2016 ArtSeen Tour Call for Artists


ArtSeen Tour — October 15 & 16 — noon-5pm both days.

The time has come – we are now registering our artists for the 2016 ArtSeen Tour.  This is our 6th year, and we continue to grow and improve.   We are limiting the Tour geographically this year to only Downtown Frisco, along Main Street from Preston Road to the Dallas North Tollway.  This has been the heart of our Tour in years past, and we feel that by condensing our artists, we can make it easy for guests to see all of the artists easily.

 The tour will begin at thegallery8680 and Crafted on the east end of Main Street,  and move west to Fresh Paint Studio, downtown merchants, Frisco Square, Art in the Atrium at City Hall and the Frisco Discovery Center.  We have artists in galleries, exhibits, home studios, and some hosted by downtown merchants and other out-of-the-box locations.  Collin College will also join us again in exhibiting work by their faculty and students.

If you want to join us, there is still room!  Early bird registration ends on September 1 (only $25), and regular registration ends September 12 ($40).  Details can be found here.

We look forward to another successful Tour this year!

Questions?  Contact Misty at artseentour@gmail.com.

Get ready for our biggest art tour yet!

ArtSeen Poster

Get ready, folks, the Studio tour is back!

This weekend will mark our 5th year of the ArtSeen Studio Tour in Frisco, and we have a fantastic lineup of 25 artists and exhibits featured on this year’s tour.   Come out and enjoy paintings, drawings, printmaking, photography, jewelry, sculpture, video, mixed media and more.

Find out about all of our artists and exhibits HERE.

This year we produced a full-color catalog that features all of our artists and exhibits, with a map of the tour in the middle.  Be sure to pick one of these up at any of the stops.   We also have created a Google Map of the tour this year, to make it simple to navigate from one place to the next.   See both versions of the tour map on our MAP page.

Look for these signs inviting you to come in to our studios and take a look around!

As you’re driving around, keep an eye out for our art tour signs to help you find the studios and exhibit spaces.

Find out all about the studio tour on our site ArtSeenTour.com.  We hope to see you this weekend!

“out of the studio” at thegallery8680

"Out of the Studio" exhibit at thegallery8680

“Out of the Studio” exhibit at thegallery8680

Thegallery8680’s newest exhibition “Out of the Studio” opened Friday, October 10 at our dual-purpose party:  Artists’ Reception and the official Kickoff of the ArtSeen Studio Tour.

Mixed Media work by Kimberly Etheridge-Reid.

Mixed Media work by Kimberly Etherington-Reid.

Three artists have come together to exhibit their work, “Out of the Studio,” and all have close ties to Frisco.  Theresa Traweek and Rebecca Reagan Boatman are both professors of art at our Collin College Preston Ridge Campus, and Kimberly Etherington-Reid is a former student there.

Painting by Theresa Traweek

Painting by Theresa Traweek

Traweek and Etherington-Reid recently spent a summer painting together.  While their mutual influence is evident, both artists bring their own fresh, layered style to the show. Theresa’s large, mixed media paintings are fascinating to examine closely, yet their depth is fully appreciated from across the room.  Kim’s work explores both traditional painting media and also the use of paper as a painting tool.

Rebecca Reagan Boatman in her White Rock Lake Studio

Rebecca Reagan Boatman in her White Rock Lake Studio

Rebecca Reagan Boatman’s work “is influenced by reliquaries which are containers of sacred objects.”  Many of her mixed media sculptures are like Venus figures, that have been unearthed from a mysterious pre-historic tribe.  As you study these figures and containers, you find hidden treasures, symbols of our universal human experience.

Rebecca Boaman (r) is explaining one of her 3D pieces to Kimberly Reid (l).

Rebecca Reagan Boaman (r) is explaining one of her 3D pieces to Kimberly Etherington-Reid.

If you didn’t get a chance to see this show, it’s a must-see on this weekend’s Studio Tour*.  Look for thegallery8680 at stop #10 on our tour MAP.  It’s conveniently located on Main Street in the Crestview Professional Center.  There is extra parking in the back, if the front lot is full.

Click HERE to read more about each artist.

*Please note that the exhibit hours will be 1pm – 5pm on Sunday, since the gallery also functions as a church meeting space on Sunday mornings for TrueNorth Church.  Exhibit hours on Saturday are still 11am – 5pm.

An Exciting Week of Art

Frisco artists will be out in full force over the next week, opening new shows as well as their studios!

The Visual Arts Guild of Frisco opens their newest member show “Rat Pack Magic: The Golden Age of Crooners” on Wednesday, October 8 at the thegallery8680Frisco Discovery Center.  The show features VAGF Members’ renditions of music, fedoras, swanky nightclubs and that unmistakable crooner style.  The reception is from 7:00 –  9:00pm and is open to the public.  Awards will be announced at 8:00pm.  The Frisco Discovery Center is located at 8004 N. Dallas Parkway on the east side of the Dallas North Tollway, at Cotton Gin Road.

