Monday, January 30, 2012

Golden Paints Glass Bead Gel Medium

I love using Golden Paints Glass Bead Gel Medium. It gives it such a unique look when you are done-I used it on these two pieces:

("Colors of Time" Photo with mixed media on 6" x 6" cradle board by Paula Scott)

("Petrified Tree" photo with mixed media on 6" x 6" cradle board by Paula Scott)

There is a free Golden demo coming up (and often, free samples are given at these demos) at the Village Press in Magdelena. Plan for a day trip there or spend the night so that you attend Nancy Reyner's workshop that weekend (be sure to sign up as space is limited). Nancy's workshops are a great way to get familiar with using Golden's products. It was, to date, one of the best workshops I've ever taken!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

New Mexico Committee for the National Women's Museum "Year of the Remarkable Women"

Honoring New Mexico’s
Remarkable Women Artists

The New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts presents a year long cultural consortium of visual arts, film and performing arts that showcases and
honors the outstanding women artists of New Mexico


Founded in 1997, the goal of the New Mexico Committee is to enhance the
mission of the National Women’s Museum in Washington, DC and to bring
recognition to the achievements of women artists residing in New Mexico
through special events, art shows, lectures and educational Programs.

The New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts is
pleased to announce “Year of the Remarkable Woman.”

A year long cultural consortium of visual arts, film and performing arts that
showcases and honors the outstanding women artists of New Mexico

Thursday, February 16, 10:00AM UNM West Campus Auditorium, Rio Rancho

Program: International weaver Susan Klebanoff and Shira Greenberg, founder of
the dance group “Keshet”

Meet two outstanding women artists who have carved a path that is uniquely their own: Susan Klebanoff and Shira Greenberg. Klebanoff is a weaver who creates 3 dimensional tapestries that shimmer with life and grace public and private spaces throughout the world. Greenberg is the founder and executive director of Keshet Dance Company and is a dancer who dared to dream that EVERYONE can dance and set out to prove it against all odds. Join us on Thursday, Feb. 16 at UNM West in Rio Rancho from 10-12 am. This event is co-sponsored by the Rio Rancho Art Association and is free of charge.
RSVP Paula Scott (click on the name for the info).


"Changing Space" collection: Museum of Modern Art, Nagoya, Japan

Susan Klebanoff, a weaver who creates 3 dimensional tapestries, was selected to
be amongst the American artists in the inauguration the first American gallery in
Moscow. She was also one of two American artists invited to the World Design
Expo in Nagoya, Japan. Klebanoff's works graces galleries and lobbies in
consulates, embassies, public and private collections around the world. Susan
lives in Albuquerque, NM.


From the Snowflake scene of Keshet's annual performance of, "Nutcracker On
The Rocks"

Shira Greenberg is the founder and executive director of the Keshet DanceCompany (KDC) located in Albuquerque, NM. Shira will be speaking about
Keshet. Founded in 1996, Keshet’s mission is to inspire passion and open
unlimited possibilities through the experience of dance by uniting professional
dancers with the community. Keshet's professional dancers work with the
community as instructors and mentors to provide young artists with guidance
along a professional career path, increase youth health and self-esteem, provide
a strong base of positive mentorship for homeless and incarcerated youth and
demolish misconceptions about individuals with physical disabilities. Since its
inception, KDC has presented over 50 productions, and impacted the lives of
over 50,000 children and adults.

You can view the Google map here.
Or, follow these directions (from the I-25 freeway):

From I-25  exit at #242 for Bernalillo and the 550 HWY. Travel west on HWY 550 (you will go past the HWY 528 stoplight and Home Depot) to Junction 347/Paseo Del Volcan and turn left/south onto Paseo Del Volcan. Proceed approximately 6 miles to Unser Blvd. Turn right on Unser Blvd. and at the next light, turn right on King Blvd. You will pass though 2 traffic circles and Rio Rancho's City hall will loom before you. Turn left on Civic Center Circle and from there, you can see the red/ocher building that is UNM West (it's just one building). The UNM West parking lot and main entrance are located on the north side/rear of the building.


Saturday, January 28, 2012

After School Program at Ceilo de Azul Elementary School

Rio Rancho Art Association brings art to the community in many ways-in this case, working with grade school children at Cielo de Azul in an after school program.

