Weekend Scene: Art Business Bootcamp

February 24 / 18

Afternoon everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve checked out Arts Business Institute. They now have an Art Business Bootcamp coming in April.

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This two-day intensive professional development program presents practical strategies and information on specific markets, with a focus on ways that artists and makers can build sustainable small businesses. Many of the most common challenges artists face will be discussed at length, in an interactive format that invites Q&A within every presentation.

The boot camp schedule will include the following topics:

  • The New Marketplace

  • Creative Marketing for Artists

  • Building Gallery Relationships

  • Selling Art Online

  • Pricing for Profit

  • Booth Design

  • Creating an Effective Art Website

  • The Corporate Art Market

Personalized consultation appointments are also available at this event for an additional $30 charge. Artists who plan to attend should book their consultation at the time of registration to avoid disappointment.

The boot camp will be held at Naples Art Association, 585 Park Street, Naples, Florida on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, lasting from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.

Speakers at this event will be:

Wendy Rosen, founder of Best in American Made, The Arts Business Institute, and the American Made Alliance, and publisher of NICHE Magazine for retailers. Rosen has been mentoring and working with artists for over four decades, with a deep knowledge of the business structure and market options for artists.




Carolyn Edlund, founder of Artsy Shark, Executive Director of The Arts Business Institute, and art business consultant. As a former owner of a production studio and an outside rep for art publishing companies, she specializes in marketing and sales topics.

Tuition for this two-day workshop is $225 for Naples Art Association members and $250 for non-members.

To know even more about the workshop, click here.



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Wednz Scene: Film Workshops 2018

February 14 / 18

Hello again…It’s been some time that I posted for the film department. It’s like I said this sentence before right? Well, it’s true. It’s been a long while and now I’m making up for it.  Maine Media Workshops & College is an international non-profit educational organization, that offers year-round workshops for photographers, filmmakers, and media artists. They have plenty of workshops in photography, writing, book arts and design, filmmaking, and more. We are focusing on filmmaking.

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Hone your skills in the development of compelling long and short-form documentaries.

Date:  Mar 4-10, 2018
Levels:  Intermediate, Advanced
Workshop Fee:  $1250
Class Size: 14

Additional Dates Offered:
Aug 26-Sep 1, 2018

This one-week workshop is for independent filmmakers, PBS, cable, business and network producers, historians and researchers, who want to improve their skill in developing and making professional long and short documentaries for television, the web and business. The class includes hands-on experience in interviewing, lighting, pitching, editing, backdrops, locations and more.  We screen and critique a diverse variety of documentary work for style, content, point-of-view, and production values.

The workshop covers funding, producing, directing, editing, copyright, archives, rights, research methods, budgets, story structure, interviewing, music, distribution, and how to position a project for national broadcast, foreign sales, and internet distribution. Students have the opportunity to research local stories, shoot interviews, and edit a short segment for presentation and critique.  Students may also bring their previously produced work for review.

Winter/Spring lodging and meal package available for $475. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging is $125.

Instructor: Lawrence Hott



An introduction to the premier software for motion graphics.

Date: Mar 11-17, 2018
Levels:  Beginner
Workshop Fee:  $1125
Max Class Size: 14

Additional Dates Offered:
Jun 24-30, 2018
Sep 9-15, 2018

Adobe After Effects continues to be the industry standard for creating motion graphics. Students create dynamic content for logo treatments and commercials and understand visual effects features such as keying and compositing for film, video or multimedia. Through daily hands-on assignments, the class explores the tools of After Effects including layers, blending modes, masks and alpha channels. Core animation concepts such as keyframes and parenting are covered in-depth, as well as kinetic typography. Students also learn how 3D cameras and lights are used to create natural, organic animations. Students gain a solid understanding of After Effects and an appreciation for the possibilities of creating motion graphics.

Winter/Spring lodging and meal package available for $475. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session.

Instructor: Neil Shelley



Produce the highest level of excellence and superiority in post-production audio.

