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All Animal 2019 (Online Competition) – Call For Artists

All Animal 2019 (Online Competition) – Call For Artists

Contemporary Art Gallery Online announces their 6th annual international All Animal 2019 online art competition. To be held from July 15th, 2019 to August 11th, 2019. Contemporary Art Gallery Online encourages entries from 2-D and 3-D artists regardless of their experience or education in the art field. A group exhibition of all entrants will be held online at Contemporary Art Gallery Online from August 13th, 2019 to September 10th, 2019. Artists should submit their best representational and non-representational art.

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Deadline: 11 Aug 2019

Entry Fee: $15 for up to three images and $25 for up to five images. Funds in US Dollars.

All Animal 2019 will be judged on painting/drawing, photography/digital art, and mixed media/3-D art. Awards will be given for the top 5 to 8 works selected. In addition to the winning images, Honorable Recognition awards will be presented. Winners will be announced on August 27th, 2019.

Prizes include memberships to Contemporary Art Gallery Online, marketing, winner’s certificates, and event collateral.

About Contemporary Art Gallery Online

Contemporary Art Gallery Online is a collector’s number one source for all original contemporary art. CAGOnline is proud to showcase tomorrow’s art giants today. CAGOnline has created CAGO Media which has two purposes. First is to share art business ideas, and second to introduce artists to the buying public. CAGO Media accomplishes both of these initiatives by programming radio and TV shows.

The Business of Art Show airs bi-monthly, 15 to 20 minute episodes. Hosted by Sharon Belle Hawkshawe, each episode discusses everything pertaining to the Business of Art. The What is Art Show is a monthly 30 minute episode with hosts Michael Harris (art collector) and Sharon Hawkshawe (acclaimed artist), who discuss current art movements and art shows. The hosts are occasionally joined by museum curators, gallery owners, art critics, and art insiders. The third show is An Artist Speaks. These lively 30 minute episodes are in-depth interviews with artists discussing their art process, philosophy, and a candid look at their work. Every month, a video is produced showcasing the monthly art participants. Other videos highlight gallery artist and art styles.

For more information, contact cago.offices@gmail.com.

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Art Through The Lens 2019 (Paducah, KY) – Call For Artists

Art Through The Lens 2019 (Paducah, KY) – Call For Artists

Yeiser Art Center announces a call for artists for Art Through the Lens 2019, an annual international juried contemporary photography exhibition. It provides photographers with an outlet for their art, encouragement for growth in their vision and presentation, and cash rewards for works of exceptional merit. Artists may submit up to five photographic entries. All photo-based imagery including video and moving images created through photographic processes are eligible including non-lens made images. All work submitted must be original, completed in the last three years, and not previously exhibited in an Art Through the Lens or Paducah Photo exhibition.

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Deadline: 15 Aug 2019

Art Through the Lens 2019 is open to all without restrictions on content. Each year from the works submitted, 50-70 images are selected for exhibition by a highly qualified juror. The 2019 Art Through the Lens juror is Cheryl Zibisky. Selected works will be featured in a full color catalog produced by the Yeiser Art Center and for purchase during the exhibition. $5000 in cash awards will be given to works of high merit. An awards presentation will be held during the opening reception. Art Through the Lens 2019 will be on display from October 4 – November 9, 2019.

About Yeiser Art Center

The Yeiser Art Center is a non profit visual arts organization celebrating over sixty years of serving the community with exhibitions and educational programming throughout the Tri- State Region. As the region’s foremost visual art center, the Yeiser Art Center brings diversity and excellence in visual arts to Paducah, Kentucky, a designated UNESCO Creative City. The gallery is situated near Paducah’s historic riverfront at 200 Broadway in the historic 1905 Market House building.

Originating in 1975 as the Paducah Summer Festival Photo Competition, Art Through the Lens has grown from a fledgling contest into an international juried exhibition. Over the past 40+ years, this exhibition has become one of the Mid-South’s most prestigious annual photographic events.

For more information, contact office@theyeiser.org.

