Sharon Giles

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Photographing your artwork

Angie Vangalis gives you tips on shooting your artwork with a digital camera:

One of the most important things an artist can do to attract attention to their work is to have neat, professional-looking photographs in their online portfolios. Having photography flaws like flashbulb glares, focus problems, and poor color quality substracts from the beauty of the work and makes it look unprofessional. Here are some tips for photographing your art work that will help you create a high quality portfolio.

Camera
1. Use a 35mm SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera. Taking pictures with a point-and-shoot camera is often disappointing and non-representational, the colors are not exact, the camera crops the image in strange ways and the image may come out lighter or darker than expected.
2. The most significant feature of a digital camera is the number of megapixels. (One-million pixels, a unit of measurement in an image. This number will determine the quality of the image. Think of it as the number of dots in your picture. A low density of dots will result in a poor image. In printing it is recommended that images are 300 to 600 dpi for optimal clarity.)
2 megapixels or less – typically found on smaller, inexpensive camera or in
cellphones or PDAs) and not recommended for capturing fine artwork. This is OK for emailing your images.
3 megapixels – This is a compromise between picture quality and low price
for casual photographers. The result of these images are good 4 x 6 prints.
4 megapixels – Better, almost photo-lab quality 4 x 6’s and 5 x 7’s.
5 megapixels – Better quality for enlargements – 8 x 10;s and even 11 x 14.
6 megapixels and up – Best image quality.

Cable Release of Self Timer
Using a cable release or the self timer on the camera reduces the risk of camera movement during the exposure. Reducing camera movement will
improve image sharpness. Tripod Using a tripod holds the camera steady during the exposure. Also, by making the camera stationary it is easier to compose and focus on your artwork. As with the cable release, using a tripod greatly reduces the risk of camera motion or movement and improves image sharpness and clarity.

Memory Card
A memory card is a critical component of any digital system. The size of the card – meaning the amount of infomation it will hold (256MB vs 4 GB)
depends upon the size/quality of images taken. Shooting in RAW or large formats will take up more space on the card than small format jpeg photos.
Best quality = less images on the card.

Light Meter
1. In Camera: Follow the instructions for your particular camera. This meter is a “reflective” meter and reads the light reflecting from your scene.
2. Incident: Follow the instructions for your particular meter. This is a handheld meter and reads the light falling onto your scene.
3. Reflective meter: Follow the instructions for your particular meter. This meter is also a handheld meter but reads the light reflected from your
scene. These meters can be more precise than an in-camera meter. It could be a “spot meter” reading only a small spot or degree angle of the scene. The best use of this meter is with an 18% gray card.

Lighting
1. Natural light is always preferred over artificial light.
Use north light in the shadow of a building.
A room with a large window on a sunny day.
Anywhere on an overcast day.
2. Photograph in diffused natural sunlight, never with direct sunlight.
3. Never use the flash mounted directly on the camera. If this is all that is available, the flash must be diffused to eliminate hot spots. This can be done by placing a white piece of paper or dense plastic in front of the flash.

Reflectors & Light Modifiers
When shooting 3D work, foamcore or matboard reflectors can enhance the light quality by reflecting or shading the light on your art.

Image Capture
Photograph the artwork unframed without any plexiglass or glass protection. Plexi and glass act as a horrific reflector that will ruin the image.
Fill the frame – the artwork should take up 95% – 100% of the viewfinder. Shoot the artwork as large as possible to maximize the resolution of image.

RAW or JPEG
Raw files will not be sharper than the JPG files. Any major exposure or color correction is easier to make when shooting in RAW format.
The secret to using JPG files is to set a proper White Balance, make a proper exposure. Using Auto White Balance (AWB), may not bring consistent color from one file to the next, so set a custom white balance.
Read your camera’s manual to do this – it’s not very involved on most of today’s cameras.
Take several shots of the artwork. The first shot should have a piece of white paper in it to set the white balance when editing later with photo imaging software.

Techniques

1. Focus! Out of focus images are more difficult to correct than exposure problems. On manual SLR cameras using a slightly higher F-Stop to increase the depth of field will minimize the chance of focus problems. Sometimes this means taking
longer exposures.
2. Use a lens that will allow you to get close enough to the artwork to “fill the frame” without distorting the image.
3. To soften the shadow side of a 3D object place a reflector fill near the object opposite the light source. (A large piece of white foamcore or mat board makes a great reflector.)
4. Bracket your exposures. A 3-step bracket (normal exposure, underexposure and overexposure) is usually sufficient.
5. If the artwork is small enough to fit on a scanner, scan it: the quality will be better than most photographs.
6. When photographing paintings, check that the edges of the painting are straight (parallel) with the sides and the top/bottom edges of the viewfinder. If they are not straight then your camera is not positioned squarely in front of the piece, or your artwork needs to be tilted up or down.

