Artscene Wednesday: Call to Artists

Artscene Wednesday: Call to Artists

July 29, 2015

Hello! Last week for July….the months are flying by fast aren’t they? As always, I’m searching for competitions and what nots to get you the artist’s attention for opportunities out there in the world of creativity.


73rd Annual Exhibit at the Salmagundi Club, NYC October 26, Monday – November 6, Friday.
Receptions November 1, Sunday / 1-4pm
Awards Ceremony 2:30pm
Over $20,000 in cash, Medals & Merchandise Awards
Award Jurors To Be Announced
Open to elected and associate paid members in good standing
Elected Members Jury Free
Associates Jury Imposed September 5, Saturday
Online Entry Form & Jpeg Image Deadline See for prospectus

Wayne Art Center presents Craft Forms 2015, the 21st International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Craft
December 4, 2015 – January 30, 2016
Juror: Ronald T. Labaco, The Marcia Docter Curator, Museum of Arts & Design
Recommended for Artists working in Glass, Ceramics, Wood, Metal, Jewelry, Fiber, Mixed Media, and Installations
$8,000 + Awards. On-line Digital Entry Fee: $45
Deadline: September 10, 2015
For information,, Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave, Wayne, PA 19087


As always if your interested pleased click on these sites to enter. Come back for more good stuff this weekend and enjoy your Wednesday, be always blessed!




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Reflections: Summer – Poem by John Clare

Reflections: Summer – Poem by John Clare

July 27, 2015

Hello and Good Morning! The last week of July is coming to a close. Since June, Shadowbox has posted poems in the Reflections posts and I have another poem about Summer called Summer by John Clare. Hope you like it! Enjoy your Monday, be blessed.


Summer – Poem by John Clare

Come we to the summer, to the summer we will come,
For the woods are full of bluebells and the hedges full of bloom,
And the crow is on the oak a-building of her nest,
And love is burning diamonds in my true lover’s breast;
She sits beneath the whitethorn a-plaiting of her hair,
And I will to my true lover with a fond request repair;
I will look upon her face, I will in her beauty rest,
And lay my aching weariness upon her lovely breast.

The clock-a-clay is creeping on the open bloom of May,
The merry bee is trampling the pinky threads all day,
And the chaffinch it is brooding on its grey mossy nest
In the whitethorn bush where I will lean upon my lover’s breast;
I’ll lean upon her breast and I’ll whisper in her ear
That I cannot get a wink o’sleep for thinking of my dear;
I hunger at my meat and I daily fade away
Like the hedge rose that is broken in the heat of the day.

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Artscene Stuff: Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair

Artscene Stuff: Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair

July 22, 2015

Good Morning! It’s seems like a long time has passed since I posted. I found an Art Fair that takes place during February of 2016. It’s the Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair in Toronto Canada.


FEBRUARY 18 – 21, 2016


from the website:

Be a part of this exclusive juried art fair showcasing top contemporary artists from Canada and abroad.
Deadline to apply: September 15, 2015

Visual artists of all mediums are invited to submit an application for the Artist Project 2016.Now in its 9th year, the Artist Project looks forward to an exciting fair featuring original works of art from over 250 carefully juried, contemporary artists.

Become an exhibitor at the fair!

Apply now


Top Reasons to Apply:✓ Exposure to 15,000+ qualified visitors who love art

✓ Your own professional, curated space in an 11’ high, gallery-style, white hard wall booths

✓ An online profile on and listing in the official Show Guide

✓ A complimentary ticket package

✓ Extensive national marketing & advertising campaign in major art publications and dailies both digitally and in print

✓ Organization & exhibition support

✓ Travel scholarships & awards

✓ A curated show program of special features & events

✓ The opportunity to connect with an incredible and supportive network of talented independent artists and collectives working in a variety of media

Click for more info

Booths starting at $2000!*

Application InformationApply now Dates & Location

February 18–21, 2016
Better Living Centre
Exhibition Place, Toronto
About: The Artist Project is produced by Informa Canada, one of the largest trade show producers in the world. Also produced by Informa Canada: Art Toronto / Toronto Food and Wine, Toronto / One of a Kind Shows, Toronto /Interior Design Show, Toronto, Vancouver / IIDEX Canada, Toronto.

