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Paper Source opens

The Paper Source, a chain of boutiques devoted to the creative possibilities that paper can offer, has now arrived in Dallas at NorthPark Center. The mission of Paper Source is “Do Something Creative Every Day,”. Paper Source offers beautifully crafted paper, paper crafts and products, such as rubber stamps, books and gift wrap. The Paper Source website has how-to videos such as embossing and rubber stamping. The store also offers workshops. Please call 214-696-4400 for more information.

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Paper Source opens

The Paper Source, a chain of boutiques devoted to the creative possibilities that paper can offer, has now arrived in Dallas at NorthPark Center. The mission of Paper Source is “Do Something Creative Every Day,”. Paper Source offers beautifully crafted paper, paper crafts and products, such as rubber stamps, books and gift wrap. The Paper Source website has how-to videos such as embossing and rubber stamping. The store also offers workshops. Please call 214-696-4400 for more information.

Permanent link to this article: http://artgroupsdfw.com/resources-links/paper-source-opens/

Artists of Eastland County

Artists of Eastland County is a non-profit organization open to anyone living, working or attending school in Eastland County. We welcome such mediums as oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, pen & ink, photography and sculpture. We hold our monthly business meeting on the third Thursday of each month at the Eastland Senior Citizens Center in Eastland, TX. Following the meeting we have a program of interest, such as speaker from West Texas Rehabilitation Center; a demonstration/exhibition/history of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and an exhibition of “Pinhole” photography. For a newly formed organization (11/06) we have been very fortunate in our speakers/demonstrators. We were very fortunate to also have a month long exhibit of the artwork of our members at the Breckenridge Fine Arts Center, as well as a display at the refurbished Connellee Hotel in Eastland.

Additionally we have “Paint Day” every Monday from 1:00 – 4:00 and Paint Night on the first, second and fourth Thursday nights – all at the Senior Citizen Center. Everyone is invited to attend, and there is no charge. There are no “teachers”, simply a group of people helping each other.

Eastland Center For the Arts, of which we are a sub-division, is in the process of revitalizing an old building on the west side of the Courthouse Square in Eastland, which will contain the Lyric Theatre Group, H.V. & Gaynell O’Brien Art Gallery and the Artists of Eastland Co. This is a long, slow process since the building has been allowed to deteriorate over several years. When completed, it will provide much needed “home” space for all and provide a complete “art” center for visitors and citizens alike.

Contacts: Pres.: Joy Conner – 254-629-3290 ejconner1111@sbcglonal.net; VP: Maria Beck – 254-629-8588 mariabeck@yahoo.com; Sec.: Martha Elliott – 254-442-1208 marthae227@yahoo.com

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Artists of Eastland County

Artists of Eastland County is a non-profit organization open to anyone living, working or attending school in Eastland County. We welcome such mediums as oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, pen & ink, photography and sculpture. We hold our monthly business meeting on the third Thursday of each month at the Eastland Senior Citizens Center in Eastland, TX. Following the meeting we have a program of interest, such as speaker from West Texas Rehabilitation Center; a demonstration/exhibition/history of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and an exhibition of “Pinhole” photography. For a newly formed organization (11/06) we have been very fortunate in our speakers/demonstrators. We were very fortunate to also have a month long exhibit of the artwork of our members at the Breckenridge Fine Arts Center, as well as a display at the refurbished Connellee Hotel in Eastland.

Additionally we have “Paint Day” every Monday from 1:00 – 4:00 and Paint Night on the first, second and fourth Thursday nights – all at the Senior Citizen Center. Everyone is invited to attend, and there is no charge. There are no “teachers”, simply a group of people helping each other.

Eastland Center For the Arts, of which we are a sub-division, is in the process of revitalizing an old building on the west side of the Courthouse Square in Eastland, which will contain the Lyric Theatre Group, H.V. & Gaynell O’Brien Art Gallery and the Artists of Eastland Co. This is a long, slow process since the building has been allowed to deteriorate over several years. When completed, it will provide much needed “home” space for all and provide a complete “art” center for visitors and citizens alike.

