Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WAA September 16, 2014

Volunteer Opportunity for Artists:

Hello,
I am a high school Art Teacher at Wallace Rose-Hill in Duplin County, although I know that my school a small trip away, I was wondering if there where any Artists in your Association that would like to come and talk to my classes. I currently teacher a Ceramics course and I am introducing Watercolor to my advanced students. In the spring I will be teaching Into to Art and a Photo class. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
Shannon Gehen 

sgehen@duplinschools.net 

Visit us on the web at www. <http://www.ncpublicschools.org/>
duplinschools.net


This is a great way for members to participate in outreach and support the education programs of the region. Contact Shannon if interested.  



Liz Hosier's Workshop:

Registration is now open at http://wilmingtonart.org/index.php?c=learning 


Register Soon for Art in the Arboretum


Attention Artists  

Only a few more days to register for the Art in the Arboretum Show. Friday, September 19th is the cutoff date. You can find the Prospectus, application and the ability to sign up to volunteer to help with the show at www.wilmingtonart.org <http://www.wilmingtonart.org> .

If you have any questions email Anita Jacques at: anitajacquesart@gmail.com <mailto:anitajacquesart@gmail.com>   Call: 910.343.4370 


Brad Carter Demos at WAA's First Fall Meeting of the Year!




Q&A with Brad Carter - Part II of Thursday's Meeting Program

When Education Coordinator, Kirah Van Sickle, invited Brad to present his abstract acrylic skin technique to the membership, they discussed how he could share some insights on his marketing plan and use of social media. Thanks to Brad for a fantastic demo! Our apologies that the meeting went longer than expected. The following is a Q&A between Kirah and Brad:

K: One of the most important aspects of marketing art is to have a body of work ready to show and sell. What kind of studio schedule do you have?
B: I paint about 6 out of 7 days a week.

K: How many paintings do you complete in a week/month?
B: I usualy complete about 2-3 paintings a week. Also will complete about 6 books (wrapped sketchbooks) a week.

K: How do you discipline yourself to get into the studio?
B: I have to do it. Period! Even when I was working full time I made myself paint every night after my kids went to bed. It's practice, experience, and investigation.

K: What social media sites do you use and how often with each?
B: I am on social media daily. I post on Facebook and twitter everyday.

K: Do you recommend a good website builder for artists? How often do you update your website?
B: I've used Go Daddy in the past but currently use Weebly and find it's must better and professional looking. I update my website about once a week with new work or show updates.

K: If there was one social media venue to choose, what would you recommend to a fellow artist?
B: A Professional Facebook page. Please separate your art from your family post. Using Facebook is probably the easiest but I would put twitter right behind it.

K: Any general marketing advice you'd give emerging artists or anyone looking to grow sales and visibility?
B: It's a constant battle to get your voice heard. Don't be afraid to post...People's Facebook & Twitter feeds fill up so fast, a lot of times your work is never seen. Don't be afraid to do multiple posts at a time. Ever see the exact same commercial run back to back or go to a commercial break and have the same commercial open the break and then close the break? These are all strategic advertising plans, not mistakes. Be confident in yourself and put a face to the work. Knock on doors and talk to people. Emails are easily ignored.

K: Anything else to add?
B: When posting your work, don't always do the perfect cropped picture for your social media. Take different angles, show the details, let the viewers see the work as you see it on your table.
Also, don't always post just your art. Share other things on your page that are art-related that you feel give definition to who you are as an artist.

K: Bottom line, artists need to take charge of their marketing plan. Just because you build it, doesn't mean the buyers will flock. You have to show that you have a unique and consistent art voice.
B: Indeed!!

K: I will add, one of the best aspects about Facebook or any social media site, is the ability to share and support your artist-colleagues. It's building an online support network and community.

In addition to Brad's suggestions, Alyson Stanfield, from www.artbizcoach.com, has 6 additional strategies for increasing your art sales:

1. Show off your personality! Let buyers see what makes you and your art unique. Your website, Facebook page and twitter feed should show that special aspect that makes you you.

2. Use more and bigger images! We are artists, show off the work, post daily. Take the time to get good images of your work.

3. Claim Credit! When you post your art on social media, include your name and ©, title, medium, size and price/purchase info. Always!!!

4. Exhibit! Exhibit! Exhibit! There are lots of opportunities to exhibit in our community, juried shows, paint outs, restaurants, salons, etc. You can't sell if people can't see it. Propose an exhibit, solo or group to the Arts Council gallery space, WHQR, your neighborhood florist shop, dentist.

5. Get on the radar of your dream galleries! Create postcard campaigns (moo.com or vistaprint.com), schedule physical meeting with gallery owners, have a consistent body of work and online presence - all will get you noticed. Always make sure your style and process is in line with the mission of the gallery. Do your homework!!

6. Make it easy for others to sell your art! Be clear to yourself, your family and friends what exactly it is you sell (paintings, portraits, workshops, etc). Ask for help, to pass the word, share on their Facebook/Twitter/Instagram accounts. Reward those that help and ask how you can return the favor.