Hope you take the opportunity to check this art fair. Every good opportunity counts! Enjoy the rest of your Hump Wednesday and be always blessed!



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Filmscene: Indiewires’s 15 Best Films of 2015….so far

Filmscene: Indiewires’s 15 Best Films of 2015….so far

July 21, 2015

Found a gem in the independent film world. According to Indiewire, here are the 15 best movies of 2015.

Read The Best 15 Movies of 2015 by Eric Kohn

  1. Heaven Knows What
  2. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
  3. Buzzard
  4. Girlhood
  5. 71
  6. Cheatin
  7. Ned Rifle
  8. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
  9. Mad Max: Fury Road
  10. What We Do in the Shadows
  11. La Sapienza
  12. The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq
  13. Seymour: An Introduction
  14. Appropriate Behavior
  15. Gueros

Hope we all get a chance to see these films. Come back soon and be blessed!



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Artscene Weekend: Art & Law

Artscene Weekend: Art & Law

July 18, 2015

Hello everyone! Artscene Weekend has returned with something we all need to learn about…Art and Law. This is just a short and to the point post, but it is very useful. Read on…..



from website:

The Art & Law Program (“The Program”) is a 13-week seminar series with a theoretical and philosophical focus on the effects of law and jurisprudence on cultural production and reception. An examination of how artistic practices challenge, rupture, and change the apparatus of law completes The Program. The Program consists of a nonpartisan community that aims to attract qualified individuals in the areas of visual art, architecture, writing, curating, and film. This list is non-exclusive. Artists with non-traditional practices are especially encouraged to apply, as are cultural producers interested in the cultural effects of law. The Art & Law Program takes place in New York City from mid-January to early May.

To know more about the program go to the website listed below.


Art & Law Program website:


As always if your interested, just go to the website or contact Sarmiento about the programs listed. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and be safe and blessed!





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At the Museum: Kids Summer Guide 2015

At the Museum: Kids Summer Guide 2015

July 17, 2015

Morning and Happy Friday at last! We’re continuing on with Kids Summer Guide for At the Museum. Here are three museums that are bringing kids and families for some Summer creative fun……



from website:

Greene Family Learning Gallery

Open during regular Museum hours

Discovery Packs

Family Guides

Toddler Thursdays

Thursdays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. / Toddler Thursday is FREE with Museum admission.

Daily HIGHlights Tours

All tours are FREE with Museum admission; no reservations are required.


Family Fundays (EVERY Sunday)

Every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Second Sunday Fundays (EVERY month)

Second Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Weekend Family Tours

Saturdays & Sundays at 2 p.m.

FREE with Museum admission and free to members; no registration required.

There are Special Programs, Highly Hands-On Blog, and Family Memberships

Just go to the High Museum website: to find out more!

High Museum of Art / 1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 / 
(404) 733-4400


from the website:

About the NGAkids Art Zone
interactive art that you can make online

NGAkids interactives offer an entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history. Featuring a variety of art-making tools that encourage exploration and creativity, these computer-based activities are suitable for all ages. Simply select a thumbnail image at the left or click one of the colorful banners above to learn more about each program. The Art Zone programs require a Mac or PC. They cannot be used on mobile devices.


Teen Programs are designed for students in grades 7 through 12 who want to explore their passion for art outside of school.  Programs offer a variety of museum experiences including in-gallery conversations around original works of art, studio instruction, behind-the-scenes tours, arts career information, and an opportunity to collaborate with other teens who are interested in art.


Discover a variety of multi-generational programs and resources that engage children and adults in active exploration of art.


