Saturday, December 25, 2010

Show entry


Oklahoma Friendly
CALENDAR

Entries Due:
February 20, 2011
Acceptance Notification:
March 1, 2011 by e-mail
Artwork Delivery:
March 13-14, 2011
Opening Reception:
March 18, 6-9pm
Show Dates:
March 18-April 9, 2011
Pick-up & Return Shipping:
April 10, 2010
Delivery & Show Location
IAO Gallery
706 W. Sheridan
Oklahoma City, OK
Categories of Awards
Friendly Faces:
Figures in any fashion
Tornado Alley:
Abstracts & nonrepresentational
Big Sky:
Landscapes, florals, still life
Wild Frontier:
Architectural, cityscapes, wildlife
Landmarks:
Sculptural entries
*Categories will be assigned by Jury

Over $4,000 in Cash, Purchase, and Artistic awards! Final Awards will be chosen by Curator of Awards from a mixture of media in the listed categories.

Cash Awards
1ST & 2ND PLACE in each category.
BEST OF SHOW - $1,000
PIONEER SPIRIT - $400 - For the most innovative use of a traditional media.

Entry Fee
Fee covers entry of 1-3 pieces.
OAG Member - $25
Non-member - $35
Up to 3 additional images may be submitted online for $5.00 per image, members and non-member.

All sales will be subject to a 35% commission. IAO will process all sales.

CALL FOR ENTRY
Oklahoma Friendly 2011
National Juried Show

The Oklahoma Art Guild announces a Call for Entry to "Oklahoma Friendly 2011". This show has an inviting range of media and styles that exemplify the friendly nature of our state.



The jury panel will consist of four art professionals from the Oklahoma arts community and curator of awards, Nancy P Anderson. Nancy is the Executive Director and Curator of the Leslie Powell Foundation and Gallery in Lawton, Oklahoma since March 1989.

This show is open to all artists nationwide above the age of 18, members and non-members of OAG. ALL of your art friends are invited to enter.

Entered pieces must be original, completed within the past two years, not previously entered in an OAG show, and created outside of art direction by workshop or school. All entries must be for sale.

All media, 2 and 3-dimensional will be considered.

Online Submissions Due:
February 20th
For more information, click here.


About Us

The Oklahoma Art Guild (OAG) is a non-profit organization founded in 1954, with the objective of creating, promoting and developing all forms of the visual arts. The membership includes professionals, amateurs, art enthusiasts and patrons of the visual arts.


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Saturday, December 11, 2010

New WVAG Address


The Wisconsin Visual Artists' Guild has a new mailing address! Use this new address for all correspondence and to submit future entries.

Please make note of this change since the old PO Box is no longer being used.

Thanks ..... Sharon


Wisconsin Visual Artists' Guild
607 S. 24th Ave Box #147
Wausau, WI 54401


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Shipping Sculpture and 3D art



Go to the link below to see a great video about how to properly safely ship art

http://bit.ly/frOVOS

Sent from Rick Eyre's iPhone


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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Xanadu Workshops

I have been to one of the Workshops this guy did in Milwaukee once and it was GREAT!  He has made all of his workshops that were webcast) available online.
Just click ON THIS LINK  and then click on one of the webinars and you can see for yourself.  Everything from building a better artist statement or how to ship art safely.  Outstanding info for artists

Friday, December 3, 2010

Secrets to Shippping Art WebCast



Web Broadcast | Secrets of Shipping your Art | Part 2 - Sculpture and other 3D Art
Join us for a Webinar on Tuesday December 7
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/676137571
This is a continuation of our series on shipping artwork. If you missed last week's broadcast on shipping paintings you can watch a video of the broadcast.

Shipping art is work, but it doesn't have to be torture. You may not know it, but I started out in the art business almost twenty years ago shipping for a gallery in Scottsdale. Over the years I have shipped, or been involved in shipping, thousands of works of art. During that time I've learned a thing or two.  Tuesday evening, December 7th,  I am giving a free broadcast where I will share everything I know about shipping sculpture, glass and other perilous artworks.

This broadcast will include information on

The supplies you need and where to get them
Critical tools and how to use them
Safely packing 3D artwork
Which carrier you should use
A dirty secret I learned about shipping large sculpture

I will also leave time for a question and answer period so I can answer your burning questions about shipping your sculpture.

The broadcast is free, but attendance is limited, so sign up today.

What have you learned through your experience shipping sculpture, glass, pottery, etc? Do you have tips or tricks you've learned, perhaps through painful experience? Email me (Jason@xanadugallery.com) and I just might share your tips during the broadcast. Your subject line should read "Shipping 3D Tips".

See you Tuesday December 7!

Jason

J. Jason Horejs
Owner
Xanadu Gallery | Scottsdale, AZ
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Want to be an Artist in Residence?

