Dec
10
2010

The Value of Workshops by M Theresa Brown

Years ago, when you wanted to know something about how to create art, your choices were limited. Either you read a book or went to college. There was no YouTube, DVDs and if you had TV (seriously-as recent as 40 years ago, many people did not!) you may catch a show with the earliest of the TV artists, Jon Gnagy! In fact, even  a store that sold JUST art supplies was pretty rare.  Summer painting workshops  have been around for a century or more but unless one had access to that location or circle of artists, there was little available for the average artist. You simply did the best you could with what you had or you gave up and... [More]
Nov
22
2010

The Emerging Artist Label by M Theresa Brown

Far away from the fantasy art auctions of Christie's and Sotheby's is the real world of art  sales where there are many thousands of artists who create and sell their art.  In this world, the artist is usually working directly with the buyer and for sums far less than the multimillion dollar art in the big name auctions.  A sale is just as important to them as it is for the art auctioneer.  Without the big names and the money behind them, these artists must work hard to achieve sales and many are struggling. Yet the very people who mean to help these artists are also sabotaging their efforts. Somewhere in the shadowed worl... [More]
Nov
17
2010

Finding Inspiration in Shanghai by Heather Goldstein

I was recently lucky enough to get to visit China and I cannot even begin to express what an extraordinary experience it was. One of the most special things I was able to do was visit the M50 in Shanghai.  The M50 is a new art district with over 120 art galleries and art studios.  It is the center of Shanghai's art scene.  It is also a testiment to China's progress and a miraculous showing of Chinese Contemporary Art. The whole area is an inspiration.  There's something about the broken down walls and graffiti that just make me feel like painting.  And the artists I met were all very professional and polite.  ... [More]

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