Family Programs at the National Gallery of Art are based on a philosophy of slowing down, focusing on one work of art, developing observation and thinking skills, inspiring curiosity and wonder, and fostering collaboration between children and adults.  Many of the programs are age-specific, while others are designed for a broader age range.  Please note that some programs require advance registration while others have onsite sign-in on the date of the program.  All Family Programs are free, and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

They also have free resources as well.

For more information go to: and you will see Education on the menu.

National Gallery of Art / 6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565 /
(202) 737-4215



from their website:

Education at SMoCA

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is an educational institution dedicated to exploring “the ideas of our time”. SMoCA advances appreciation of contemporary culture and explores new artistic expressions. At SMoCA, you will find innovative art, new experiences and creative activities. You will have access to internationally recognized artists, architects and designers.

Our audiences eagerly share their insights and passion for the arts in workshops, docent-led tours, outreach presentations, lectures, films and studio tours. We are committed to innovative programs for school audiences and a variety of informative and stimulating adult programs. In addition, SMoCA’s non-circulating library is available for research with an appointment.

There are

  • For Educators

  • School Tours

  • Young @Art Gallery

  • Visions/Teens

Go to, then Education on the menu for more info.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art / 7374 E 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 /
(480) 874-4666

If you live in these cities and want to find something for you and your family to do, just go the museum and see what’s happening. Enjoy your Friday, come back tomorrow for Artscene Weekend. Be blessed!


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Artscene Wednesday: Workshops In October 2015

Artscene Wednesday: Workshops In October 2015

July 15, 2015

Good Morning…..found two workshops from Art Business Institute or ABI that are taking place in October.

from ABI website:

The Naples Art Association and The Arts Business Institute

Present an


October 16-17, 2015

585 Park Street, Naples, Florida


Are you passionate about being a professional artist?

Our workshops have helped thousands of small studios launch and grow into sustainable and profitable businesses. Ready to move from part-time to full-time in your art business? Join us to learn advanced strategies for promoting and selling your work in different markets. 


Friday, October 16th

9:00 a.m.  Registration opens

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Making Work That Sells – Wendy Rosen

10:45 a.m. – 12 noon  Creative Marketing for Artists – Carolyn Edlund

12 noon – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch on Your Own

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Wholesale 101 – Wendy Rosen

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sales Strategies – Carolyn Edlund

3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Individual Artist Consultations (pre-scheduled)

Saturday, October 17th

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Licensing Your Art – Carolyn Edlund

10:45 a.m. – 12 noon  Pricing for Profit – Wendy Rosen/Carolyn Edlund

12 noon – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch on Your Own

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Niche and Alternative Markets – Wendy Rosen

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Build an Effective Art Website – Carolyn Edlund

3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Individual Artist Consultations (pre-scheduled)


Individual Course Details (all courses include Q&A)

Making Work that Sells

Building a body of work in a cohesive signature style. Sources of inspiration; building a collection; design and detail; establishing a brand. Understanding trends; adding value to your work.

Creative Marketing for Artists

Traditional and new marketing methods with specific examples of creative and unusual ways to market. How to identify your target customer, build your collector base, shape your message, plan a marketing calendar, get publicity, design effective email marketing campaigns, make press kits and more. 

Wholesale 101

Benefits of running a wholesale business as an artist; how to structure your studio for production; types of galleries and the selling process; terms and standard practices; moving from consignment to wholesale.

Sales Strategies

This talk presents strategies essential to increasing your sales volume, at both retail and wholesale levels. Includes techniques for selling consultatively, overcoming objections, selling one-of-a-kind work at wholesale; structuring your collection; selling concepts and packages. 

Licensing Your Art

What is art licensing and how can artists earn money in the industry? This lecture presents the basics. How licensing contracts and royalties work; how to market your art to potential licensees; working with licensing agencies; exhibiting at industry trade shows. How to best put together an effective portfolio for licensing, and structure your art website for licensing purposes. 