On Friday evening, October 10, thegallery8680 is hosting a fantastic party, which is serving double duty as an Artists’  Reception for their new exhibit “Out of the Studio”  and a Kickoff Party for the upcoming ArtSeen Studio Tour the following weekend, October 18 and 19.  Rub elbows with the exhibiting artists Rebecca Boatman, Kim Reid and Theresa Traweek during the party, and meet the artists who will be a part of the Studio Tour.  The Kickoff Party will be from 7:00 – 9:00pm this Friday at thegallery8680, located at 8680 W. Main Street in Frisco.  The gallery is located on the north side of Main Street, between Dr. Pink Road and Preston Road,  in the Crestview Professional Center.

T. Scott Stromberg

T. Scott Stromberg in his studio

All of this fun will be extended to the following weekend, during the 4th Annual ArtSeen Studio Tour.  This year features 16 artists in studios all over town.  The tour has become a fall staple for Frisco, and is a great way to see the local artists in action. The VAGF show and thegallery8680 exhibit will both be a part of the Studio Tour, so if you can’t make the opening receptions (or want to take a second look at the shows), put that on your agenda for the tour.   You can find out about each artist and get a map of the tour at www.artseentour.com.

The Artists of Frisco are looking forward to meeting you!

Kicking off the ArtSeen Studio Tour 2014!

out of the studio

The ArtSeen Studio Tour is almost here!  Join us in kicking off our 4th annual studio tour at the Kickoff Party, coming on Friday, October 10th, from 7-9pm at thegallery8680.   This will be a fun night of meeting the ArtSeen artists as well as taking in the new exhibit “Out of the Studio” at thegallery8680.

“Out of the Studio” features three regional artists:  Rebecca Boatman, Kim Reid and Theresa Traweck.  They will be showing the newest work from their studios, including paintings, sculptures and mixed media work.

This fun night will set the pace for the Studio Tour, which is the following weekend (October 18 & 19).  Make plans now to grab a map, a cup of coffee and a friend to see the amazing art that Frisco has to offer.

AITS – new and improved

Arts in the Square

Rumor has it that this year’s Arts in the Square is going to be better than ever.  Now in it’s fifth year, this springtime festival in Frisco Square has been steadily building momentum, and is seeing a few subtle – but important- changes this year. 

We all know that Frisco is all about community, so the folks at Frisco Square have really found a way connect the artisans,  businesspeople, adults and children of our town for this year’s event. They will highlight more local and regional artists and craftspeople (as opposed to ‘international’ artists) this year.  They are also inviting the FISD art teachers and students to showcase their talents in their very own booths.  There will be performances from adult and student groups throughout the weekend, drawing in a wide range of audiences.  And, of course, Frisco Square has other great attractions, such as the Cinemark movie theater and fantastic restaurants, so the foot traffic for the festival is ideal.  Overall, it’s a more approachable, community-friendly event that is expected to draw the largest crowds yet.

And if that’s not enough, this year’s proceeds will benefit Frisco Family Services and Frisco Education Foundation, two very worthy causes in the community.

If you’ve been considering exhibiting in this festival, then this is a great time to join in.  Arts in the Square is a juried fine arts and crafts festival, with cash prizes in the following categories: fine arts/graphics, pottery, textiles, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, photography, wood and miscellaneous.

The festival dates are March 29 – 30 in Frisco Square (Main St. & Dallas N. Tollway).  For more information, visit www.friscosquare.com/AITS. 

ARTISTS:  The deadline for submitting is Friday, January 24 at 5:00pm – (only a week away!)  There are still booths available, but you need to get your submissions in soon.   Applications are through www.zapplication.org.  You will need 3 good photos of your work, plus one booth shot.  If you haven’t participated in a festival before, that’s ok!  For the booth shot, just take a photo of a group of your work hanging on a simple wall, to show that you have a solid body of work.  You can do it!   Give yourself plenty of time to get your application together (i. e.  — start now).

Please pass along this to anyone who may be interested in showing their work in Frisco — there are still booths available. The cost is $300 for a 10 x 10′ space, and you can apply at Zapplication.org.

texas biennial


Did you know that Texas has a Biennial?  We do, and they’re taking submissions now thru February 28.  Find out more at www.texasbiennial.org.  They’ve even got links to the past biennial shows, so you can check out the previous participants’ work.

Here’s a link the catalog from 2011.   http://issuu.com/eastaustinstudiotour/docs/2011_texas_biennial/170.


Thanks for the memories!







Thank you to everyone who came out to our 2nd annual artseen studio tour!  We had a great time seeing new faces, and familiar ones!

Here are a couple of photos of some of the artseen artists from the kickoff party at thegallery8680.  As always, there was a great crowd at the reception, and some art sales, too!

Photo: This is a crazy looking group! It's most of the artists from the artseen tour. If you missed the tour today, there's still time tomorrow from 1-5 to see them in their studios. www.artseenhere.com

Check it out- we were photobombed by Frida Kahlo!

And thanks to local artist Cheryl Gee — she came out to the tour, and gave us a great review on her blog.  Check it out at HERE.

Did you come out for the tour?  We’d love to have your comments on our blog.

