her color drawing Pueblo Clown as a friend’s son celebrating with his tribe.
Gossips, Loretta Jenkins

Gossips, Loretta Jenkins

Loretta uses collections of photographs to recreate a special time, place or memory.

 

 

View Loretta Jenkins’ full portfolio here.

Online Gallery Now Accepts Bitcoin Payments

Flootie.com, a self-proclaimed “Artist Marketing Toolbox,” has begun accepting Bitcoin for subscriber Registration Fees.

To coin an old phrase “In today’s world you lead, follow or get out of the way” says site owner and founder of Flootie.com’s Dean Cameron.

“Our goal is to create options and tools for Artists and Art Galleries to successfully market their artwork,” says Cameron. Bitcoin is yet another tool in that toolbox. Artists are starting to really adopt Bitcoin as it gives them another way to sell their artwork.

More mainstream companies are beginning to accept Bitcoin as well, “so artists can use it to buy art supplies, personal items and now even their art marketing platform,” says Cameron.

Flootie has created a separate registration sign up-page for Bitcoin users that allows for an annual membership to be purchased in one of three levels available. These prices offer a discount from the standard credit card monthly option, due to the annual nature of a Bitcoin subscription.

Flootie.com continues to add new features and options for our current as well as future subscribers. ” We are thrilled to bring the Bitcoin option to our platform,” say Cameron.

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Paintings of Things That Bug Artist Janette “JKay” Borland

Light Orchestra, Janette "JKay" Borland

Light Orchestra, Janette “JKay” Borland  (click image for details)

Flootie online gallery artist Janette “JKay” Borland describes her painting Light Orchestra as a “stylized beetle conducting the summer’s night light show of fireflies,” a painting and a title that reveal her humor, wit, and interest in the metaphorical and the surreal as subject matter for her art.  As JKay says, “I am a particular fan of Surrealism.”

Dinner Train, Janette "JKay" Borland

Dinner Train, Janette “JKay” Borland

JKay also admits to “dabbling in poetry,” and this is apparent in her written descriptions on each of her artworks found on Flootie–her words equally enjoyable as the stories she tells with her brush. In the artist’s words for another richly colorful work in her Beetle Series, titled Dinner Train, JKay writes that she is depicting “beetle, riding on beetle, with dinner available and about to be served.”

Guardians, Janette "JKay" Borland

Guardians, Janette “JKay” Borland

“Location does change ones inspirations a great deal,” says JKay. “Pine trees won’t be in many of my paintings anymore.” JKay relocated in May of 2014, moving from the Pacific Northwest to the deserts of Arizona in the South East. “Spokane was a wonderful place to live with wonderful people and the arts were truly alive. But I’ve always had the dream of living in the desert. It is lush with vegetation and gorgeous mountains and skies that speak. The wildlife and the cactus entertain me daily. I feel the desert in my very soul,” she said, describing how the textures of the desert allow her to “take a wonderful journey and let my mind flow.”

With her move to Tuscon, JKay now works on her art outdoors on her huge patio with Ramada, especially in the earlier, cooler part of the day until 11:00 a.m. From her patio she observes the birds, and cactus blooms. In a chat I had with the artist, she described the wildlife she sees in her yard, such as Gopher snakes and King snakes as “very lovely creatures. She watches the scorpions, coyotes, deer, owls, hawks and roaming Javelina, a type of wild pig. “Every day is full of wonder. And, there are some VERY interesting bugs here! I found that Sharpie pens attract bees,” she said. “I do grab my Nikon and head out to the edges of the wild. I’ve never been surrounded with so much subject matter…so beautiful everywhere I look. But, then again, beauty is in the eye of the holder. I have an eye for texture. This is why cactus totally appeals to me…and there are so many varieties. Rocks! Love rocks. Rusty things! Love rusty things.”