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Nature Of Being: Portraits (Philadelphia, PA) – Call For Artists

Nature Of Being: Portraits (Philadelphia, PA) – Call For Artists

Deja 42 Art Gallery is seeking artists who would like to present their work in our upcoming August exhibition, Nature of Being: Portraits. Creators working in all media are welcome. Express your vision and interpretation of what makes a portrait of a living being, whether it is literal, realistic, representative of the spirit or soul, clinical, storybook, iconic, or fantastic. All themes receive due and equivocal consideration.

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Deadline: 29 Jul 2019

“I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.”
Frida Kahlo

Accepted artists will be notified by Wednesday, July 31st, 2019.
 Gallery-ready pieces should be delivered to the Gallery no later than Wednesday, August 7th, 2019.
 A non-refundable entry fee of $20 is required for up to three different artworks.  
Detailed images of submitted works may be included at no additional cost.
 It is preferable that artworks are for sale. Deja 42 Art Gallery retains a 40% commission on all sold artwork.
 Opening reception is Saturday, August 10th, 2019.

 Please include contact information, artwork title, media, and dimensions with your submission.

Nature Of Being: Portraits Artist Benefits

Chosen artists for Nature of Being: Portraits 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 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. Showing artists receive 60% of their retail ask. Openings are every second Saturday of the month. Openings draw a big crowd in an intimate space. This offers promotion, exposure, and open discussion among artists and potential buyers.

About Deja 42 Art Gallery

Deja 42 Art Gallery is a unique fine arts gallery 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. The gallery offers artists and artisans the opportunity to showcase their work without the exclusivity of 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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Photography Prize (Berlin, Germany) – Call For Artists

Photography Prize (Berlin, Germany) – Call For Artists

BBA Gallery in Berlin, Germany announces an art call for the Photography Prize. They will offer four shortlisted artists an exhibition during Berlin Photo Week at BBA Gallery in October 2019.

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Deadline: 09-05-2019

The gallery team will select the shortlisted artists. A jury consisting of the gallery directors and industry professionals will then decide on the winner. There are no restrictions in terms of theme, photography medium, or educational background. Installations and conceptual works are welcome. Early applications end 31 July, general deadline 5 September.

Four shortlisted photo artists exhibit at BBA Gallery in October 2019 during Berlin Photo Week. WhiteWall will sponsor the production of all selected photo works for the exhibition. In addition, each shortlisted artist receives a software package by Skylum and promotion through the gallery’s website, PR, and social media channels.

The Photography Prize winner is selected by a jury and will receive an artist profile on the gallery platform Artsy through BBA Gallery. WhiteWall will present the winner’s works in their showrooms with a touring solo show.

About BBA Gallery

BBA Gallery works with emerging and mid-career artists. These are industry terms, labels that help simplify complexity. Artists don’t need a label – they need a champion: a committed gallery who kicks doors for them, introduces their work to collectors, and shares their vision with the world.

That’s why BBA Gallery launched in 2017. They find and represent artists with unique talent and ideas, a strong vision, and a compelling style. Age or education are not the most important criteria. BBA Gallery is more interested in authenticity, perseverance, professionalism, and outstanding artworks, no matter the medium.

BBA Gallery began as an artist-run project space in 2015. The ethos has been clear since then – to seek out talented and passionate artists and give them all the nurture they need.

For more information, contact info@bba-gallery.com.

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What Do You Use For Calling Cards?

Calling cards, takeaways, handouts, exclusives – no matter what you call them, they help your patrons understand your identity and keep them coming back. It’s all in the important details, the signature things that your supporters find surprising and endearing. Whether you are preparing for a vendor event, exhibition, or an online storefront, try to think about the extras that would make it special for your supporters.

