News: No Creative Close-Up & Gearing for April

News: No Creative Close-Up & Gearing for April

March 29 / 18

Hello, everyone! Some news to pass along to you. There is no Creative Close-Up for this month, but you can see other Creative Close-Up posts from January and February of this year or those from last year and so on. I’m in the middle of getting April ready.

I’ve noticed several new followers have joined in on the creativity. Hello and welcome!

I’m glad that I was able to squeeze in the wonderful women who are making a name in the creative department. There will be a lot to squeeze for the month of April.

So with that said, be on the lookout for Editor’s Note. Enjoy the rest of your Thursday, be blessed!




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Wednz Scene: Calling All Artists!

Wednz Scene: Calling All Artists!

March 28 / 18

It’s Hump Wednesday. Just one post for today. For those who are practicing art as a hobby or simply want to pursue it as a career, take a look at these exhibition/competition opportunities courtesy of Artshow.

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52nd Annual Lewiston Art Festival

Lewiston Council on the Arts seeks artists for a juried art and fine craft competition and show on August 11 & 12, 2018 on Center Street in Lewiston, NY. $5,000 in awards. Over 20,000 people will attend this much anticipated outdoor festival, which attracts art lovers from Western New York and Southern Ontario, as well as international visitors from Niagara Falls, 10 minutes away. The festival is Lewiston’s signature event and features work by 175 exceptional artists and fine crafters. Categories include Painting; Graphic Arts (Drawing, Printmaking, T-Shirts, Computer Generated Art); Mixed Media; Photography; Pottery/Ceramics/Glass; Fiber; Jewelry; Sculpture; and Wood. College Alley features the work of high school and college students to provide them an opportunity to gain exhibiting experience. The event is held rain or shine. Free parking. No admission charge. Booth Sitters. Complimentary artist awards breakfast Sunday morning. $15 jury fee + $200 booth fee. Deadline: April 1, 2018More info. Contact: email or call 716-754-0166.



Richard McDermott Miller Modeling Competition

The National Sculpture Society announces a call to sculptors for an upcoming competition. There are 3 cash awards totaling $5,250. Sculptors must have been born between 1982-1997. All applicants must be citizens of or residents in the United States with a social security number. Objective: To successfully model a bust from life (from the neck up), working from a live model. Modeling will be done in front of an audience. The Competition is part of NSS’ Sculpture Celebration Conference and will take place on Friday, June 22, 2018, at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. Each selected competitor will receive a Participation Scholarship. Deadline: April 2, 2018. More info. Contact: email or call 212-764-5645 x 10.



2018 National Juried Exhibition

First Street Gallery in New York announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition, June 21 – July 14, 2018. Juror: Ronnie Landfield. Open to U.S. resident artists 18 yrs. or older. Eligible works: oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, drawings, prints, mixed media, photography, and sculpture. Online application only. See prospectus for details. $35/1-3 works, $5/ea. additional work, max. 6. Deadline: April 3, 2018More info (PDF). Contact: email or call 646-336-8053.



6th Annual Bower Center Annual National Juried Exhibition

The Bower Center for the Arts in Bedford, VA announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition, May 22 – June 30, 2018. 1st $750 + solo exhibit, 2nd $400, 3rd $200, min of 3 Awards of Merit $75 ea. Juror: Katherine Shortridge, Artist-Professor, Roanoke College, Salem VA. Open to artists age 18 and over. All entries must be original works (no reproductions), created by the artist within the past three years, and not have been in a previous juried exhibit at Bower Center. Acceptable media includes, but not limited to, painting, drawing, print-making, collage, pastel, mixed media, photography, mosaics, sculpture, fiber, and glass (stained or fused). $30 entry fee. Deadline: April 4, 2018More info. Contact: or or call 540-586-4235.



2018 Gloucester Arts Festival Juried Show

Artists are invited to enter the 2018 Gloucester Arts Festival Juried Show, held June 1-30, 2018 at Arts on Main, in Gloucester, Virginia. More than $5000 in total prizes and featured show. Juror: Jeff Harrison, Chief Curator Emeritus for Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia. Artists will be juried for inclusion in the show by submitting five digital images of original 2D oils, pastels, watercolors, acrylics, tempera, graphite, charcoal, original print or pen and ink work created in the last two years. These images are for juror selection and if the artist is juried into the show, these works do not have to be in the show. $40 entry fee. Deadline: April 6, 2018. More info (PDF). Contact: email or call 804.824.9401.