Helmet Head, Janette "JKay" Borland

Helmet Head, Janette “JKay” Borland

Now in Tuscon, in addition to painting on canvas, she paints murals indoors and has also “re-entered the world of clay,” saying that “it is a joy to have the clay center here.”

Same Old Sh*t, Janette "JKay" Borland

Same Old Sh*t, Different Day, Janette “JKay” Borland

More humor and insects in her painting Same Old Sh*t, Different Day, for which JKay wrote, “Just another one of my moments … In the work-a-day world on the east coast, we used to say this all the time. “Same old sh*t, different day.” I decided to use it visually and I laughed while I painted it. This is why art is NOT a job to me … 🙂 “
In Walks a Stinker, Janette "JKay" Borland

In Walks a Stinker, Janette “JKay” Borland

In her painting titled, In Walks a Stinker, JKay revealed that it “was a great source of fun and yes, the stinker represented someone I knew.”

“Every tavern has one … a loud-mouth Stinker. Ha, ha! But, he’s just part of the scene.”

“I felt a little prankish when I created this piece. Bugs and beetles were my entertainment for humorous art as I incorporated them into human settings… or sometimes into a totally human frustration we could all identify with.”
Over Achievers, JKay Borland

Over Achievers, JKay Borland

An ant carriers the earth on his back, in Over Achievers, for which JKay says, “I just had to say it … visually.”

“Overachievers. They are out there …out doing those around them. Yes, they are amazing. But, sometimes, they just make a spectacle of themselves in their efforts. Heh, heh!
Some see this painting more literally as “carrying the world on their shoulders.” That’s fine …if it makes you feel better. We all know that feeling as well. But, the concept of the Overachiever makes me giggle a bit more…”
JKay spoke optimistically of her new Tucson home, “There are many new incoming residents… With an era in common. They just may be looking for what I have to offer.”

Flootie Exhibitions and Artist Events at the Pacific Flyway Gallery

Princess Tower, James Christianson

Princess Tower, James Christianson at Pacific Flyway Gallery

Founder and CEO of Flootie online gallery, Dean Cameron works closely with Spokane’s newly expanded Pacific Flyway Gallery to showcase approximately 15 Flootie artists in the 3200 square foot exhibition space for three months of “Summer of Flootie” exhibitions. Flootie and Pacific Flyway Gallery host a series of promotional events, such as Artist Demonstrations, Artist Discussions, Meet The Artist events, lunches, barbecues, and an Art Market in the parking lot of the gallery. Flootie also invites gallery visitors to be in the studio audience during the filming of Flootie TV  artist interviews. Dean Cameron, the Flootie artists and the people at Pacific Flyway Gallery are looking forward to their next fun event on August 27th, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. As Dean Cameron says, “we keep creating new and innovative ways for you to sell your amazing artwork!”

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If you are an artist and would like to exhibit your work in an art gallery in the Pacific Northwest, you will get that opportunity annually as a member of Flootie. Sign up free or upgrade and get 90 days free when you use Code: AMR100.

If you are not an artist and would like to join Flootie as a collector or as a fan here and browse the art and follow any of the great artists you choose by using the “Favorite” feature and more. Click on each image below to view the artist’s portfolio.

Desaturated Flames, Dean Higgins

Desaturated Flames, Dean Huggins

At Pacific Flyway Gallery Summer of Flootie you’ll have the opportunity to see and purchase work by artists such as John Thamm:

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6 AM ACROSS WATER AVENUE 92713 9/27/13

John Thamm is a well-known and well-respected Spokane artist who is an accomplished portrait and landscape painter. We also recently featured some of his paintings in Found on Flootie: Urban Scenes and Cityscapes.  For John’s description of his painting titled 6 AM ACROSS WATER AVENUE 92713 9/27/13, he wrote, ” I captured this scene just at dawn this week. This is the view from my studio of the Spokane River. The trees and hillside that leads up to Kendell Yards change all day long with the light and in the Fall the River adds some atmospheric touches.”