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Ideas for Calling Cards

  • Packaging: Consider how you can elevate your packaging and delivery – customize the box (something patrons can use in case they need to move or ship the item), add a personalized and signed thank you note, emboss, gold leaf, and detail the package.
  • Business cards: If you are going to go the extra mile and spend more on business cards, make sure that the concept aligns with your art. Although typically, a basic card size is all that is needed. Include your name, phone number, email address, and website. Remember to include white space to write additional details.
  • Signage: Banners, flags, and table covers are always important. Consider the height, having things at eye-level can catch the patron’s eyes more frequently. Draw the attention to your art.
  • Postcards: Believe it or not, some folks just don’t use the internet or email, try to make this an option for them. You want to be inclusive in your marketing. Even for those that are digital natives, receiving something of value in the snail mail can be a special occasion.
  • Gift tags: Most art is purchased as a gift for others. Make it easy for them by not having to also have to purchase a gift tag, card, box, or bag.
  • Return address labels: If you are mailing marketing or shipping artwork, you might want to add a unique identifier to the item. That way, the person doesn’t have to guess who or what they have received before needing to open it.
  • Certificates of Authenticity: Your art is special. Share with patrons how special it is with a letter of provenance. It elevates the art and provides another means for patrons to remember you. Remember to include the item’s description and story, your contact information, and personalized signature.

It is especially important to think about things that have value beyond one use items. For example, stamp a business card with a unique qualifier for an online storefront discount. Gift bags and totes can be re-used. Certificates of authenticity can be saved and framed with the artwork.

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Vistaprint

You already have your artwork and know your details. Try incorporating them into your takeaways. Vistaprint has a range of products and services that can help you do just that. Business cards, banners, flyers, and printing services are available. All products have a wide possibility of standard formats to customization. Wizards take you through the process and you can save details for later use and second print runs. Often, there are discounts for return users and special sales throughout the year.

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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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Metahumans, Monsters, and Myths (Philadelphia, PA) – Call For Artists

Metahumans, Monsters, and Myths (Philadelphia, PA) – Call For Artists

Deja 42 Art Gallery is looking for artists who would like to showcase their work in their upcoming July exhibition, Metahumans, Monsters, and Myths. Creators are encouraged to submit their interpretations and visions of superheroes, super villains, mutants, super powers, creatures, gods and goddesses, myths, and stories both ancient and current, urban legends, demons and angels, witches, wizards, warlocks, and good and evil.

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Deadline: 2 Jul 2019

“My theory about why people like superheroes is that when we were kids, we all loved to read fairy tales. Fairy tales are all about things bigger than life: Giants, witches, trolls, dinosaurs and dragons and all sorts of imaginative things. Then you get a little bit older and you stop reading fairy tales, but you don’t ever outgrow your love of them.”
Stan Lee

A non-refundable entry fee of $20 is required for up to three artworks. If you would like to include detail images of your work, those are excepted at no additional cost.
 Please include contact information, artwork title, media and dimensions with your submission. It is preferable that artworks are for sale. All hanging work must be suitably framed to a professional standard. Work must be wired and ready for hanging. Canvases should have neat gallery wrapped edges. Accepted artists will be notified by Friday, July 4th , 2019.
  Pieces must be delivered to the gallery no later than Wednesday, July 10th, 2019. Deja 42 Art Gallery retains a 40% commission to gallery on all sold artwork.
 Opening reception is Saturday, July 13th, 2019.

Metahumans, Monsters, and Myths Artist Benefits

Chosen artists for Metahumans, Monsters, and Myths 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 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. Showing artists receive 60% of their retail ask. Openings are every second Saturday of the month. Openings draw a big crowd in an intimate space. This offers promotion, exposure, and open discussion among artists and potential buyers.

About Deja 42 Art Gallery

Deja 42 Art Gallery is a unique fine arts gallery 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. The gallery offers artists and artisans the opportunity to showcase their work without the exclusivity of 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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The Bicycle 2019: Art Meets Form (High Point, NC) – Call For Artists

The Bicycle 2019: Art Meets Form (High Point, NC) – Call For Artists

Theatre Art Galleries (TAG) is pleased to announce a call for artists for the juried art exhibit, The Bicycle 2019: Art Meets Form (8/27/19 – 10/4/19). This is the fourth year for the exhibit. It is held in conjunction with the High Point Cycling Classic. The opening reception is Thursday, September 5th, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at TAG. It will feature original works of art that relates in some way to bicycles or cycling.

