Join me every Thursday in May from 6-8 pm for a series of workshops utilizing art journals as a tool for business planning. No prior art experience is necessary, and every type of entrepreneur is welcome! Using the Creative Mandala outlined in The Creative Entrepreneur by Lisa Sonora Beam, this five-week course will help you to start the creation of your new business, or help you to expand your streams of revenue for an existing enterprise. Details are listed under each workshop in my Shop section. For more information and to register, please click here.
It’s no secret that our society is plagued with guys like Ryan Adams, but I think it cuts more deeply when it’s an artist being the predator. Art gives us a means to express emotions we can’t put a name to. We use someone else’s art to say what we can’t say ourselves. Experiencing a work of art that speaks to us is a deeply personal experience. To find out that that art was created at the expense of someone else, or that the artist did real harm to someone, is a shattering revelation. It makes us feel guilty and complicit in the artist’s terrible behavior, while also feeling stupid at having the wool pulled over our eyes. And for those of us who have dealt with assholes like Adams in our own careers, it feels especially personal.
In addition to being a professional artist, I’ve been a musician since I was a kid. I also have a degree in music, and taught guitar and music classes for 15 years. I’ve experienced my fair share of sexual harassment in the music biz, and it’s really hindered my ability to perform without a band. My friend Robb Murray of the Mankato Free Press asked me to chime in on the Ryan Adams fiasco and offer my two cents as a female musician. If you’ve experienced the same, I’d love to hear how you dealt with it.
Beginning in January, I will be offering business consulting sessions for artists! I have had extensive training through Springboard for the Arts, Creative Capital, the Art NXT Level, Praxis Center for Aesthetic Studies, and continuing ed at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. I offer assistance with grant writing, Squarespace, social media marketing, goal setting, and more for $40 per hour. Sessions can take place in person or online, and artists of all disciplines, not just visual arts, are welcome.
I also feel incredibly fortunate to be included in the current issue of Professional Artist Magazine in an article entitled “Grant Writing for Success” by Gigi Rosenberg. Professional Artist has gone to an online-only publication, so I have included a couple of screen shots of the article here. The full issue can be purchased for $7.95 at professionalartistmag.com.
So many exciting things are happening right now, from exhibits to art fairs to new vendors. Here’s a quick rundown of where you can catch me and my work:
Ending Thurs. November 29: Joint exhibit with poet Derek Liebertz at Mogwai Collaborative, 424 N. Riverfront Drive, Mankato, MN
Now through December 15: Resident Artists Exhibition, Emy Frentz Arts Guild, 523 S. 2nd St., Mankato, MN
Fri. November 30-Sat. December 1: Sample Night Live, Black Box- East Ridge High School, 4200 Pioneer Drive, Woodbury, MN. Starts at 7pm each night.
Fri. December 7 & 21 (5-9 pm), Sat. December 8 & 22 (1-9 pm): Artists of Woodbury Holiday Sale, Merrill Community Arts Center, 4200 Pioneer Drive, Woodbury, MN
And starting on December 1, my music-themed prints will be available at my favorite record store, Tune Town, in downtown Mankato!
Wishing you all a happy and stress-free holiday season! I’ll be coming up for air in January.
Join me on Monday, August 13 at 6pm for a free Elevator Speech Workshop in the Cambria Gallery at the River Hills Mall in Mankato, MN. We'll break down the speech-writing process into small, non-scary steps, and by the time you leave, you'll have a concise, effective pitch for introducing yourself and your work to anyone. No registration necessary, and all arts disciplines are welcome! (Unfortunately, the headshot appointments are full. Sorry!)
The Eight x Eight Self-Portrait Exhibition at 33 Contemporary Gallery in Chicago is now online, and has been extended to Sept. 15. This is your chance to see the full exhibition outside of Chicago, and artwork can be purchased right from the website and sent directly to you. To see my self-portrait and all of the other pieces, head to http://www.33contemporary.com/8x8-self-portrait-exhibition/
Most of the creative people I know, myself included, have to juggle their artistic pursuits in the midst of day jobs, multiple projects, and other daily responsibilities. My day job involves marketing and programming at an arts council, and I constantly feel like I'm drowning in a sea of never-ending tasks. When you combine that with my art career, I'm currently managing eight social media accounts, two websites, two committees, and who-knows-how-many meetings, exhibits, etc. It's a lot to handle, and sometimes I feel brain dead by the end of the week, but it's also made me incredibly diligent about creating systems and organizing my life.
