Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Business cards

I have to ask members about appropriating some funding for business cards we can hand out to whoever will take one.
Until then who likes this design? Any other ideas? Suggestions?
They both have the same background as our web site home page, so thats good continuity,  One has a wavy WVAG Background and one has a straight font like our web site.


Venue question

I've been thinking about a place to have our blow-out scratch and dent sale.
We discussed at the meeting a sale weekend to get rid of the art we have in our basements.
We all have it, the work that is too small, dented a little, scratched, or we just don't want it in inventory anymore.
Where would you suggest we have such a sale?
Reply via comments below........


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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Let's Teach Art!!

Sent by Betsy Popp........

All Hobby Lobby stores are looking for artist/instructors in any medium.....only catch the product/medium you are teaching has to be a product that Hobby Lobby has on their shelves (a practice the Michaels stores use to do)

I talked about our guild to this manager and she was very excited to think that we had a wealth of artists who would be able and I am sure willing to instruct........

Seems all a artist/person has to do is approach the store, talk with the manager and get the skinny of how to go about setting up classes.

I did not get the particulars on cost to students or payment to artist - that may be something that is individual.......

Painting, scrapbooking, beading, anything that the store has to make stuff with is open season for the instructor....

Also if a member is to get in touch with a store it would not hurt to mention that they are a guild member.....get our prescence out there......


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New Meeting days

Meetings from now on will be held on the 4th Thursday of every month. This will allow members to belong to other guilds and associations without conflicts

WVAG Commission reduced

From this day forward the WVAG only takes 25% commissions on art sold at our shows!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Art Teacher opportunity



Ely Greenstone is looking for Artists interested in teaching students during Children's Art Camp 2011.

This summer’s camp will be held Mon - Wed. June 20-23, Hours 9 - 12 at Miner's Dry in the Ely Arts & Heritage Center.
We’d like projects to be geared toward 2 different age groups, grades 1 - 3 and grades 4 - 6. We are looking at offering slightly different and more complex projects to the older children (10-12 year olds) and simpler projects for the younger (7-9 year olds). If you have a project that you feel would be appropriate to only one of the groups or needs to occur over more than one day please be specific in your needs. The children will be divided into groups of 10 or 11 children per group. We are expecting 50 children this year.

Please email or mail project proposals by February 28, 2009 to:

Sandy Brandley, 3062 Snowbank Rd, Ely, MN 55731
sandybrandley@hughes.net

218-235-8491

Age Group Served________________________________________



Project Name/Description and goal_______________________________________________________________________________________________
Equipment/Materials needed______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Time frame (how much time will the project take you to teach and kids to make?)



______________________________________________________________________________
You may submit as many proposals as you like. We pay $20.00 per hour teaching time. Greenstone provides all materials and equipment. Greenstone also enlists volunteers to help so you can usually figure on at least one helper with your project. We will be looking at all proposals and making a schedule depending on projects submitted. Your project(s) may or may not be chosen depending on scheduling and variety of projects.



Please also provide information about your schedule:

I am available anytime during camp hours_____________________________________



I am only available one day during camp and that day is__________________________



Other scheduling concerns__________________________________________________

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Quilt Show


THE ART OF THE QUILTER

The Art of the Quilter, a juried quilt show, opens on Saturday, January 22, 11AM to 3 PM, at the WOWSPACE, 114 Vinal Street, downtown Wittenberg.  The show continues on Saturdays and Sundays, 11 AM to 3 PM, through February 13.

Bed quilts, wall hangings, and wearable art, the artistic creations of more than 25 Wisconsin quilters, delight the eye with a riot of color and design accompanied by fine stitchery.

Linda Krueger, owner of Pinery Patches, a Tigerton quilt shop, judged the show. She said, “The quality is wonderful, a great variety from artsy appliqué to traditional patterns. I’m almost sorry I offered to judge. It won’t be easy”. $675 in prizes has already been awarded with the $100 People’s Choice award to be given at the conclusion of the show on February 13.