Call for Artists
The 33th Annual Juried Spring Art Show & Sale - Poster Art Contest

The 2015 Spring Show Committee announces the Poster Art Contest for the 33st Annual Juried Art Show & Sale (Show).  The winning artwork will be featured on:  a framed poster to be auctioned off at the Show; posters available for sale at the Show; smaller posters, cards, and invitations; and other publicity material for the Show.   
Entry requirements
·       Current membership (2014) in the WAA
·       Artwork in any 2-D media and on any non-offensive subject
·       *New Submission Option High quality resolution images of 3-D work.
·       One piece of artwork per artist
Submission requirements
·       Entry must be emailed to bcarter.art@outlook.com.  Your entry should include artwork in .jpg format as well as artist’s name, address, phone number and email address.
·       Signature on the artwork must be blocked.
·       Submittal of entries opens October 1, 2014
·       Deadline to receive entries is midnight, Saturday, November 29, 2014.
Selection
The Show committee will select the winning artwork on Monday, December 01, 2014.   The winner will be contacted immediately and announced on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at the WAA Holiday Banquet.  
Selected Artwork
 The selected artwork may not be entered into the Show.  The artwork will be displayed at the Show and may be offered for sale; however, it is not required to be for sale.  If the artwork is sold either prior to or during the Show, the standard 30% commission will be due WAA.   A framed poster will be on display and auctioned off at the Show with proceeds to benefit WAA. The artist will be asked to sign posters during the Show reception on Thursday, April  9, 2015.   All proceeds from poster sales will benefit WAA. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

WAA September 9, 2014


WAA  MEMBERS MEETING,THURSDAY, SEPT 11, at the ARBORETUM

Refreshments:  6:30PM
Business Meeting: 7:00PM
Program:  8:00PM-9:00PM

Our September meeting will feature abstract artis
t Bradley Carter.  He will share his

knowledge about promoting art using social media and entering local exhibitions.

Please review our WAA revised By-Laws that have been posted
on the WAA website – www.wilmingtonart.org <http://www.wilmingtonart.org/>  .  The Board will seek approval of these By-laws from the members at the September 11, 2014 General Meeting.  To view the document, following the directions below:
1.
     Go to www.wilmingtonart.org <http://www.wilmingtonart.org/> .

2.      Select Login in the upper right-hand corner to login to the Members’ Gateway.

3.      Select WAA Forms & Documents

4.      Select WAA-BY-LAWS (revision 2014) to view document.


There will also be opportunities to volunteer for WAA committees.

Hope to see a big turnout!!!!

Gretchen Murden
WAA President



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Jean Ulshoefer's Memorial Tree Planting

At 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 10th, a memorial tree planting will be
held at the Cameron Art Museum to honor a recently deceased WAA member, Jean Ulshoefer.  Jean was also a steadfast volunteer at the museum.  Everyone is
welcome.

The location at the museum will be "Paul's Place" which is near the pond and
whirligig along 17th Street.  Parking is available along Museum Drive or in
the upper parking lot.  The lower lot is for staff parking.  If parking in
the upper lot, walk down the stairs toward the lower lot to get to the
"Paul's Place" area.  A staff member will be outside to assist with parking
and to direct attendees.  This gathering is very informal with no official
program, but the museum will serve coffee and tea in the cafe following the
memorial.

Handmade Wilmington

Handmade Wilmington is having a
Handmade Artisan Market to Benefit
Canines for Service
www.caninesforservice.org
Sun Gallery and Gifts parking lot,
on the Corner of Wrightsville and Kerr
raffle table to benefit Handmade Wilmington

Sunday, September 14th 2014
11:00AM - 5:00PM
4414 Wrightsville Ave.
Wilmington, NC



Thursday, September 4, 2014

WAA September 4, 2014

WAA  MEMBERS MEETING,THURSDAY, SEPT 11, at the ARBORETUM

Refreshments:  6:30PM
Business Meeting: 7:00PM
Program:  8:00PM-9:00PM

Our September meeting will feature abstract artis
t Bradley Carter.  He will share his
knowledge about promoting art using social media and entering local exhibitions.

Hope to see a big turn-out!!!!!!!!!!

Gretchen Murden
WAA President



From Betsy Heckethorn

Thank you to all my WAA friends for the cards, notes, gifts, phone calls, prayers, and the meals brought over for Jim, Mother, and me. I am still very weak but have no pain and the doctor is pleased with my progress.  I would love to attend a meeting, but my immune system is fragile right now after 2 bouts with bronchitis, so will have to postpone until I am stronger.   I miss you all.  Again, thanks you so much,  you all have raised my spirits and made me smile.    Love, Betsy


        

 Sad News - Rector Emeritus Bob Cook 

           

                    Dear Folks:
Our beloved Rector Emeritus Bob Cook died late Tuesday evening. The service for Bob will be Saturday.
Another email will be sent when service arrangements have been finalized.
 I was with Bob and Ann and the family Tuesday afternoon and we surrounded him with prayer and love.

Ron

The Rev. Ronald G. Abrams
Rector
St. James Parish
25 S 3rd St.
Wilmington,NC

       Calling All Plein Air and Studio Artists:

      Moon Splash Artist Studio
Save the date!

