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Freelancers: A Little Help From A Friend

Sometimes the task ahead seems a bit daunting. There is unfamiliar technology or risk in making changes that might have unintended consequences. That is when hiring professional freelancers with real world experience comes in.

The default is to go find a friend, but even that has risks. What happens if something goes wrong? Often, friendships can be seriously harmed. It’s even worse if the helper is a family member. Just to be on the safe side, it is best to steer clear of friends and family as contracted helpers. Rather, keep them as your personal support network.

Freelancers

Freelancer Strategy

Hiring freelancers is its new undertaking. With careful planning, risk can be averted. There are many qualified online networks that make the process more approachable. The first step is developing a roadmap for the work you want to do. First, define the goal you want to achieve with the work undertaken. Then, define the individual tactics needed to reach that goal. These things can include:

  • Setting up a basic website
  • Adding eCommerce to a website
  • Integrating Google Analytics
  • Setting up business email
  • Designing web and print graphics
  • Updating a resume or CV
  • Photographing your work
  • Creating and editing a video

Working with someone new can be stressful. You are giving them access to your personal work and online credentials. The benefit of using an online platform to hire freelancers is that there are contracts and procedures built in to protect you in the event of anything going wrong. They also provide rating systems so that you can find out how they have worked out with other clients.

When starting out with a new freelancer, another way to mitigate risk is to only give them a small job to do. For example, instead of hiring someone to rebuild an entire website, have them redesign one or two pages first. Instead of an entire re-branding update, start with a postcard or business card. If you like their work and they communicate well, then continue with a larger project.

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Freelancer Networks

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Todd Hestand - Side ArtsTodd Hestand, Founder, Side Arts, is an independent artist and business adviser. For over eight years he has served as the Manager of the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy where he works with thousands of artists, crafters, and performers. His role includes individual consulting, teaching courses, and developing programs for entrepreneurially-minded artists. Click here to learn about consulting services.

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Young Masters Art Prize 2019 (London, England) – Call For Artists

Young Masters Art Prize 2019 (London, England) – Call For Artists

Cynthia Corbett Gallery announces a call for artists for the Young Masters Art Prize 2019, seeking artists who show originality, skill, and imagination in response to the art of the past.

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Deadline: 31 May 2019

This renowned, innovative and high-profile Prize recognizes how contemporary artists embrace the art of the past. More recently, the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize was developed to celebrate excellence in contemporary ceramics. Young Masters tours continuously throughout the year. It offers a wider audience the opportunity to engage with the debates between contemporary art and art history.

The Young Masters Art Prize 2019 panel will include critic Godfrey Barker, art historian Jean Wainwright and founder of the Bridgeman Art Library and Managing Director of the Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS), Lady Harriet Bridgeman, CBE.

The judging panel for the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize comprises collector Preston Fitzgerald; ceramics patron Maylis Grand; Director of New Art Centre – Roche Court, Stephen Feeke; the Crafts Council’s Daniella Wells; and founder of Cultural Agenda, Davina Weir-Willats.

Young Masters Art Prize 2019 Artist Benefits

The exhibition of shortlisted artists will be held in London from 30 September to 5 October at La Galleria, Pall Mall. The winners will be announced at a prestigious presentation event on 1 October 2019.

Young Masters Art Prize 2019 Awards:

  • Winner’s Prize of £1,500
  • Two Highly Commended Awards of £500, courtesy the Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS)

Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Awards:

  • Winner’s Prize of £1,000, generously sponsored by James and Maylis Grand
  • Highly Commended Award of £500, generously sponsored by James and Maylis Grand

Emerging Woman Artist Award:

£1,000, generously sponsored by Dr Chris Blatchley, along with mentoring, career advice and inclusion in an upcoming Art Fair with Cynthia Corbett Gallery

People’s Choice Award:

£500, Sponsored by Brownhill Insurance

About Cynthia Corbett Gallery

The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, an international contemporary art gallery, represents emerging and newly established contemporary artists. It is a regular exhibitor at major international contemporary art fairs. The gallery has an annual exhibition programme in London and New York, as well as collaborations with galleries worldwide. The gallery works with a number of mid-career American, British, and European artists whose works have been published and acquired by international museums and institutions.

For more information, contact info@young-masters.co.uk.