Impressionism vs. Realism 2018

Las Laguna Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA announces a call to artists for a group exhibition, May 3-31, 2018. This exhibition will compare and contrast the styles of impressionism and realism. The pieces chosen will showcase the traditional aspects and beauty of both movements. There are no restrictions on content, medium or context, but your entries should fit within this theme. We invite and encourage artists of all ages to participate and look forward to seeing your work. All local, national, and international artists, professional and amateur, are encouraged to submit their works. We do not have a limitation on the size of works submitted but have found pieces over 48″ to be costly for shipping and recommend manageable sized pieces. $35 entry fee. Deadline: April 7, 2018More info. Contact: email or call 949-667-1803.



Tiny But Mighty: A National Exhibition of Small 3D Artworks

The d’Art Center in Norfolk, Virginia announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition, May 3rd – June 9th, 2018. 1st Place: $500, 2nd Place: $300, 3rd Place: $150. Juror: John Roth. This exhibition is open to all artists, 18 or older, residing in the United States. All work must be original and created without the aid of an instructor or kit. Work for this exhibition is limited to three-dimensional work only. Work must not exceed eight inches in its longest dimensions. Small works that fit together to make one unified work may also be submitted as long as no individual section of the group exceeds eight inches. All styles and aesthetics are considered. The d’Art Center is a public non-profit art center open to everyone; as such, the content of submissions should be appropriate for all viewers. $35 for up to 3 submissions. Deadline: April 8, 2018More info. Contact: email or call 757-625-4211.



18th Annual National Small Print Show

The Creede Arts Council announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition, May 26 – June 24, 2018, at the Creede Repertory Theatre in Creede, Colorado. Cash awards will be given for Best in Show, 2nd and 3rd Place and two Honorable Mention awards. Juror: Sibyl Teague. The 18th National Small Print Show (NSPS) is a unique, juried art show of matted hand-pulled prints. Artists from all 50 states and Canada are eligible to submit up to 3 original prints to exhibit and sell. See prospectus for additional important information. Selected prints will be showcased to a wider audience in the NSPS traveling exhibit in July and August. $40 for up to 3 pieces. Deadline: April 9, 2018More info. Contact: email or call 719-658-0312.



Providence Art Club National Open Juried Exhibition: America, Now

The Providence Art Club in Providence, Rhode Island invites artists from throughout the United States to submit their recent work for an exciting open juried exhibition America, Now, June 23 – July 20, 2018. $5,000 in awards ($1,000 Best in Show Prize). Each year, the Art Club welcomes artists from across the country to submit work for an annual open exhibition. This year’s show will celebrate the best in contemporary art by makers working in all media from throughout the United States and will be juried by Elliot Bostwick Davis, Ph.D., Chair of the Art of the Americas Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Works in all media by artists living and working throughout the United States are welcome. $35 ($25 for Art Club Members, please contact Michael Rose for coupon code)Deadline: April 13, 2018More info. Contact: email or call 401-331-1114 ext. 5.



Food Chain

RE: ARTISTE International Art Organization seeks artists for a juried art exhibition at Gallery MC in New York, free networking events, and consultations with professionals. Jurors: Shirley Siegal, Leslie Tucker, and others (find the info on RE: ARTISTE’s website). Eligible media: Painting, Drawing/Illustration, Photography, Mixed Media and 3-D Art including Ceramics and Textile, Digital Art/ Video Art, and Installation. $35 entry fee. Deadline: April 15, 2018More info. Contact: email


If you’re interested, just click, email or call to get all the information you need. For more art or photography opportunities, go to Enjoy your Wednesday, be blessed!



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Weeknd Scene: Future AWP Conference Dates

Weeknd Scene: Future AWP Conference Dates

March 24 / 18

Hello…the AWP or (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Conference & Bookfair  2018 has passed, but don’t worry, found future dates and places for the next few events.

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Future Conferences

Portland, Oregon

  • March 27–30, 2019 | Oregon Convention Center

San Antonio, Texas

  • March 4–7, 2020 | Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

Kansas City, Missouri

  • March 3–6, 2021 | Kansas City Convention Center

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • March 23–26, 2022 | Pennsylvania Convention Center


Conference Queries


Conference Events

There will be more to add soon. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Be blessed always.