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Deadline: 26 Jul 2019

The Bicycle 2019 prizes awarded during the opening reception are First Place: $500, Second Place: $250, and Third Place: $100. All of the art will be available for sale and open to the public for the duration of the exhibit. The artists will receive 60% of the retail value of sales. Over 1200 patrons will be invited to the opening reception and thousands more will be notified of the event through press releases, newspapers, websites, and social media. Advertising for the event will be published across North and South Carolina. The galleries will be open during the High Point Cycling Classic with hundreds of cycling enthusiasts touring the galleries throughout the day.

Social Equity

TAG participates in many outreach opportunities by working with children, special needs children, senior citizens, refugees, and many of the public schools in our county. It has brought art appreciation to areas of need all over the county. TAG has provided a creative outlet to many who otherwise would not have experienced these opportunities.

About Theatre Art Galleries

Theatre Art Galleries (TAG) is now in its 22nd year of independent operation. It is High Point’s primary provider of visual arts. Its mission is to provide excellent visual art exhibits and educational art experiences for the enrichment of the entire community. Housed inside of the High Point Theatre (in downtown High Point, NC) are two floors of spacious galleries where TAG programs approximately 16 exhibitions yearly. TAG hosts exhibitions of visual art from artists and students from local schools. Exhibitions and opening receptions are free of charge and open to the public.

For more information, contact info@tagart.org.

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Are You Ready For An Online Store?

A majority of art is sold through a variety of online store platforms. You can choose any sales methodology you like. It depends on where and how you best reach your audience. You may have to experiment with several platforms and strategies before landing on the one that works best for you. There are many details and options to consider as well as new opportunities and platforms launching regularly.

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Sales strategies

Email: Sometimes all you need is a large enough dedicated following. Try sending announcements of new works available to your email lists and provide them a means to buy (either by reply to the email or a payment processing form). Inform your audience about upcoming exhibitions, vendor events, and pop-up galleries.

Social: There are many ways to sell art through social network platforms. The challenging part is keeping up with the platforms’ ever changing features and algorithms. What may work today may not work tomorrow. Staying on top of the trends is important and can make a big difference with acquiring new patrons. For example – Try promoting new artwork for sale on Instagram. Provide a rich description including title, process, size, price, and inspiration. Add instructions for buyers – the first to comment with their email address will be sent a payment processing invoice (PayPal / Venmo). They have 24 hours to purchase the art. First come, first served after that. Update the description if the item is sold.

Web: You may want to consider selling through a web platform, using your own website, or integrating a web platform into your website. The benefit of having an online store sales platform that you manage is that patrons can purchase at any time rather than waiting for an email or post from you. This can often make a difference between an acquisition and someone’s lost interest. Keep in mind, just because your art is up on a website or web platform doesn’t mean that it’s the platform’s job to promote it. Promotion is still up to you utilizing your email and social networks.

Things to plan for in advance

Sometimes with an online store, it is best to jump in and learn as you go. Other times, a little bit of preparation goes a long way. You will rarely know everything you need to in advance because situations change from person to person.  Here are a few things to consider:

Photography: A good photo of your work can inspire patrons to purchase. Most mobile devices have above-average photo capability, but stand-alone cameras and photo editing software can make your work stand out. Setting up a dedicated area or having a set process will be helpful.

Pricing: Research can help. Knowing your costs and time associated with creating your work is important. The most important aspect is always valuing your artwork for what it is truly worth.

Description: Each piece of artwork should have a unique and rich description including keywords and hashtags. This takes time to develop. Often, the story behind the artwork is just as important as the artwork itself.

Shipping: Visit your local shipping center (USPS, FedEx, and so on) in advance. Try to determine what materials you should always have on hand and what needs to be purchased on a one-off basis. If you anticipate bulk shipping, explore what discounted pricing is available.

Taxes and bookkeeping: You may want to consider consulting a certified public accountant to help understand what taxes to account for and how to do so. Determine if you need bookkeeping software to help keep track.

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Shopify Online Store

Check out Shopify as an online store. It has eCommerce and point-0f-sales features including card-readers for when you are online or on the go. Set up your shop as a standalone or integrate it securely with your website. Ready made templates help your store look like it was designed by a professional. Run social media campaigns. Manage orders, shipping, and payments.

Click here for a free 14 day trial.