ST JOE RIVER VALLEY, John F. Thamm

ST JOE RIVER VALLEY, John Thamm

For the months of June, July, August as part of the “Summer of Flootieevent about 15 Flootie artists exhibit 2-3 artworks. The Gallery will highlight Flootie Artists and will be doing a lot of promotional events and online promotions such as Facebook event invitations, Tweets, and blog features to drive traffic to Flootie artist portfolios. (Flootie makes nothing on any sales but the Gallery does).

Mountain Campfire, Stephen Lyman

A Mountain Campfire, Stephen Lyman

This is the first campfire in the Firelight series painted by Stephen Lyman. “I’ve never seen a really good painting of a campfire – I think I’ll paint one!” These were Stephen’s words as he began “A Mountain Campfire.” Never content to do the same thing over and over Stephen also explored candlelight, lantern light and even lightning.

 A Mountain Campfire is also available in a limited edition of 1500 offset lithographic prints, each signed by the artist Steve Lyman.
Sculpture by Richard Warrington

Sculpture by Richard Warrington

Richard Warrington is known for his public art large scale metal sculpture and smaller table top and pedestal works–displayed both outside and inside the Pacific Flyway Gallery.

Flootie Art Market event

Flootie Art Market event

Flootie outdoor Art Market with sculputre

Flootie outdoor Art Market with sculpture

Art Galleries are invited to create accounts on Flootie hereAn Art Gallery account allows you to create a public Gallery Profile, list works of art by a variety of artists, make contact with “fans” of your artists, and sell to whomever you wish however you wish. (Flootie.com takes nothing from your transactions).

Pacific Flyway Gallery provides art to Art Consultants for corporate art projects, works with Interior Designers, and offers original paintings, sculpture, prints, Giclee prints and posters as well as handmade artisan raku pottery, jewelry, bronze, and wood carvings.

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Found on Flootie: Urban Scenes and Cityscapes

Last month we featured art Found on Flootie in our blog article here. For August, we’ve found so many great artworks on Flootie that fit the theme of urban cityscapes. These artworks depict images buildings and people in US cities coast to coast, border to border. As well as scenes from such European cities as Amsterdam and Munich, Germany. Then off we go, all the way to Israel, to share some paintings of the city of Jerusalem.

Rememberance, Carolyn Hancock

Remembrance, Carolyn Hancock

We’re starting this image set in Washington D.C. with artist Carolyn Hancock’s scene of the Vietnam War Memorial–titled Remembrance. Click here to find out more about this painting.

The Workshop, Barry Westcott

The Workshop, Barry Westcott

In The Workshop, and 3 O’clock, artist Barry Westcott captures everyday scenes in an unnamed American city, rendered in his photo-realistic style of painting. Find the full details for these paintings on Flootie here.

3 O'Clock, Barry Westcott

3 O’Clock, Barry Westcott

Memories of a favorite Spokane, Washington restaurant Bob’s Chili Parlor, from back in the 1940’s and 50’s, with vintage automobile parked in front, come to life is a brilliant colored pencil creation by Craig Shillam. Click here to view the artist’s Flootie portfolio.

This colored pencil drawing is of an actual restaurant in Spokane, Wa. back in the 1940's and 50's is beautifully framed with conservation matting and framing. The framed size is approx. 32" high x 29 1/4" long.

Bob’s Chili Parlor, Craig Shillam

With Juke Joint, artist Mike Handley takes us inside the club life of a city at night. Find more of his work here.

Juke Joint, Mike Handley

Juke Joint, Mike Handley

Another night scene of neon street lights of the Radio City Music Hall, New York City is a color photograph by Gloria de los Santos. Find her full portfolio of artworks here.

Radio City Music Hall, Gloria de los Santos

Radio City Music Hall, NY, Gloria de los Santos

To the southern border of the USA, these New Mexico scenes, Naco Border Crossing, and,  El Rancho Hotel, give as a different flavor of American life.