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@ The Event: Houston, TX

@ The Event: Houston, TX

March 24 / 18


From Austin to Houston. For those of you who enjoyed SXSW Film Festival in Austin, you can now take a drive over to Houston. I do miss Texas quite a bit. Haven’t been back there since 1991! I’ve been to Houston for just a short period visiting a friend of my mom’s. Had some great memories though. I’m sure you guys will probably have some great memories too when you come to visit…

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Multicultural Art & Museums

Asia Society Texas Center

The Czech Cultural Center

Houston Museum of African American Culture



Free Museums

The Menil Collection

Rothko Chapel

Contemporary Arts Museum



Live Music

Anderson Fair 


The Big Easy 



Performing Arts

Contemporary theater and dance are vibrant in Houston.  Found three that might peak your interest…

Catastrophic Theatre

Divisi Strings

Opera Vista




Bayou City Art Festival

March 24, 2018 – March 25, 2018

Recurring daily



Times: 10 am to 6 pm

Area of Town: Memorial Park/Washington Corridor

In Bloom Music Festival

March 24, 2018 – March 25, 2018

Recurring daily


18-3600 ALLEN PKWY | HOUSTON, TX 77019

Phone: 713-936-5965

Times: 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days

Area of Town: Downtown


 A whole lot of fun things to do while you’re in Houston. To find out what else you can do, go to

Image Source: City Pictures, Video Blocks, Asia Society, Houston Museum District, & Houston Press

Wednz Scene: What is Twitch?

Wednz Scene: What is Twitch?

March 21 / 18

Hello everyone…time for another Wednz Scene. Have you guys heard about Twitch? I’ve never heard about it till I saw a professional gamer talked about it. What is Twitch? It’s a live streaming video platform, owned by Twitch Interactive, which is a subsidiary of Amazon. Let’s really peel back the curtain to find more about this live streaming platform…

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Interact: Whether you want to fill chat with your live commentary, or just sit back and lurk, it’s all good.

Explore: We’ve got ways for you to find exactly what you’re looking for or maybe discover something you didn’t know you wanted in the first place.

Contribute: By watching, chatting, subscribing, and cheering with Bits, and more, you’re helping your favorite streamers get rewards, recognition, and yes, even love.





You get to Create a Community, Grow Together, Your passion is rewarded meaning that this streaming service helps you make money, yes I did say what you just read. Doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner. There is a 30-Day Trial of Amazon Prime, which is $12.99/month.

Just giving you the small details on this streaming service. If you gamers are game to try this service, go to get the information and begin playing.

Shadow Spotlight: Women Filmmakers

Shadow Spotlight: Women Filmmakers

March 20 / 18

Hey! The weekend came and went by. Time to start a new week and this week is pretty busy. I’m continuing with women who are making creativity in every art form since this is Women’s History Month. Today’s Spotlight focuses on women in the film industry. With these directors, screenwriters, and producers like Patty Jenkins, Ava DuVernay, and newcomers like Reed Morano, Hollywood is trying to make room for women behind the camera.

Ava DuVernay – 

This Long Beach, California native is already having a great year for 2018. She started in film publicity, by 2006, DuVernay directed a short film, Saturday Night Life. A few years later she directed documentaries like This is the Life (2008) and My Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women in Hip Hop (2010). In 2010, DuVernay made her debut not only as a director but also a screenwriter for I Will FollowIt was this film that people started to take notice.

In 2012, her second feature film, Middle of Nowhere, the film earned her a Sundance Film Award for director, making her the first African-American woman to do so. From then on DuVernay directed films such as Selma (2014), which she rewrote the script, and she became the first African-American woman to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director for the historical drama, the documentary 13th, and the recently released fantasy film, A Wrinkle in Time. DuVernay is now tapped to direct DC’s New Gods. She’s also the creator, executive producer, and director of the television series, Queen Sugar. Yes, Ms. DuVernay is making big waves!





Patty Jenkins –

If you don’t recognize this lady here, you really must be living under a rock. Jenkins received her undergraduate degree from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1993 and in 2000 she attended the American Film Insitute’s AFI Conservatory for her masters in directing. She made the 2001 short film, Velocity Rules. In 2003, Jenkins directed Monster, about the serial killer and former prostitute Aileen Wuornos. Jenkins won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature for Monster, received the Franklin J. Schaffner medal from the American Film Institute and an Emmy nomination for her work in The Killing. She spent the next several years directing television episodes of Arrested Development, Entourage, and The Killing. She was supposed to direct the second Thor film, but due to creative differences, the deal fell through. In 2015, Jenkins signed on to direct Wonder Woman, which was released in June 2017, giving the film the biggest domestic opening of all-time for a female director. She’s now ready to direct Wonder Woman 2 and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for our Amazonian hero.