Date:  Mar 17-18, 2018
Levels:  Beginner, Intermediate
Workshop Fee:  $545
Class Size: 14

Continuing the exploration of the audio impact on visual images, this two-day workshop concentrates on the foundation and principles of post-production sound and the effective manipulation of dialogue, music, and sound effects to create a unified soundtrack. A basic and straightforward approach will equip students with a practical and beneficial knowledge of audio uses.

Upon completion of this course, students will have learned the post-production practices involved in bringing audio from the set to the screen, as well as the basic approaches to sound design. Overview of production and post-production sound, the relationship between them, the elements that make up a soundtrack and the various elements at work, good and bad, will be explored to determine how the quality of sound elements affect the overall experience.

Lunch is included for both days, other meals are on your own.  Lodging is available for $75 per night.

Instructor: Walter Clissen



Gain the fundamental skills to capture quality video using DSLR Cameras.

Date:  Mar 17-18, 2018
Levels:  Beginner
Workshop Fee:  $475
Class Size: 14

Additional Dates Offered:
Apr 28-29, 2018                                                                                                                                             Jun 2-3, 2018

This 2-day class is ideal for anyone interested in working with DSLRs to capture high-quality video and audio.

This workshop will include lessons on choosing camera settings for the desired look of video using ISO, aperture, color temperature, shutter speed, frame rate, and lens selection. Tripods and hand-held camera systems will be demonstrated.  Students will use various methods to record high-quality audio while capturing video and learn how to prepare files for post-production. Students receive hands-on training using cameras like the Canon EOS 7D and 5D Mark III and will leave the workshop equipped with the fundamental skills to work proficiently with DSLR cameras in the field.

Lunch is included for both days, other meals are on your own. Lodging is available on campus, private room & bath.  $75/night.

Instructor: Tom Ryan



Spend the weekend learning the basics of lighting for film and video production.

Date:  Mar 17-18, 2018
Levels:  Beginner, Intermediate
Workshop Fee:  $475
Class Size: 10

Additional Dates Offered:
Oct 13-14, 2018

Learning how to properly light spaces and subjects is an essential part of the creation of any film or video project. Through lectures on lighting theory, and demonstrations of different techniques, students will learn how to best use natural and artificial light to tell their story. This 2-day workshop is extremely useful for many facets of film and video production including, shooting interviews, corporate work, documentary, and narrative.

Topics Covered:

  • Quality of light

  • Types of light sources

  • Color Temperature

  • Flagging

  • Diffusing

  • Styling

  • Coloring

  • Reflecting

  • Balancing

Lunch is included for both days, other meals are on your own.  Lodging is available for $75 per night.

Instructor: David Martinez


Want to know more about Maine Media Workshops & College? Go to this link for more information.



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Wednz Scene: Digital Photography…

January 17 / 18

It’s time for workshops. I find all kinds of workshops in the world of creativity. Have you heard about Santa Fe Photogenic Workshop? I’ve posted a few workshops from Santa Fe before. Found two upcoming workshops you might be interested in…

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What is Santa Fe Photogenic Workshop about?

Established in 1990, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops offers state-of-the-art photographic education that supports participants of all levels. We share our passion for photography, offering world-renowned instructors, cutting-edge technology, and dedicated staff. We are committed to excellence, teaching both the technical and creative aspects of photography. We provide a supportive, inspirational community where our participants build confidence in achieving their photographic goals both personally and professionally.


Jennifer Spelman

Basics of Digital Photography

Today’s digital cameras offer endless creative opportunities—but only if you know how to use them. Whether you recently acquired your first digital SLR camera or mirrorless camera, or have owned one for a few years, this workshop empowers you to take control of its features and advance your skills.