Sharon Rotz, Mosinee, entered “We See, They See”, a breathtaking wall hanging of red and blue quilted cranes She says “I love the color, the texture and the pattern designs of fabric.  It is exciting to drown myself in fabric and come up with different combinations.”

Patchwork and appliqué quilts are a uniquely American art form, with the earliest examples dating from the mid-1700’s.  City residents could afford and had access to imports of materials and designs from Europe; however, women in rural America had to rely on limited materials and their own imagination for their masterful designs.  The names of patterns reflect these origins:  Feathered Star with Flying Geese, Flower Garden, Virginia Lily, Log Cabin and Drunkard’s Path.

Families treasured these quilts; however, wider recognition and appreciation of their contribution to the decorative arts was late in coming.  No museum displayed this work until 1924 when The American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City gave major display space to the decorative arts, including quilts.

Today, there is a major resurgence of interest in quilting. Museums and art galleries regularly present quilt exhibitions; quilt guilds and quilt shops are common in not only rural America but also cities.

The enthusiasm for quilts has extended to the Shawano 4-H project of placing quilt murals on barns in Shawano County. The Gresham Area Advancement Association is sponsoring  quilt murals on businesses in Gresham.  “The Community Quilt” is one of the 17 outdoor murals in Wittenberg, a project sponsored by the Walls of Wittenberg.

Visit “The Art of the Quilter”; vote for the People’s Choice Award for the best quilt: celebrate a uniquely American art form—quilting!

Press Release is as follows................
THE ART OF THE QUILTER

The Art of the Quilter, a juried quilt show, opens on Saturday, January 22, 11AM to 3 PM, at the WOWSPACE, 114 Vinal Street, downtown Wittenberg.  The show continues on Saturdays and Sundays, 11 AM to 3 PM, through February 13.

Bed quilts, wall hangings, and wearable art, the artistic creations of more than 25 Wisconsin quilters, delight the eye with a riot of color and design accompanied by fine stitchery.

Linda Krueger, owner of Pinery Patches, a Tigerton quilt shop, judged the show. She said, “The quality is wonderful, a great variety from artsy appliqué to traditional patterns. I’m almost sorry I offered to judge. It won’t be easy”. $675 in prizes has already been awarded with the $100 People’s Choice award to be given at the conclusion of the show on February 13.

Sharon Rotz, Mosinee, entered “We See, They See”, a breathtaking wall hanging of red and blue quilted cranes She says “I love the color, the texture and the pattern designs of fabric.  It is exciting to drown myself in fabric and come up with different combinations.”

Patchwork and appliqué quilts are a uniquely American art form, with the earliest examples dating from the mid-1700’s.  City residents could afford and had access to imports of materials and designs from Europe; however, women in rural America had to rely on limited materials and their own imagination for their masterful designs.  The names of patterns reflect these origins:  Feathered Star with Flying Geese, Flower Garden, Virginia Lily, Log Cabin and Drunkard’s Path.

Families treasured these quilts; however, wider recognition and appreciation of their contribution to the decorative arts was late in coming.  No museum displayed this work until 1924 when The American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City gave major display space to the decorative arts, including quilts. 

Today, there is a major resurgence of interest in quilting. Museums and art galleries regularly present quilt exhibitions; quilt guilds and quilt shops are common in not only rural America but also cities.

The enthusiasm for quilts has extended to the Shawano 4-H project of placing quilt murals on barns in Shawano County. The Gresham Area Advancement Association is sponsoring  quilt murals on businesses in Gresham.  “The Community Quilt” is one of the 17 outdoor murals in Wittenberg, a project sponsored by the Walls of Wittenberg.

Visit “The Art of the Quilter”; vote for the People’s Choice Award for the best quilt: celebrate a uniquely American art form—quilting!