Contacts: Pres.: Joy Conner – 254-629-3290 ejconner1111@sbcglonal.net; VP: Maria Beck – 254-629-8588 mariabeck@yahoo.com; Sec.: Martha Elliott – 254-442-1208 marthae227@yahoo.com

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Dallas chapter of the Photography Schoolhouse

The Dallas chapter of the Photography Schoolhouse is an online forum dedicated to providing an educational environment to aspiring photographers. We cover almost all areas of photography from weddings and portraits, to art and nature. Registration is f…

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Dallas chapter of the Photography Schoolhouse

The Dallas chapter of the Photography Schoolhouse is an online forum dedicated to providing an educational environment to aspiring photographers. We cover almost all areas of photography from weddings and portraits, to art and nature. Registration is f…

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KERA’s ART&SEEK Initiates Conversation About Arts on Radio, TV and Web

LAUNCHES MAY 28, 2008

DALLAS/FORT WORTH – The North Texas arts community is rich with museums, theaters, symphonies, operas and concert venues. It’s also home to myriad art galleries, film and video festivals, honkytonks and live music clubs. Whether your connection to the world of art is dinner and the opera, a cold beer and a polka, taking a weekend painting or beading class or playing in a rock band, Art&Seek is your resource.

Art&Seek is all about community. A service from KERA for North Texas and beyond, Art&Seek coverage includes radio news reports, special television feature programs and a new Web site at artandseek.org. The Web site launches Wednesday, May 28, 2008. The first featured Art&Seek television program is Recapturing Cuba: An Artist’s Journey, a co-production of KERA-TV, which airs May 28, 2008 at 8:30 p.m. Please find additional information about this program below. In June, Art&Seek presents A Conversation with Bill Lively, hosted by Lee Cullum.

At artandseek.org you’ll find feature stories written by KERA’s Arts Reporter Jerome Weeks and contributors along with related stories and headlines from National Public Radio. Join the discussion on the Art&Seek blog, check out insights from our guest bloggers – arts professionals from around North Texas – and tell us what you think.

If you’re planning a night out, want to take a master class or take action by joining an arts advocacy group, you can search the Art&Seek calendar by date and interest to find your best options. The Art&Seek calendar is a comprehensive resource for artists and their audiences. Arts organizations, colleges, universities and performance venues can create a profile on the Web site and submit information about upcoming events and activities. Share the news. Tell a friend.

Local radio reports on the arts and entertainment can be heard weekly on KERA-FM during Morning Edition and All Things Considered. The Deep in the Arts calendar will change its name to the Art&Seek calendar, but the content will remain the same. Tune in for Host and Producer Gini Mascorro’s recommendations on art and entertainment events in North Texas weekdays at 8:59 a.m., 12:41 p.m. and 8:29 p.m., Saturday at 9:19 a.m. and 4:19 p.m. and Sundays at 9:19 a.m.

KERA-TV will feature special programs as part of the Art&Seek lineup, with an emphasis on North Texas. This month’s feature, Recapturing Cuba: An Artist’s Journey, follows Dallas artist Rolando Diaz who returns to Cuba for the first time since he was a child. He recaptures not only his childhood memories, but meets and works with Havana’s top artists and is ultimately inspired to take his art in a new direction. The film was produced by North Texas natives, Jeff Fraley and Harry Lynch. As Trinity Films, now based in Austin, the team has produced documentaries about The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and cowboy culture, including the IMAX film, Ride Around the World. Visit trinityfilms.com/ for more information.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION TEAM

Anne Bothwell is KERA’s director of Art&Seek. A journalist for 20 years, Anne has devoted the majority of her career to editing and shaping arts coverage. During her tenure with The Dallas Morning News, she contributed to the creation of the GuideLive arts and entertainment section of the newspaper and led award-winning coverage of the South by Southwest Music Conference. Jerome Weeks is the Art&Seek producer-reporter for KERA. A professional critic for more than two decades, he was the book columnist for The Dallas Morning News for ten years and the paper’s theater critic for ten years prior. Jerome’s writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, American Theatre and Men’s Vogue magazines. He was awarded five Katie Awards by the Dallas Press Club and received a graduate journalism fellowship from Columbia University.