We’re looking forward to a great tour next year!

artseen studio tour is this weekend

T. Scott Stromberg

T. Scott Stromberg in his studio

The  time has come — the 2nd annual artseen studio tour starts tomorrow morning at 10:00.  All of the artists are busy finishing last-minute details, setting up their art and getting their studios ready for visitors.  The weather is supposed to be spectacular, so we hope you all come out and enjoy the tour.

Saturday, October 20 – 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday, October 21 — 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Print off a MAP here and start touring!

You can find out about all of the artists at http://www.artseentour.com/studiotour2012.   View images of their work and read about their backgrounds in art.

Misty Oliver-Foster’s studio

Don’t forget the Kickoff Party tonight at thegallery8680, featuring their new show “me myself i”.  The party is from 7-9pm.  Many of the artseen studio tour artists will be in attendance, so stop by to meet them.  Thegallery8680 is located at 8680 W. Main Street in the Crestview Professional Center.

Questions?  contact us at artseenhere@gmail.com.

Summertime, Part 2

Art Lovers, Unite!   Here’s what’s coming up this weekend:

Friday evening, July 27- come out and see a free viewing of the newest PBS series “Art21: Art in the 21st Century.”  This month’s show is called “Boundaries,” and features contemporary artists Lynda Benglis, David altmejd, Tabaimo, and assume vivid astro focus.  The doors open at 7:00pm – show starts promptly at 7:30pm. This is a great time to see how artists work in their studios and hear firsthand their thoughts behind their work.  www.thegallery8680.com


Misty Oliver-Foster, “Opalescent Adolescence: Big Sister/Little Sister”

Saturday monring — From VAGF:  Join us this Saturday morning, July 28 from 9:00am – noon, as the Visual Arts Guild of Frisco is hosting a figure drawing workshop.  This is open for all ages. Mom or Dad bring your child.  Our model is a young girl with lots of experience modeling for her artist mother. We’ll use some classic drawing techniques (timed sketching, scribble sketching , contour drawing} to teach each other how to do figure drawing.  We will  emphasizing color to make it exciting, so bring colored paper, pencils, pastels, or crayons along with charcoal and newsprint and maybe colored paper. Bring your drawing support, paper, pencils, charcoal, pastel, water media or whatever you need to complete your sketch. We will do quick sketches and longer poses. Please send an email to georgi.still@grandecom.net for more information and to let her know you are coming. The Discovery Center, Saturday, July 28, Aug 4 and Aug 11 9 am to Noon, Members $10.00. Nonmembers $20.00.  www.vagf.org/upcoming_events.

Saturday evening, ladies are invited to  join the “Brazilian Blowout” show at Frisco Discovery Center. This promises to be a fun night of music, food, drinks, fashion art and pampering.  The party begins at 6:00PM.  For details and tickets, visit www.friscodiscoverycenter.org.

Also Saturday in Dallas – The Design District Gallery Day, noon – 9pm.

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Catch the end of thegallery8680’s show “CoLoR” this Sunday afternoon from 2:00-5:00pm.  It’s a great show, featuring artists from Frisco, Dallas, Coppell and beyond.  And, of course, it’s full of color!  Thegallery8680 is located at 8680 Main Street, Frisco 75033  www.thegallery8680.com

Summertime, part 1

Summer is here!  Time to take a vacation, relax a bit and take in (and make) some art! 

• thegallery8680 is hosting their third annual students@work art show this month.  The show opened to a huge crowd on Friday, June 8.  The show will be up through this month, so contact Robyn Feehan if you want to make an appointment to see the show at  thegallery8680@gmail.com.  Thegallery8680, 8680 Main Street, Frisco, 75033.  www.thegallery8680.com.

•The Visual Arts Guild of Frisco presents “ARTrageous” at Frisco Discovery Center.   As always, there’s a wide variety of great work from North Texas artists in this juried show.  The Reception is Saturday, June 23, from 7-9pm, with awards are at 8:00pm.   This is open to the public, so stop by and see the art. The juror for the show is Robyn Parker Feehan of thegallery8680 (busy lady).   Hours are Monday – Saturday  10:00am – 5:00pm, and Sundays 1:00-5:00pm.  www.vagf.org

•Hot n’ Sweaty at 500x – several Frisco artists are in the current Open Show at 500X in Dallas.  Artists Janine Maupin, Josh Maupin, Carolyn M. Nelson, Amy Ishmael and Misty Oliver-Foster are a few of Frisco’s finest that are in the show.  See their work during the East Dallas Gallery Day on Saturday, June 16 from noon-8:30pm.  www.500x.org.

Calls for Artists (CFAs)

“CoLoR” at thegallery8680 — Filling the walls with color!  Show runs July 6 – July 29.  Reception is Friday, July 6 at 7pm. Deadline for entries is June 15 at 5:00pm. www.thegallery8680.com/color.

Hideout” at Laura Moore Fine Art Studios in McKinney.  What’s hiding out in your art?  Deadline for entries is July 14.  The show runs August 11 – September 5, 2012.  Info at http://www.lauramooreart.com/resume

artseen studio tour 2012 (frisco, tx) — We’re now signing up artists for this year’s studio tour!  You can find info about last year’s tour on our studio tour 2011 link  and look for updates for this year’s tour at the studio tour 2012 link.  To sign up, click  HERE:  (password is studiotour2012).  Contact us at artseenhere@gmail.com with any questions.