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KERA’s new Arts+Culture blog

Check out the first part of KERA’s new initiative to cover the arts in North Texas! Click on the Arts+Culture logo on the main page of KERA.org (right side in the middle of the page) or go directly to http://www.kera.org/blogs/culture/.

Soon there w…

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KERA’s new Arts+Culture blog

Check out the first part of KERA’s new initiative to cover the arts in North Texas! Click on the Arts+Culture logo on the main page of KERA.org (right side in the middle of the page) or go directly to http://www.kera.org/blogs/culture/.

Soon there w…

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Stretched canvas for sale

I have extra stretched canvas that I need to sell. Primed 100% cotton canvas, with heavy duty 1.5″ deep , kiln-dried stretcher bars. Lots of different sizes. Good for oil, acrylic or whatever. Call Pete, 972-897-3618. pete.muse@freemanco.com Sizes:11″…

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Stretched canvas for sale

I have extra stretched canvas that I need to sell. Primed 100% cotton canvas, with heavy duty 1.5″ deep , kiln-dried stretcher bars. Lots of different sizes. Good for oil, acrylic or whatever. Call Pete, 972-897-3618. pete.muse@freemanco.com Sizes:11″…

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How to Grow as an Illustrator

Announcing a new Allworth Press book by Michael Fleishman: How to Grow as an Illustrator. This inspiring resource will help artists find professional and personal support in the struggle to stay creative and profitable in the field of illustration. Behind-the-scenes interviews with more than sixty of today’s most fascinating illustrators reveal how others have kept growing as artists and as individuals. Written by an accomplished illustrator and educator, this book asks timely questions and provides pertinent answers to topics including:

• How to define yourself as an illustrator
• The significance of an art education
• Mechanical skills versus conceptual skills
• Balancing your personal and professional life
• The illustrator’s place in local, global, and professional communities
• Dealing with failure, tragedy, and dysfunction
• Marketing, promoting, and maintaining your business
• What sustains illustrators mentally and spiritually
• How to embrace change
• How to stay motivated

This real-world guide provides practical inspiration for illustrators at every stage of their careers. 6 X 9, 288 pages; paperback, Publication Date: September 2007.
List Price: $19.95 Allworth Press Price: $15.95

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How to Grow as an Illustrator

Announcing a new Allworth Press book by Michael Fleishman: How to Grow as an Illustrator. This inspiring resource will help artists find professional and personal support in the struggle to stay creative and profitable in the field of illustration. Behind-the-scenes interviews with more than sixty of today’s most fascinating illustrators reveal how others have kept growing as artists and as individuals. Written by an accomplished illustrator and educator, this book asks timely questions and provides pertinent answers to topics including:

• How to define yourself as an illustrator
• The significance of an art education
• Mechanical skills versus conceptual skills
• Balancing your personal and professional life
• The illustrator’s place in local, global, and professional communities
• Dealing with failure, tragedy, and dysfunction
• Marketing, promoting, and maintaining your business
• What sustains illustrators mentally and spiritually
• How to embrace change
• How to stay motivated

This real-world guide provides practical inspiration for illustrators at every stage of their careers. 6 X 9, 288 pages; paperback, Publication Date: September 2007.
List Price: $19.95 Allworth Press Price: $15.95

Permanent link to this article: http://artgroupsdfw.com/resources-links/how-to-grow-as-an-illustrator/

Announcing the Nancy Standlee Art Blog

Have you blogged lately? Do you know what it is? Do you care? Wikipedia gives a good explanation –
“Blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art.

My art blog is http://nancystandlee.blogspot.com with the title of Nancy Standlee Art Blog.
My post of August 2, 2007 combined text, images, (the painting) links to other blogs (articles written than I had quoted) and web pages, (a Van Gogh gallery) and other media (YouTube for the song) related to the topic.