Pricing for Profit

Incorrectly pricing your work can bankrupt your business. This critical session will help you get a handle on expenses and use the correct wholesale pricing formula to grow your business. Part two of this presentation focuses on pricing for fine artists. What formula should you use? When should you raise your prices? How can you also be profitable?

Niche and Alternative Markets

Many artists are under the impression that there are only a few ways to make sales of their work, but this isn’t true. There are many alternatives including specialty niches and even the corporate sector that artists can pursue, and where they can thrive. This presentation will broaden your mind and challenge you to increase your prospective markets.

Create an Effective Art Website

Every artist needs a website that is inviting to the reader, shows artwork beautifully, and contains certain elements that make marketing and sales much more effective. Steps to create a website presence and message that works and how to avoid the biggest mistakes artists commonly make.

Personalized Business Consultations:

Are you interested in speaking with an expert about your business challenges and discussing strategies for moving forward? ABI Founder Wendy Rosen and ABI Executive Director Carolyn Edlund, will be available to meet with artists at the end of each workshop day, in 20 minute sessions.

The number of consultation appointments is extremely limited and must be pre-scheduled at time of registration. Consultation fee is $30.00 over and above tuition cost.

Don’t Miss This Incredible Learning Experience! Art Business Bootcamp is perfect for fine artists and craftspeople.

Tuition for this event is $200 for NAA members, and $225.00 for non-members.

Register for the workshop event Here:

 Register Now for Art Business BootCamp

Or, add $30 for the personalized consultation, and register Here:


Register for Bootcamp & Personalized Business Consultation



The Arts Business Institute presents

A Business Workshop for Artists

Co-sponsored by Maine Crafts Association & Maine College of Art

October 24 – 25, 2015

Maine College of Art, Osher Hall

522 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101


Schedule at a Glance

Saturday, October 24th

9:00 a.m                   Workshop Registration

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.     Wholesale 101 – Wendy Rosen

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.    Creative Marketing – Carolyn Edlund

11:45 – 12:45 p.m.    Lunch Break

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.      Pricing for Profit – Rosen/Edlund

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.        Sales Strategies for Artists – Carolyn Edlund

3:15 – 6:00 p.m.        Individual Artist Consultations

Sunday, October 25th

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.       Making Work That Sells – Wendy Rosen

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.      Artists & Money: Making It Work – Patti Dowse

11:30 – 12:30 p.m.      Building Gallery Relationships – Carolyn Edlund

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.        Lunch Break

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.         Artist Panel Discussion

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.         How to Photograph Your Artwork – Patti Dowse

3:15 – 6:00 p.m.         Individual Artist Consultations

Individual Courses and Instructor Details

Wholesale 101 with Wendy Rosen


Founder of the American Made Show (formerly Buyers Market of American Craft), Wendy has given professional craft artists a way to sell directly to galleries and retailers for over 30 years. She also founded The Arts Business Institute, and is the publisher of NICHE Magazine. She speaks about the why’s of wholesale, what buyers want, and how to build a business.


Creative Marketing with Carolyn Edlund


Carolyn Edlund is the Executive Director of the Arts Business Institute, with a background as a production artist. She writes extensively on art business topics. Learn traditional as well as the newest marketing methods with specific examples of creative and unusual ways to market. How to shape your message, create a marketing calendar, get publicity, design effective email marketing campaigns, press kits and more. 

Pricing for Profit with Wendy Rosen and Carolyn Edlund

Incorrectly pricing your work can bankrupt your business. This critical session will help you get a handle on expenses and use the correct wholesale pricing formula to grow your business. Part two of this presentation focuses on pricing for fine artists. How to set your price, when to raise your prices, and perceived value.