Designed like a hands-on user manual, this workshop provides you with the knowledge essential to explore all the capabilities of your digital camera. Jennifer patiently guides participants through the variables of aperture, shutter speed, and the various settings and shooting modes. We learn how to incorporate these tools with different lenses, and explore techniques of composition and lighting in order to create more interesting and powerful images. Mornings are devoted to lectures, discussions, and critiques of the previous day’s work, while afternoons are spent practicing newly acquired skills in the picturesque environs of Santa Fe.

This promises to be an exciting five days of mastering the basics of digital photography and cultivating our creativity in an energetic and supportive atmosphere. By the workshop’s end, participants have acquired a solid understanding of manual mode on their camera, and return home with a collection of images that reflect their new expertise.

Basics of Digital Photography


Jennifer Spelman


April 1 – 6, 2018


The Basics



See what’s included.


$150 Model, Location, and Materials Fee


For more information to register, click here.



Luke Montavon


Adobe Lightroom Intensive: Organizing and Enhancing Your Images

Adobe Lightroom is the ultimate solution for the organization and enhancement of our digital imagery and an incredibly powerful tool for photographers of all levels. In this two day intensive you learn the ins-and-outs of proper Lightroom workflow and the tools that best fit your needs. The goal is strengthening and streamlining your photographic output—simplicity is key!

Luke begins by explaining how Lightroom handles files, then takes us through importing and organizing image files from our cameras and hard drives. Lightroom’s powerful organizational tools make it possible to sort through thousands of images with ease, and a principal goal of this workshop is to teach you how to navigate this essential element of the program. Using Lightroom’s system of Collections, Keywords, Flags, Stars, and Color Labels, you gain a solid understanding of how to simply manage photographs stored on your home computers and hard drives.

From organization, we move onto Lightroom’s powerful developing tools. Using the Develop module, we make adjustments ranging from correcting exposure to creative vignetting, in order to enhance the quality of our images. Luke also demonstrates how to synchronize your Develop settings across groups of images in order to streamline your workflow. We wrap up by learning how to export images for print or web viewing.

After a quick review of the skills that were covered, you’re equipped to get the most out of your digital images using Adobe Lightroom at home.

Adobe Lightroom Intensive: Organizing and Enhancing Your Images


Luke E. Montavon


February 17 – 18, 2018


Digital Workflow & Printing, Intensives



See what’s included.

To register, click right here.

There are many more workshops to choose from once you click the link above, plus there is also a Santa Fe Writers Lab. Hope this helps those wanting to take a leap into the photography field. Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, be blessed.



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Wednz Scene: Workshops & Retreats

Wednz Scene: Workshops & Retreats

Aug. 2 / 17

First Wednesday of this month of August and I found some workshops and retreats courtesy of Artshow.

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Watercolor Workshop in Italy

Watercolor Workshop in Tuscany with Dodie Davis & Vitalia Tours w/Venice Add-on (Tuscany, Italy) 
September 25 – October 4, 2017

10-Day unique watercolor workshop for artists of all levels. This is an exceptional combination of food, wine, excursions & painting workshops. Tuscany is quintessential Italy and an artist’s dreamscape with amazing scenery: Let yourself be seduced by the colors, the exquisite light, and the charm of autumn in Tuscany.

Learn more  

Watercolor Painting Workshop in Barcelona, Spain

Plein-Air Urban Watercolour Workshops in Barcelona 
Year-round (see website for details)

This is an opportunity to enjoy a 5 day plein-air intensive watercolor workshop in the heart of Barcelona, Spain. Professional artist Paul Raymonde and his wife Angela run an urban painting course in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Classes are carefully structured to explain and practice the intricacies of traditional watercolor technique.

Learn more  

Painting Workshop in Teton Valley, Idaho

Plein Air Landscape Workshop in beautiful Teton Valley, Idaho 
October 1-5, 2017

Join top plein air painter Sid Delmar Leach in Victor, Idaho. The workshop offers a choice of painting in watercolor or acrylic as a water-based medium in the traditional format. Classes will begin at Dreamcatcher Bed and Breakfast taking advantage of the autumn colors and then progress to the rivers, mountains, and foliage of the surrounding area within the valley.