My goals for the summer included starting a blog, get on MySpace and clean house. Well, 2 out of three aren’t too bad. MySpace address is http://myspace.com/nancystandlee and if you’re there invite me to be your friend, please. All of this has happened during the month of July and I’m still learning everyday and spending many hours at the computer. After the decision to blog was made, the first thing I did was reserve all the books the local library had on blogging – exactly what a retired librarian would be expected to do. It’s been a continuous learning curve ever since. You go to the time and trouble to set up a blog and you want people to visit, leave comments, and best of all subscribe to your blog. This is the long, hard, time consuming part. I chose to use Blogger.com. It was started by three friends and purchased by Google. Now Google has the largest index of websites available on the World Wide Web and the industry’s most advanced search technology and a special search area just for blogs. It is easy to get started with only 3 steps and you’re blogging. To increase your web presence you need to link to others blogs and web sites. I think blogs are a great way to showcase your newest art pieces, get a following, and then paint and post. In the beginning, there is more time devoted to posting than to painting but that should gradually even out. One word of caution, web content changes and pages are removed, but a blog is forever so do not post anything you wouldn’t want to see in print sometime in the next 5 years. After the “spider bots” creep by and index your posts, that’s it. These are the lovable spiders (computer programs) that crawl by and gather information about your page for their search engines and show up in the SERPS (search engine results page). Type in your name in a Google search and see how much information is on the web about your art.

In order to have another site link, besides I thought it would just be fun, I designed a site the latter part of July, http://ArtistFoodNetwork.blogspot.com for artists to showcase their very best recipe with an image of a food ingredient, or a serving of the recipe. It is just now being launched and we have high hopes for it. I majored in Home Economics in college (there is no such animal anymore) and I have a love of food and recipes so it makes a perfect place for me to post now that my love of painting has been added to the mix. You can read the qualifications for submitting a piece of art and a recipe on the Artist Food Network blog.

My vocabulary has increased this summer and I’ve been throwing around words such as Technorati, FeedBlitz, Googlebot, Del.icio.us, Dashboard, Page Rank, SiteCounter, Blog Catalog, FaceBook, labels, affiliate programs. One Canvas By Canvas member returned from a Baltic Cruise and asked another, “Is Nancy speaking a foreign language?” I have added 2 affiliate programs to my personal blog site, Nancy Standlee Art Blog, and I would appreciate your clicking on them before placing Amazon or Dick Blick orders.

I belong to Canvas by Canvas (http://canvasbycanvas.com) a collaborative group of 11 Texas artists and we’ve just celebrated our first year anniversary by painting mini cupcakes on 6” x 6” gallery wrapped canvas for sale on our site. Our web site is handled by one of our members, Betty Taylor, and it is a huge job and we appreciate the work she does for us. We have a blog for the group at http://canvasbycanvas.blogspot.com and more than half of the group are now bloggers. It may take a few phone calls and editing for some to post but they are posting. Others have taken off with the idea and post regularly. By regularly, some daily painters post Monday through Friday. Other member’s blog sites are listed here for you to visit.

Please drop by and visit our blogs and web site, leave comments, subscribe to us through the FeedBlitz Subscribe link (usually at the top right of a page and you’ll receive email updates) and most important if you have a site or develop a blog, LET’S TRADE LINKS.
We have a large group of DFW area artists and we could help each other’s web presence by linking up. Remember also IF you have the best ever recipe, paint it, send us the recipe, and a photo and a short bio and we’ll publish it and we can link our sites. Our email for the recipe/art information is artistrecipes@gmail.com .

I belong to area art groups: SWA, SWS, and TVAA and to the Society of Acrylic Painters TSAP_Membership@yahoogroups.com “Kathy Rabold” TSAP isap.usa_membership@yahoo.com and www.isap-usa.com The International Society of Acrylic Painters

Eat Well ~ Paint Your Food ~ Laugh Often

Where I post:
http://nancystandlee.blogspot.com
http://artistfoodnetwork.blogspot.com
http://canvasbycanvas.blogspot.com
http://marketplace-daily-art.blogspot.com (where several of us post and they accept other artist’s work)
Our Canvas by Canvas web site
http://CanvasbyCanvas.com
http://CanvasbyCanvas.com/Standlee

Nancy Standlee
5509 Marshfield Ct
Arlington, Texas 76016
817 496-3330

Permanent link to this article: http://artgroupsdfw.com/resources-links/announcing-the-nancy-standlee-art-blog-2/

Announcing the Nancy Standlee Art Blog

Have you blogged lately? Do you know what it is? Do you care? Wikipedia gives a good explanation –
“Blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art.