I am by no means an expert on the subject, but I'm kind of a dork when it comes to planners, office supplies, and organization, and the chaos of this current year has forced me to make peace with organizational technology, something I had been resisting for years. (I'm a tactile person, and I love the feel of writing on paper.) These are some of the organizational tools I've added to my arsenal, and they've been an absolute godsend.
The Dailygreatness Journal
You know all of those things you're supposed to do every day to be successful? This handy journal takes all of them and combines them into daily pages to help you plan your actions and keep yourself accountable. Daily gratitude lists, goals, inspiration, exercise, meditation---it's all here. Write your appointments in your daily calendar, write down your goals, and see if you're on track for your 90-day plan. I'm not gonna lie, they're a bit on the spendy side, but if you click here, you'll receive a code for 5% off your order.
If you're overloaded with sticky notes and to-do lists, Trello is a great option for organizing all of that information into one handy, and FREE, location. You can download it to your desktop and your phone, and you'll never have to worry about losing your info again. I use Trello to manage info for newsletters and emails at work, to-do lists for each of my jobs and my personal tasks, and to manage calls for art and grant application deadlines by date. It's easy to use, and you'll probably be able to see your desk for the first time in years when you get your information entered into it.
Planoly is a great app for planning and scheduling your Instagram posts. I use the free version, which allows you to manage one account and schedule up to 30 posts at a time. If you're an Instagram Stories user, Planoly can help you manage those, too. Social media can be such a time suck, even when you're just using it for business purposes. Get your photos together, plan your posts for the next several days or even weeks, and let Planoly do the posting for you. It'll free up your time to make art, write that next grant application, or even, you know, cook a decent meal for a change.
Out of all the tools I use, this one is the easiest to create and gives me the most realistic picture of my productivity. I simply created a chart in a Word document, and every time I apply to a gallery, a juried show, a grant foundation, or a shop, I mark it down on my log, along with the date sent, the date I received a reply, and the answer. It's great for keeping track of which opportunities I've already responded to, and how often I'm putting myself out there. They always say that if you're not hearing "no" often enough, you're not trying as hard as you should be. Once you start tracking your activity, you'll realize how much you're actually doing to promote yourself. (And as a bonus, you'll realize that hearing "no" is not nearly as painful as you thought it was!)
How about you? Is there anything you've been using that you're absolutely in love with? I'm always excited to hear about new tools and tricks, so feel free to leave me a note in the comments with your favorite organizational secret.
Now that the hard work is over, I am pleased to announce that I was chosen to be a Selection Committee Member on this year's White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. It was such a privilege to be able to represent the arts in Washington, and to recognize so many talented kids from around the country. I was blown away by the scholars in the Visual Arts category---so many of them are using their artistic abilities to promote change, political activism, and social justice. There were applicants fighting climate change, gun violence, misogyny, poverty, and other important issues. Knowing that these kids are going to be voting in November gives me great hope. The future really is in good hands.
I am super honored to have been chosen to design this year's Record Store Day poster for Tune Town in Mankato, MN. As both an artist and a musician, as well as a longtime record collector, this was kind of a dream gig for me.
Are you going to be going to RSD this year? If so, let me know, and share what you're hunting for!
Beginning Sunday, April 1st, all online orders for my work, including digital prints, original paintings, and silkscreen pieces, will take place through my brand-new Shop section on my website! If you are a current Etsy customer, please be aware that your last day to order from the site will be Saturday, March 31; after that day, the Etsy shop will be closed. I'm excited to show you my new storefront, and I think you'll be pleased with the wide range of works and shipping options. Stop by on Sunday to check it out!
Two years ago I was fortunate to receive a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council/McKnight Foundation to purchase photography equipment so I could learn how to document my work. Our Artist Grantee Exhibit reception takes place on Sunday, January 14, from 1-4pm. I'll have three pieces on display, and will be giving a brief talk about my work.
If you're in the Mankato, MN area, you are cordially invited to attend our Annual Resident Artists Show at the Emy Frentz Arts Guild this Thursday night from 5-7pm. If you can't make the opening, be sure to check the Events calendar for full show dates.