Naco Border Crossin, Darrell Sullens

Naco Border Crossing, Darrell Sullens

El Racho Hotel Gallup New Mexico, Darrell Sullens

El Racho Hotel Gallup New Mexico, Darrell Sullens

Along with the artist’s tribute to times gone by and the Ashcan School of American painting, below, and on Flootie here.

Ashcan Revisited, Darrell Sullens

Ashcan Revisited, Darrell Sullens

Off to Europe, with John F. Thamm’s Munich Train Station Wedding Party, and, Marcela Rogel de Pepper’s Rainy Day in Amsterdam.

MUNICH TRAIN STATION-WEDDING PARTY by John F. Thamm

MUNICH TRAIN STATION-WEDDING PARTY by John F. Thamm

Rainy Day in Amsterdam, Marcela Rogel de Pepper

Rainy Day in Amsterdam, Marcela Rogel de Pepper

Irene Dahl’s Two Sides of Jerusalem, and Entry into Old Town are both found in her Flootie portfolio.

Two Sides of Jersulem, Irene Dahl

Two Sides of Jersulem, Irene Dahl

Entry into Old Town, Irene Dahl

Entry into Old Town, Irene Dahl

Find these and many more wonderful artworks on Flootie.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flootie Featured Artist: Combined Realism + Abstraction in Watercolor Paintings by Carol Schmauder

Carnival, Carol Schmauder

Carnival, Carol Schmauder

When you visit Spokane, Washington artist Carol Schmauder’s Flootie page and her website here, you’ll discover that she categorizes her paintings into three series: Traditional Realism, Shattered Realities, and Abstract work. I personally find her artworks strongest when they fall between the cracks of those categories, combining elements of both abstraction and realism, as in Carnival (above) and Unorganized Religion (below).

Unorganized Religion, Carol Schumauder

Unorganized Religion, Carol Schmauder

Even the paintings that Carol categorizes as abstract, contain shattered elements of realism, as in the paintings titled Aligning the Plants, where we clearly see portions of buildings, shrubbery and grass.

Aligning the Planets, Carol Schmauder

Aligning the Planets, Carol Schmauder

While, Emerging From the Storm, may be completely abstract, the title suggests a satellite view of storm clouds swirling over land forms.

Emerging From the Storm, Carol Schmauder

Emerging From the Storm, Carol Schmauder

Her Unorganzied Religion clearly combines church steeples with her watercolor swirls and elements of hard-edge divisions characteristic of her Shattered Realities series.

Unorganized Religion, Carol Schumauder

Unorganized Religion, Carol Schmauder

Even what Carol Schmauder considers traditional realism contain elements of pattern and abstraction, as in the very lovely work titled They Withstood the Test of Time, which the artist describes as a rock formation she encountered while on a picnic on Mount Spokane with her husband and friends.

They Withstood the Teat of Time, Carol Schumacher

They Withstood the Teat of Time, Carol Schmauder

And the most realistic of all the paintings presented here, Ivy Covered, based on a Vancouver Island restaurant–the shadows come to life as Schmauder paints them.

Ivy Covered, Carol Schmauder

Ivy Covered, Carol Schmauder

 

Social Reach for Artists: the Benefits of Sharing Your Art Across Multiple Sites and Platforms

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Thinking way back to 2008, when artists were advised to select one arts sales platform for their art plus set up a Facebook business page. Common wisdom of the time considered that enough to create an online presence, yet, how many artists never had an online sale? (And who were the ones advising artists to stay limited? Successful artists sharing their experiences and wisdom with other artists? Or the owners of art sales platforms wanting to get artists to join exclusively and stay?)

The reality was, that once artists set up their sales sites they quickly realized that they needed to do something to get art buyers and art professionals to come take a look. How could they get them there? Artists had to reach out and connect!