SILVER CITYMich. — “Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in the western Upper Peninsula is seeking applicants for its artist-in-residence program.”
Artists sought for Porcupine Mountains program

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Job anyone

Position: Executive/Artistic Director
Green Lake Festival of Music
Check Listing for Dates
“About the Green Lake Festival of Music: Celebrating its 32nd season in 2011, the Green Lake Festival of Music received a Wisconsin Governor’s Award in Support of the Arts in 2004 in recognition of its history of presenting artists of national and international caliber and providing education and enrichment programs, including its annual choral and chamber music workshops. The annual season comprises ten to twelve concerts during a six-week period from mid June to the end of July. The Festival’s mission is to inspire, educate, and entertain through programs and educational activities of the highest quality. The present Executive Director has served for the past thirteen years and is retiring in September 2011. Position Overview: The Executive/Artistic Director is the Festival’s chief operating officer and artistic leader. It is a twelve-month, half time position (full time May-July) reporting to the Board of Directors. This individual provides leadership to a year-round staff of three, a full-time Administrative Director, a half-time Marketing Director, and a full-time summer Student Intern. Festival offices are located on the Ripon College campus in Ripon, Wisconsin.”


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Photo work

Photo skills displayed in PCA foyer contest
Portage Daily Register
September - May
“A photography competition at the Portage Center for the Arts is drawing out the Ansel Adams in area residents. Running monthly September through May, the Photos in the Foyer competition at the Portage Center for the Arts inspires creativity in those who perhaps have no drawing or painting skills.”


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Let's buy a building in Rhinelander!


ART START!
Could Rhinelander be a Northwoods Art Center? If you are interested in the arts and the community, have your say.
There is an opportunity to buy the Downtown Federal Building for $1.
We are looking for ideas, support, leaders and volunteers. Come along with your ideas! Tuesday, December 7th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Curran Building at 315 South Oneida in Rhinelander


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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cheap posters!



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Helpful Links:

How to find the resolution of your image

How big does my image have to be?

How much does shipping cost?

How do I get my files to you?

Need a few posters to show off your kid's sports team? What about the trip to the Bahamas or Key West? You may even want to show off your classic motorcycle or car. Whatever the need may be, Shortrunposters.com can make it happen. Everyday we hear about our customers using our posters for something that we never thought about. Maybe you could even start a side business taking photographs of people's pets and getting posters made using our unbranded posters. That way, you can keep us a secret from your clients.
To place an order using our discount $2.00 posters, click the "Branded" link below. To place an order using our regular unbranded posters for just $4.00 each, click "Unbranded".



* Shipping rates will remain the same; $10 flat charge for all Standard 5-Day turnaround orders and actual UPS rates for all Express 3-Day turnaround orders.

Testimonials
We get emails from our customers all the time letting us know that we're doing a great job.

Here's what people are saying:

I just received my first poster, and what a stunning surprise. I am an artist and market my own line of cards and gifts. When I saw your ad on TV, I thought my work might translate nicely into posters, so I ordered just one. My expectation level was low because your prices are so low, and the quality of my other products is high. You've met the quality of my other products, and I will definitely be adding your posters to my line. Many thanks to everyone who helped make my poster!

Rae - Ranchos de Taos , NM

I just received my posters today and I just wanted to send a quick message to let you guys know how incredibly pleased I am with the job you did on the posters I ordered from you. Best value and quality for the money for posters I've seen! I'll be ordering again very soon!

Anonymous

Just wanted to thank you for a great job you did for me last week. They were done well and I received a day earlier than I needed them. I enjoy using your site.

Kathleen - Lynnfield, MA

Read more...

How to Find Pixel Dimensions of a File
Ordering on Shortrunposters.com
For those of you without Photoshop or similar software that need to find out the resolution of an image, this one is for you.

Read more...

Saving EPS and PDF files from Adobe Illustrator
Ordering on Shortrunposters.com
Adobe Illustrator is a great tool for creating and design posters, but if a few steps are not followed properly, your final poster will be printed differently than your Adobe Illustrator appears.

Read more...

How to place an order with different images on Shortrunposters.com...
Ordering on Shortrunposters.com
Some people don't realize just how affordable Shortrunposters.com is. At shortrunposters.com you can unlimited short run poster printing for just $2.00 each. This is really cheap printing, and you can add as many different images to one order as you want.

Read more...

Getting your files to us
Ordering on Shortrunposters.com
We currently offer 3 methods of getting your file(s) to us, each method is listed below and described in depth.
Read more...

How to upload your Flickr photos to Shortrunposters.com
Ordering on Shortrunposters.com
Shortrunposters.com users can now transfer photos from Flickr.com straight to the shopping cart on our site through an easy to use interface. If you have a Flickr account, you can transfer any photo from any set or photostream directly to your Shortrunposters.com order.

Read more...