Sales Strategies with Carolyn Edlund

This talk presents strategies essential to increasing your sales volume, at both retail and wholesale levels. Includes consultative selling, scaling your business, selling one-of-a-kind work at wholesale; structuring your collection; selling concepts and packaging.

Making Work That Sells with Wendy Rosen

Building a body of work in a cohesive signature style. Sources of inspiration; building a collection; design and detail; establishing a brand. Understanding trends; adding value to your work.

Artists & Money: Making It Work with Patti Dowse


As the owner/designer of Erda handbags for 43 years, Patti made all the mistakes possible, some more than once. Her work earned her a NICHE Award in 2013. She recently sold her art business, and now shares what she learned with artists growing their businesses. This talk includes record keeping, financial statements, employees, cash flow and insurance matters.

Building Gallery Relationships with Carolyn Edlund

A basic tenet of wholesaling is building strong relationships with your gallery customers. Learn how to partner with your buyers, how to give extraordinary customer service, create repeat sales, and how to handle the biggest asset your small business has – your customer base.

Artist Panel Discussion

Q&A with a hand-selected panel of experts. Benefit from their experience and insight. How they got started, what they have learned from their mistakes and their best advice for artists now building small businesses.

How to Photograph Your Artwork with Patti Dowse

Your photos represent your product to potential buyers. Often your bestsellers are due to a great photograph, regardless of the quality of your work! This talk covers what constitutes a great image for wholesale versus retail, and how to achieve your goal using whatever camera you have, including phone cameras, to capture your best possible shot.

Personalized Business Consultations for Artists

At the end of each workshop day, a limited number of twenty-minute personal consultations will be available for workshop attendees to meet with one of our presenters. Consultations have an additional charge of $30.00. These usually sell out. Register early to assure an appointment. 


Don’t Miss This Incredible Learning Experience!

This Art Business workshop is suitable for artists and craftspeople in all mediums who want to grow their small businesses.

Regular tuition for this two-day event is $200 for Maine Crafts Association members; $250 for non-members, but register now and save ….

Early Bird Registration – SAVE $25 off the regular tuition price NOW through July 31, 2015. 

Are you a member?

MCA Member Register Here


Are you a non-member?


Register Here

Thanks to our marketing partners who help make this workshop possible. Are you a member of one of these groups? Contact Maine Crafts Association Executive Director Sadie Bliss at or call (207)564-0041 for special pricing.


If your interested and want to register you know where to go. This a great opportunity to take advantage and you guys have plenty of time. Come back Friday for the At the Museum Summer Kids Edition 2015. Hope you will enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, be blessed!



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Lit-scene Wednesday: HippoCamp 2015……

Lit-scene Wednesday: HippoCamp 2015……

July 8, 2015

Good Morning…….Shadowbox is back from the 4th and Lit-scene has HippoCamp 2015.


The event will take place August 7-9, 2015  in Lancaster, PA @ the Lancaster County Convention Center
Highlights from Donna Talarico
Founder and Publisher, Hippocampus Magazine:
  • 25+ breakout sessions and panels from a variety of prolific and emerging creative nonfiction writers and publishing professional including Sarah Einstein, Allison Williams, Lisa Romeo, Wendy Fontaine, Robert Long Foreman, Jim Warner, Lori M. Myers, Jennifer Hill, Lisa Jakub, Jim Breslin and more
  • Sessions cover a range of topics about the craft of creative nonfiction, promoting and publishing your work and on living the writer’s life
  • Keynotes with Lee Gutkind (of Creative Nonfiction magazine) and Jane Friedman (digital media expert and former Writer’s Digest publisher)
  • Registration includes an opening reception, evening readings and several meals and snacks
The best part: you guys can use promo CODE LINK to save $20!
I sincerely hope you take advantage of this opportunity. Time is of the essence! For more information please go to to register. You still have time, so I suggest you guys get to it!
This opportunity doesn’t just land in your lap!
There will be Calendar and page updates coming soon. Enjoy your Wednesday! Be blessed always!



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