Local Art Shows this weekend…and beyond

There are a ton of art shows in the area this weekend, and here are several that are worth checking out.


101×101 @ thegallery8680
Reception/Sale Friday, April 13, 7-9pm
Over 40 regional artists have donated 101 original works for this event, which you can purchase for only $101 each. You will find art of all sizes, media and genres.   Add a new treasure to your collection at this unique fundraising event!  All proceeds go fund future shows at thegallery8680, a non-profit gallery space hosted by TrueNorth Church.  8680 Main Street, Frisco, 75033  http://thegallery8680.blogspot.com



Chas Thornhill: Out of the Wood

 April 3 – 28, 2012
PFamily  Arts Gallery
4017 Preston Road, #544 (Lakeside Market)
Plano, TX 75093
Reception Saturday, April 14, from 6-9pm.
Frisco artist Chas Thornhill creates bowls, vessels, and hollow forms on the lathe using local native hardwoods.  Visit his website www.chasthornhill.com  for information about Chas and his work.  You can see photos of his work and a sneek peek of the show on his Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ctwfa
 Nathaniel Smyth:  Character Studies
Opens April 14
Laura Moore Fine Art Studios
107 S. Tennessee, McKinney
Reception Saturday, April 14,  7-10pm
Arts in Bloom
Downtown McKinney’s Annual Art Walk
April 14, 2012
10:00am – 6:00pm
Local and regional artists will come out to play in downtown McKinney on Saturday, April 14, 2012.  McKinney Main Street invites you to experience art in all forms as creative forte’s blossom throughout the Historic District. This all day event is a perfect opportunity to experience the magic of McKinney historic shopping district during the spring season with art, music, food and much, much more.   Details at:  http://www.mckinneytexas.org/mainstreet.aspx?id=6598


The 4th annual Dallas Art Fair  — April 13-15
The 2012 Dallas Art Fair will feature over 75 prominent national and international art dealers representing painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video and installation by modern and contemporary artists.  www.dallasartfair.com

COMING UP — more to look forward to

Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA) Spring Gallery Walk — April 21 www.dallasartdealers.org
 Art in the Square, Southlake — April 27 – 29 — www.artinthesquare.com
Cottonwood Art Festival — May 5 & 6 — www.cottonwoodartfestival.com
Visual Arts Guild of Frisco’s cookout — May 5 — www.vagf.org
Next Post:  new CFAs  (Calls for Artists)
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Artists: Be Your Own DIY Network

Originally posted on  www.smokemirrorsart.com, reposted from www.makebigart.com.

Three Reasons Artists Need to be More DIY

(do it yourself)

Jeb Matulich

Art by Jeb Matulich

1) DIY means Community

When artists work together they can create amazing events, exhibitions, and opportunities to promote their work. When my friend and fellow artist dreamed up the idea for opening our own gallery and producing our own events, we knew we would need help—so we turned to our other artist friends for help.

Other artists aren’t your competition. They are your greatest allies. Doing it yourself, doesn’t mean going it alone.

Working alone in your studio can be a lonely task. When you finally come up for air you’ll need the support of people who understand exactly why you do what you do. Every artist can benefit from being part of a network of friends and colleagues that truly understands the obstacles and concerns that other artists face.

Your network, your group of creative peers, are your greatest resource for finding and getting the information and support you need. Artists thrive in communities. Being a part of a community of artists means having a built in support system.

Barbara J. Mason

Art by Barbara J. Mason

 2) DIY means More Money

Let’s do what I like to call “art math”. Let’s say you have a gallery exhibition of 30 artworks, each priced at $3000. The gallery does a great job of marketing and selling the work for you and the show is a smash hit! In fact you sell every artwork in the exhibition. That means $90,000 in sales. YAY!

But wait. Subtract the gallery’s 50% fee they earned for working their butts off to sell your work. That leaves you with $45,000. Oh but wait. Subtract another 15% for taxes. And another 20% for expenses. That leaves you with around $30,000. And then remember that you only have a solo exhibition once every 3 years in that gallery, so divide that by 3. That leaves you $10,000 a year to live on until your next solo exhibition. Congratulations!

Clearly you need to have other avenues of income if you’re going to survive. You can’t rely on one gallery, or even 3 for that matter, to bring in all of your income. If you really want a fatter bank account, you’ll have to do a pretty big share of the heavy lifting yourself–Especially in the beginning of your career.

A. Eilene Carver

Art by A. Eilene Carver

 3) DIY means Freedom and Opportunity

If you’re the one at the reigns of your career, that means you have complete control over what you make, how often you make it and when and where to show it. Isn’t that the goal?

Sure, it’s great when you find a gallery to sell your new work. But what if you aren’t working with a gallery? Or what if the gallery’s jam-packed exhibition schedule doesn’t have room for your work until 2014? Or worse yet, what if after waiting 2 years for your first solo exhibition, the gallery goes out of business a month before your exhibition is set to open?

Becoming more DIY means embracing the many new avenues that are available to exhibit and promote your art rather than relying one possibility.