My art blog is http://nancystandlee.blogspot.com with the title of Nancy Standlee Art Blog.
My post of August 2, 2007 combined text, images, (the painting) links to other blogs (articles written than I had quoted) and web pages, (a Van Gogh gallery) and other media (YouTube for the song) related to the topic.

My goals for the summer included starting a blog, get on MySpace and clean house. Well, 2 out of three aren’t too bad. MySpace address is http://myspace.com/nancystandlee and if you’re there invite me to be your friend, please. All of this has happened during the month of July and I’m still learning everyday and spending many hours at the computer. After the decision to blog was made, the first thing I did was reserve all the books the local library had on blogging – exactly what a retired librarian would be expected to do. It’s been a continuous learning curve ever since. You go to the time and trouble to set up a blog and you want people to visit, leave comments, and best of all subscribe to your blog. This is the long, hard, time consuming part. I chose to use Blogger.com. It was started by three friends and purchased by Google. Now Google has the largest index of websites available on the World Wide Web and the industry’s most advanced search technology and a special search area just for blogs. It is easy to get started with only 3 steps and you’re blogging. To increase your web presence you need to link to others blogs and web sites. I think blogs are a great way to showcase your newest art pieces, get a following, and then paint and post. In the beginning, there is more time devoted to posting than to painting but that should gradually even out. One word of caution, web content changes and pages are removed, but a blog is forever so do not post anything you wouldn’t want to see in print sometime in the next 5 years. After the “spider bots” creep by and index your posts, that’s it. These are the lovable spiders (computer programs) that crawl by and gather information about your page for their search engines and show up in the SERPS (search engine results page). Type in your name in a Google search and see how much information is on the web about your art.

In order to have another site link, besides I thought it would just be fun, I designed a site the latter part of July, http://ArtistFoodNetwork.blogspot.com for artists to showcase their very best recipe with an image of a food ingredient, or a serving of the recipe. It is just now being launched and we have high hopes for it. I majored in Home Economics in college (there is no such animal anymore) and I have a love of food and recipes so it makes a perfect place for me to post now that my love of painting has been added to the mix. You can read the qualifications for submitting a piece of art and a recipe on the Artist Food Network blog.

My vocabulary has increased this summer and I’ve been throwing around words such as Technorati, FeedBlitz, Googlebot, Del.icio.us, Dashboard, Page Rank, SiteCounter, Blog Catalog, FaceBook, labels, affiliate programs. One Canvas By Canvas member returned from a Baltic Cruise and asked another, “Is Nancy speaking a foreign language?” I have added 2 affiliate programs to my personal blog site, Nancy Standlee Art Blog, and I would appreciate your clicking on them before placing Amazon or Dick Blick orders.

I belong to Canvas by Canvas (http://canvasbycanvas.com) a collaborative group of 11 Texas artists and we’ve just celebrated our first year anniversary by painting mini cupcakes on 6” x 6” gallery wrapped canvas for sale on our site. Our web site is handled by one of our members, Betty Taylor, and it is a huge job and we appreciate the work she does for us. We have a blog for the group at http://canvasbycanvas.blogspot.com and more than half of the group are now bloggers. It may take a few phone calls and editing for some to post but they are posting. Others have taken off with the idea and post regularly. By regularly, some daily painters post Monday through Friday. Other member’s blog sites are listed here for you to visit.

Please drop by and visit our blogs and web site, leave comments, subscribe to us through the FeedBlitz Subscribe link (usually at the top right of a page and you’ll receive email updates) and most important if you have a site or develop a blog, LET’S TRADE LINKS.
We have a large group of DFW area artists and we could help each other’s web presence by linking up. Remember also IF you have the best ever recipe, paint it, send us the recipe, and a photo and a short bio and we’ll publish it and we can link our sites. Our email for the recipe/art information is artistrecipes@gmail.com .

