Editor’s Desk: September 2016

August 31 / 16

Vol. 4 / #9

Good Afternoon all! September is arriving or should I say has already arrived. This month will be quite busy. So let’s touch on a few things……

The Spectrum Miami Art Show is coming November 3 – December 4, 2016. I don’t have enough information, but I will have all of it available this Saturday.  Lots of art fairs, exhibitions and what not are on the horizon this fall and yours truly is on the look out, busily searching.

Speaking of Fall, which is coming in the next few weeks, Shadowbox is getting the list for the Best Reads for Fall 2016.

@ The Event is heading to San Antonio, Texas, while the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and Calgary International Film Festival are getting ready with upcoming films. Let’s not forget about music festivals and there are plenty.

I’m still getting the t’s crossed and the i’s dotted with a few upcoming projects, like the literary submissions and hopefully some contests.

I’m sure you’ve notice a few changes to the blog site by now. Expect more to come. September is here and Fall will be around the corner. Let’s enjoy the moment!


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Wednesday Scene: ABI Workshop

Wednesday Scene: ABI Workshop

August 31 / 16

Morning…..Arts Business Institute has a workshop coming. No time to fiddle daddle, let’s get to the details.

cred: arts business institute

Cuyahoga Valley Art Center and

The Arts Business Institute



Business Strategies to Market and Sell Your Artwork

October 29-30 2016

2131 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio



Saturday, October 29th

9:00 a.m.  Registration opens

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

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

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  Lunch break

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

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Create an Effective Art Website – Carolyn Edlund

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Individual Artist Consultations (pre-scheduled)


Sunday, October 30th

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

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  Who is Your Customer? – Wendy Rosen

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  Lunch break

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Selling Art Online – Carolyn Edlund

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Building Gallery Relationships – Carolyn Edlund

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 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. What you need to know before you marketing your art or fine craft. How to shape your message, plan a marketing calendar, get publicity, design effective email marketing campaigns, make press kits and more. 

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 pricing formula to grow your business. Pricing for craft artists as well as fine artists. What formula should you use? When should you raise your prices? How can you be profitable?

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.

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.

Who is Your Customer?

Discover your ideal target customer, and explore niche markets you may not even know exist. This presentation will expand your mind and challenge you to increase your prospective markets where your business can thrive.

Selling Art Online

Online sales of art and handmade goods are growing every day. This presentation addresses the many options to sell work online, including Print on Demand, online galleries, and more. Learn how to avoid the most common mistakes made in online selling; how to give the best presentation and increase sales.

Building Gallery Relationships

A basic tenet of selling art or handmade work is building strong relationships with your galleries. Learn how to be a good partner, how to give extraordinary customer service, create repeat sales, and how to handle the biggest asset your small business has – your customer base.

ABI Faculty Members

Wendy Rosen & Carolyn Edlund


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.

Regular tuition for this event is:

$225 for CV Art Center members, and $250 for non-members.

Register NOW and save $25. Deadline September 9, 2016.


Workshop Tuition – CV Art Center members $200

Register Now

Workshop Tuition – Non-members $225

Register Now


If your interested, just click above. One more thing to add…….









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Reflections: Waiting for Fall…..

August 30 / 16

I’m waiting for Fall.

I’ve braved the heat of Summer 2016.

Now it’s time for the season to change.

Waiting for the crisp cool air….not too hot….not too cold.

Just right in the middle.

Waiting for the leaves to changes colors, wonderful colors!

Just the thought of how God creates an assortment of color in the leaves….priceless!

When September 22 comes…….I’ll be here waiting.


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Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday, be always blessed.









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Creative Close-Up: Art Talk w/Stephen Silver

August 29 / 16 

Hi! The last weekend for this month has passed. I’m in the middle of getting September ready and it’s time for Art Talk with Stephen Silver. Reminder, these art talks will continue for the rest of this year. Here are 11-15.


Art Talk 11- Stephen Silver : Artistic Self Confidence




Art Talk 12- Stephen Silver : CREATE!, TELL!, SELL your ideas




Art Talk 13- Stephen Silver : The ART of Happiness



Art Talk 14- Stephen Silver :ENCOURAGEMENT can save a life




Art Talk 15- Stephen Silver : Sketchbook Drawings


Great lessons from Mr. Silver. I hope you can learn something today. Enjoy the rest of your Monday, be blessed always.