Waupaca Art Show Entries



Dear Artists,
We are looking forward with great anticipation to the 48th Annual Waupaca Art Show.  If you have problems opening it please email me and I will send you a copy.  In addition forms will be available at Edgewood Arts and Framing by Preston.  Please feel free to share the form with any interested artists.
This past year Debbie Fenske stepped down after many years of dedicated service. We are grateful her time and passion for the arts.  We very appreciative that Sue Benzchawel has agreed to take on the position of treasurer for the show.
Something new on the horizon, members of Art Show board are planning an opening event to be held at the EXPO on the evening of Saturday April 30th.  More details will follow as plans are acutalized. This could be a fun and profitable addition to the show.
Sincerely,
Lee and Bill Schultz
Art Show Co-Chairmen

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo


Friday, January 21, 2011

News

Thank you to all who braved the cold and attended this important meeting! It was wonderful to see new and former members' faces again!

I'm sure we'd all agree that we have many great ideas and much to look forward to in being a viable part of the Art Community in Central Wisconsin!

If you were not at the meeting you will receive a packet in the mail. Please return your Membership form and fee along with BOTH Release forms; signed and dated.

Please note ..... Our monthly meeting night has been changed to the FOURTH Thursday of the month; our next meeting being on February 24, 2011 at the Clinic.
Also note .... The Guild address has changed to:

WVAG
607 S. 24th Ave #147
Wausau, WI 54401

Sincerely ...

Sharon & ChandraLyn


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Show opportunity



Subject: CALL FOR ARTISTS - FACES

Dear Artist,

Upstream People Gallery
http://www.upstreampeoplegallery.com
5607 Howard Street
Omaha, NE 68106-1257 U.S.A.

is pleased to announce the

"13th Annual FACES Juried Online International Art Exhibition"*

March 1, 2011 - February 28, 2012

Your Eligibility: Open to all artists worldwide whose artwork is involved with the subject matter of faces of all kinds. Two-dimensional and three-dimensional works including ceramics, sculpture, paintings, drawings, photography, prints and mixed media in all creative processes and forms.

(12 month's show and gallery representation for greater sales and exposure;
artists may exhibit and sell in other venues at the same time)

To apply send your application* by February 8, 2011 postmark deadline for early bird discount
OR February 24, 2011 for final deadline


Cash Awards of Excellence; Special Recognitions and Press Releases sent to specially recognized artists' newspaper(s).
Exhibition Press Release sent worldwide via our special International Press Release service.
Recognized artists will be included in the Juror's Statement published worldwide online with the exhibition.

NOTE: Many artists have had articles written in their newspaper(s) as a result of their work
and our publicity campaign.


(Now approaching nearly 1,000,000,000 views to date!)

Notifications sent soon after receipt of entry.

Questions: shows@upstreampeoplegallery.com

*You may download the Faces prospectus/application at
http://www.upstreampeoplegallery.com/schedule/default.asp


TO VIEW PAST SHOWS, please click on:

http://www.upstreampeoplegallery.com/archives/default.asp



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Laura Nelke's New Web Site

CLICK HERE to check out Laura Nelke's new web site

Thursday, January 20, 2011

25% off at Framing Excellence for Members!


New member Dan Mootz offers Guild members a 25% discount on all framing!
Dan has done all my matting and framing for years now and I can personally vouch for his work.
Call Dan at 715-298-3100 or his cell at 715-212-7247, e-mail danmootz@aol.com

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Our Artists in Shows!!!