I belong to area art groups: SWA, SWS, and TVAA and to the Society of Acrylic Painters TSAP_Membership@yahoogroups.com “Kathy Rabold” TSAP isap.usa_membership@yahoo.com and www.isap-usa.com The International Society of Acrylic Painters

Eat Well ~ Paint Your Food ~ Laugh Often

Where I post:
http://nancystandlee.blogspot.com
http://artistfoodnetwork.blogspot.com
http://canvasbycanvas.blogspot.com
http://marketplace-daily-art.blogspot.com (where several of us post and they accept other artist’s work)
Our Canvas by Canvas web site
http://CanvasbyCanvas.com
http://CanvasbyCanvas.com/Standlee

Nancy Standlee
5509 Marshfield Ct
Arlington, Texas 76016
817 496-3330

Permanent link to this article: http://artgroupsdfw.com/resources-links/announcing-the-nancy-standlee-art-blog/

Art news sources: a resource guide

This guide has four sections (with links to websites): 1. Local 2. Texas 3. National and international 4. Guides to art news To suggest additional links or corrections, please notify the Moderator by clicking on Contact on the menu bar above. Updated …

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Art news sources: a resource guide

This guide has four sections (with links to websites): 1. Local 2. Texas 3. National and international 4. Guides to art news To suggest additional links or corrections, please notify the Moderator by clicking on Contact on the menu bar above. Updated …

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Art museums, galleries and centers in North Texas: a resource guide

This guide has four sections (with links to websites): 1. Museums 2. Community art centers 3. College and university galleries 4. Guides to institutions, galleries, exhibits and events To suggest additional links or corrections, please notify the …

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Art museums, galleries and centers in North Texas: a resource guide

This guide has four sections (with links to websites): 1. Museums 2. Community art centers 3. College and university galleries 4. Guides to institutions, galleries, exhibits and events To suggest additional links or corrections, please notify the …

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Guide to Artists of North Texas

Many of the nonprofit artist groups in North Texas devote a web page to links to the websites of artist members, information about them, or images of their artwork. This guide is arranged alphabetically by organizational name. An additional listing of private or informal artist groups is provided at the end.

Updated 2/18/08. To suggest links or corrections, use the Contact button. Please note that individual artists cannot be added separately at this time.

Nonprofit Artist Groups

-A-
American Institute of Graphic Arts, Dallas Chapter. (a directory searchable by name or category)
Arlington Visual Arts Association
Art Connection (Irving Arts Center)
Associated Creative Artists
Association of Traditional Artists (click on ‘Members’)

-C-

Corsicana Art League (instructors)
Craft Guild of Dallas (instructors)

-D-
Dallas Area Fiber Artists
DeSoto Art League

-E-
Ellis County Art Assocation

-I-
Irving Art Association

-K-
Kaligrafos

-L-
Lake Granbury Arts Assocation (click on member galleries)

-M-

Mineral Wells Art Association

-N-

Northeast Texas Fine Arts Alliance (Terrell)
North Texas Polymer Clay Guild

-O-
Oak Point Art Society, Aubrey

-P-
Pastel Society of the Southwest
Plano Art Association

-R-

Richardson Civic Art Association

Rockwall Art League

-S-
Society of Figurative Arts
Southwestern Watercolor Society (click on Affiliated Sites)

-T-
Texas Pottery and Sculpture Guild
Texas Sculpture Association
Texas Visual Arts Association (under construction)
Trinity Arts Guild (move your cursor over “Meet the Artists” in the left hand column)

-V-
Visual Artists of Cedar Hill (links on right side of page)
Visual Art League of Lewisville (click on Gallery – located on the topbar)
Visual Art Society of Texas

-W-
Weatherford Art Association (links on right side of page under WAA Members)

Private or informal artist groups
Art Focus XC
Artful Designs
Artisan’s Studio-Gallery
Artists’ Showplace
Art Patrol
Canvas by Canvas
Continental Gin Artists (click on Artists)
Cross Timbers Artist Studios Tour
Dallas Arts Revue Members
Gallery VIII
North Dallas Artist Studio Tour
Oak Cliff Artisans
TexasWAX/Dallas (encaustic) click on list of Member Artists
White Rock Lake Artists Studio Tour
Young at ‘Art

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Guide to Artists of North Texas

Many of the nonprofit artist groups in North Texas devote a web page to links to the websites of artist members, information about them, or images of their artwork. This guide is arranged alphabetically by organizational name. An additional listing of private or informal artist groups is provided at the end.

Updated 2/18/08. To suggest links or corrections, use the Contact button. Please note that individual artists cannot be added separately at this time.