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Wednesday Scene: Photoville 2016

August 24 / 16

Hello again. One final post for today. Photoville is coming…’s are the details…….

cred: photoville



What is Photoville?

PHOTOVILLE is New York City’s FREE premier photo destination. Produced by United Photo Industries, the annual festival is a modular venue built from re-purposed shipping containers. By creating a physical platform for photographers of all stripes to come together and interact, Photoville provides a unique opportunity to engage with a diverse audience — a veritable cross-section of the world’s photographic community.

Immersion and interactivity are at the heart of what makes Photoville such a successful and popular event, allowing it to become the largest annual photographic event in New York City and among the most-attended photographic events nationwide. Photoville’s fourth edition (2015) in Brooklyn Bridge Park, welcomed over 72,000 visitors.

Working with more than 80 curatorial partners such as Instagram, The New York Times, TIME Magazine, National Geographic, The Pulitzer Center, the Magnum Foundation, and so many more, Photoville exhibits work by 400+ visual artists annually. Comprised of 60+ exhibitions, 35 talks and workshops, and four nighttime events in an outdoor beer garden, Photoville remains entirely FREE to attend, offering visitors a unique opportunity to experience thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe.


There will be lots of activities going on at Photoville such as walking tours, workshops, panels, and other great stuff.  It’s free to the public so you don’t need to buy a ticket, of course it is encouraged to donate $5. Just $5 dollars, is that hard to do?

For more information such as directions, hours of operation, or even volunteering go to

Your mission for the rest of this day: Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday and be blessed!









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Wednesday Scene: Atlanta Writers Conference

August 24 / 16

Good Morning…..didn’t I tell you that this month would be a bit slow? Don’t worry too much because I do have a few things to pass along to you. If you’re a member of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), please read this….

cred: AWP

Dedicated to teaching the craft and business of writing to those at any stage in their career, the Atlanta Writers Club created the Atlanta Writers Conference to give individuals an opportunity to meet with acquisition editors and literary agents for manuscript critiques, query letter critiques, and pitches. In addition, participants will learn about writing craft and the publishing industry through editor and agent Q&A panels, a workshop, and talks by successful, experienced authors.

Highlights for November 4-5, 2016:

– Six editors and six literary agents, with coverage of every major genre–from historical, literary, mysteries, and women’s fiction to middle grade, young adult, fantasy, and science fiction–and nonfiction topics such as memoir, narrative nonfiction, humor, pop culture, history, and science. They will critique your manuscript samples and respond to your pitches.

– Query letter critique by an agent and an editor to improve your work for the Saturday pitches.

– Q&A panel with all of the editors and a separate Q&A panel with all of the agents.

– Intensive workshop to show you how to create your marketing campaign.

– Conference all-activities discount, with two manuscript critiques and two pitches plus every other activity.


Featured Writers Include:

Six acquisition editors from top publishing houses and six well-regarded literary agents, plus a workshop presenter from the publishing industry and successful, experienced authors, many of whom received their first publishing and/or representation contracts via the Atlanta Writers Conference.


Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Children’s literature


Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel
4736 Best Rd.
Georgia, United States


NOV 4 – NOV 5, 2016


TUITION / COST: A la carte pricing based on the activities participants want (with Atlanta Writers Club dues added for new/renewing members, with 365 days of Club benefits)
SCHOLARSHIP: None Available

CONTACT:George Weinstein

The twice-yearly Atlanta Writers Conference, held in May and November, features:

– 10-12 acquisition editors & literary agents who provide manuscript sample critiques and query letter critiques, respond to pitches, and headline Q&A panels

– Workshop on the craft/business of writing presented by a publishing industry professional

– Free presentations by experienced, successful authors

– Award ceremony with Best Manuscript Submission and Best Pitch certificates from the editors and agents

– Evening mixer for participants with the editors and agents

Click on the links to find out more.










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@ The Event: London

August 19 / 16

Good Morning and Happy Friday! No more @ The Museum….it is now @ The Event. Today we’re visiting across the pond in London, England. Lots of things are always happening in London…..