How can I upload more than one image at a time?
Submitting Files
Sometimes uploading 30 or 40 different images one at a time can get quite tedious. Well, there is a way around this to speed up ordering cheap poster printing from Shortrunposters.com.

Read more...

Unbranded Posters from Shortrunposters.com now available
Latest
Some new changes for 2009!

Starting today, January 13th, 2008, we will being offering an "unbranded" version of our popular 18 x 24 poster.

Read more...

We service customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Here are some of the cities where our customers order from:

Albany, NY
Ann Arbor, MI
Arlington, VA
Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Baltimore, MD
Birmingham, AL
Bloomington, IN
Boston, MA
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Cincinnati, OH
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Dallas - Ft. Worth, TX
Dayton, OH
Denver, CO
Des Moines, IA
Detroit, MI
Duluth, MN
Evansville, IN
Fresno, CA Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ft. Myers - Naples, FL
Ft. Wayne, IN
Grand Rapids, MI
Houston, TX
Indianapolis, IN
Jackson, MS
Jacksonville, FL
Jersey Shore, NJ
Kalamazoo, MI
Kansas City, KS
Los Angeles, CA
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Long Shadows show


I have had inquiries asking if this next show is a CHARITY show. No it is not. It is just like any other show as far as entry fees and the form you would use to enter.

If the Guild does a charity show in the future; there will need to be several months of planning to accomplish that. As of now there is no charity show planned; something to be discussed and organized at several meetings.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I'm watching for your entries via mail and info/statements via email.

See you on the 7th!

Sharon


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Monday, November 22, 2010

Richeson Entry

Richeson 75 Small Works 2011 co-sponsored by Art Calendar
Richeson 75, KimberlyWI
Deadline:  November 30
Original 2-D artwork 144 sq inches or less plus a special category for “Miniatures” 25 sq inches or less. Best in Show gets $2000 cash and featured in an Art Calendar e-newsletter. Thousands in cash and merchandise prizes for category winners! Gallery exhibit, hard-cover full color exhibit book and online gallery gets your work noticed! Postmark deadline 11/30/10. Visit our website for Prospectus. Contact: Jack Richeson Company |   |  www.richeson75.com/callforentries.html |  richeson75@gmail.com  

LONG SHADOWS entry form

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Long Shadows show


Entries for our next exhibit are starting to come in.

Entries should be postmarked by Friday November 26th. This show hangs on Tues December 7th.

If you are including a statement, please email it to me along with your TITLE, MEDIUM and PRICE.
Please do not use ALL CAPS in your statements as that text cannot be re-formatted and must be re-typed. Thanks

Even if not including a statement, please email me your TITLE, MEDIUM and PRICE. This provides me with all I need to produce the Tags and Brochure.




Thanks ...... Sharon Dowis

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Exhibit op!

From Laura Nelke.........

Hi Sharon,
I have had a request from West 14th Street Restaurant in Marshfield to invite artists to show their 2D paintings on the walls of the restaurant. I have had a professional relationship with the owners since the days of the Marshfield Artists Cooperative and have sold 4 paintings from there. The restaurant takes 10% of the sale price, so the deal is a good one. Since a number of the former Co-op members are no longer interested in making the journey to Marshfield there is an opportunity for other artists to step into this void.

Can I ask you to please send out a notice to WVAG members to this effect?
Any interested artists can contact me at nelkewatercolors@gmail.com and I will give them the rest of the details.


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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Exposure

I heard a good one today. How many times have artists been told that letting a venue hang your work at their facility for free is " Good exposure"?
Im thinking of a new standard response that goes ..... " 'Exposure us what you die of in the cold Wisconsin night alone in the dark'"
Anyone?


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Wednesday, November 10, 2010




From: "Betsy Popp"

I got one of my landscapes into the Richeson Landscape show...opening reception is this Friday....I will be there with bells on.

Thanks

Betsy


We hope you'll be joining us for the Opening Reception for the Landscape competition on Friday, November 12 from 5pm-7:30pm at the Richeson Gallery! The gallery looks absolutely spectacular with the wonderful landscapes! Seeing them in person is truly an experience not to be missed!

Richeson Art Gallery
557 Maecella Street
Kimberly, WI 54136

800-233-2404


Richeson Art Gallery

557 Marcella Street
Kimberly, WI 54136
800.233.2404
ContactFriday NOV. 12
5:00pm-7:30pm


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Friday, November 5, 2010

Call for Wisconsin Visual Artists – 2 Dimensional and 3 Dimensional
Wisconsin Arts Board
Deadline November 19
Since August 1992, the WI Department of Administration (DOA), in cooperation with the Wisconsin Arts Board, has been providing an opportunity for Wisconsinartists to showcase their work in the DOA/WI Arts Board Lobby Exhibit Space. Located at 101 E. Wilson Street in Madison, 110’ linear feet of wall space and 100 sq. ft. of cabinet space has been specifically designed to showcase Wisconsin artists’ work to individuals doing business with Wisconsin Arts Board and other State agencies. Over 700 people pass through this space each day

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A sad day for the WVAG

The following text is a letter from ChandraLyn, as she has decided to resign from our Guild.