ABOUT KERA

KERA is a not-for-profit public broadcasting organization that is independently owned and operated in North Texas. The station’s services include original television and radio productions, national public television and radio programs, online information and resources at www.kera.org and an educational resource center that develops outreach programs for children, families and educators.

KERA productions have earned the highest accolades bestowed by the broadcasting industry, including Peabody, duPont, Emmy, Clarion (Association of Women in Communications), Gold Camera Award (the U.S. International Film and Video Festival), Texas Gavel (State Bar of Texas), Anson Jones for In-Depth Television (Texas Medical Association), International Health and Medical Award for Community Health, Chicago International Film Festival’s Silver Plaque, Lone Star Emmy, INTERCOM Competition’s Gold Plaque, American Association of Museums’ Gold Muse Award, National Telecommunications and Education Association, and many more.

To schedule interviews or request additional information, please contact Meg Fullwood, Public Relations Manager with KERA at 214-740-9377 or by email, mfullwood@kera.org.

Permanent link to this article: http://artgroupsdfw.com/resources-links/keras-artseek-initiates-conversation-about-arts-on-radio-tv-and-web-2/

KERA’s ART&SEEK Initiates Conversation About Arts on Radio, TV and Web

LAUNCHES MAY 28, 2008

DALLAS/FORT WORTH – The North Texas arts community is rich with museums, theaters, symphonies, operas and concert venues. It’s also home to myriad art galleries, film and video festivals, honkytonks and live music clubs. Whether your connection to the world of art is dinner and the opera, a cold beer and a polka, taking a weekend painting or beading class or playing in a rock band, Art&Seek is your resource.

Art&Seek is all about community. A service from KERA for North Texas and beyond, Art&Seek coverage includes radio news reports, special television feature programs and a new Web site at artandseek.org. The Web site launches Wednesday, May 28, 2008. The first featured Art&Seek television program is Recapturing Cuba: An Artist’s Journey, a co-production of KERA-TV, which airs May 28, 2008 at 8:30 p.m. Please find additional information about this program below. In June, Art&Seek presents A Conversation with Bill Lively, hosted by Lee Cullum.

At artandseek.org you’ll find feature stories written by KERA’s Arts Reporter Jerome Weeks and contributors along with related stories and headlines from National Public Radio. Join the discussion on the Art&Seek blog, check out insights from our guest bloggers – arts professionals from around North Texas – and tell us what you think.

If you’re planning a night out, want to take a master class or take action by joining an arts advocacy group, you can search the Art&Seek calendar by date and interest to find your best options. The Art&Seek calendar is a comprehensive resource for artists and their audiences. Arts organizations, colleges, universities and performance venues can create a profile on the Web site and submit information about upcoming events and activities. Share the news. Tell a friend.

Local radio reports on the arts and entertainment can be heard weekly on KERA-FM during Morning Edition and All Things Considered. The Deep in the Arts calendar will change its name to the Art&Seek calendar, but the content will remain the same. Tune in for Host and Producer Gini Mascorro’s recommendations on art and entertainment events in North Texas weekdays at 8:59 a.m., 12:41 p.m. and 8:29 p.m., Saturday at 9:19 a.m. and 4:19 p.m. and Sundays at 9:19 a.m.

KERA-TV will feature special programs as part of the Art&Seek lineup, with an emphasis on North Texas. This month’s feature, Recapturing Cuba: An Artist’s Journey, follows Dallas artist Rolando Diaz who returns to Cuba for the first time since he was a child. He recaptures not only his childhood memories, but meets and works with Havana’s top artists and is ultimately inspired to take his art in a new direction. The film was produced by North Texas natives, Jeff Fraley and Harry Lynch. As Trinity Films, now based in Austin, the team has produced documentaries about The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and cowboy culture, including the IMAX film, Ride Around the World. Visit trinityfilms.com/ for more information.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION TEAM

Anne Bothwell is KERA’s director of Art&Seek. A journalist for 20 years, Anne has devoted the majority of her career to editing and shaping arts coverage. During her tenure with The Dallas Morning News, she contributed to the creation of the GuideLive arts and entertainment section of the newspaper and led award-winning coverage of the South by Southwest Music Conference. Jerome Weeks is the Art&Seek producer-reporter for KERA. A professional critic for more than two decades, he was the book columnist for The Dallas Morning News for ten years and the paper’s theater critic for ten years prior. Jerome’s writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, American Theatre and Men’s Vogue magazines. He was awarded five Katie Awards by the Dallas Press Club and received a graduate journalism fellowship from Columbia University.