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Worlds Within Worlds (Philadelphia, PA) – Call For Artists

Worlds Within Worlds (Philadelphia, PA) – Call For Artists

Deja 42 Art Gallery is looking for artists who would like to showcase their work in the upcoming June exhibition, Worlds Within Worlds. Creators are encouraged to submit their interpretations of the concept of worlds seen and unseen, the world around and within, the paranormal, metaphysical, imaginary, and fantastic.

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Deadline: 24 May 2019

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what it is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would.”
The Mad Hatter
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll

Accepted artists will be notified by Friday, May 31st, 2019. Gallery-ready pieces must be delivered to the Gallery absolutely no later than Wednesday, June 5th, 2019. Opening reception is Saturday, June 8th, 2019.

Worlds Within Worlds Artist Benefits

Chosen artists will be showcased in a gallery space located in the vibrant and eclectic East Passyunk Square area of South Philadelphia. Artists will have the opportunity to not only sell their work at a commission, but also be able to sell prints and smaller pieces in a storefront retail space. Deja 42 Art Gallery promotes featured artists through social media such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter as well as the gallery’s website.

About Deja 42 Art Gallery

Deja 42 Art Gallery is a gallery of unique fine arts and store of amazing objects. The gallery opened their doors at the beginning of April in the beautiful and lively area of East Passyunk in South Philadelphia. They have garnered much interest from both locals and visitors. Deja 42 goes beyond the traditional gallery space. They offer artists and artisans the opportunity to showcase their work without the exclusivity of gallery representation. They are open to all forms of media and sincerely welcome both emerging and established artists. Deja 42 is a proud member of the East Passyunk Business Improvement District. The district provides exposure and promotion for businesses in the East Passyunk Avenue area of metropolitan Philadelphia.

For more information, contact deja42artgallery@gmail.com.

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How Email Can Grow Your Creative Practice

Email is an important part of your social media strategy. It is often overlooked or neglected in lieu of the quick responses from social media networks. To keep it simple, think of email as part of your overall strategy:

Social media network > Website > Email

Collecting email addresses is one of the most important things you can do to grow your professional practice. Collect them at every opportunity – prospective buyers at an art fair, visitors to your website, corporate and non-profit contacts with whom you have engaged. It starts out slowly and grows exponentially over time. Here’s how:

First, just get started. That’s usually the hardest part. It can be a dedicated notebook where email addresses are collected or a digital spreadsheet like Google Sheets. It’s okay if there are duplicates or something is spelled incorrectly, that will be addressed later.

Next, pick an email marketing provider. There are three we recommend based on your design experience and technical proficiency. All three offer entry level pricing based on the number of emails saved. Plans scale based on how many more addresses are added.

Mad Mimi

Mad Mimi is the easiest of the three, although the number of design options and features are limited. It’s a straightforward platform. Upload email addresses. Design a basic template. Send campaigns.

Mailchimp

Got the hang of it or already have some basic design skills? Step up your game with Mailchimp. It is the most versatile without being overly feature laden. Some advantages: Get more creative with your emails with drag and drop elements. Set up a landing page to feature your work and collect more addresses. Educate new subscribers with automated drip campaigns that step new followers through you, your work, and what they can expect to hear from you.

Constant Contact

If your technical skills are a bit more advanced and you’re the type of person that loves tinkering with design, features, and apps, then Constant Contact is for you. It has robust integration features for all kinds of other services.  Plus, the reporting and analytics will give you a heads up about what is and is not working.

How Email Can Grow Your Creative Practice

There are two more aspects for your email strategy: frequency and content. There are no set rules for either and the following are simply suggestions to get you started.

Frequency

Just starting out? If you have under 1000 addresses, once a month is a good start. Up to 5000, twice a month. Hit the 10000 mark, do what you want – weekly, twice a week, or whenever new content is available. The important part is being consistent. Start out by sending on the same day at the same time each month. Over time, you will figure out how to optimize your sending strategy.

Content

Show more than tell and give a clear call to action. Show images of new work for sale and provide a link or method to purchase. Tell a story by showing a series of pictures of a work in progress and describe each step along the way. Inform followers of where your work is being shown or sold including upcoming art fairs, gallery exhibitions, or other retail/wholesale events. Share something about you that informs your artwork – why and how – such as a recent trip or social activism.

How Email Can Grow Your Creative Practice

The more emails that are collected, the more content can be sent. The more reasons there are for followers to click through to your content, the more likely they are to purchase or share your content with others (who may, in turn, become followers).