Nonprofit Artist Groups

-A-
American Institute of Graphic Arts, Dallas Chapter. (a directory searchable by name or category)
Arlington Visual Arts Association
Art Connection (Irving Arts Center)
Associated Creative Artists
Association of Traditional Artists (click on ‘Members’)

-C-

Corsicana Art League (instructors)
Craft Guild of Dallas (instructors)

-D-
Dallas Area Fiber Artists
DeSoto Art League

-E-
Ellis County Art Assocation

-I-
Irving Art Association

-K-
Kaligrafos

-L-
Lake Granbury Arts Assocation (click on member galleries)

-M-

Mineral Wells Art Association

-N-

Northeast Texas Fine Arts Alliance (Terrell)
North Texas Polymer Clay Guild

-O-
Oak Point Art Society, Aubrey

-P-
Pastel Society of the Southwest
Plano Art Association

-R-

Richardson Civic Art Association

Rockwall Art League

-S-
Society of Figurative Arts
Southwestern Watercolor Society (click on Affiliated Sites)

-T-
Texas Pottery and Sculpture Guild
Texas Sculpture Association
Texas Visual Arts Association (under construction)
Trinity Arts Guild (move your cursor over “Meet the Artists” in the left hand column)

-V-
Visual Artists of Cedar Hill (links on right side of page)
Visual Art League of Lewisville (click on Gallery – located on the topbar)
Visual Art Society of Texas

-W-
Weatherford Art Association (links on right side of page under WAA Members)

Private or informal artist groups
Art Focus XC
Artful Designs
Artisan’s Studio-Gallery
Artists’ Showplace
Art Patrol
Canvas by Canvas
Continental Gin Artists (click on Artists)
Cross Timbers Artist Studios Tour
Dallas Arts Revue Members
Gallery VIII
North Dallas Artist Studio Tour
Oak Cliff Artisans
TexasWAX/Dallas (encaustic) click on list of Member Artists
White Rock Lake Artists Studio Tour
Young at ‘Art

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Simon Schama’s Power of Art series

A new PBS Series will be shown on Mondays from 9:00-10:00 pm on Ch 13. Writer and scholar Simon Schama tells the tales of 8 great works of art, focusing on what drove each artist to create the piece and how it changed the world’s view of art. The firs…

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Simon Schama’s Power of Art series

A new PBS Series will be shown on Mondays from 9:00-10:00 pm on Ch 13. Writer and scholar Simon Schama tells the tales of 8 great works of art, focusing on what drove each artist to create the piece and how it changed the world’s view of art. The firs…

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TAA’s new website; free sites for art groups

Texas Area Artists (TAA) now have a new website: texasareaartists.blogspot.com. Their new contact email is texasareaartists@gmail.com. TAA serves the artist community in Mesquite with monthly meetings and paint-ins at the Mesquite Arts Center. Currentl…

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TAA’s new website; free sites for art groups

Texas Area Artists (TAA) now have a new website: texasareaartists.blogspot.com. Their new contact email is texasareaartists@gmail.com. TAA serves the artist community in Mesquite with monthly meetings and paint-ins at the Mesquite Arts Center. Currentl…

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Opportunities for artists: a resource list

This resource guide covers sources that list jobs for artists, calls for entries, gallery space, exhibition opportunities & proposals, fellowships, training and other opportunities. To suggest additional links or corrections, please notify the Moderator by clicking on Contact on the menu bar above. List:

ArtGroupsDFW News Blog:
Listing of opportunities mainly in the North Texas area. Local groups may post free.
Calls for Entries
Classes and Workshops
Opportunities for Artists

Artist Opportunities
Submit your calls for entries and other opportunities to the Dallas Art Revue site for wider publicity in the DFW area.
http://www.dallasartsrevue.com/resources/ops.shtml

American Artist Magazine
The artist411 feature lists some show online, but you’ll have to subscribe to get the full listing of shows and other opportunities. An art instruction journal, with many articles free online.
http://www.myamericanartist.com/

Art Calendar
Respected journal for over 20 years. Each issue features 20-30 pages of hundreds of listings of juried shows, residencies, grants, galleries reviewing portfolios, jobs, etc. plus articles on the business of being an artist. Subscription: $37.
http://www.artcalendar.com/

Art Connection Newsletter
Each issue contains an opportunities page. Published twice a year by the Irving Art Center. Online.
http://www.irvingartscenter.org/VisualArts/connection.htm

The Art List: Newsletter of American Art Competitions
http://theartlist.com/

Artdeadline.com
Deadlines for visual artists, writers, media artists, funding opportunities, public art and more. Fee: $24/yr.
http://www.artdeadline.com/