Artists in Midwest Seasons show.....
Sharon Rotz
Patrick Plunkett
Sharon Dowis
Sharon Feathers
Ann Wisbrot
Betsy Popp

River Front Winters Garden......
Sharon Feathers
Laura Nelke
Mary Murphy
Sharon Rotz
Pat Gaska
Cindy Markowski

Richeson 75 Small Works......
Nancy Laliberte

WOW Space in Wittenberg
Art of the Quilter...
Sharon Rotz
Pat Gaska


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Midwest Seasons starts at CVA

'Midwest Seasons' returns to CVA
January 21 -  March 20
“The Center for the Visual Arts welcomes back its annual "Midwest Seasons" exhibit. The show features 45 works of art selected by Diane Canfield Bywaters, a professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.The exhibit opens to the public Friday night with a gallery gala from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Seven artists will share in $1,500 prize money during an awards program at about 6 p.m., said Katie Crotteau, CVA executive director. The show, in its 22nd year, features watercolor, oil and acrylic painting; photography; and a variety of sculptures created with metal, glass and mixed media.”

WVAG Release and Waiver of Liability Form

2011 Membership Renewal form

Artist Statement Guidelines


Rules for Exhibition





2011 Cat Tails Entry Form.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Great Art Oriented TV Channel

OVATION TV  
CHECK IT OUT

GREAT LAKES ART FAIR

Application Now Opened for Spring 2011 Great Lakes Art Fair!
Deadline February 11
“Now that the Holidays are over, it's time to think about your 2011 Art Fairs.  The Great Lakes Art Fair is the fastest growing indoor Art event in the Midwest. This Bi-Annual Fair offer fine artists in the region a reliable, regularly scheduled, “weather-free” marketplace to showcase their freshest and most beautiful work, and word is spreading rapidly that this is a destination event for artists and patron alike.”

ARTISTS SOUGHT FOR PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS PROGRAM

March 31 Deadline
SILVER CITY, Mich. — “Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in the western Upper Peninsula is seeking applicants for its artist-in-residence program


Friday, January 14, 2011

Webinar about creating and marketing Prints of your work

I've seen several of these and attended one of his seminars All outstanding! They're limited to 1000 artists and he fills them up!


Web Broadcast | Creating New Marketing Opportunities with Giclees | a Conversation with Barney Davey

Join us for a Webinar on January 18

Space is limited.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/662494490


Join me Tuesday evening, January 18th for a free 40-min broadcast as I interview Barney Davey, author of How to Profit from the Art Print Market, now available in an updated second edition. During our broadcast we will be discussing whether you should consider diversifying your marketing efforts by creating giclees of your original work.

Barney will also discuss how the print market has changed over the last five years since he released the first edition of his book, and he will give you concrete ideas on launching a multi-pronged marketing campaign.

If you are an artist who has stepped into the print market, or are considering exploring the possibility, you owe it to yourself to join us for this free broadcast on Tuesday evening.

Registration is free, but limited (and we are strictly limiting sign-ups this time so that if you register you can be sure to get in), so sign up now.

Also, I am going to ask you to do two things once you've registered:

1. Forward this invitation to two artist friends who you feel would benefit from the broadcast
2. If you haven't already, friend me on Facebook (facebook.com/jason.horejs) or follow me on Twitter (twitter.com/jasonhorejs).

If you have questions you would like to have Barney answer about the fine art print market during the broadcast, please email them to me at jason@xanadugallery.com and make sure the subject line reads "Print Market ?".

I look forward to having you join us for the session.

If you missed last week's broadcast on building a successful artist's website you may view a recording at http://www.xanadugallery.com/ArtistSvcs/Broadcasts/ArtistWebsite/Index.asp.

J. Jason Horejs
Owner
Xanadu Gallery




Title:


Web Broadcast | Creating New Marketing Opportunities with Giclees | a Conversation with Barney Davey




Date:


Tuesday, January 18, 2011




Time:


There is one live broadcast and it begins at:
5:00 PM - 5:40 PM PST
6:00 PM - 6:40 PM MST
7:00 PM - 7:40 PM CST
8:00 PM - 8:40 PM EST


After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.


System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server


Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer


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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Portrait Painting Workshop

Portrait Painting Workshop - Location Fred Bell's Studio, Wauwatosa
FaceBook
January 15, 19
“More Info Exciting Portrait Painting Workshops in January! Fred Bell will be holding two portrait workshops in January 2011. Registration required.”


