#18 How to Find Your Local Art Scene

Showing your art locally is all about opportunity. It’s certainly an opportunity for a sale, but it’s also an opportunity for the community to get to know you. Your goal should be to build relationships with potential buyers. In this episode, I tell you how you can find and get into your local art scene, by looking for art councils, joining artist groups, and showing your art at local venues.

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All of these images were taken at the CONTINUUM WPB Arts pop-up gallery in January, 2018, created by ATB Fine Artists & Designers in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Here are the takeaways from this episode:

  1. See if your town or county has an arts council.
  2. Visit local galleries, museums, and art schools.
  3. Join an artist group.
  4. Look for restaurants and businesses to hang your work.
  5. Donate to a community fundraiser.
  6. Participate in local art shows and festivals.
  7. Try your hand at live painting.
  8. Don’t be afraid to ask for adequate compensation.

#17 Carin Wagner: Realistic Oil Painter of Nature

Artist Carin Wagner makes these amazing paintings of outdoor scenes, often beautiful Florida trees, and lately she’s been making paintings of the sky. Her oil paintings are so realistic, you’d think they are photographs.

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Carin Wagner

Sky 11
Sky 8
Reflect VIII
Reflect VI
Partially Obscured VI
Partially Obscured V

Here are some of the things we discussed on this episode (click on the names to follow the links):

You can find Carin’s artwork at carinwagnerfineart.com.

You can also find her on Instagram at wfineart5.

She shows her art at the Armand Bolling Fine Art gallery in Jupiter, Florida

and also the MAE Gallery in Delray Beach, Florida.

She has found these two national artist organizations a great source of connections:

National Association of Women Artists

Oil Painters of America

Carin has great experience showing and selling her artwork, and here are some important takeaways that may help in your business.

  1. If you take classes at an art school, see if they have lists of freelance jobs you can do.
  2. When starting a large project, like Carin did when she painted a mural on a driveway, do your research to find out the best materials for the job.
  3. Find inspiration for your art in the places that really connect with you, like Carin does when she goes hiking and kayaking and gets inspired by nature.
  4. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket; pursue multiple galleries at a time.
  5. Start local and try to make connections first. Only after that should you try to connect with the wider art world.
  6. Attend gallery openings to find out what they are doing, but try to talk to the gallery owners at a later date when they are not so busy.

#16 All About Outdoor Art Shows

Outdoor art shows can be quite lucrative for many artists, and they may sell hundreds or thousands of dollars of their art over just a weekend.  They’re also a lot of work, so you need to carefully evaluate whether this type of show would be best for your business. In this episode, I will give you tips on how to find these shows, how to apply, and how to make them successful, so that you can decide if outdoor art shows are right for you.

 I have links below where you can find outdoor art shows.

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One of the biggest promoters of outdoor art shows is Howard Alan Events. You can find his website at artfestival.com. 

Call for Entry also lists large shows. 

Paragon Fine Art Festivals is another developer of art shows, and they list many on their website.

Bugbog lists art festivals from all over the world.

You can also find a lot on Art Fair Calendar.

You can also check the arts section of your city or county’s website to see if they post art festivals.

#15 e’Layne Kelley: Artist and Business Creator

Artist e’Layne Kelley has sold hand painted clothing, jewelry, run an art district, opened galleries, and created many businesses. Today she is writing a book, Crafting Your Creative Life, and teaching people how to remove the obstacles of obsessive thoughts blocking the light of creative flow. E’Layne is a woman who is filled with ideas and always busy and creating something new.

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e'Layne Kelley

Here are some of the things we discussed on this episode (click on the names to follow the links):

You can find e’Layne’s  artwork and hear about her journey on her website elaynekelley.com.

You can find her on Facebook. 

And also on Instagram.

You can find her jewelry at her Etsy shop, This Mindful Moment.

Other artwork can be found on her Etsy Shop Choose Good Thoughts.

For many years she ran the Railroad Square Art Park, which you can still find in Tallahassee, Florida.

E’Layne talks in a most interesting way about art and life, that most of my takeaways today are direct quotes from her. Here are some of my favorites.

  1. Your life is good if you can make things with your hands. The things that you make touch other people’s lives. That’s important work that you do.
  2. We have a spiritual DNA. What comes through us is who we truly are. We are constantly co-creating the universe.
  3. Not eating well, not sleeping well will take a toll on your psyche.
  4. You need to develop a watchful observer of your thoughts.
  5. What informs you life can inform your creative expression in your business.
  6. It’s just as easy to think good thoughts as bad thoughts. So why not choose good thoughts?
  7. Artists and creatives need to think about What is their genius work? What is it that excites them?
  8. We are distracted from the moments of our life and we need to work to get to a quiet mind. Creativity finds expression in the quiet moments.

e’Layne has certainly given us a lot to think about.

#14 What is a Call to Artists and How do you Respond to It?

In my interview with artist Jen Fisher, she talked about how she she applied for art shows by responding to a Call to Artists. Now that she is known in our County, she is being invited to show at museums or galleries. But before she got to that point, she and many other artists get their work into shows by responding to a Call to Artists. Listen to this episode so you will learn how to respond to a Call to Artists. I have links below where you can find Calls to Artists.

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Call for Entry is a general site that lists Calls from all over the United States. 

The Art Guide is another website that lists many Calls to Artists.

You can also try Zapplication.

I haven’t used this website before, but I’ve heard artists have had good luck using The Entry Thingy to find Calls.

And here’s one more to try: Side Arts.

In Palm Beach County, Florida, we have a resource called The Rickie Report which lists Calls to Artists.

In addition, on Instagram you can try different hashtags to find Calls to artists. Try out #calltoartists #callforart and #callforentry.

You can also go directly to gallery websites or arts organization websites to find their latest Calls for Art.

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