There is fine tuning in terms of segmenting the list, A/B testing, geo-location, and so on. Advanced users can explore to their heart’s content. It’s a learning curve, most users have an intuitive sense as to when to take it to the next level. First things first… just get started!

Here are some special offers that can help get you on your way:

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Todd Hestand - Side ArtsTodd Hestand, Founder, Side Arts, is an independent artist and business adviser. For over eight years he has served as the Manager of the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy where he works with thousands of artists, crafters, and performers. His role includes individual consulting, teaching courses, and developing programs for entrepreneurially-minded artists. Click here to learn about consulting services.

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Into The Blue (Danville, CA) – Call For Artists

Into The Blue (Danville, CA) – Call For Artists

The Town of Danville Village Theatre Art Gallery (VTAG) is accepting entries for its 9th annual juried exhibition, Into the Blue. Artists living in the United States over the age of 18 are encouraged to apply. Accepted media includes painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, and video-media. All artwork must come to the gallery ready to hang. Artist will pay for transportation and/or shipping of artwork. The gallery will only accept digital images of your artwork for the juror. No jewelry.

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Deadline: 17 May 2019

A non-refundable entry fee of $35.00 is required for up to three images.

Juror: Leo Bersamina, Professional Artist and Professor of Art at Diablo Valley College

Invited artists: Erik Abel, Ellen Levine Dodd, Liana Steinmetz, and Clayton Thiel.

Into the Blue dates to remember

  • May 31: Artist notifications of juror’s results via email
  • June 21 and 24: Delivery of Artwork to Gallery
  • June 28: Opening Reception (5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.)
  • August 17: Exhibition Closes
  • August 19: Pick-up of artwork

The gallery serves as the lobby for an historical theatre that has shows nearly every day of the week. The theatre has plays, a monthly comedy series, a monthly jazz series, and a bi-monthly movie series. The gallery is located in lovely downtown Danville, California. It is within walking distance to restaurants and shops.

Artist Equity

When selecting artwork for exhibitions, the juror only sees the artwork and is not privy to any private artist information.  As a community gallery VTAG is consistently seeking ways to promote and feature all members of their community. They show works that represent under-represented communities in the Bay Area.

About the Town of Danville

The Village Theatre Art Gallery is an historical landmark in the lovely and picturesque Town of Danville. It is in the sunny East Bay about 30 miles east of San Francisco. The gallery is owned by the Town of Danville. It hosts to 6-7 exhibitions per year. Each summer, the gallery hosts its annual juried exhibition with a new juror each year who is a working professional in the arts field. There is no admission to the gallery and the gallery enjoys a good amount of foot traffic on a daily basis.

For more information, contact artgallery@danville.ca.gov.

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Transformations (St James, NY) – Call For Artists

Transformations (St James, NY) – Call For Artists

Mills Pond Gallery invites artists to submit works for a juried exhibition, Transformations, August 17 – September 14, 2019. Juried by Carol Fabricatore, Transformations seeks visual works that explore the artist’s take on what persona or alter ego is present in their artwork. Transform into something you would like to present as a public image of yourself. It could be a self-portrait that transforms you into who, what, or how you would like the public to see you, or whatever your alter ego may be.

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Deadline: 18 Jun 2019

The exhibition will accept drawing and/or painting in any 2D mediums traditional or digital. No photography.

Entry fee: $45/3 images.

Transformations entrants will have the opportunity to have their work juried by artist and 24 year faculty member at School of Visual Arts NYC, Graduate, MFA, Illustration As Visual Essay. Selected artists will have the opportunity to win the following Awards: Best In Show $700, Second Place $500, Third Place $300.

About Mills Pond Gallery

Since 1978, the council has made its home in the historic Mills Pond House. Occupied by the prosperous Mills family (early settlers of the Town of Smithtown) until 1976. This area is a rare survival of an agricultural hamlet once common on Long Iland. William Wickham Mills inherited the family land and began to construct the Mills Pond House in 1838. This Greek Revival style home is the earliest documented architect-designed house in the area.