Ultimately, when artists embrace the DIY mentality, it means they stop waiting to be “discovered”. It means that instead of waiting for opportunities, they go out and create opportunities for themselves.

Link to original post:  http://www.makebigart.com/2011/07/three-reasons-artists-need-to-be-more-diy/

** Note from artseen:  We’re planning on the 2nd annual artseen studio tour this October, so start getting your studios ready, artists!  Last year we had a great turnout, with many art sales.  This is an easy way to DIY!

Great Art Shows this Month!

There are some great shows coming up, plus a couple of Calls for Artists you don’t want to miss.

Saturday, February 10, 7:00 – 10:00pm

This Saturday is the 2nd Saturday Art Walk  in Downtown McKinney.   These art walks are a great way to spend the evening, walking around to the galleries, shops, and restaurants and enjoying live music on the square.  Here are a couple of shows you’ll want to see.

Art by Helen Minkes

Helen Minkes at La Misha Bistro

Meet Frisco artist Helen Minkes from 7:00-10:00pm at La Misha restaurant on the McKinney Square.  Helen, who is a featured artist at Orison’s Art Gallery, has a collection of large-scale works for temporary display at  La Misha Bistro,  located at 113 N. Kentucky Street.  For more on Helen and her work, visit www.helenminkes.com.  (Image linked from her site).

Annie Lee Original

Annie Lee:  A Texas Farewell opens at Laura Moore Fine Art Studios.

Laura Moore Fine Art Studios is excited to announce the 3rd exhibition with world-renowned artist Annie Lee. Lee will be in attendance on opening night, Saturday, February 11th from 7-10pm, with the exhibition “Annie Lee: A Texas Farewell” featuring over 18 of her new acrylic paintings. The art in the exhibition focuses on everyday details from years gone by and solitary figures on the walk of life.

Lee’s often humorous, satirical style of painting has been termed “Black Americana.” She names Will Smith, Bill Cosby and Eddie Murphy as just a few of her notable collectors.  Lee has been living and painting in Texas for the last 6 years and now intends to return to Las Vegas where she once owned a 10,000 square foot art gallery.

The exhibition “Annie Lee: A Texas Farewell” is but a small outpouring of  well wishes towards Lee and her new endeavors.  The exhibition will be on display through March 7th.  (info provided by Laura Moore Fine Art Studios)

Iconic Love Logo

Sunday, February 12,  1:00 – 4:00pm

Iconic Love Show (part 1) at Newman Village  — Iconic Love is a new show, exhibited in two venues in Frisco this month.  Both shows feature professional artists Barbara J. Mason, Misty Oliver-Foster, T. Scott Stromberg and Frisco’s artist-in-residence, Scott Trent.  For Iconic Love, each artist explored the idea of love, relationships, and family, and how they are represented by symbols and archetypes.

This Sunday, the artists will be featured in a special show at Newman Village.  They will first unveil new art they have created for the outdoor Plaza, followed by an art talk where the artists will discuss thier work for guests at 1:30pm.  Bring the kids and enjoy theatre and art activities in the Plaza all afternoon.  Newman Village is located at 3200 El Dorado Pkwy, Frisco.  For schedule and more information on this event visit www.friscoart.org.

Misty Oliver-Foster, "Loverboy Blues"

Friday, February 17,  6:30 – 9:00pm

Iconic Love Show (part 2) – Visual Arts Guild of Frisco’s Member Show at Frisco Discovery Center. — The VAGF joins the Love with their first Member Show of 2012 at the Frisco Discovery Center.    This show features two galleries full of art by the VAGF members and the four featured artists (Mason, Oliver-Foster, Stromberg and Trent).   The Reception for this show is Friday, February 17, from 6:30 – 9:00pm.  The night will be packed with music, art and theatre performances, all celebrating Love.  This event is free and open to the public.  Simply Strings performs from 6:30 – 7:30, and theatre performances are from 7:30 – 8:45.  Awards for the artists will be given at 8:00.  More info at www.vagf.org and www.friscoart.org.

RED at thegallery8680 

The opening reception for RED was this past Friday, February 3 at thegallery8680.  The gallery was packed all night, with artists and patrons from all over the DFW area.  If you missed it, there’s still time to see the show!  The gallery will be open Friday evening, February 17,  from 7:00 – 9:30,  so stop by to see impressive art from regional artists along with some great music performances.

If you can’t make it on the 17th, contact gallery director Robyn Feehan to set up a time. thegallery8680@gmail.com.   You can find info on thegallery8680 at www.thegallery8680.blogspot.com.


Plano Art Association’s 125 Mile Show — open to anyone living within 125 miles of Plano.  Cash Awards.  Deadline for entries is February 12.  See their site for details.  www.planoartassociation.com

Visual Arts Society of Texas (Denton) — 44th Annual National Exhibition.  The deadline is Friday, February 10!  www.vastarts.org.

Hope to see you at some of these events!