The kids had a blast creating art from the unexpected art material of coffee filters.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Taking Credit Card Payments on Your Cell Phone

You know in your heart of hearts that more sales can be had when you have a way to accept credit card payments. Now, it is really easy to do so with very little fuss if you have an iPhone, and iPad, or an Android phone.

How? With Squareup. It's so easy, even my husband uses it (he hates having to learn new techno things).

It's a cell phone ap (short for 'application') and it is a free ap. Here's the details:
  • 2.75% per swipe for all cards

    One simple rate, all major credit cards.
  • Next-day payout

    Automatic direct deposits to your bank account.
  • Free reader, free app

    For iPhone, iPad and Android.
  • Fast setup

    Take your first credit card payment in minutes.

    Credit cards accepted are Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Flame Worked Bead Part II With Eleanore Macnish

Creating hollow beads (from Rio Grande Jewelry):

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Flame Worked Beads Part I wtih Eleanore Macnish

Creating a round bead (from Rio Grande Jewelry)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Selling Your Art and Social Media Trends For 2012

And, WDTMTM (what does this mean to me)?

I think it means a lot. So many fellow artists complain about social media and their annoyance with it-wishing that it would go away. But, we are social creatures, and social media is rich with, well, social things. So, it is doubtful that it will go away anytime too soon. This article is reprinted with permission by the author who wrote it for Arts Blog:

Social Media Trends for 2012

Posted by Tim Mikulski On December - 20 - 2011

David Armano of the Harvard Business Review recently published six 2012 predictions for social media.

Although he made some inaccurate predictions about 2011, here is what he is suggesting for 2012 (with links added by me):
Convergence Emergence. For a glimpse into how social will further integrate with “real life,” we can look at what Coca Cola experimented with all the way back in 2010. Coke created an amusement park where participants could “swipe” their RFID-equipped wristbands at kiosks, which posted to their Facebook account what they were doing and where. Also, as part of a marketing campaign, Domino’s Pizza posted feedback — unfiltered feedback — on a large billboard in Times Square, bringing together real opinions from real people pulled from a digital source and displayed in the real world. These types of “trans-media” experiences are likely to define “social” in the year to come.

The Cult of Influence. In much the same way that Google has defined a system that rewards those who produce findable content, there is a race on to develop a system that will reward those who wield the most social influence. One particular player has emerged, Klout, determined to establish their platform as the authority of digital influence. Klout’s attempt to convert digital influence into business value underscores a much bigger movement which we’ll continue to see play out in the next year.  To some degree everyone now has some digital influence (not just celebrities, academics, policy makers or those who sway public opinion). But for the next year, the cult of influence becomes less about consumer plays like Klout and more about the tools and techniques professionals use to “score” digital influence and actually harness, scale, and measure the results of it.

Gamification Nation. No we’re not taking about video games. Rather, game-like qualities are emerging within a number of social apps in your browser or mobile device. From levels, to leaderboards, to badges or points, rewards for participation abound. It’s likely that the trend will have to evolve given how competition for our time and attention this gaming creates. Primarily, gamification has been used in consumer settings, but look for it in other areas from HR, to government, healthcare, and even business management. Perhaps negotiating your next raise will be tied to your position on the company’s digital leaderboard.

Social Sharing. Ideas, opinions, media, status updates are all part of what makes social media a powerful and often disruptive force. The media industry was one of the first to understand this, adding sharing options to content, which led to more page views and better status in search results. What comes next in social sharing is more closely aligned with e-commerce or web transactions. For example, Sears allows a user to share a product or review with their networks directly from the site. Sharing that vacation you just booked, or recommending a product, or service from any site to a social network is where sharing goes next. We probably don’t know what we are willing to share until we see the option to do it.
Social Television. For many of us, watching television is already a social act, whether it’s talking to the person next to you, or texting, tweeting, and calling friends about what you’re watching. But television is about to become a social experience in a bigger and broader sense. The X Factor now allows voting via Twitter and highlights other social promotions, which encourages viewers to tap social networks while they watch. Another way media consumption is becoming social comes from a network called Get Glue which acts as something of a Foursquare for media. Participants can “check-in” to their favorite shows (or other forms of media) and collect stickers to tell the world what programs they love. Watch for more of this this year as ratings rise for socially integrated shows.