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William Kentridge: Thick Time ♦ September 21, 2016 – January 15, 2017 / Whitechapel Art Gallery / 80-82 Whitechapel High Street London E1 7QX / +44 (0) 20 7522 7888 /

Discover the South African artist’s fascinating works with William Kentridge: Thick Time at the Whitechapel Gallery, his first major solo exhibition in the UK.

Known for his drawings, theatre productions and films, Kentridge also specialises in complex installations. The exhibition features six large-scale works created between 2003 and 2016, which gives an insight into the artist’s vision throughout his career

Abstract Expressionism at Royal Academy of Arts ♦ September 24, 2016 – January 2, 2017 / Burlington House London W1J 0BD / +44 (0) 20 7300 8000 /

Rediscover one of the greatest art movements of the 20th century with Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Micheal Clark Company: New York 2016 ♦ October 6-15, 2016 / The Barbican Theatre / Silk St. London EC2Y 8DS /

Catch the return of Michael Clark Company at the Barbican Theatre with New Work 2016.

After opening Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage last year, Michael Clark Company returns to the Barbican stage where they last performed two years ago, with a new dance production.

Wonderlab: The Satoil Gallery ♦ October 12 – January 1, 2020 / Science Museum, London / Exhibition Road London SW7 2DD / +44 870 870 4868 /

Spark your curiosity in the Science Museum’s new permanent gallery Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery.

Museums @ Night ♦ October 27-29, 2016 /

Soak up some culture after dark with Museums at Night, as museums and galleries across London throw open their doors after hours during the three-day biannual festival.

With late-night exhibitions and a range of talks, guided tours and special events, Museums at Night is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy London’s culture and history in a new light.

The Radical Eye: Modernist Photograph From the Sir Elton John Collection @ Tate Modern ♦ November 10 – May 7, 2018 / Tate Modern / Bankside London SE1 9TG / +44 (0) 20 7887 8888 /

See great masterpieces of modernist photography with The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection at Tate Modern.

Showcasing a selection of rare vintage prints from the 1920s to the 1950s, all collected by Sir Elton John through his lifetime, the exhibition features more than 150 photographs from 60 artists.

Design Museum Opening ♦ November 24, 2016 – January 1, 2020 / Design Museum 224-238 Kensington High Street Kensington London W8 6AG / +44 (020) 7940 8783 /

Delve into the fascinating world of contemporary design as the Design Museum reopens in an impressive new building in Kensington.



London Fashion Weekend AW16 @ Saatchi Gallery ♦ September 22-25, 2016 / Saatchi Gallery / Duke of York’s HQ Kings Road London SW3 4SQ / +44 (0) 20 7823 2363 /

Experience a day out as a fashion insider with the London Fashion Weekend at Saatchi Gallery.




Aug 28 2016 / South West Four (SW4) 2016 / London, UK


South West Four 2016 / London, UK /August 27-28, 2016



Dreamgirls @ The Savoy Theatre ♦ November 19, 2016 – March 11, 2017 / The Strand London WC2R 0ET / +44 844 871 7687 /

Discover the revolutionary sound of 1960s America as the Tony Award-winning musical, Dreamgirls, bursts onto the stage at the Savoy Theatre.

Glee star Amber Riley makes her West End début as Effie White



The Lord Mayor’s Show ♦ November 12, 2016 /

Cheer on the new mayor and the spectacular procession, as they wind their way between Bank and Aldwych for The Lord Mayor’s Show.

The Lord Mayor’s Show dates back to 1215, when King John granted a charter allowing the citizens of London to elect their own mayor.

Lots of choices, lots of activities, and a whole lotta fun too. So if you’re in London, make a stop to visit. If you want to know what’s happening in London for the next few months go to for information.

Enjoy the rest of your Friday, be blessed.








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No Wednesday Scene

No Wednesday Scene

August 17 / 16

Good Afternoon. I’m getting busy to the point that there is no Wednesday Scene. I switched Scene Wednesday to Wednesday Scene. I do want you to check out the Toronto International Film Festival 2016.

Go to for more information. Come by Friday. @ The Museum is no more, I’m now calling it @ The Event. Shadowbox is heading across the pond to London to see what’s happening there.

Enjoy your Wednesday, be blessed!