In the spirit of the new year, we've made a list of resolutions just for artists. This free, downloadable PDF is meant to inspire, not overwhelm - so pick a few that resonate with you and go for it!
We're here to help you reach your art-related resolutions with art and pottery classes throughout the year. We even have a special goal-setting workshop coming up with Maggie Kerrigan, aka, The Book Artist.
Here's to an artful new year!
In this segment of our Business of Art series, we discuss pricing. Pricing your art can be challenging. Many artists undervalue their work by asking too little or lose potential sales by overpricing their work. Hear artist and Artists Gallery manager Vinnie Bumatay explain four things to consider when pricing your artwork.
Have you heard about a new annual exhibition coming to the Art Center this November? Aware is a community-based project that brings history, cultural diversity and community together through art. The idea is to bring awareness to a topic that affects our community but may not have the attention it deserves.
This year Aware '22 is being led by artist Maggie Kerrigan, who says about the project, "We're not trying to tell someone else's story. What we're trying to do is to bring people to the story."
In the video below, Maggie explains the inspiration behind this project and what to expect from Aware '22.
November 4-13 Exhibition on view
November 4, Opening Reception 6-8pm
w/ guest speaker Nikki Bass from the Nansemond Indian Nation
November 13, Artist Talk 3-4pm
w/ guest speaker Joanne Faulkner on the Indian Boarding School program
From a miniature ceramic tea party to an exploratory galaxy, our October exhibition has us all Going to Extremes. You never know how artists are going to interpret a theme and that's what's so fun about seeing an exhibition in person.
From very big...
To very small...
Going to Extremes, has it all.
Going to Extremes is a juried exhibition featuring 37 artists. Below are the winners selected by our guest juror, Amanda Bradley, Gallery Manager and Center Curator at d'Art Center in Norfolk, Va.
Here are some highlights from the opening reception curtesy of Susan Werby.
Framing can be an Achilles heel for an artist. They spend hours, weeks, months, years perfecting their art practice, but few know the art of framing. Who can blame them? Most of their energy is spent on making the art, followed by - or in conjunction with - applying to shows, collecting likes on social media, updating their website, participating in art fairs: there is no shortage of things to do! Once they get the good news that their work has been accepted into a gallery or a collector wants to buy a piece of their work, they must ensure the art is protected and properly framed.
If you're an artist who just completed a piece, you may be asking yourself: How do I frame this masterpiece?!
There are many options. Too many. And such a range in cost. From DIY efforts to affordable options from big box craft stores to specialty art stores to professional framers, what is an artist to do?
Here are a few resources to help you on your framing journey.
For an interesting look at the history of framing in museums, check out this article on the Guggenheim, What's in a Frame?
Curious about working with a framer? Here are 10 questions between an artist and her framer.
Want to learn more about framing on a budget? Hear the folks over at Art Prof discuss the ins and outs of framing on their popular YouTube channel.
We also think it's important to point out a way to get around the whole framing debacle. If you are a painter who works on canvas, consider making your work gallery wrapped. Gallery wrapped means using a canvas that is stapled on the back only and finishing off your work by painting the edges of your canvas neatly. It gives your art a modern look, saves you money, and takes the hassle out of framing. This won't work for everyone or every medium, but it can be a great alternative.
Written by Jaimie Kelley Choi