Art Deadlines List
A list of competitions, contests, call for entries/papers, grants, scholarships, fellowships, jobs, internships, etc, in the arts or related areas. http://artdeadlineslist.com/

Art News
Articles from absolutearts.com. Free email newsletter. Includes calls for entries, latest artist blogs, art news submissions.
http://absolutearts.com

Art Opportunities Monthly
Subscription service. In each issue: art contests, grants, juried art competitions, fellowships, residencies, public art commissions, art awards, scholarships, teaching assistanceships, calls for art, art deadlines, scholarships, art shows, photography contests, RFPs, RFQs, sculpture commissions, percent-for-art, slide registries, university art galleries, non-profit art galleries, or other artist opportunities and venues normally outside the commercial gallery system.
http://www.artopportunitiesmonthly.com/

The Artist’s Magazine
This established art instruction journal has a listing of calls for art in its print version. Subscription required. Some articles free online.
http://www.artistsmagazine.com/

NYFA: For Artists: NYFA Source
Extensive national directory of awards, call for entries, training, services for hire, and publications for artists.
http://www.nyfa.org/nyfa_source.asp

Texas Commission for the Arts TCAnet: Opportunities for artists
Contains calls for entry, auditions, fellowships, public art, residencies, calls for papers, and student opportunities. http://www.arts.state.tx.us/studios/links.asp?pi=148

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Opportunities for artists: a resource list

This resource guide covers sources that list jobs for artists, calls for entries, gallery space, exhibition opportunities & proposals, fellowships, training and other opportunities. To suggest additional links or corrections, please notify the Moderator by clicking on Contact on the menu bar above. List:

ArtGroupsDFW News Blog:
Listing of opportunities mainly in the North Texas area. Local groups may post free.
Calls for Entries
Classes and Workshops
Opportunities for Artists

Artist Opportunities
Submit your calls for entries and other opportunities to the Dallas Art Revue site for wider publicity in the DFW area.
http://www.dallasartsrevue.com/resources/ops.shtml

American Artist Magazine
The artist411 feature lists some show online, but you’ll have to subscribe to get the full listing of shows and other opportunities. An art instruction journal, with many articles free online.
http://www.myamericanartist.com/

Art Calendar
Respected journal for over 20 years. Each issue features 20-30 pages of hundreds of listings of juried shows, residencies, grants, galleries reviewing portfolios, jobs, etc. plus articles on the business of being an artist. Subscription: $37.
http://www.artcalendar.com/

Art Connection Newsletter
Each issue contains an opportunities page. Published twice a year by the Irving Art Center. Online.
http://www.irvingartscenter.org/VisualArts/connection.htm

The Art List: Newsletter of American Art Competitions
http://theartlist.com/

Artdeadline.com
Deadlines for visual artists, writers, media artists, funding opportunities, public art and more. Fee: $24/yr.
http://www.artdeadline.com/

Art Deadlines List
A list of competitions, contests, call for entries/papers, grants, scholarships, fellowships, jobs, internships, etc, in the arts or related areas. http://artdeadlineslist.com/

Art News
Articles from absolutearts.com. Free email newsletter. Includes calls for entries, latest artist blogs, art news submissions.
http://absolutearts.com

Art Opportunities Monthly
Subscription service. In each issue: art contests, grants, juried art competitions, fellowships, residencies, public art commissions, art awards, scholarships, teaching assistanceships, calls for art, art deadlines, scholarships, art shows, photography contests, RFPs, RFQs, sculpture commissions, percent-for-art, slide registries, university art galleries, non-profit art galleries, or other artist opportunities and venues normally outside the commercial gallery system.
http://www.artopportunitiesmonthly.com/

The Artist’s Magazine
This established art instruction journal has a listing of calls for art in its print version. Subscription required. Some articles free online.
http://www.artistsmagazine.com/

NYFA: For Artists: NYFA Source
Extensive national directory of awards, call for entries, training, services for hire, and publications for artists.
http://www.nyfa.org/nyfa_source.asp

Texas Commission for the Arts TCAnet: Opportunities for artists
Contains calls for entry, auditions, fellowships, public art, residencies, calls for papers, and student opportunities. http://www.arts.state.tx.us/studios/links.asp?pi=148

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Guide to Getting Art Grants

Ellen Liberatori’s new book from Allworth Press, Guide to Getting Arts Grants, explains what every grant-seeking artist or art group needs to know. During her 30 years in the grantmaking sector of philanthropy, the author has seen hundreds of proposals. She explains that to get an arts grant, a concise, well-written application is crucial, and she gives many writing tips on how to achieve that.