The Mills Pond Gallery strives to promote an active process of exploration involving creativity and the arts, providing inspiring and enjoyable opportunities for visitors to explore different points of view, challenge preconceptions and prejudices, and foster critical thinking. They hope that the public will relate the art exhibited to their own life experiences, creating new links and understanding. Dedicated to showcasing the artistic development and achievements of the region and nation, exhibitions provide diverse art experiences for individuals. They reach local communities through classes, special events, and community outreach programs. Focusing on active and collaborative learning through the medium of art, they bring arts and people together to discover, enjoy, and understand the nation’s rich and diverse artistic heritage.

About Smithtown Township Arts Council

Incorporated in 1972, Smithtown Township Arts Council offers a unique combination of historical preservation, cultural promotion, and arts exhibitions. The Council has been committed to the arts in Suffolk County for forty-six years. They work to provide a creative outlet and the opportunity to experience, investigate, and discover contemporary art and cultural issues which are engaging and relevant to the public’s daily lives and civic responsibilities. They believe the arts are indispensable in building good character in the citizens of communities. The Council fosters communication, offers new insights on the world, and adds to the greater appreciation of both life and society.

For more information, contact gallery@stacarts.org.

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Are You Ready For A Website?

Before getting started on a website, it is usually best to begin with understanding your goals, strategies, and tactics. Here are a few basics.

Start with defining your goal. Why do you need a website? What is it’s purpose? It could be a representation of your creative legacy that you control, a sales portal, or something else.

Once you have a goal in mind, you can start thinking about the strategy. What do you want to convey? Consider showing images of your artwork in a gallery, an artist statement, biography, and contact information.

When you know what you want to show, the next step is figuring out the tactics – how to get it done. There are a variety of website services. Some are do-it-yourself, others may require outside help. If you need help, there are freelancer networks at your disposal.

Check out some of the artist website designs offered by Wix. Their focus is on making website building super user-friendly.

Website

Website wireframe (how it is organized)

Page 1) Homepage: includes hero (main) image, name, navigation links (at top or side of each page)

Page 2) Gallery – includes 10-20 images with brief descriptions for each (title, size, medium, etc)

Page 3) Workshops
Workshop title with 2-3 sentence description each
Teaching service with 2-3 sentence description
Call to action – contact information (email, phone)

Page 4) Events
List of upcoming events
List of past events (keep this limited to the past 2-3 years)
Partner organizations (linked to their websites, if applicable)

Page 5) Contact
Contact information (Email, phone)
Bio
Artist statement

That’s it! Five pages to get you started. Before signing up for a website, editing the copy and images you want to have shown.  You may need one image for the hero image on the homepage to be larger.

How to find help

I’m biased since I’ve been working on websites for a while, so I often think they are “easy and intuitive.” This is not always so. Even then, first hand experience is always helpful, especially when trying to explain something to someone else. Once your content is ready, give it a try. If you find it too confusing, by all means, stop and ask for help. I’ve organized the wireframe above to be the most helpful for a web designer. If you need one, try Fiverr – this freelance service offers web design help.

Click here to see how Wix can help get you started.

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Todd Hestand - Side ArtsTodd Hestand, Founder, Side Arts, is an independent artist and business adviser. For over eight years he has served as the Manager of the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy where he works with thousands of artists, crafters, and performers. His role includes individual consulting, teaching courses, and developing programs for entrepreneurially-minded artists. Click here to learn about consulting services.

 

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Surprise X – Call For Artists

Surprise X – Call For Artists

artAZ announces a call for artists for Surprise X, the campaign that employs the power of art to raise awareness and funds about major social issues. artAZ is celebrating ten years of fighting adversity with art with their biggest, most exciting edition to date.  Artists are invited to create a small format artwork and sign it at the back. The preferred medium is painting.  Photography and multiples not accepted.

Click here for the application / registration

Deadline: 10 Sept 2019

Aside from its charity character, Surprise is a showcase of contemporary art trends. Surprise X artists have the opportunity to participate in an international exhibition.  Many artists benefit from creating new connections, cultivating relationships, and receiving orders and commissions from the exhibition’s steady client base and visitors. Equally, art professionals follow the exhibitions with the aim of discovering new talent, which may result in new collaborations. Surprise X is extensively supported by the press.

About artAZ

artAZ is an art platform dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art. Its mission is to create links between artists, audiences, and art scenes around the world. It is the leading art platform in Greece, introducing the concept of the organised online art community to the country as early as 2007. Since then, the platform has opened a physical space in Athens and presented numerous exhibitions in Greece and internationally. Surprise is the longest running, most popular, and successful benefit art campaign in the country, presented annually since 2009.