Sofia Coppola – 

You should be familiar with the last name. Her father is none other than Francis Ford Coppola, director of such films as The Godfather trilogies, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and The Outsiders. Sophia starting acting when she was a baby. Her first role was in The Godfather as baby Michael Francis Rizzi. Coppola has appeared in The Outsiders and Peggy Sue Got Married, but it was her performance in The Godfather III that drew harsh criticism.

Afterward, Coppola has followed in the footsteps of her father to direct, write, and produce films such as The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, Marie Antionette, and The Bling Ring. Coppola’s efforts paid off with nominations for an Academy Award, BAFTA, and several others. She did win Best Original Screenplay for Lost in Translation. She made history to become the first American and youngest woman with her nomination for Best Director. She was the second woman (and first American) to win Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for The Beguiled. It was reported that Coppola will be making her debut as an opera director. She has built a successful path but on her own terms.

Kathryn Bigelow-

She has been around the Hollywood radar for a long time. Bigelow acted in a few films during the 1980s like Born in Flames, modeled for an advertisement for Gap. This California native is no stranger to working not only behind the camera but also writing and producing. With films such as Near Dark, Blue Steel, and Point Break, Bigelow is pretty much a veteran Hollywood insider. It was the 2008 film The Hurt Locker that catapulted Bigelow’s career into high gear. The film won numerous awards. Bigelow earned a Golden Globe nomination, a British Academy Film Awards for Best Director, became the first woman to receive an Academy Award for Best Director, making her the fourth woman in history to be nominated for the award, and only the second woman.

The same goes for Zero Dark Thirty (2012). Bigelow won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director for the film, which she won twice, which makes her the first woman to reach that feat. She was also the first woman to win the National Board of Review Award for Best Director for Zero Dark Thirty. Bigelow’s next film was Detroit, which was set during riots of Detroit in 1967. Bigelow shows no signs of slowing down, she still has some more stories to tell.



Stella Meghie –

A newbie to the film industry, but Canadian Stella Meghie will soon be a name you won’t forget. Meghie started as a public relations in the fashion industry in New York City. She received her degree in screenwriting. In 2016, her debut film Jean of the Jones premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, which received Two Canadian Screen Award nominations, one was Best Original Screenplay. In 2017, she directed romantic drama Everything, Everything, which was an adaptation of the novel Everything, Everything. Hope to see more of Meghie in the future.



Reed Morano –

Morano is master behind the camera not only as a director, but a skilled cinematographer to boot. She is a graduate of  Tisch School of the Arts. Her cinematography in television and film work includes Off the Grid: Life on the Messa, Frozen River, Kill Your Darlings, an episode of Halt and Catch Fire, and The Handmaid’s Tale, which she’s also executive producer.

She directed Beyonce’s Sandcastles and did work in commercials for Apple, Citibank, and 1800Contacts. In 2013, Morano became the youngest member of the American Society of Cinematographers. She was featured in’s “American New Wave 25″.  Morano has won awards such as Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series and a Directors Guild of American award for directing for the Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale and several others. Quite a feat isn’t it?

There are more women in who are making their moves in film and they have many stories to tell. Enjoy your day be blessed!



Image source: Makers, Well+Good, Indiewire, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Hollywood's Black Renaissance, and Reed Morano shot by Celeste Sloman in NY on July 28 2017 for Variety EE 080917



Women In Arts

Women In Arts

March 16 / 18

Hello everyone! This month is Women’s History Month and as promised I’m putting the focus on women who are shaping and putting a mark in art, film, fashion, literature, music, and so on and so on. Let’s take a look at the women who have and are making things happen in the world of art. I’ve found videos on YouTube. Some new, some several years ago.

Here is one from two years ago titled Women In Illustration, narrative and written by Pete Beard. 


Fierce Women of Art / The Art Assignment part 1 and 2


The Art of Complaining-The Guerrilla Girls



Black Women Artist on Art



This is an article by Amy Lin from Widewalls, November 2016, titled Famous Female Painters You Need to Know.

I hope you liked this post, it’s been interesting how far we have come as women painters or illustrators and we have so much more creativity to put out. Enjoy the rest of your Friday, be blessed.


Image source: Michele Usibelli, painting...The Seattle Times