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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Great web site seminar







Web Broadcast | An Artist's Website is a Terrible Thing to Waste . . .

Join us for a FREE Web Broadcast on January 11



Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/751712754


The internet, such great promise, and yet for many artists it is a promise unfulfilled. With the advent of the internet 15+ years ago there was great excitement among artists as a whole new world of possibilities opened. Suddenly, an artist could have his/her own virtual gallery open 24 hours a day to visitors from around the world. Unimaginable sales were sure to follow . . . or were they?

While I meet very few artists who don't have websites, I meet fewer still who are satisfied with the performance of their sites.

Over the past several months, I have met several artists who have actually abandoned their sites. They didn't feel it was worth the time, effort and expense to maintain a site that wasn't attracting visitors, let alone selling art. Perhaps you have felt the same way.

I want to encourage you to not yet give up. In fact, I want to encourage you to look at your site in a new way and recommit yourself to getting your website updated and up to speed. I am convinced that the future of the art business is online.

That may come as a bit of a surprise, considering I am a gallery owner, and depend on collectors coming to me to find art. What do I have to gain if buyers are going directly to artists through their website? Many galleries are trying to prevent their artists from actively promoting their work on line. I see things a bit differently. I believe that by working together to promote online sales, artists and galleries (not to mention collectors) can benefit.

I want to invite you to join me on Tuesday evening for a free, one-hour broadcast on all things internet+art. The broadcast will answer the following questions:

Should you design, create and maintain your own site?
What information should be included on your website?
What should your site look like?
How much art should you include on your site?
Should you include artwork pricing information on your site?
How much contact information should you include on your site?
What else should you include on your site? What should you avoid?
How often should you update your site?

Registration is free, but limited, so sign up now.



Also, I am going to ask you to do two things once you've registered:

Forward this invitation to two artist friends who you feel would benefit from the broadcast
If you haven't already, friend me on Facebook (facebook.com/jason.horejs) or follow me on Twitter (twitter.com/jasonhorejs).
Also, during this session, I will be doing live reviews/critiques of 2-3 websites - if you would like your site considered for review, send me a link to the site at Jason@xanadugallery.com and be sure to include in the subject line "SiteReview". Just be prepared, I tend to be blunt.

I would also love to hear success stories if you have done something on your site to get more traffic or generate sales. Email me at Jason@xanadugallery.com and be sure to write "WebSuccess" in the subject line.


Title:


Web Broadcast | An Artist's Website is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Date:

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Time:

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM PST
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM MST (Includes Arizona)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM CST
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer







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Friday, January 7, 2011

Meet our newest Member. Mark Mittlesteadt

The WVAG is very glad and very excited to announce our newest member.  Mark Mittlesteadt.
Mark is a full time artist who will definately be raising the bar at the WVAG. His work is outstanding and available for viewing in private collections and public displays all over our area.

Check out his work at his web site
Welcome Mark!!

A New Paradigm at the WVAG!


The word paradigm (pronounced /ˈpærədaɪm/) has been used to describe distinct concepts. It comes from Greek "παράδειγμα" (paradeigma), "pattern, example, sample"
Think of a Paradigm Shift as a change from one way of thinking to another. It's a revolution, a transformation, a sort of metamorphosis. It just does not happen, but rather it is driven by agents of change.
The way the guild does business and handles it's affairs is going to change radically, for the better, and very quickly.  
Already, pages of rules that were deemed innappropriate or otherwise useless are gone.  GONE!  Never to be heard from again.
The over riding consensus was that we all love the guild, and want it to be the best that it can be.  From now on that is what we will be striving for.  
All the things members have been suggesting is being taken into account.  This is OUR guild!
Sharon and ChandraLyn are beginning to wrestle with it at this time and sweeping new changes have taken place, with more to come!
Be part of it.
It's going to be GREAT!