For more information, contact info@artaz.gr.

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Loring Park Art Festival 2019 – Call For Artists

Loring Park Art Festival 2019 – Call For Artists

Artists For Artists announces a call for artists for the Loring Park Art Festival 2019, a high quality, juried festival held in beautiful Loring Park near downtown Minneapolis, MN. Stunning gardens and abundant trees throughout the park create an idyllic setting for art, music, and food. Booths circle a large pond with ample spaces for display.​

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Deadline: 15 Mar 2019

Artists For Artists presents the exceptional art of 140 selected artists, performances of music and dance, and entertainment. They are planning for sunny skies with a cool breeze in Loring Park on July 27 and 28, 2019.  The formal garden will be in full bloom and there will be a variety of food available. The show is organized by Artists For Artists, not a business association or civic organization. They are exhibiting artists who know what artists need to be successful.

About Artists For Artists

Artists for Artists’ mission is to provide an aesthetic place for local and regional artists to exhibit and sell their art, provide an entertaining event for the community, feature a beautiful park in an urban setting to the wider metro area, and promote and support ethnic diversity in the exhibiting visual arts.

For more information, contact info@loringparkartfestival.com.

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Greek Island Residency – Call For Artists

Greek Island Residency – Call For Artists

The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts (SkopArt) located on the Greek Island of Skopelos is offering artist residencies for 2019. Greek Island Residency studios are equipped for painters, printmakers, ceramicists, digital photographers, and videographers. Residencies are from two to four weeks from April-October. Perched high above the Aegean Sea, find a welcome respite from the hurly-burly world. Feel freedom to work in one of the best equipped studios in Europe. Experience the food, history, landscape, music, and the welcoming people of the island.

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Deadline: Ongoing

A Greek Island Residency has much to offer all ages and needs. A younger artist may need to boost their resume. Another may be working on a deadline for a project and require the time to work alone and concentrate on their project. Others may need time away from their culture and environment to find a different form of inspiration. Some bring friends or families so they may spend their free time in other pursuits. Others enjoy the exchanges that occur with artists working in the studio in different mediums or sometimes the same medium.

The journey to the island on the hydrofoil or ferry presents all residents with a 2-1/2 hour experience that is relaxing to the spirit and visually exciting as one leaves the shore and first arrives at the Port of Skiathos. It then continues for another hour to the Port of Skopelos. The quaint villages with red tile and slate roofs dot the mountains. The lush pine forests of Skopelos are in view. The coves and beaches tucked away from full view stir the imagination and call for exploration. The Skopelos staff will greet residents at the port and make sure their needs are provided as they make their way the short distance to their lodgings and the studio. The staff at Skopelos wishes the residents to find freedom to explore, experiment, and expand their artistic expressions.

Greek Island Residency Artist Benefits

A workshop is offered in painting, drawing, printmaking, and book arts on July 8-20, 2019. It is designed for all levels. The workshop begins in the historic Plaka district in Athens then continues to Skopelos Island. The instructors, Beth Curren, Carolee Jakes, and Cindy Tidler, are accomplished artists from the Washington, DC area. They have been resident artists at The Skopelos Foundation in past years. Their expertise in travel to Greece will assure participants a great creative experience.

About The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts

SkopArt’s location on a Greek Island midway between Athens and Thessaloniki in the Aegean Sea is called the green island because of the lush pine forests that meet the sea and natural springs that they say come from Mount Olympus. In spring, the pastures are awash with a varied palette of wildflowers. Goats and sheep graze on the mountains. Valleys are dotted with grapes and olive trees. Winter can be harsh with fierce winds. Some years, snow is heavy and welcome rains that replenish the water supply.

People have inhabited the island from around 2800-2000 B.C. On the area of Sendouka are found what look to be chiselled graves from what is said to be neolithic times but this is argued. Myths flourish from those times and continue today with all sorts of ways to do things especially to keep the evil eye away. Through the ages pirates, Romans, and Venetians often plundered the island until Turkish rule, though there was never a Turkish settlement on the island. Roman and Venetian ruins can still be found. In the 1960s, the state supported the development of the neighboring island of Skiathos, but it was left alone. In the 1980s, the town came under an order of preservation which has kept the village unchanged and is of extraordinary beauty.

For more information, contact info@skopart.org.

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