Hello, Fellow Artists!

This letter is to regretfully inform you that I will no longer be the Recording Secretary for the Guild. After thinking about our last guild meeting and all there is to do for the Long Shadows/Charity Art Show, and not having enough volunteers, I realized that I am overwhelmed with all I have going on in my life.
As far as the Charity Show goes, I feel there is really not enough time to do this right for Christmas time. I think it will be as successful or even more successful in the spring, for example.
I have enjoyed all of the years I have been involved with the guild and will miss all of you, but I hope to hear about all of you and your successes in the future.
Please consider holding the Recording Secretary position. It’s real easy! Best wishes to all of you and call or email me sometime.

ChandraLyn

Chandra Witter

Chandra, I sincerely thank you for all the time and effort that you have unselfishly given over the years. Good luck with school and your job. You deserve only the best. .......... Sincerely .... Sharon Dowis

Friday, October 22, 2010

Stevens Point show


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Green Circle Art Exhibition

Paintings by Carol Molepske, Kristie Cecil, Jane Barnard; wood carvings by area artists.

Starts: September 24, 2010
Ends: October 31, 2010
Event Times: Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Ticket Information: Free admission

Location of this event

Riverfront Arts Center
1200 Crosby Ave.
Stevens Point, WI 54481



Phone: 715-343-6251
Accessibility: Yes
Email: sprac@voyager.net
Web site: stevenspoint.com/rac/rac.html
Description:Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Riverfront Arts Center is a project of the Stevens Point Arts Council. The facility is owned by the City of Stevens Point and operated by the Parks and Recreation Department. The Riverfront Arts Center presents exhibitions by local and regional artists and is located on the Wisconsin River in downtown Stevens Point.




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Thursday, October 21, 2010

October 21st Meeting


Lots of news about the upcoming Long Shadows show. 6 Pieces, pretty open category, one of them should be something that can be donated by the artist and purchased, with the purchase price going to the charity of the buyers choice.
Great idea!



Exhibit Op

Call for Wisconsin Visual Artists – 2 Dimensional and 3 Dimensional
Wisconsin Arts Board
Deadline November 19
Since August 1992, the WI Department of Administration (DOA), in cooperation with the Wisconsin Arts Board, has been providing an opportunity for Wisconsin artists to showcase their work in the DOA/WI Arts Board Lobby Exhibit Space. Located at 101 E. Wilson Street in Madison, 110’ linear feet of wall space and 100 sq. ft. of cabinet space has been specifically designed to showcase Wisconsin artists’ work to individuals doing business with Wisconsin Arts Board and other State agencies. Over 700 people pass through this space each day.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Exhibit coming to Wausau

The Exhibit Opens!
Blog: In A New Light
The exhibit will travel to UW-Marathon County in Wausau in November then, Madison, Cable, and end at Spooner's Black Iris Gallery
“Six months. Hundreds of hours on the river. Tens of thousands of shutter clicks. Twenty six young transformed into master nature photographers. It all culminates today in the opening of the "In a New Light" photo exhibit at the National Park Service visitor center in St. Croix Falls. Please come and witness the story. The exhibit will be in St. Croix Falls until October 25, when it will then proceed on its journey to Wausau, Madison, Cable, and Spooner.”


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Meeting


There will be a meeting at the clinic on Thursday the 21st.

TOPIC .... "Expanding Our Horizons"

I'm sure we will have info on many art opportunities to share.

Social hour 5 - 6 pm
Meeting @ 6 pm.

Please don't forget ..... the doors are locked at 6pm; so arrive early.

Hope to see you there!

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Are You Wanted?

Do you know alot of people named Tony? How about Maria? How about restraining orders? Anything? Are you in the witness protection program because of that thing with those people?
Please let me know and I will make sure your stuff doesn't get out there.
Seriously, if you don't want your artwork or name or whatever published on the web let me know and we will never speak of this again.
Rick

You knew it was just a matter of time

WVAG has a FaceBook Page!!
Check it out! Log in! Post something! Add it as a "Favorite"
Friend us!!

Anyone not Listed?

If you're new or otherwise not listed on our Web Page, please let me know. It's good exposure and a good way to link to yourself or your various web sites/ Facebook page/blog/whatever else you want to be linked to!

Send me an e-mail and I will make it so!

Web Site Updated!