Learn more  

To learn more about these workshops, please click on the links above. Go to find more workshops, retreats, and contests.
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Wednz Scene: Photography Retreats & Workshops…

May 3 / 17

Hello! Just a stop for some creative news. If you love photography, armature, professional, or somewhere in between, and are itching to get your foot into the door, these retreats should help you right away.

cred: inspire, eloquent light, sante fe photographic workshops, 


February 26-28, 2018 at the Gurney’s Resort in Newport, Rhode Island

What is Inspire?
Inspire is a retreat-style conference for professional wedding and portrait photographers. The conference is comprised of sessions on a variety of subjects, from business practices to shooting techniques, to artistry and personal vision. Inspire retreats are structured to enhance opportunities to foster deep relationships with other attendees, build community, and create a culture of ongoing peer-to-peer mentoring and support in our industry.

MissionInspire’s mission is to foster & maintain a supportive community where photographers are encouraged & empowered to grow in their lives and businesses through innovative curriculum in the areas of Craft, Vision & Business.

To register go to



The Western Portrait

With Michael Crouser

When: July 9 – 14, 2017

Category: Portraits, Creative Vision, Fine Art, Documentary

Tuition: $1,445

Fees: $170 Model, Location, and Materials Fee

To register:



The Legendary California Coast: from Monterey to Big Sur

September 3 – 8, 2017

A magical place where landscape photography was born

Monterey to Big Sur, California

Class Size
10 participants

Craig Varjabedian


Activity Level – Intermediate
You should be prepared to carry your own gear and be capable of walking and light hiking on sandy beaches and somewhat rocky terrain.

Please telephone 505/983.2934 to register [more]

No-interest payment plans available: Please inquire.



Under the Light of Tuscany

October 14 – 22, 2017

Imagine being surrounded by vineyards and out-of-the-way scenes from classic Italy. Imagine yourself in a place where patina and Tuscan sunlight join to create the original magic hour . . .

Pienza, Tuscany, Italy

Class Size
10 participants

Craig Varjabedian


Activity Level – Intermediate
You should be prepared to carry your own gear and be capable of walking and light hiking on varied terrain.

Please telephone 505/983.2934 to register [more]

No-interest payment plans available: Please inquire.


Once you click on the websites for information, make sure to read carefully.
























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Wednz Scene: Literature Events & Conferences

Wednz Scene: Literature Events & Conferences

April 5 / 17

Hey….Lots of things going on in the world of literature so let’s not waste time and see what’s going on….


JULY 18 – 30, 2017

Accepting applications through April 17

Thanks to the generosity of the Walter E. Dakin Memorial Fund, supported by the estate of Tennessee Williams, every participant receives assistance covering two-thirds of the actual cost to attend. Additional funding is awarded to fellows and scholars.

931.598.1654 /


JULY 20 – 23, 2017 / MARQUETTE, MI

This unique conference features a blend of workshops, craft talks, and outdoor activities along beautiful Lake Superior. Be inspired by the one-of-a-kind landscape of the Upper Peninsula and learn how nature and place can invigorate your writing.

Attend craft talks and workshops with Pam Houston, Diane Les Becquets, Frank X Walker, and other award-winning authors.

Bike, hike, kayak, fly fish. Try paddleboard yoga. Relax on the beach.




Click on the links to get the information about these workshops and conferences.

















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Wednesday Scene: Arts Business Institute Workshop

Wednesday Scene: Arts Business Institute Workshop

Jan. 11 / 17

Morning! Arts Business Institute has a boot camp coming. It’s one of the first events for ABI…..

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February 18-19, 2017

Hilton Garden Inn

1100 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA

Are you passionate about growing your creative business?

This event is designed specifically for fine artists and craft artists who want to succeed on a professional level.

