Have you been counted?

Have you signed up to be counted in NEFA’s CultureCount? NEFA (New England Foundation for the Arts) is a enormous resource for anyone in the arts in New England.  If you are an artist, run a creative business or represent a cultural nonprofit you should be counted. Click here to find out why you should be listed.  http://www.culturecount.org/public/whycreate.aspx

CultureCount is a free creative economy database.  CultureCount is a centralized source of descriptive, financial, demographic, and geographic information about cultural nonprofits, businesses, and professionals in New England.

CultureCount provides a comprehensive representation of the creative economy of New England that supports the advocacy, fundraising, cultural analysis, and policy development efforts of artists, cultural organizations, researchers, and policy makers. CultureCount users can log on to discover cultural organizations, explore their communities, and analyze economic impact.

It is important to our regional economy that those of us who are working in the Creative Economy be counted. If you are not sure if you or your business would be identified as part of the creative economy click on this link to see if you fit the definition http://www.nefa.org/sites/default/files/ResearchCreativeEconRptHighlihghts.pdf.

 

 

 

Creative Communities Exchange

Last week I had the great opportunity to attend the NEFA’s (New England Foundation for the Arts) Creative Community Exchange in North Adams. This event, hosted by Mass MoCA and Berkshire Creative, focused on how development of creative spaces and creative economies has benefited towns and regions throughout New England.

The event was made up of workshops presented by cultural and creative community leaders.  The presenters focused on the successful implementation of developing the creative economy in their towns, cities or regions. With four different workshops in each session time slot, it was a difficult choice to decide which workshops to attend.

On Wednesday, May 18 the activities began with a tour of Mass MoCA lead by Joe Thompson, Director of Mass MoCA.  This was an intimate look behind the scenes.  It was wonderful to hear the story of space and exhibit development from such a knowledgeable person.

Thursday, May 19 was the start of the actual event.  A marvelous breakfast was served to attendees.  After a brief welcome we went to our chosen workshops.  The first one I attended was the Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP). It was about the art challenges of a rural community and how developing the arts in Rockingham VT brought culture and economic growth to the area. The next session, Pittsfield Dept of Community Development: Downtown Renaissance was truly inspiring.  How a city of 44,000 with minimal art and culture presence was able to develop a thriving and healthy creative economy was the focus of this workshop.  After a delightful lunch, there were three more workshops. These covered developing creative partnerships and how small towns developed “Down Street” art centers.

Friday, May 20 started with another great breakfast followed by a “Spark” event designed to stimulate networking.  The workshops followed.  For the ending events an outstanding meal was provided with awards and speakers. Most notable among the speakers was  National Endowment For the Arts Chairman,  Rocco Landesman.  He is a powerful speaker with a meaningful message. His slogan, “Art Works” has inspired me.

I made several connections at this event. I hope to be able to implement some of the ideas presented in our region and I do hope to be able to attend future events of this kind. If anyone is interested in a more in depth discussion of what I learned, please phone me or send me an email and we can delve more fully into this exciting subject.

 

Painting in Photoshop CS5

Photoshop CS5: New Feature, Paintmixer Brush

This is just plain fun! I have not painted in years. Since starting in the digital arts and begining this business, I have not had time to paint and had forgotten how much fun it was to push paint around on a canvas. Painting in PSCS5 almost feels like the real thing. A major difference is that the clean-up and paint fumes are non existant. 

It is a power hog, though. Plan to mulititask if you are trying to create a very large image. And save often!!  You will be waiting for the brush to move slowly across the screen smearing pixels along the way. I guess the next move is a computer upgrade to take full advantage of this software.

Photoshop CS5 Review

Brief Review of Photoshop CS5

Having just opened the box late last night, I can not give a very thorough review yet. But I had to try out some of the new features that have been so well publicized. 

I will start with the feature I was most looking forward to, Content Aware Fill. It is all that was promised! Totally incredible. I was able to remove telephone lines through trees and sky without any problems, other than having to go over a couple of spots.  It also works on large areas using the delete key. I was able to remove a tree from the sky in only two short steps. Photoshop even grabbed a cloud from the other part of the sky and placed into the spot where the tree had been. All I can say is WOW!

Another new feature, I have been anticpting is the paint feature. This too is incredible, but not in the least easy. It looks like it should be but it is not. I love the idea but it will take much practice and patience to create a painting from a complex photograph.

I will post more reviews as I delve deeper into the Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium.

Monson250 Art Show at Summerfest

Wanted: Images of Monson:

 Call to all Monson residents. You are invited to show your art or photography of Monson at the House of Art in Monson on July 5th 2010. To celebrate  Monson’s 250th anniversary,  art should depict a place in Monson.  There is no submission fee, but donations are accepted. All money raised after expenses will be donated to the Memorial Hall Restoration fund. Art does not have to be for sale but if it is, there is a 20% commission to the Monson Arts Council.

 Along with your photo or art please write a description of where in Monson the photo was taken or art depicts.  On the back of your art, please write your name, address, phone, Name of art work, and price if for sale. Art must be framed and wired for hanging (no hooks).  Please remember we take 20% commission when pricing your work.

 Drop off of art is Saturday, June 26, 9-11 am.   Art pickup will be from 3-4pm July 5th or July 10, 10-11am. For more information please call Dave at 413-267-0343 or email art23451@verizon.net or visit www.monsonartscouncil.com or www.monson250.wordpress.com.

Winner

Congratulations to Anne Smyth

for winning the Giclee of New England “Sign of Spring”  photo Competition.  Her Photo of Hadley Massacusetts is a great example of Spring in New England, with the flowering shurbs in the foreground backed by the bare hills.

Spring in New England, by Anne Smyth

Art ID Blogging

Art ID

I was recently asked to join the bloggers on Art ID.  I was most honored to be selected as a giclee expert to share my experience and knowledge with fellow artists.  Art ID is an online gallery dedicated to marketing and promoting artists. Unlike many other online sites, Art ID is very actively working to find markets and opportunities for artists to sell their work.  Art ID takes no commission and offers sites from totally free to large and artist controlled galleries for a small fee. For artists without their own website, this is a very valuable service.  For artists with a website it is a way to further their on-line presence and get valuable marketing information and prospects.  The Blogs are full of good advice on marketing, painting and all things artistic.  If you are not already one of the thousands of members, consider joining.  An additional plus, is that this site was founded locally and the site owners and contributors are artists local to the western Massachusetts area.

Fun page: What’s the Diff?

What’s the Diff?

Warren Farm

 Each week we will be featuring a new “What’s the Diff?” image. Find the differences between to photos or works of art. Artists who would like to have their work featured on the What’s the Diff?  page contact us at Goneincnews@gmail.comFollow our fun page. Each week we will be featuring a new .

New England’s Finest Artists Show

The GoNE, Inc Gallery is presenting a new show: 

 New England’s Finest Artists

 

The GoNE, Inc. gallery is proud to present a fine sampling from some of  New England’s finest artists. The Show will be running from now until the end of February. Meet the artists at the reception on February 12, 4-7pm. 

A few of the artists are;  

  • Anna Ozolins,
  • Ed Champigny,
  • Alexandra Walters,
  • Lorraine Courtright,
  • and several others.

If you are experiencing the winter doldrums, remember art is an excellent “get away”.