The Micro Economy. Lastly as we roll into 2012, watch for a more social approach to solving business problems through a sort of micro-economy. Kickstarter gives anyone with a project, the opportunity to get that initiative funded by those who choose to (and patrons receive something in return). A crowdsourcing platform for would be inventors called Quirky lets the best product ideas rise to the top and then helps them get produced and sold while the “inventor” takes a cut. Air BnB turns homes into hotels and travelers into guests, providing both parties with an opportunity to make and save money. These examples may point to a new future reality where economic value is directly negotiated and exchanged between individuals over institutions.”

What does all of this mean for the arts community? Do you see other trends coming?

Monday, January 16, 2012

Art and Generation X

Generation X-the generation that came after the baby boomers of post WWII. Artist, Mark Edward Adams has some really good points about why it is time to revisit WHO your market is and who your market will be-or, perhaps, think of it as ways to expand your current market and what you will need to do:

Generation X and Art

by Mark Edward Adams

There are ways to reach Generation X and it is not too late. But it requires a change of plan. [...]

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collectors and galleries (and anyone else who loves art).

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Great Tips on Portraiture and Other Things

Do What You Know

by Jack White

"Peacemaker" by Jack White

My best advice is stay focused until you master what you know. The fastest way to the top is being really good at something, rather than knowing a little about a lot. I see many, many websites where the work looks like ten different artists did the art. If you want to be successful, then find what you know the most about, then become an expert on that one voice. [...]

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a free email newsletter about art, marketing, inspiration and fine living for artists,
collectors and galleries (and anyone else who loves art).

For a complimentary subscription, visit:

Friday, January 6, 2012

City of Albuquerque Public Art Urban Enhancement Program

A reprint from their newsletter so that you can enjoy it in its entirety (note the call for art proposals):

Two New Public Art Opportunities for Artists in Albuquerque!
Creative Albuquerque Mural Project
Creative Albuquerque and the City of Albuquerque Public Art Program are pleased to announce a new opportunity for artists living and working in Albuquerque. The selected artist or artist team will be given $25,000 to design and implement a mural or low-relief on the exterior wall of the Creative Albuquerque offices in Downtown Albuquerque.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 3rd, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.
Please visit our " Opportunities for Artists" page for more information about this project.

Hahn Arroyo Water Quality Structure Project  
water quality Structure Before
The Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority and the City of Albuquerque Public Art Program seek preliminary ideas by local metalworkers to adorn the newly installed Water Quality Structure in the Hahn Arroyo. The Art Selection Committee anticipates proposals that acknowledge the intent of the Hahn Arroyo Renovation and may address the natural surroundings of the site. Metalwork craftsmanship and the artist's consideration of existing artwork and landscape design themes have been identified as desirable proposal elements. The selected artist or artist team will be given $20,000 to design and implement this project.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 10, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
Please visit our "Opportunities for Artists" page for more information about this project. 

Attend the City Hall Public Art Open House   

The City of Albuquerque's and Bernalillo County's Public Art Programs are pleased to invite the public to a special viewing of the Public Art Collections at the City County Government Center, January 20, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Public Art Open House will include relocated Sunport artworks; County Collection Committee, Real Deal and APS Metro Youth acquisitions; and a special reception for "El Otro Lado; The Other Side" a community art project created in partnership with The Academy for the Love of Learning and 516 Arts.

The Albuquerque Public Art Urban Enhancement Program will also release the much awaited 2012 Public Art Brochure, featuring maps and images of much of the collection throughout the entire city. Public Art trading cards will be given to kids and those "young at heart", and a preview screening of the latest Public Art Mini-Documentary entitled "Flyway" produced by Anthony DellaFlora and GOV-TV will be shown on the 7th Floor.  

Light refreshments will be provided and local musicians will perform.

Visitors should enter City Hall from the 400 Marquette street entrance or the One Civic Plaza entrance. They will be given an art guide with a complete listing of all the artists and artworks in the building, as well as a special features map. This event is free, no reservations are required.