Selling Your Art Online

Here’s a great post from ArtGroupsDFW, forwarded to me by artist Barbara J. Mason— lots of great info for artists!  The original link is: http://artgroupsdfw.com/nucleus/index.php?itemid=684

Selling Your Art Online: a Guide to Artist Websites, Online Galleries and Stores, and Auction Sites

The Internet offers a wonderful opportunity to sell your art! Here are some ideas for you to use. Please note that inclusion of a website does not imply an endorsement since this list is intended as examples of possibilities and is certainly not complete. Many sites are free or a free version with limited features is available. Some ability to edit images of your work is usually needed – for help on that see the last section.

This guide is divided into five sections:

1. Artist websites (blogs, photo galleries, and personal websites)
2. Online art galleries (collective)
3. Online stores
4. Auction and classified ad sites
5. Helpful guides and resources

Artist websites (blogs, photo galleries, and personal websites)

The most famous artist blog is the “Painting a Day” concept site by Duane Keiser. An example of a local artist is the Nancy Standlee Art Blog. Blogs are easy to use — they’re much like composing an email message. Digital photos and images are loaded easily. You can set up an email subscriber service so that interested parties receive your latest posting automatically. They provide RSS coding, which can be used by RSS reader sites, such as Google Reader. Some can coordinate with your Twitter or Facebook accounts. Some examples of free blogs:
Blogspot http://blogspot.com
LiveJournal http://livejournal.com
TypePad http://www.typepad.com/
WordPress http://wordpress.com
Tumblr https://www.tumblr.com/

Photo Galleries
An informal artist gallery can be constructed by using an online photo site. Editing of images is not required but, of course, they would look better if you do. Many of these sites actually have online photo editing tools. Negotiating payment with a buyer can be tricky. Payment may be arranged by email or phone; PayPal is a useful resource for this. Caveat: Some sites may permit the public to download your images or have photos developed. Some free sites:
Flikr http://flikr.com
PhotoBucket – Photobucket will link to eBay or blogs http://photobucket.com
Qoop http://www.qoop.com
Shuterfly http://shutterfly.com
Snapfish http://snapfish.com

Personal websites
There are many free sites where you can build your own gallery — your own telecommunications host may offer you one. If you don’t know how to do web design, look for a site that offers templates or website creation software. To find a local webmaster, check out the websites of other local artists. If you wish to sell art directly off your website, you can employ several payment methods: PayPal, credit cards, cashier’s checks and communication by phone or email. Many web hosting services offer free templates, as well as fee-based graphic services, shopping carts, and credit purchasing support.

There is much advice about the design of artist websites  — just keep it simple, readable and professional. Don’t go overboard with personal details or your artist statement. If working with galleries, pricing is a sensitive issue for them so you may not want to display prices.

Keep in mind that unless you are well-known, personal websites usually receive miniscule amounts of purchasing traffic in comparison to online collective galleries, stores or auction sties. The problem with a group site is a different one – that of standing out amidst the crowd. To find free sites go to http://www.free-webhosts.com/, which is directory list of 300+ free web hosting providers.

Online art galleries (collective)

Absolute Arts – free or premiere membership for 15,000+ artists. http://absolutearts.com

CritiqueMyArt – a free place where artists post their art and their news and other artists and art lovers respond. Very much like a community Blog. http:CritiqueMyArt.com

Dallas Arts Revue Member Pages – A gallery created by webmaster J R Compton. $100 for the first year and  six images on their Member Page, and $75 each additional year, with one additional image per year.  http://dallasartsrevue.com

EBSQ – Self Representing Artists – Includes artist directory and portfolios. Combines an online arts community atmosphere with easy-to-use tools to do DIY marketing and allow you to link to where you sell your art: eBay.com (has auction posting tools), etsy.com, Imagekind.com, Facebook, Twitter or your personal Blog or website.  $89/yr. http:// www.ebsqart.com/

FASO: Fine Art Studio Online – Free basic website and tiered prices. http://faso.com

Fine Art America – Free basic account or premium account. http://fineartamerica.com

LicensArt.com – provides free space for artist portfolios to showcase their work to companies interested in licensing art for commercial use. http://licensart.com/

Online stores

CafePress – You can add your artwork or designs to 250+ products such as t-shirts, calendars, etc. Free basic account and premium options. http://cafepress.com

Art Menu – Sell limited edition reproduction works of art on canvas or paper. Limited to 20 quality local painters and photographers. Dallas-based. http://www.theartmenu.com/

DeviantART – Largest art gallery and community in the world – As a member, you can collect favorites, submit art, and track your friends and favorite artists. Free and choice membership levels. Offers a wide variety of merchandise you design including photo prints, canvas prints, calendars, puzzles, mousepads, mugs, coasters, postcards and magnets. Membership $30/yr; Premium Prints Subscription Accounts $24.95/yr. http://deviantart.com

Etsy – Sell your art or handcrafted items or almost anything! Sign up – free, your own shop – free, listing an item – 20 cents, selling – 3.5% fee. All listings include up to 5 images and stay up for 4 months. Seller chooses what payment methods used; Etsy recommend PayPal, as it facilitates instant payment and offers anti-fraud protection. http://etsy.com
EtsyDallas, a local group that you can join, coordinates local publicity and sales events in Dallas. http://etsydallas.com