Chapters cover how to:
• Set goals and develop a plan
• Identify and research numerous types of private and public prospects
• Take advantage of online resources and application opportunities
• Create top-notch portfolios, artist statements, and letters of inquiry
• Formulate an accurate and useful budget
• Master the intricacies of the application process, including the common grant form
• Understand the selection and review process, including the site visit
• Respond appropriately to the board’s decision

Guide to Getting Arts Grants is published by Allworth Press, publisher of other art resource books. 6 X 9, 272 pages; Softcover, ISBN 1-58115-456-6 List Price $19.95 Publication Date: October 2006

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Guide to Getting Art Grants

Ellen Liberatori’s new book from Allworth Press, Guide to Getting Arts Grants, explains what every grant-seeking artist or art group needs to know. During her 30 years in the grantmaking sector of philanthropy, the author has seen hundreds of proposals. She explains that to get an arts grant, a concise, well-written application is crucial, and she gives many writing tips on how to achieve that.

Chapters cover how to:
• Set goals and develop a plan
• Identify and research numerous types of private and public prospects
• Take advantage of online resources and application opportunities
• Create top-notch portfolios, artist statements, and letters of inquiry
• Formulate an accurate and useful budget
• Master the intricacies of the application process, including the common grant form
• Understand the selection and review process, including the site visit
• Respond appropriately to the board’s decision

Guide to Getting Arts Grants is published by Allworth Press, publisher of other art resource books. 6 X 9, 272 pages; Softcover, ISBN 1-58115-456-6 List Price $19.95 Publication Date: October 2006

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Art tips and links at Cheap Joe’s

Cheap Joe’s, a well-known supplier of artist’s materials, also supplies tips and links for artists in the Artists’ Community section of the site.
There are articles on various topics, some written by famous artists:
Understanding How Reflected Ligh…

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Art tips and links at Cheap Joe’s

Cheap Joe’s, a well-known supplier of artist’s materials, also supplies tips and links for artists in the Artists’ Community section of the site.
There are articles on various topics, some written by famous artists:
Understanding How Reflected Ligh…

Permanent link to this article: http://artgroupsdfw.com/resources-links/art-tips-and-links-at-cheap-joes/

Visual Art Groups in the North Texas area

For your information we are publishing the links to websites of mainly nonprofit visual art groups in the area. They may or may not be participating in this site. To suggest additional links or corrections, please notify the Moderator by clicking on Contact on the menu bar above. Updated Dec. 2012.

This guide has six sections (with links to websites):
1. Nonprofit artist groups
2. Nonprofit art centers and arts councils
3. Informal or private artist groups
4. Gallery organizations
5. State or national level nonprofit artist groups
6. Other guides to art groups

Nonprofit artist groups in North Texas:


Nonprofit art centers and arts councils in North Texas

Informal or private artist groups in North Texas:

Gallery organizations:

State- or national-level nonprofit artist groups:

Other guides to art groups:

Art museums, galleries and centers in North Texas: a resource guide (from ArtGroupsDFW)

Dallas-Fort Worth Art Groups (from dfwart.com)

Dallas & Texas Visual Arts & Art-Related Organizations (from Dallas Arts Revue)

KERA’s Art & Seek 

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Visual Art Groups in the North Texas area

For your information we are publishing the links to websites of mainly nonprofit visual art groups in the area. They may or may not be participating in this site. To suggest additional links or corrections, please notify the Moderator by clicking on Contact on the menu bar above. Updated Dec. 2012.

This guide has six sections (with links to websites):
1. Nonprofit artist groups
2. Nonprofit art centers and arts councils
3. Informal or private artist groups
4. Gallery organizations
5. State or national level nonprofit artist groups
6. Other guides to art groups

Nonprofit artist groups in North Texas:


Nonprofit art centers and arts councils in North Texas

Informal or private artist groups in North Texas:

Gallery organizations:

State- or national-level nonprofit artist groups:

Other guides to art groups:

Art museums, galleries and centers in North Texas: a resource guide (from ArtGroupsDFW)

Dallas-Fort Worth Art Groups (from dfwart.com)

Dallas & Texas Visual Arts & Art-Related Organizations (from Dallas Arts Revue)

KERA’s Art & Seek

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