Best in Show
Passing Through
Betsy Popp

The WVAG Web Site has been updated, showing all of the winners and entries for our current show! It looks great too.
Congratulations to all!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

September meeting minutes

WISCONSIN VISUAL ARTIST’S GUILD
September 16, 2010 Conference Room
​ Marshfield Clinic, Weston
Attendance: Jean Huntoon, Sandy Krumpas, Pat Plunket, Bonnie Kostrzak, Sharon Dowis, Christine Kysely, Chandra Witter, Dennis Zopp.
Thank you for participating in our monthly meetings!!
We had a lively discussion about some artwork that Bonnie and Dennis brought in for critiquing! We even had a sale during the meeting!!
Sandy Krumpos: trying new mediums, working on a drawing for “Long Shadows”. Needs to “do it in her mind” before she works on it. (Whoa! Too much information, Sandy!)
Pat Gaska: Now has incentive to finish a 55” quilt started in February.
Jean Huntoon: No painting but is making applesauce and raking leaves.
ChandraLyn: Nothing exciting, new job.
Sharon Dowis: Is in Exhibtour at St. Claires, 6-8 Saturday.
Christine Kysely: School, Social Networking, up to 3200 “friends” on facebook, had a jewelry sale.
Bonnie Kostrzak: participated in Arts Night, doesn’t feel people have enough money for artwork. Making prints on canvass.
Pat Plunket: a few new pieces started for “Long Shadows”.
Dennis Zopp: landed the job at NWTC for clay. Playing with mental aspects of art, making photograms, crucifixion studies
Just Say Cheese Award Winners!
Best of Show: Betsy Popp, “Passing Through”
!st Runner Up: Brian Taylor, “Round Barn”
Honorable Mention: ChandraLyn, “Brown Eyed Susan”
Honorable Mention: Pat Gaska, “The Herder”
Award of Excellence: Betsy Popp, “Trail View”
Award of Excellence: Jean Huntoon, “Northwoods Barn”
Embodiment of Spirit: Betsy Popp, “Ancient Birches”
Congratulations to all!!
Hidden Studios tour: October 1st – 3rd on the Ice Age Trail
We had more discussion regarding the “long Shadows” Winter Show. We have decided to make this a giving show. With advertisement, press (Newspaper and TV, maybe).
Tentative Rules:
• Only 6 pieces maximum
• One of the six pieces needs to be for charity
• Buyer will write the check for the full amount to the charity of their choice. We will send the checks, but this money will not go through our account.
• No Entry Fees
• No Theme, No Judge?
Call us with any questions or input. We really want to know what you think!!!!!!!!!!!!
And now, completely out of context! (Some funny things overheard at the meeting).
​“He’s a one-eyed frog!”
​“No, Betsy, I have no backbone!”
​“I’m doing some personal stuff in my mind”

​“Betsy, you’d be proud!”
Respectfully submitted by Chandra Witter. 297-0858



-- Post From My iPhone

Monday, October 4, 2010

Cheese Winners Announced!

Congratulations to these winning artists and all of our members who entered "Just Say Cheese."

Best of Show
Betsy Popp "Passing Through" Wood Sculpture

Runner-up Best of Show
Brian Taylor "Round Barn" Photography

Embodiment of Spirit
Betsy Popp "Ancient Birches" Pastel

Award of Excellence
Jean Huntoon "Northwoods Barn" Watercolor
Betsy Popp "Trail View" Oil

Honorable Mention
ChandraLyn "My Brown Eyed Susan" Digital Photography
Pat Gaska "The Hunter" Fiber

Our Judge, Diane Canfield Bywaters, felt it was a beautiful and varied exhibit.
For the seven awards, she chose works in six different mediums.

I will place the award tags later today.

-- Sharon

Meeting Minutes

WISCONSIN VISUAL ARTIST’S GUILD

August 20th, 2010 Conference Room

Marshfield Clinic, Weston

Attendance: Christine Kysely, Pat Plunket, Sharon Dowis, Chandra Witter, Pat Gaska, Karen Aulik-Now, Jean Huntoon, Laura Nelke, Elizabeth Myshka, Sharon Rotz, Betsy Popp, Dennis Zopp,, Bonnie Kostrzak, H. Barbara,

Welcome Everyone!!!!!!

We know how busy and stressful life is, so thank all of you that come to our meetings. If you’ve been too busy to attend, remember that sharing our ideas about art and our experiences with art, help us as individual artists and as a guild!

I worked late so I did not get to the meeting in time to hear about what everyone is doing, but…

Remember! Just Say Cheese is right around the corner. Entries are down and we need to keep a constant stream of artwork up so we don’t loose our showing space due to lack of participation.

Just Say Cheese will be hung on Friday evening,

September 10th!!!! We need your help!!

This month we discussed Artist’s Resumes. Betsy Popp brought several handouts and went over these and told us about her experiences. Betsy is always a lively speaker and is very knowledgeable. The handouts will be very useful for starting a new resume or updating our current resumes. Thanks, Betsy!