Imagekind – Create and sell art prints with your own framed designs – all with no upfront costs. Get a free online gallery and promote your art on your website or in our marketplace. Imagekind handles all product creation, credit card processing, shipping, and customer service! Markup your art, and keep 100% of the profit; earn 15% commission on frames, mats and glazing; nothing to buy, stock, or ship. Note: Limited no. of images free; more capacity with monthly ($8-12) or yearly fees ($95). http://imagekind.com

Lulu – Self-publishing site — create books and printed merchandise and sell them. Products include art portfolios, photo books, posters, calendars and art prints as well as other kinds of publications. Lulu produces each item when ordered, and handles all payment transactions and filling of orders. Markup the base price by the amount you wish to earn for each product you sell. Free accounts. http://lulu.com

RedBubble – RedBubble is an art community and online art gallery that makes it easy to sell your art, photos, designs and illustrations as high-quality framed prints, mounted prints, canvas prints, greeting cards, posters, designer T-Shirts and more. RedBubble produces each product when ordered, and handles all payment transactions and filling of orders. Markup the base price by the amount you wish to earn for each product you sell. Free accounts. http://redbubble.com

Auction and classified ad sites

Art by Us – Free to list, but optional features cost. http://www.artbyus.com/

eBay – The largest online auction site and also the largest art auction site – over a million postings of art and crafts items at any one time. Famous artists and lower-priced art are the best sellers. Typical bidding and Buy It Now format. Online store fronts also available. Special art categories. Helpful marketing tools and fraud deterrants. PayPal recommended. Fees for posting (based on initial selling price), selling (based on a percentage of the final sale price), hosting of images and listing upgrades. http://ebay.com

Craig’s List – Free classified ad service. Dallas – Fort Worth is one of the specific areas served. Ads can include up to four images; run 45 days; and are limited to one ad placed every 48 hours. Category to list in: For Sale: Arts+Crafts. Other art-related categories: Community: Artists; Jobs: Art/Media/Design; Services: Creative. Free accounts. A great resource for marketing locally. http://dallas.craigslist.org

Helpful guides and resources

Allworth Press  – 300+ books to help creative professionals in the arts succeed http://allworth.com

“Selling Art Without Galleries: Toward Making a Living From Your Art” by Daniel Grant, published by Allworth Press, Nov. 2006. This comprehensive guide takes you beyond the walls of ultra-competitive commercial galleries. Learn how to exhibit and sell your work in a host of nontraditional venues, including online, through open studio events, on cruise ships, and in hospitals, restaurants, and art fairs. http://allworth.com

 ArtBizCoach and Art Biz Blog: Art marketing secrets, research and motivation by Alyson B. Stanfield http://artbizcoach.com and http://www.artbizblog.com Check out Helpful Sites and Services for Your Art Business & Career; Web Sites, Blogs, and Technology for Artists. Both website and blog offer free email newsletters or you can follow by Twitter.

Art Print Issues: a business blog for visual artists by Barney Davey. http://barneydavey.blogs.com/

eBay: Art Selling Guide. http://pages.ebay.com/buy/guides/art-selling-guide/ (there are 1000+ user-created guides on buying and selling art on eBay – go to http://reviews.ebay.com/ and click on the category Art.)

How to Best Sell Art Online. By Barney Davey on the eHow.com site. http://www.ehow.com/how_4695109_best-sell-art-online.html

Selling Art Online: Information on Where (and How) to Sell Art on the Internet http://emptyeasel.com/selling-art-online/ Note: The Empty Easel site is dedicated to the business of art – sign up for the free email newsletter.

PayPal – online payment system for auctions and websites. The service allows anyone to pay in any way they prefer, including through credit cards, bank accounts, buyer credit or account balances, without sharing financial information. http://paypal.com

Fotoflexor – free online photo editing site http://fotoflexer.com/

Picnik – another excellent free online photo editing site http://picnik.com

Web Photo Resizer – free online photo editing site http://www.webresizer.com/

About.com: Graphics Software – Tips, tutorials and information on graphics software. http://graphicssoft.about.com/

Photographing your artwork: Angie Vangalis gives you tips on shooting your artwork with a digital camera. http://artgroupsdfw.com/nucleus/index.php?itemid=754

How to Photograph Art by J R Compton. http://www.dallasartsrevue.com/resources/How-to-Photo-Art.shtml

Best of luck to all of you artists out there!

Art Tour & Gallery Show in McKinney this Weekend

Brian J. Magnuson

Cowboys of the Grand Canyon

The Winter Series by  Brian J. Magnuson

Opening Night – Saturday, November 12th 7-10pm

Laura Moore Fine Art Studios in downtown McKinney, Texas, is pleased to present Brian J. Magnuson’s most recent work, “Cowboys of the Grand Canyon, The Winter Series.” This exhibition of black and white images beautifully captures the rugged Arizona cowboy working the mules down the steep canyon descent in the heart of winter during a snowstorm.

Magnuson again presents stunning classical hand printed darkroom images that take the viewer behind the scenes for a detailed look at the life of a Grand Canyon cowboy during the canyon’s wintery weather. The viewer will be given a front row seat of the dramatic views of the complexity of the canyon from the snow-covered rim to the warmer paths below.

