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Liz Ruest
Jul 27, 2022
In News & Events
Mentioned in today's SLMM meeting. More details, such as a specific date, charity, and exhibition place & dates to come. Please contact Rachel Hobreigh if you have any questions at rxhobreigh@gmail.com. Like the recent Walls of Water call, this effort is being curated by Pacific Coast SLMM member Rachel X Hobreigh through a collaborative art installation which will be exhibited in California. This time, the theme is trees. The open call seeks artists and students to participate by creating a 4”x 4” wood panel inspired by the conceptual idea and visual reference of trees. Media can include photographs, paintings, drawings, or mixed media that will be created on or affixed to a 4”x 4”x1-1/2” wood panel. By participating, artists agree to have 30% of the sale of their works donated. Artist my also donate their work and 100% of the sale will go directly to the charitable cause. Deadline for Participation: Fall 2022 Contact : Rachel X Hobreigh 9027 Lloyd Place West Hollywood, CA 90069 Email: rxhobreigh@gmail.com How to participate: Contact the curator, Rachel X Hobreigh with your name, address, and phone # at rxhobreigh@gmail.com, to be confirmed and added to the roster. Artists can mail a 4” x 4” 2D-artwork that will be affixed to a wood panel for them by the curator. (Suggested $5 supply donation for panel and hardware) Please do not affix any hanging hardware. Artists can pick up a 4” x 4” x 1-1/2” wood panel at any local Blick Art Materials or Blick on- line (www.dickblick.com) item #13681-1044, https://www.dickblick.com/items/blick-premier-wood-panel-4-x-4-1-12-gallery-profile-cradled/ (scroll down to locate). Please do not affix any hanging hardware. Los Angeles and area artists can pick up a 4”x 4”x1-1/2” wood panel from the curator (suggested $5 supply donation per panel) Any artworks, which are not sold during the event and exhibition can be mailed back to the artists provided a self-addressed and pre-paid shipment method is provided by the artist and sent to the curator. (Please note each panel weighs approximately 5 ounces) Los Angeles artists can arrange a direct pick-up of unsold artworks at the same address.
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Liz Ruest
Jul 14, 2022
In Professional Growth
Not only is Artwork Archive a great tool for tracking your art, they have helpful guidelines on social media. Here, they offer 5 questions your artist statement should answer. Why do you make this type of art? What does your art represent? What inspires you? How do you make it? What does your art mean to you? I'm off to try answering these questions myself, to see what I uncover.
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Liz Ruest
Jul 13, 2022
In News & Events
I have work in Pioneer Square in Seattle this month, at Lynn Hanson Gallery. See my post here: https://www.lizruest.com/2022/show-june-lynn-hanson/. There's a short video of my process, and a link to how I created one of the pieces, below, an infinite cloak of air.
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Liz Ruest
Jun 24, 2022
In Resources
Keep track, in a way that works for you, of your pieces: image, title, location. Nancy & I use ArtworkArchive: https://www.artworkarchive.com/ Tracking online lets you search, later, but taking notes, starting whenever you can, is good.
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Liz Ruest
Jun 23, 2022
In Professional Growth
I just listened to an informative interview with a Santa Barbara gallerist, via Alyson Stanfield's Art Biz podcast: From my notes: Be able to describe your work articulately, and have a distinct style or voice. Look for a gallery by dropping by, attending openings, and seeing if your work fits WITH the art shown there. Best way in? Through the artists already showing there, if they can recommend you.
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Liz Ruest
Jun 21, 2022
In Professional Growth
Your best bet might be a printer in your local area, but here are some print-on-demand options for creating products from your fine art.
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Liz Ruest
Jun 08, 2022
In Professional Growth
There was a mention of this topic this week, with follow-up to come, but I'd love to note it here, to share thoughts outside of the meeting. It's a BIG topic! What is your goal in creating art? If you want to treat it as a business at all, that makes for a different set of decisions than if you are just creating for yourself. Do you want to have work in a museum? That implies fine art, galleries, residences, fellowships, grants, etc. It's quite the long path. Can you make money along the way? Definitely! There are lots of options for income streams to disperse your art along. Who are you making art for, and why? How have each of you navigated that question?
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Liz Ruest
Jun 07, 2022
In Professional Growth
Here's a high-level view of approaching the business side of your art, from another good resource.