Betsy brought us a terrific idea about our next show, Long Shadows. She offered that as artists we often create a body of work but that that body of work often sits in our closet or studio doing nothing and making no one happy. Betsy’s idea is that for the winter show, maybe we show our pieces with the idea that whom ever buys the piece can designate the charity that the money should go to. Pieces for the show will be donated by the artist and we can make this a news event. Many agreed that this was a great idea. We just need to hammer out some details and find out how much interest there is. Call us and let us know! “ Season For Giving” The Winter Show

Coming to the monthly meetings will insure that you receive all of the handouts and information you need for the guild. It’s also a great time!!!!!

And now, completely out of context! ( Some funny things overheard at the meeting)

I’m happy now again! (Whew! What a relief!)

I need a bigger bladder (I know I do!)

Respectfully submitted by ChandraLyn

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Minutes from Chandra

WISCONSIN VISUAL ARTIST’S GUILD

July 15, 2010 Conference Room

Marshfield Clinic, Weston

Attendance: Christine Kysely, Pat Plunket, Sharon Dowis, Chandra Witter, Sharon Feathers , Sandy Krumpas, Laura Nelke, Pat Plunket, Sharon Rotz, Betsy Popp, Dennis Zopp,.Linda Langhoff, Robert Scheinona.

We enjoyed a lovely and lively meeting tonight. The purpose of this guild has always been to encourage artists to make, show and sell their artwork. We have doing so for a few years now. The purpose of our meetings is to hear from and encourage each other. Our meetings will also educate, enlighten, support, and familiarize our members by sharing and communicating our experiences and resources. Watch for post cards for upcoming meetings and please participate so that we all may shape and expand our opportunities. Please plan to attend, WE NEED YOU!

Reminder! WVAG meetings are held at the clinic on the third Thursday of the month.

Welcome to our newest member, Linda Langhoff! Glad to meet you, Linda!

Congratulations to all of the artists whose work was accepted for “Culture and Agriculture”, New Visions Gallery, Marshfield:

Sharon Dowis

ChandraLyn

Rick Eyre

Cindy Markowski

and “Northern National”, Nicolet College, Rhinelander:

Sharon Dowis

ChandraLyn

Rick Eyre

and “Visions”, Riverfront Art Gallery, Steven’s Point:

Sharon Dowis

Sharon Rotz

Sharon Feathers

Announcement: Christine Kysely and Sharion Rotz will be having a show at The Alexander House, late August, featuring Sharon’s fiber art and Christine’s stitched jewelry creations. Congratulations!

Laura Nelke: Giving private lessons and teaching in Colorado. Brought lots of info on getting your work into galleries to share.

Betsy Popp: “Spent lots of money and got nothin’” So she says… Betsy sold two paintings this last show. Woohoo! We sure miss you, Betsy!

ChandraLyn: Not making any art but remodeling my house. Wish me luck!!

Christine Kysely: In facebook heaven!! Getting ready for the Alexander House.

Sharon (#1) Dowis: Had cataract surgery and is feelin’ fine! Waiting to hear from Richmond, VA on artwork with graffiti. Good luck, Sharon!

Sharon (#2) Rotz: Sold a piece, made $28 and got a ribbon. Awesome, Sharon!!! Working on a new quilt.

Sharon (#3) Feathers: Enjoying Summer, recently won 3 awards, including Juror’s Choice at “Visions”. Sold some art, too! Way to go!

Pat Plunket: No new hair cut this time but finished up some sculptures and working on the last of his commissioned pieces. We learned that Pat and Sharon Feathers graduated together but didn’t know each other in high school. Small world!

Dennis Zopp: Brought his trademark enthusiasm to the meeting! Still teaching some and will teach a pottery class, that is if they have a wheel ;) I’m still trying to figure out “double developed and reticulated”!

Sandy Krumpos: “Trying to think outside the box” You go, girl!

Featured Speaker, Laura Nelke, Watercolorist: Laura talked to us about putting together a portfolio for presenting to a gallery. I will just hit the highlights here because there was a lot of information in addition to all of the handouts Laura and Betsy handed out.

Six Mistakes Artists Make When Creating a Portfolio

1: Presenting inconsistent bodies of work

2: Producing insufficient work to sustain a gallery

3: Delivering portfolio in a format difficult for the gallery to look at.

4: Lacking confidence and consistency in pricing

5: Approaching the wrong gallery

6: Submitting art through the wrong channels

…and now, completely out of context.

(Some funny things overheard at the meeting.)

Shhhhhh… don’t tell Betsy!

Do you just keep those things on the top of your head for decoration?

Who could possibly change in 50 years?

I’m so excited! I feel Like Betsy Popp!

I hate when that happens!

Curl up in a fetal position and suck my thumb!

It’s not you…

What are you doing reading this? Go make some art!!!!!

Respectfully submitted by ChandraLyn.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Minutes from meeting

CLICK HERE to get the copy of the Meeting Minutes from June 2010

Great stuff!!

