Friday, September 11, 2009

Kerry James Marshall on Museums

Art:21 Kerry James Marshall On Museums

words from Black Enterprise

(Source: greeting card industry is a multi-billion dollar business, but for entrepreneurs looking to establish themselves, it can still be a hard sell. A great idea, sound business plan, and financing alone will not guarantee success.
Here are some additional tips from greeting card industry insiders who have made their dreams reality:
Finding a good partner
“Art and the marketplace don’t always coincide,” says Victor Gellineau, co-founder of Brookfield, Connecticut-based Carole Joy Creations Inc. Gellineau founded the company with his wife, Carole, in 1985. The couple began with a line of six Christmas cards that Carole, a stay-at-home-mom, designed and Victor, a product manager for various brands, marketed and sold. “We do try to blend the two, but there are times when we have to make tough decisions between artistically pleasing and what the consumer would buy.”
Gaining attention of retailers
“We really look for something socially conscious, totally unique and that offers local support. It should be something you can’t find anywhere else,” says Marva Allen, managing partner and CEO of Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe in Harlem, New York. He also advises that prospective entrepreneurs have “a great penetration plan and work it until you get results.”
Handling your business
“It was easy to get into the stores, but the one thing I wasn’t talking about was the money,” said Alton Weekes, 32, owner of the Harlem-based hand-made greeting card line, Alton Weekes. He recommends establishing the terms up front. Heather A. Kollar, founder and CEO of the New Jersey-based greeting card company Blueknight Greetings suggests configuring a package of products between $100 and $300.

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Marketing/Involvement Forum

Marketing Forum:
When? Monday October 5th from 6:30pm til 8
@ 1627 1/2 N. 19th St. Louis Mo 63106

We will be discussing new ways and ideas of marketing and exposure in our immediate sorroundings. It will be a free flowing attempt at sharing new ideas and rethinking traditional ones. Please let me know via facebook or email or phone if you plan to attend. Event bulletins will be coming soon. All is welcome. Visual, music, craftspeople, etc.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Educating for Change Curriculum Fair

Brentmoor Retirement Home- St. Louis

In October (exact date TBA) Brentmoor Retirement home will be hosting a small craft sale. As of right now they are seeking a glass artists, clay artist, etc. to set up a vending table for the residents and their family. This is a great opportunity to vend right before the holliday season hits. If you are interested or would like more information plesae email the organizer of this event: Brandon McCormick at

Craft Alliance- St. Louis

Craft Alliance is currently accepting applications for our studio artmentoring program, Crafting-A-Future.
Crafting-A-Future provides education in craft media to high schoolstudents throughout the St. Louis metro area. The curriculumconcentrates on the development of concepts and techniques particular tothe field of contemporary craft.
Students work closely with local artists in Craft Alliance'sjewelry/metalsmithi ng, fiber, clay, and graphics studios to develop abody of work. In addition to their studio work, students are exposed tothe work of nationally/internat ionally known artists through exhibitionsand lectures. Craft Alliance challenges the students throughout theirstudy to develop their technique and concepts, exhibit their work, andbuild a portfolio in preparation for post secondary education.
Classes are held at Craft Alliance in the Kranzberg Arts Center in GrandCenter on Saturdays, October - June, 1-4pm. Students entering grades 9through 12 are eligible to apply. Students are selected based on talentand commitment to the program, and are granted full financial aid.
The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, September 28th, andclasses begin Saturday, October 3rd.
To request an application contact:
Robert Longyear
Community Outreach Manager
Chair Jewelry/Metalsmithi ng Area
Craft Alliance
314.725.1177 X 334

Liz Long Gallery Call for Art- Chicago

Who is eligible?
Black Artists living in Chicago.
What are we looking for?Great Art! for a group show, all media considered, no larger than 36" in any direction.
Deadlines:*send images of the art you want to exhibit. Do not send links to lookat art- send the actual images of works to be accepted into show.You can also bring art for curator to look at in person to galleryby appt.
*Once accepted by curator:email the images to be used in press releases A.S.A.P.
*Actual display-ready art must be delivered to gallery no later than September 26 at 4 p.m.
*Art must be ready to hang on the wall- prefer wire. On back of each piece print only title and artist's name.
*Along with art, deliver inventory sheet and artist statement.Inventory sheet should have all the artist's contact info. on top followed by a list of each work delivered to gallery with title, a description and price for each. Price includes gallery commission of 30%. Artist receives 70% of sales. Include the artist statement about the art and what the artist is saying through the art for this show and how art is created.
*Please compile a list of at least 10 people or places you would like to send an invitation to and do so now. Indicate that it is a group show featuring your art! Make sure your friends and co-orkers know that you would appreciate their support by attending the art reception.
FREE!*Art Reception is October 3 from 1-4 Liz Long Gallery1957 S. Spaulding Ave. Chicago, IL. 60623(2 blocks west of Kedzie stop on pink ine train)*after show, pick up art between November 21 and Nov. 25. Please call or email and make an appt, to pick up your art. Art must be claimed in a timely fashion as there is no storage and the holiday sale is next.thanks, curator, Dianna C. Long773-542-9126


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