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - Sunday, November 9, 2014
Noon to noon

Join the community of Elizabeth City and artists from across the southeast to celebrate the full Harvest Moon over the Pasquotank River.  Come to relax, escape your world, make new friends and paint in a large studio space.

Your $100 registration fee provides you with:

  • a space to paint for a day or the week;   
  • an opportunity to work beside the renowned Jane Filer;  www.janefiler.com <http://www.janefiler.com/>
  • individual instruction by request from  artists-in-residence Bob Rankin and/or Margie Sawyer;   
  • free demos from artists:  
  • community artist talk featuring three abstract artists  Audrey Phillips, Martica Griffin and Charlotte Foust
  • participation in Jeff Whelan’s drawing circle -  www.jeffwhelan.com <http://www.jeffwhelan.com/>
  • admission to the piano bar on Thursday evening;   
  • First Friday Art Walk followed by a private artist  cookout.
For an additional fee, participants can register for:
First thirty registrants will receive free accommodations in local homes.

Registration forms and more information will be sent out in the next two weeks. If you know folks who would like to receive this information, please send their email addresses to:  jandcpeel@aol.com <mailto:jandcpeel@aol.com>  .

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

WAA September 2, 2014

WAA  MEMBERS MEETING,THURSDAY, SEPT 11, at the ARBORETUM

Refreshments:  6:30PM
Business Meeting: 7:00PM
Program:  8:00PM-9:00PM

Our September meeting will feature abstract artis
t Bradley Carter.  He will share his
knowledge about promoting art using social media and entering local exhibitions.

Hope to see a big turn-out!!!!!!!!!!

Gretchen Murden
WAA President




At 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 10th, a memorial tree planting will be
held at the Cameron Art Museum to honor a recently deceased WAA member, Jean
Ulshoefer.  Jean was also a steadfast volunteer at the museum.  Everyone is
welcome.

The location at the museum will be "Paul's Place" which is near the pond and
whirligig along 17th Street.  Parking is available along Museum Drive or in
the upper parking lot.  The lower lot is for staff parking.  If parking in
the upper lot, walk down the stairs toward the lower lot to get to the
"Paul's Place" area.  A staff member will be outside to assist with parking
and to direct attendees.  This gathering is very informal with no official
program, but the museum will serve coffee and tea in the cafe following the
memorial.

Friday, August 29, 2014

WAA August 29, 2014 - Jean Ulshoefer memorial


At 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 10th, a memorial tree planting will be
held at the Cameron Art Museum to honor a recently deceased WAA member, Jean
Ulshoefer.  Jean was also a steadfast volunteer at the museum.  Everyone is
welcome.

The location at the museum will be "Paul's Place" which is near the pond and
whirligig along 17th Street.  Parking is available along Museum Drive or in
the upper parking lot.  The lower lot is for staff parking.  If parking in
the upper lot, walk down the stairs toward the lower lot to get to the
"Paul's Place" area.  A staff member will be outside to assist with parking
and to direct attendees.  This gathering is very informal with no official
program, but the museum will serve coffee and tea in the cafe following the

memorial.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August 27, 2014 Update/WAA Members' Meeting

WAA  MEMBERS MEETING,THURSDAY, SEPT 11, at the ARBORETUM

Refreshments:  6:30PM
Business Meeting: 7:00PM
Program:  8:00PM-9:00PM

Our September meeting will feature abstract artis
t Bradley Carter.  He will share his
knowledge about promoting art using social media and entering local exhibitions.

Hope to se a big turn-out!!!!!!!!!!

Gretchen Murden
WAA President

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WAA Call to Plein Air Artists August 26, 2014

275 PLEIN AIR

Plein Air Rack Card-page-001

Wilmington Plein Air to “Make” History

To commemorate the City of Wilmington’s 275thanniversary, artists from all over North Carolina will meet in Wilmington for one week in September for a citywide plein air event.
Easels will dot our historic cityscape as artists create original artwork of Wilmington’s historic landscape and buildings.
Plein Air (open air) paintings are executed outdoors.  Both painter and subject must be outdoors, and photographs are not used.  The event is open to any artist who uses oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastels, pencil, or pen/ink.
WHEN & WHERE:
The paint out will be held from September 21-26, 2014 within Wilmington city limits.  The artwork will be available for purchase in an open air gallery during the 275th commemorative program, September 27, 10-2 p.m. in and around the Coast Guard parking lot on Water St. in downtown Wilmington.  Thalian Hall Ballroom will serve as the rain location.
ENTRY FEES:
The entry fee for the juried competition is $27.50.  There is no fee for non-juried participation.

AWARDS:
Cash prizes will be awarded to: Best of Show – $1000; Second Place – $500; and Third Place – $250.
THE JUROR:
John Beerman is a painter whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Beerman has received numerous awards and fellowships including the Pollack-Krasner Foundation Award and the Yaddo Artist Colony Fellowship. His work is represented in many museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He has completed several public commissions including a mural in the Craftsteak restaurant at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas and recently an eighty-five foot mural in the I.M. Pei designed Milstein Family Heart Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.  John Beerman lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.