Entry Forms

New format for getting entry forms, much better than essentialy downloading pictures of the scanned forms that we were doing.

Now they are on a scribd site and able to be downloaded in a much clearer cleaner format..





Let me know of you have any problems with the form,s and I will make sure you get them

Rick

Monday, June 21, 2010

Lighter Than Air 2010 Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the following members ......

Best of Show .....
Pat Gaska ...... "Earth & Sky 3" ..... Fiber

Runner-up Best of Show .....
Sharon L. Dowis ...... "Mammatus Clouds" ... Digital Photography

Embodiment of Spirit ........
(Judge's Choice)
Sharon Feathers ... "The Road Home" ... Digital Photography

Awards Of Excellence
Pat Gaska ........ "Earth & Sky 2" .... Fiber

Betsy Popp ........ "Mourning Nest" ..... Wood Burning - Hand Colored

Honorable Mentions
Jean Huntoon ...... "On The Second Day" ... Watercolor

Betsy Popp .... "Winter Passage" .... Pastel

Monday, June 14, 2010

Douglas Beasley Speaking in Rhinelander

The person who wrote the "Judging Shows" column below is speaking in Rhinelander.

Check it out!

I will be coming to the Central/NW Wisconsin area to teach the photo workshop "Zen & the Art of Photography" at Rhinelander School of the Arts from July 25 to 30. Please come and join us!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

About Judging Photo Shows.........


Jurying the MN State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit

By Douglas Beasley
 Yesterday (8/10/09)

I judged the photography competition for the 2009 Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit. As the sole judge in the photo category this was an overwhelming task with over 1,100 entries that needed to be narrowed down to just 107. That’s less than nine percent of the entries making the cut! Although honored to have been chosen to be the judge this year, it is made even more difficult because I was suffering jet lag after returning from Italy late the night before.

Walking through the room with the photos laid out on the floor along the walls told me there was going to be a lot of very enticing images to have to choose from but also that many will be easy to eliminate. 
With the help of several volunteer assistants, my first undertaking is to remove as quickly as possible all entries that are visually or technically poorly executed. This is to avoid further visual overload and to save energy for the hard choices I know lay ahead. Poorly executed unfortunately often means very bad digital printing. With good Epson photo printers starting under $200 it is probably more due to lack of experience and judgment discerning print quality than a technical issue.

I also try and look closely at the small prints that seem well executed so they don’t get lost among the giant oversized works that scream out at you. Small intimate works can easily get overlooked and I really try and see the intent and value in each piece. Almost half the photos have now been sent away! 
 Usually I also take into account presentation but have been asked to overlook matting and framing choices, since not everyone can afford that and to base my choices purely on the photograph itself. This is the only guideline I have been given by the State Fair. I try, but much of the wildly ‘creative’ framing and colorful mats, carefully chosen to match the colors in the photo and often double or triple matted really get in way of the photograph. I wish people realized how distracting this is and how much it detracts from, rather than enhances, their image. If only they could visit a few museums or galleries that are not in malls and that don’t start with “Thomas” or end with “Kinkade” or that don’t feature duck art, I think it might really help.

Access to real galleries is where people who live in the metro area have a distinct advantage over the rural population. A mediocre photograph is not made any better by a colorful mat and ornate frame. It is in fact, much worse, sometimes even offensive. 
My next task was to eliminate typical or trite responses to clich├ęd subjects, way too many cute kittens, cute kids and old barns. I have nothing against kids, kittens or nostalgia but cute gets old quickly when looking at over 1,100 framed images and nostalgia doesn’t replace vision, craft, soulfulness or insightfulness. Cute or nostalgic simply aren’t enough to carry a photo under this level of competition. Use that as a starting point in going deeper and maybe we are getting somewhere. And if you are going to choose subjects, including flowers, that many others are going to submit nearly identical versions of, please try and find a more unique or personal way of interpreting your subject. I suggest to my very helpful assistants that they should consider having a whole separate exhibit, hopefully in a building far away, for the hopelessly cute including any photo where your first reaction is “Awe.” It would probably be a very popular State Fair destination but you won’t find me there unless there is something very tasty on a stick on the other side and no other way to get there.


Another category with a lot of entries is travel. These span the globe from nice vacation snapshots to some very insightful beautiful photographs. I feel bad eliminating anyone’s favorite travel shot or the amazing sunrise or sunset because I love that they stopped and noticed. I know their friends or relatives told them it was a great shot and I’m sure the experience of being there was great but it is usually the place or moment that is significant, not their photographic record of it.