Schedule at a Glance

Saturday, February 18th

9:00 a.m.  Registration opens

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.    The New Marketplace – Wendy Rosen

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

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.   Lunch break

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.     Wholesale 101 – Wendy Rosen

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

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

Sunday, February 19th

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.     Pricing for Profit – Rosen/Edlund

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   Building Gallery Relationships – Carolyn Edlund

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    Artist & Expert Panel Discussion

12:20 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.      Making Work That Sells – Wendy Rosen

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.      How to Sell Your Work Online – Carolyn Edlund

3:15 p.m.      Individual Artist Consultations (pre-scheduled)

Individual Course Details (all courses include Q&A)

The New Marketplace

This essential talk focuses on what artists and makers must know about the changing business models in today’s world. How can you earn a living with your creative business? What does the shifting marketplace tell us about the future, and how you can navigate challenges to survive and thrive? 

Creative Marketing Strategies

This presentation will transform how you approach marketing. How to understand your target customer and build a compelling message to reach them. Traditional and new marketing methods, with creative and unusual examples. How to start a marketing calendar, get publicity, design email marketing campaigns, press kits and more. 

Wholesale 101

A foundational course that addresses the how’s and why’s of wholesale. Learn the power of leveraging your work through repeat orders with galleries and retailers, what buyers want, and how to build a business using the wholesale model. Practical steps to enter this marketplace, and understand best practices.

Creative Sales Strategies

Increase your income through the use of multiple sales models. How to scale a business with new formats, broaden your collection and your audience, become more efficient, make your work collectible, and enter niche markets. Strategies for networking, building repeat and referral business.

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 creative business. What defines “profit” and why is it essential? Learn how to add value to your work. This talk is in two parts: pricing for wholesale/retail and pricing for fine artists.

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.

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.

How to Sell Your Work 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.

Artist & Expert Panel Discussion

Hear directly from artists, makers and experts working in creative businesses every day. This popular part of our workshop program gives attendees the chance to ask questions and gain insights into the world of making and selling art and handmade goods.

Individual Artist/Maker Consultations

This workshop has a limited number of appointment times for attendees who would like to schedule a face-to-face consultation with one of our speakers at the end of each workshop day. These 20-minute strategy sessions may include portfolio review and critique, discussion of potential markets, pricing questions or discussion of business challenges. Schedule your appointment at the time of registration for an additional $30 charge.


Program Speakers

Wendy Rosen

wendy-smallWendy Rosen is a nationally recognized arts advocate who has been mentoring artists and makers for over 35 years. Her first book “Crafting as a Business” is considered a classic seminal guide to the handmade business, and she is frequently sought after for business consulting. She is the founder of The American Made Show, The Arts Business Institute, and the American Made Alliance. She is the publisher of NICHE Magazine for retailers, and currently launching the online portal Best in American Made.

Carolyn Edlund

Carolyn headshot thumbnail 2015Carolyn Edlund’s background includes being the owner of a production ceramic studio for twenty years, selling extensively at retail and wholesale. She’s acted as an outside rep for art publishers and represented gift lines. She launched the site Artsy Shark in 2009 and is recognized as a “top ten” art business blogger. During that time she has written five e-courses on the business of art and hundreds of related articles. She developed and maintains the largest online directory of places for artists and makers to sell, and runs an online art gallery.


Workshop Registration is Now Open!

Register for this 2-day event for $250.00 

Register Now


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Wednesday Scene: Sundance Film Festival 2017 & Other Events

November 16 / 16

Good Morning! The Sundance Film Festival is coming soon and I wanted to give you a heads up on what’s happening at the moment. The festival dates are January 19 -29, 2017 in Park City, Utah. Passes and ticket packages are on sale now. All you need to do is go to

Upcoming Events

Art In Action From the Theatre Lab / Friday, December 9, 2016 / North Adams, MA

Documentary Film Program Story Development Workshop / December 10-11, 2016 / Miami, FL

An Artist At the Table / Sundance Film Festival / January 19, 2017 / Kamas, Utah

I will be searching for festival press updates. If your planning to go to the festival, just click on the link for tickets, but don’t get too comfortable…..

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