Magnuson, of McKinney, Texas, has made many trips down the canyon over an eight-year span to document the cowboys. He has held many one-man shows across America as well as been included in several group showings. His work has been featured on the Good Morning Oklahoma television program, the Dallas Morning News and other publications. Through December 7th at Laura Moore Fine Art Studios,  107 S. Tennessee, McKinney, TX 75069.  More info at lauramooreart.com.

McKinney Art
Studio Tour (MAST)

Saturday,  November 12th 10a-5p
Sunday, November 13th 12p-4p

In collaboration with the McKinney Art Studio Tour (MAST), Magnuson will amaze all with a larger than life camera that will turn your world upside down. Come see the magic!  Experience what it would be like if you were to walk into the body of your camera as you photograph the world.

Demos of the giant camera obscura will occur on the hour and half hour during the MAST tour, Saturday, November 12th 10a-5p (last demo at 4:30p) and Sunday, November 13th 12p-4p (last demo at 3:30p).  Tickets are $5 for adults, free for 18 and under.  Even the ticket is worth framing – it’s a limited edition print by artist Lynne Hubner – while they last, then we’ll have to start using the regular kind…

Start the tour at Laura Moore Fine Art Studios gallery or at any MAST location. Tour all studios on the MAST and you will be eligible for a free gift!

Information provided by Laura Moore Fine Art Studios.

Images © Brian J. Magnuson

The time has come!

The time is here for the artseen studio tour 2011!

In less than 24 hours we’ll have our doors open for our guests, and there is definitely a buzz in the air!  We’ve got an incredible lineup of artists, galleries and art collections on our first-ever tour, and we are looking forward to lots of visits from locals and art-lovers in the DFW area.

A. Eilene Carver, artseen studio tour

A. Eilene Carver in her studio

Last week I got the chance to go by and see the private art collection of Rex and Betsy Lowe – they have an incredible collection of art from all over the world.  Several of the works in their collection are by internationally recognized artists, and the quality of work is exceptional.  Personally, I loved their large-scale painting of “Roughnecks” by Beth Pearson-Lund.  Being a Texas gal, it made me feel right at home.  They are offering tours of their collection for free, which is something you definitely don’t want to miss!  Just print out a map (or pick one up around town) before heading over to Starwood, as you’ll need it to get in at the gate.

Betsy’s parents, Tom and Gay Freeman, are featured artists on the tour, and they live right around the corner from the Lowes.  A former gallerist, Tom is a very talented painter, and Gay does mixed media and bookbinding.  They have a nice collection of their own art, as well as other artists you may know from the Dallas area.

One thing that is impressive about the tour is the diversity of the art and the artists involved.  We have photographers, jewelers, printmakers, painters,  and a lot of  “mixed media” artists (a term for using a lot of different materials in one work of art).  The artists’ styles are very different, and I think the more studios you visit, the more you’ll appreciate not only their talent, but their hard work and creativity.

Artist Cheryl Johson works on her fused glass jewelry.

We even have a couple of student artists on the tour — Robert Wedepohl and Kimberly Harris are art students at Collin College and the University of North Texas.  They’re also good friends and work together painting murals.  They were excited to join the tour, and will be at Skatebus Skateshop in downtown Frisco this weekend.

We are so proud to have two galleries on the tour.  Thegallery8680 is a new venue in Frisco that features work by established and emerging artists from the North Texas area.  Their newest show “Black and White” opens tonight, and will be open all weekend for visitors.   “Black and White” is a visually striking show, filled with paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics and mixed media work.

Jeb Matulich, studio

Jeb Matulich is ready for the studio tour

The Art Gallery at Frisco Discovery Center is home to the Visual Arts Guild of Frisco’s Fall Member Show, “Beautiful.”  The VAGF members were encouraged to enter art work that showed what beauty is from their unique perspective.  The opening reception for “Beautiful” is also tonight, during a party hosted by Frisco Arts Association.  We’re expecting a large crowd, and there’s a lot to enjoy while you’re there.  The “Beautiful” show will be open during the tour as well.

Heritage Auctions is coming to Frisco tomorrow and will give free art assessments to anyone who has a “treasure” they have hidden away at home.  Come out and let them see what it’s worth.  They’ll be at the Frisco Discovery Center from 10:00am- 5:00pm on Saturday only.

Do you know about Texas legend Frank Reaugh?  He is an early Texas artist who has influenced generations of Texas artists, even some that you may know here in North Texas.  Marla Fields is working on a documentary about Reaugh, the “Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains,” and she will have a collection of his original sketches on loan on Saturday at her home.  This is a one-time opportunity to see his work right here in Frisco, so stop by and see what Marla has been working on.

Misty Oliver-Foster, artseen studio tour, frisco artist

Misty Oliver-Foster

So much to do, and a beautiful weekend to get it done in!  We hope you can take some time to enjoy the studio tour, get to know your local artists (you’ll be impressed), and see a ton of art right here in Frisco.  Who knew?  Well, it’s not a secret anymore!

Get a printable map HERE, and pick up one of our nice, custom-printed maps at any of the stops.  See you around town!


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