This connection with others online is usually referred to as social reach. That is, the total number of people you are able to reach across all platforms you are active on.

We all have our favorite online platforms. We’re not asking anyone to leave any one in favor of another, or to limit your social reach for any reason. Quite the opposite. Instead, we are suggesting that you expand your online presence across multiple sites. And we have some suggestions, as well as a list of some of the benefits of expanding your social reach.

A really simple way for any artist to increase their online reach and presence is with free account listings. Such a listing on the Flootie site allows you to add your website link and help you get found by those not already in your network. Adding your details to a free Flootie accounts only takes a few minutes.  Once set up, your listing acts as placeholder in your genre, increases your name recognition (aka brand recognition), while sending new buyers to your art sales site.

This free listing opportunity is open to artists throughout the USA, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa. In your description of your work in your listing, be sure to include searchable keywords. Once your listing is public, right away your work is accessible to a new market of potential buyers and others who are likely to visit your website–such as arts journalists looking for artists to write about, art curators researching artists for exhibitions, and interior designers and art consultants looking for art for their client’s spaces.

Get a free Flootie account by clicking on *Artist* at upper left on the Flootie site here.

Here is our list of some of the benefits of sharing your art across multiple platforms:

1. increase your visibility and reach

2. increase your name recognition or brand recognition

3. find new fans and followers

3. increase opportunities to convert followers / viewers into buyers

4. get found by different markets and audiences

5. boost traffic to your site

6. visibility in multiple time zones

7. reframe the presentation of your artwork presentation and create another online backup of your images

Once you have your free Flootie account, you can expand your portfolio at any time by upgrading– use code AMR100  to  get 90 days free
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Flootie Feature: Figure Paintings by E. L. Stewart

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Woman at Table With Kitty, E.L. Stewart

You’ll find the paintings of E. L. Stewart in the art collection of Gonzanga University in Spokane, Washington. Her work is represented by Bozzi Gallery in Spokane, and her paintings have been feature on the pages of American Art Collector magazine. Find out more here.

Her work makes me think of the figure paintings of another excellent woman artist, Jenny Holzer. What draws me to E. L. Stewart’s figure studies, are the elements of the everyday found in combination with the human form, as in her painting STUCK ZIPPER, and, Biting her lip, (below).

STUCK ZIPPER, E.L. Stewart

STUCK ZIPPER, E.L. Stewart

Since the painting Stuck Zipper contains connotations of a small stressful incident from life, one might expect E. L. Stewart’s titled work, Biting her Lip to depict something similar, yet the artist describes it as “… a painting of a quiet woman enjoying the breath of wind.”

Biting her Lip, E.L. Stewart

Biting her Lip, E.L. Stewart

Stewart’s paintings combine her love of Life Studies in rendering the human figure in the  midst of a narrative along with expressive brushstrokes  and color that enliven the form.

Running Man, E.L. Stewart

Running Man, E.L. Stewart

Find more paintings by E.L. Stewart in her Flootie portfolio here. Her paintings range in price from $850 to $4500.

FIVE 'LL GETCHA TEN, E. L. Stewart

FIVE ‘LL GETCHA TEN, E. L. Stewart

 

Made in Hungary: Ildikó Kalapács, Featured Flootie Artist of the Week

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Made In Hungary, Ildiko Kalapacs

 

Ildikó Kalapács is a Hungarian-American visual artist living in Washington state. Her richly layered works, such as her self-portrait, Made In Hungary, reflect her personal explorations of identity through the cultural diversity of her life experiences, and her interest in body language, gender roles, and the human condition.

Time, Ildiko Ka

Time, Ildiko Kalapacs

In addition to her paintings, Ildiko creates three-dimensional art– mostly ceramic works, with some mixed media and bronze pieces. 
Digital, Ildiko Kalapacs

Digital, Ildiko Kalapacs

Her public art project, The Bearing Public Sculpture Project, in Spokane, Washington, is a life-size bronze sculpture depicting a woman carrying a man in a basket balanced on her head. The man in the basket is holding a military rifle. The work is meant to be a thought-provoking metaphor for the strength of the human spirit under the weight of war. The sculpture has the partial funding of a grant from the Puffin Foundation, but more funding is still needed to complete the project.