The choices of what to eliminate so far have been fairly easy and instinctual and I am confident in my choices. From previous experience, I know that now the real work begins…
My criteria for selection includes concept, execution, creativity and exemplary implementations of a wide range of styles or genres. The most important criteria for me would be emotional impact: what makes the viewer think, or even more, feel. That quality of ‘emotional impact’ is, of course, completely subjective and up to me to interpret. I try to be as objective as possible while also fully realizing that true objectivity is impossible. I recognize many of the photographers by style, content or because they have signed their name on the front. Many of these people are my friends, my colleagues, and my students. How can I be objective about someone’s photo when I know their strengths and weakness, their vulnerabilities, their struggles, their growth and compare that to the photo of somebody I don’t know? I try to be objective but I simply don’t think it’s possible, at least for me. It was much easier when I judged shows in Alaska and Hawaii where I didn’t know hardly any of the photographers. I think maybe the State Fair should bring in judges from outside Minnesota to avoid this dilemma. 


Jurying is mostly selection by elimination. I need to take into account balancing how many images in a given genre (i.e. nature, wildlife, documentary or digital composite) are accepted so the exhibit shows a balance and range of different methods of working with the medium and ways of seeing. In the end it is more about trusting my instincts, but there still is a lot of second-guessing myself. In the final selection there are a few that didn’t make it that now, in retrospect, I think should have. If your photo was rejected please know that it was definitely one of these. There were also a couple I think now, in retrospect, shouldn’t have made it in and I agonize over these decisions. Another day or another time there might be different choices but that is always the case. Today I stand by these choices. I also feel for all those that chose to honor moments in their lives by making a photograph. Who am I to now diminish that moment by saying it’s not good enough to stand with these other moments submitted by those more accomplished, more experienced or more sophisticated photographers or alongside the hundreds of professional and commercial photographers who also chose to enter the fair? 


Now we are down to at least 250 or 300 photographs, all strong and all very deserving of a place in the show. And I have to still eliminate two thirds of these! If you have made it this far you should know that your work is good but there simply isn’t room to include all of these in the show. To narrow it down to 107 it is no longer about what is better than something else but what appeals to me at this time, this day, this point in my life, my career. But are these really the ‘best’? No, there is no such thing in art. These are my favorites and I leave it at that. It also becomes about having a well-rounded show with many styles and genres represented. 
 Picking the first through fourth place and merit awards is by far the hardest part of the day for me. With jet lag swirling through my body and the sensation of my blood turning to cement I am temporarily unable to continue.

I ask that all possible candidates for awards be lined up against the back wall but I simply can’t choose. I want to just give them all an equal designation of ‘my favorites’ and walk away, but winners must be chosen. The task is made harder and more complicated by the fact that I know at least half of the award contenders personally and a couple of them are very close friends. I consider eliminating any awards to friends. I consider only giving friends ‘honorable mention’ status. But either of these choices would be doing their work and them a disservice. I walk away again to try to clear my head and gather energy.

When I return I talk with the exhibit director and with several of my helpers about my dilemma in making awards to friends. They both help me realize that I just have to give the awards to what I feel is the strongest and most powerful work, no matter whose it is. 
Even though overall I love my choices, I am haunted by a couple images that made the final cut that I let outside factors influence me (who they are, what their previous work is like, their standing in the photo community) and a couple that didn’t make it in that I think I made a mistake on. When I go back the next day I tell the Fine Art committee I think have made a mistake at the last minute by impulsively, under pressure, cutting the photo of a man with a red white and blue straw hat the says “Made In China” on it. Is this photo ‘better’ than many of the other much more ‘fine art’ photos rejected? No, but it has made an impact on me and it is one I want others to see, probably more for the wry political commentary than anything artful, yet it is well done technically and aesthetically. They let me add it back in! Now we have 108, what some say is an auspicious number; the same as the number of prayer beads on a Tibetan Buddhist mala. Perfect. 


If your photo didn’t get into the State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit it is important to remember that less than one out of eleven photos were accepted, due to space limitations. It was the highest number of entries ever. Out of the eleven hundred images, many by well known artists and accomplished professionals, I thought there were about three hundred strong enough to be in the show and still only one third made it in. Your job is to make it to that top three hundred. If you didn’t make it that far (and I wish there was a way for people to know) you probably need to work on developing your vision and craft. If you did make it into that top three hundred, from there it is up to the taste and whims of the judge.

There are many factors that influence the judging that have nothing to do with the quality or artistic merit of your work: the judge’s taste, how many similarly themed entries there were, the need of the judge to create a well rounded show reflecting many sensibilities. There were some very good photos that didn’t make the final cut and every time I had to eliminate one of these it hurt. Undoubtedly there were also excellent entries that somehow got overlooked in the chaos of the sheer mass of submitted images (or the apparent blindness, ignorance or poor taste of the judge).

I think it is the job of the photographer to submit a photo with a strong enough vision coupled with a high level of execution to be in the top tier but also true to the photographer’s individual vision. Submit images that you feel most passionate about, not ones that you think will get in. From there it is anybody’s guess as to the whims of fate that year.

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Douglas Beasley Saint Paul, Minnesota

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