Tuesday, October 25, 2011
We have a sweet spot for it now and I will be sending out information for signup as soon as I have it. If your an artist on my list then you will for sure get a call from someone on the volunteer staff as well as information in your inbox.
The one thing I haven't been able to get done lately is pottery. I have to get into the studio and make some work for the Big Crafty on December 4th in Pack Place. Its the one place other then galleries that I still sell my work myself to the public. Come by and talk about art, festivals, the HARP or even pottery.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
So, I went to Kitty Love, the executive director of Arts2People and asked for her help sorting out how to implement this new desire I had to let it all go. She listened and helped me whittled down some bold sweeping ideas into some specific actions and programming that can make a real difference to struggling artists in the community. On Monday, I will start to implement it. We need your help. For the time I am working on this new program, I will be offering free, walk in and by apt. arts business consultation. I am currently holding office hours of 10-4. M,W,T,F. I'm in and out on Tuesdays and am often out on missions so be sure to call if you want to be sure to get me. Bla Bla bla bla. This is my personal ceramics blog so I should proly lay off all that "work stuff" but I am just so excited about it that I needed to get it out on my blog.
I hope to get on the river tomorrow with Jody and Sawyer. We try and float down the old girl at least once a season. . . our window is closing fast. Don't forget to come to Asheville Art in the Park at least one of the next 3 Saturdays in Pack Square.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
Thanks for starting this dialog Ursula. As a local artist, I have been dealing with the realities of life as an artist in Asheville for decades. The most important thing an artists can do for themselves is get educated in the business of art. There are many programs available to local artists via the many professional art organizations in our area. Learn the specifics of your particular art field. Ask other respected vendors in your area what it takes to get to their level. In general you will find most artists are happy to share the tips and strategies of success but make no mistake, they will all tell you it’s a lot of hard work.
A few years ago I got tired of looking for good local opportunities to self represent my work as I was continually disappointed with the events I would attend. I decided to create a local market of ONLY professional art vendors. Asheville Art in the Park started in 2009 with its first 3 consecutive Saturday market. In the markets first 9 days of operation artists have earned more then $100,000 from market sales directly at the event. They have also donated more then $10,000 to local non-profits that help us directly in our cause of making it here as artists.
Let me give you some more direct data to add some clarity to this important issue of the economic survival of Asheville’s artists. The lowest earnings of a booth at the Saturday market was $0. The highest was almost $3000 and the average booth generated $580 in sales. This is data from a cross section of about 175 local and regional artists. In general artists should look for events that payback at least 10 times the booth fee. This information dose not include wholesale orders, special orders or sales after then event hours.
Please check out http://www.AshevilleArtinthePark.com for more information about this continuing local opportunity.
Monday, January 10, 2011
So there is almost a foot of snow on the ground and its still coming down. Inside where its warm, I’m planning some more sunny market days for 2011 thanks to all the artists that sent in letters to city council and the downtown commission. As Asheville Art in the Park is set to continue in 2011, I am also working to bring some even lower cost opportunities to Asheville artists. If you were lucky enough to come out to one of the 3 perfect Saturdays in Pack Square last October, you will know that this group of talented professionals puts on an amazing display of some of the finest craftsmanship available.
Look for the re-launch of www.AshevilleArtinthePark.com in early February with new pictures, video of the Market, and details about signing up for the 2011 event. You may even find out some details about an amazing new opportunity in a special new location.