View more of Ildiko’s paintings and sculpture in her Flootie portfolio here.
Watch a video interview of Ildikó Kalapács with Dean Cameron, host of Flootie TV, Episode 3:

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Video: Flootie TV 2015 An Art Oddity

Flootie TV’s new opening sequence for show #5 – 2015 AN ART ODDITY! Starring ‘Alpha Monkey’ Dean Cameron, and ‘trainee Alpha Monkeys’ Gavin Ford and Adam ‘Bucky’ Townsend. You could say they’re really monkeying around this time!

 

Artists use Promo code is AMR100 for 90 days free membership at Basic, Plus and Pro levels on Flootie. Register here.

Found on Flootie: Contemporary Native American + Cowboy Art, Machinery + Landscapes

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing the art on the Flootie website.  Several artists stood out. Here are four, with more to come in future features.

Artist Russ DeVerniero grew up in Billings, Montana and on the Northern Cheyenne reservation at Lame Deer, Montana. His Native father, John Wooden Legs, was a hereditary leader of the Cheyenne People and a Traditional Spiritual leader. Russ was raised with traditional Cheyenne beliefs and spirituality and is an elder of the Cheyenne, Native American Church. His artwork reflects these traditional beliefs and teachings as well as the Taoist teachings of China that he learned while getting his Bachelor of Science degree in Fine Art and Chinese Landscape Painting from Montana State University. He continued his advanced studies at the University of Washington in Native American and Indigenous Art, and then studied Traditional Native Carving at the Fleming College of the Arts in Ontario, Canada. Along with his studies of Native American Art, he also studied the Indigenous Art and Carvings of the Pacific Rim region and the Taoist Landscape Painting of China and the Far East. His artwork is a unique blend of the Native culture he was raised in, the Chinese and Taoist Paintings in which he earned his degree, and the Indigenous Carvings and Paintings of the Pacific Rim region.

Ariel, Russ De Verniero

Ariel, Russ DeVerniero (click on image for details and pricing)

 

Eagle Dance, artist Russ DeVerniero

Eagle Dance, artist Russ DeVerniero (click image for details)

 

Contemporary Cowboy artist Buck Mountain, creates intricate ink drawings with watercolor. Click images for full details.

Blue Dragon Fly, Buck Mountain

Blue Dragon Fly, Ink Drawing with watercolor, by artist Buck Mountain

Wash Up for Tea,  Drawing. Ink, Water Color, and Pencil Printed on Archival Paper with Acid-Free Ink, Buck Mountain

Wash Up for Tea,
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Printed on Archival Paper with Acid-Free Ink, Buck Mountain

 

Take Two, They're Small, ink drawing with watercolor, by artist Buck Mountain

Take Two, They’re Small, ink drawing with watercolor, by artist Buck Mountain

 

Landscapes that incorporate early machinery appear in artist Vicki A West’s watercolor painting series Present Past. She finds inspiration in objects from the Shafer Historical Museum in Winthrop, Washington, USA.

 

Present Past, Vicki A. West, watercolor painting

Present Past, Vicki A. West, watercolor painting

The Invincible, Vicki A. West, watercolor painting

The Invincible, Vicki A. West, watercolor painting (click on image for details)

 

Nora Egger’s oil painting landscape views are mostly of eastern Washington state desert region and sagebrush country.

 

Method Valley River, painting by Nora Egger

Method Valley River, painting by Nora Egger (click image for details)

 

Valley Cows, painting by Nora Egger

Valley Cows, painting by Nora Egger

Artists who would like to join Flootie can use Promo code AMR100 to get 90 days free membership at Basic, Plus and Pro levels. Register here.

