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.
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.
It is true that self-promotion is difficult for most people. For artists it seems even more so. “The facts are without marketing and promotion what you have is a pleasant hobby“. This is a quote from a blog called Art Print Issues. Take some time to read and follow the advice from this useful site.
I know that each new version of a software has a few new tricks or features that are nice but do you really need them? Photoshop has had 12 versions since its inception in early 1990’s. Each version has had great new features, but can you live without them? That, of course, depends upon what you do with photoshop. But this time, Adobe has made some spectactular changes. My favorite feature is the new “content aware fill” feature. The hours spent cloning out telephone wires or trying to blend the sky that was lost when building panoramas are a thing of the past. With content aware fill these corrections can be done in a matter of seconds. It is Photoshop magic at its best. Podcast from Lynda.com top new features in Photoshop CS5 . This is a brief overview of the best new features in CS5.
To learn all the new features, you can struggle through the steep learning curve. Wait for the hints on the forums or the easy way is to take an online course. I have tried several different sites and have found Lynda.com to be the most effective and easist to use. It also has a vast library of titiles and software to chose from. A subsciption to Lynda.com is the best learning gift you can give yourself. Use the button on the side bar to get more information on Lynda.com
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.
What’s the Diff?
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 .
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”.
GoNE, Inc.’s New England’s Finest Artist Show – Call for Entries
Show runs Jan-Feb 2010
If you are an active customer of GoNE, Inc. we would love to show off your work.
Giclee of New England Gallery is proud to present the art work of Gary Lippincott. Gary is a well-known illustrator/fantasy artist. His newly published children’s book, Off to the Fairies Ball, written by Jane Yolen is availble for sale in the Gallery. Gary will be signing copies of his book at his reception, December 5, 2009, 4-7pm. Refreshments will be served. We are part of the Open Studio Tour which takes place December 5-6 in this region. Maps for the open studio tour are available at the gallery.
Welcome to the initial post of the GoNE, Inc. website. The intent of this site, as well as our business mission, is to be the prime on-line resource for our regional artists. New England is an area brimming with talented artists and artisans. Our goal is to be the first resource New England artists and photographers turn to for information and inspiration. To reach this goal we will need your input. Let us know where and when shows are happening. What classes you are teaching. What awards you have won. Send all your art news and art press releases to firstname.lastname@example.org
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