 

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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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Total Marketing

What if you could do all your marketing in one place? Forget all the log ins, passwords, am I forgetting to do things? As an artist, wouldn’t it be ideal to have a total marketing service that does it all? Let’s be honest, perfect solutions rarely exist and one size does not fit all or else we would all be using them. Fortunately, there are a few services out there that bundle together several features that artists use together in convenient and efficient ways.

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What is marketing?

But first and in order to understand what you may need, what is marketing? There is no single definition which applies to all.

One way to think about marketing is how you attract and retain those that might be interested in what you have to offer. This is different from sales where they are already interested and you negotiate a transaction involving a trade of money, products, or services. In both cases, the process is educational and transactional. Although in marketing, the action is suggested, while in sales, the action is explicit.

In marketing, the outcome is engagement or how often someone interacts with you. In sales, the outcome is financial whether direct (a trade of money for products or services) or indirect (a trade of products or services for a relative equally valued products or services).

One goal of marketing is to increase engagement (interactivity) in order to increase sales. Total marketing may be valuated based on the ratio of dollars spent marketing to net profit.

Marketing activities common to artists

You might want to think about marketing as asking for the least to the most amount of effort. Another way of looking at it is the least to the most amount of privacy given.

Most start with social media. Choose a platform or two with which you feel comfortable. Engagement is measured by the relative number of clicks, likes, and shares to your current number of followers.

Depending on your goals, having a website can help build a following. It can be a one-page landing page, a profile page on an eCommerce site, or your own dedicated art website. There are any number of  ways to measure engagement, but a good place to start is the number of pageviews per month and, if there is an eCommerce section, the total sales generated from the website per month.

Social media and web searchability is good, but you are still at the mercy of the platform’s algorithms. Take control of your how and when your content is seen by collecting your followers’ email addresses. A great place to start is by sending a monthly newsletter. Email engagement can be measured by the average percent of your followers open and click through your emails.

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Mailchimp Total Marketing

One total marketing platform that combines social media, websites, and email is Mailchimp. It’s a favorite among artists and crafters because it is relatively easy to set up, has clear tutorials, and they can pick and choose which options work best. It integrates with many other utilities, sales platforms, survey tools, social media ad management. There are so many great features that can be integrated, often in clicks or less.

Mailchimp has reports for measuring engagement and customizable email templates. They have flexible plans for growing your creative practice.

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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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Dusk To Dawn 2019 (New York, NY) – Call For Artists

Dusk To Dawn 2019 (New York, NY) – Call For Artists

The New York Center for Photographic Art announces a call for artists for Dusk To Dawn 2019. Pick up a camera for the first time and odds are the images taken will be in full daylight. Learn about sun glare, flat light, shadow. Then your world expands as you explore opportunities from the rest of the 24-hour day from dusk to dawn. That time, from that bewitching hour when it isn’t quite dark, through the night, to the early blue semi brightness that envelops your the world in morning, provides huge opportunity for spectacular images.

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Deadline: 23 Jun 2019

Capture the softness of light at dawn and dusk. Take long exposures of the moon and stars in the sky. Create night photos of lit office buildings, headlights in motion, streets, and houses. Find a wonderful subject where a black night sky provides a dramatic background. First and last peeks of sunlight can provide some amazing opportunities as well.

The total prizes for Dusk To Dawn 2019 is $3000. There is a grand prize, three first prizes, three second prizes, three third prizes, 15 juror’s selections, and 20 honorable mentions.  Each of the first 25 winners have an opportunity to exhibit in a New York City gallery, the Jadite Gallery in Hell’s Kitchen. The exhibit runs for two weeks. In addition, all 45 winners are posted in a gallery on the New York Center for Photographic Art website and are included in an exhibition catalog. A professional photographer is the juror.

About The New York Center For Photographic Art

The New York Center for Photographic Art was conceived and developed by Patricia Gilman and Maddi Ring. It offers photographers from around the world opportunities to exhibit their work in New York.  Maddi and Patricia are experienced photographers and exhibition producers who understand the value of showcasing artists work in galleries. They have marketed their own work, both together and individually, in a variety of venues.  These exhibitions have been in New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Each has her own images in various venues, including private collections.

For more information, contact nyc4pa@gmail.com.

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