Art Marketing Site Promotes Artists and Art Galleries in Unique Ways

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Art Marketing Site Promotes Artists and Art Galleries in Unique Ways by Dean Cameron

Having had a 30 year career in Marketing and owning an Online Art Gallery and Publishing business since 2002, it is obvious that “times are a changing”. While there is nothing inherently wrong with traditional methods such as Gallery Representation, Art Shows and such, they are rendered somewhat incomplete with today’s super connected world that we live in. Social Media Networking is paramount to the vast majority of up and coming artists and that is not just Facebook. Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, Stumble Upon, LinkedIn and now YouTube offer unique opportunities and diverse clientele to develop an artist’s brand and to stay connected to interested potential clients. So is Social Media the answer to a successful art career? I would say this. As Social Media came on like a storm so will the next best vehicle (we don’t know what it will be yet because some 12-year-old is inventing it in their mind right now) so we need to be as current as we can be.

One thing I have learned in 30 years of Marketing is that opportunities come from many directions. So our Marketing Plan should take advantage of that and cast a wide net. An Artist needs to have a complete tool box in which to develop their market and build their art creating business. We have developed that Tool Box. www.flootie.com creates a menu of items an artist can choose from in order to best suit their plans. Most “Art for Sale” Internet Sites are what we call “Post it and Forget it” type sites. You post your book of work online and hope that someone comes along and makes a purchase. www.flootie.com is not that type of Internet Marketing Site. We offer the following features for artists to be proactive in their efforts to sell their works and create their brand.

  • Flootie offers a free listing in our International Artists Directory (see Registration link for Artists and follow prompts).
  • Flootie offers a free listing in our International Art Gallery Directory. Our site works well for Artists and their Gallery partners to work together to market an artist’s brand (see Registration link for Artists and follow prompts).
  • Flootie offers very affordable subscription levels and does not charge upload fees or commissions on sales.
  • Flootie offers one on one support to answer marketing questions
  • Flootie offers all major Social Media links for sharing directly from your art listing. You can share to your network and anyone else can share your works with their networks in an easy efficient method.
  • Flootie offers a direct email invitation tool to share your activity on Flootie.
  • Flootie offers a method to automatically share your latest posts with any fan who selects you as a favorite artist in a “once per week” email notification.
  • Flootie offers an option to embed your Google Calendar to your page to keep people informed of your shows and exhibitions.
  • Flootie offers an option to include a video on your page to bring life to your relationships with potential clients.
  • Flootie charges no commissions for sales so you can drive potential clients to your website, or any other location you wish to generate traffic to. We are not competition. We are your marketing supercharger.
  • Flootie offers a blog for subscriber artists to post their latest stories, reflections and insights.
  • Flootie owns and operates our own TV Studio and produces Flootie TV now being shown in 7 states on 8 Public TV Stations with that number growing fast. Flootie TV incorporates a “general public” approach to the arts with some comedic shorts as well as serious artist interviews. Think of it as “The Tonight Show” for the arts.
  • Flootie is a socially conscious company and has an ongoing program called “Artists Forever” that awards art supplies grants to grade school art classes to empower teachers to supplement their meager art budgets in the school systems and develop the next generation of creatives.

This is by no means the end of this list. Flootie is well underway with even more creative tools for artists to connect with art lovers. Our mission is to make the term “Starving Artist” obsolete. We would look forward to seeing you as a fan, an artist or an art related business. We are a grass-roots and privately owned entity with the sole intention to bring the artists and art lovers together in an intentional way.

About Dean Cameron

Dean Cameron has a 30 year career in Sales and Marketing in numerous industries resulting in relationships with many Fortune 500 Companies. Dean is an Art Collector and owner of American Fine Art Company and Flootie.com (subsidiaries of Highlander Enterprises LLC) and resides with his family in Spokane Valley, WA.

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