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Liz Ruest
Jun 06, 2022
In Resources
Here's a list of places to find great paper, that I've collected so far. Got more? Washi paper (in Bellingham WA & online): https://www.washiarts.com/ Black ink creative papers http://www.gpcpapers.com/products/category/black-ink-papers-by-country/ Tengucho & other fiber papers, including sized for printers! https://hiromipaper.com/ Decorative papers https://www.mulberrypaperandmore.com/ Suggested by Lynn Mikami: https://awagami.com/collections/aijp-inkjet-papers Notebooks & more, via collage friend Sarah Short: https://shop.stlartsupply.com/ From a blog I follow, Cool Tools: Swedish tracing paper, very resilient: https://shop.birchstreetclothing.com/group.php?itemID=9036&colID=28
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Liz Ruest
Jun 06, 2022
In Professional Growth
An artist coach I follow has this great list: Some of these might apply to you more than others, but a sampling: Beginning your career: start a mailing list, join a local organization, develop your style. Mid-career: teach, blog or write regularly about your work & process, enter bigger shows. Established: well, I'm not there yet, but have a look! :) See more from Alyson Stanfield here: https://artbizsuccess.com/.
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Liz Ruest
Nov 22, 2021
In News & Events
I'm hosting an event in Seattle, with online options for participation, that celebrates the collaboration and creative ideas I've enjoyed in our SLMM calls. Here's a sneak preview -- a series of prints made from collage (including pattern tissue from Kathleen Kuchar's mother), plus watercolor backgrounds (inspired by many of you), combined in Photoshop to make a set of 36 unique prints. The event starts Saturday, December 4th, and continues through December 10. See details here, on my site: https://www.lizruest.com/2021/hybrid-holi day-2021/ Thank you for sharing all your creating ideas -- it's inspiring!
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Liz Ruest
Sep 21, 2021
In News & Events
I have 2 pieces in this show, finishing up this week. This is a theme my gallerist runs each year -- you are welcome to submit next time! Here's one of my pieces, toss your cares out to the sea. See all the images here: https://www.lynnhansongallery.com/icon-show-2021.html
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Liz Ruest
Aug 28, 2021
In News & Events
Recorded here from recent email from Laura Pope. Please contact Rachel Hobreigh if you have any questions at rxhobreigh@gmail.com. At our national Zoom meeting on May 20, 2021 our society was invited to participate in a collaboration project to benefit the 'Samburu Project' in Kenya to provide communities access to clean water. The effort is being curated by Pacific Coast SLMM member Rachel X Hobreigh through a collaborative art installation, 'Walls of Water', which will be exhibited in the Corridor Gallery of the Helms Design Center in Culver City, CA on December 2, 2021 - January 2, 2022. The “Walls of Water” open call seeks artists and students to participate by creating a 4”x 4” wood panel inspired by the conceptual idea and visual reference of Water. Media can include photographs, paintings, drawings, or mixed media that will be created on or affixed to a 4”x 4”x1-1/2” wood panel. A percentage of the sales will go to the Samburu Project, whose mission is to provide access to clean water in the communities of Samburu, Kenya. By participating, artists agree to have 30% of the sale of their works donated to The Samburu Project - https://thesamburuproject.org/ Artist my also donate their work… and 100% of the sale will go directly to The Samburu Project. Exhibition: “Walls of Water” at Helms Design Center, Corridor Gallery Exhibition Dates: December 2, 2021 – January 2, 2022 Deadline for Participation: October 15, 2021 Contact : Rachel X Hobreigh 9027 Lloyd Place West Hollywood, CA 90069 Email: rxhobreigh@gmail.com How to participate: Contact the curator, Rachel X Hobreigh with your name, address, and phone # at rxhobreigh@gmail.com, to be confirmed and added to the roster. Artists can mail a 4” x 4” 2D-artwork that will be affixed to a wood panel for them by the curator. (Suggested $5 supply donation for panel and hardware) Please do not affix any hanging hardware. Artists can pick up a 4” x 4” x 1-1/2” wood panel at any local Blick Art Materials or Blick on- line (www.dickblick.com) item # 070451044 (scroll down to locate). Please do not affix any hanging hardware. Los Angeles and area artists can pick up a 4”x 4”x1-1/2” wood panel from the curator (suggested $5 supply donation per panel) Any artworks, which are not sold during the event and exhibition can be mailed back to the artists provided a self-addressed and pre-paid shipment method is provided by the artist and sent to the curator. (Please note each panel weighs approximately 5 ounces) Los Angeles artists can arrange a direct pick-up of unsold artworks at the same address.
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