ABOUT KERA

KERA is a not-for-profit public broadcasting organization that is independently owned and operated in North Texas. The station’s services include original television and radio productions, national public television and radio programs, online information and resources at www.kera.org and an educational resource center that develops outreach programs for children, families and educators.

KERA productions have earned the highest accolades bestowed by the broadcasting industry, including Peabody, duPont, Emmy, Clarion (Association of Women in Communications), Gold Camera Award (the U.S. International Film and Video Festival), Texas Gavel (State Bar of Texas), Anson Jones for In-Depth Television (Texas Medical Association), International Health and Medical Award for Community Health, Chicago International Film Festival’s Silver Plaque, Lone Star Emmy, INTERCOM Competition’s Gold Plaque, American Association of Museums’ Gold Muse Award, National Telecommunications and Education Association, and many more.

To schedule interviews or request additional information, please contact Meg Fullwood, Public Relations Manager with KERA at 214-740-9377 or by email, mfullwood@kera.org.

Permanent link to this article: http://artgroupsdfw.com/resources-links/keras-artseek-initiates-conversation-about-arts-on-radio-tv-and-web/

Art & Seek launches May 28 – Free publicity for art groups

KERA is providing a marvelous opportunity for art groups to get the word out to the public about what exhibits, art instruction, or other art activities they offer!

Part of KERA’s new Art & Seek site (http://artandseek.org/) is a calendar of North Texas arts and culture events that arts groups and venues can contribute to directly. The first step is to create a profile on your art group for the Art & Seek calendar. After this, you can submit events directly to the calendar.

They are also looking for art bloggers. (See the ArtGroupsDFW article on this)

The press release:

ART&SEEK INITIATES CONVERSATION ABOUT ARTS ON RADIO, TV AND WEB

New Site Launches May 28, 2008

DALLAS/FORT WORTH – The North Texas arts community is rich with museums, theaters, symphonies, operas and concert venues. It’s also home to myriad art galleries, film and video festivals, honkytonks and live music clubs. Whether your connection to the world of art is dinner and the opera, a cold beer and a polka, taking a weekend painting or beading class or playing in a rock band, Art&Seek is your resource.

Art&Seek is all about community. A service from KERA for North Texas and beyond, Art&Seek coverage includes radio news reports, special television feature programs and a new Web site at artandseek.org. The Web site launches Wednesday, May 28, 2008. The first featured Art&Seek television program is Recapturing Cuba: An Artist’s Journey, a co-production of KERA-TV, which airs May 28, 2008 at 8:30 p.m. Please find additional information about this program below. In June, Art&Seek presents A Conversation with Bill Lively, hosted by Lee Cullum.

At www.artandseek.org you’ll find feature stories written by KERA’s Arts Reporter Jerome Weeks and contributors along with related stories and headlines from National Public Radio. Join the discussion on the Art&Seek blog, check out insights from our guest bloggers – arts professionals from around North Texas – and tell us what you think.

If you’re planning a night out, want to take a master class or take action by joining an arts advocacy group, you can search the Art&Seek calendar by date and interest to find your best options. The Art&Seek calendar is a comprehensive resource for artists and their audiences. Arts organizations, colleges, universities and performance venues can create a profile on the Web site and submit information about upcoming events and activities. Share the news. Tell a friend.

Local radio reports on the arts and entertainment can be heard weekly on KERA-FM during Morning Edition and All Things Considered. The Deep in the Arts calendar will change its name to the Art&Seek calendar, but the content will remain the same. Tune in for host and producer Gini Mascorro’s recommendations on art and entertainment events in North Texas weekdays at 8:59 a.m., 12:41 p.m. and 8:29 p.m., Saturday at 9:19 a.m. and 4:19 p.m. and Sundays at 9:19 a.m.

KERA-TV will feature special programs as part of the Art&Seek lineup, with an emphasis on North Texas. This month’s feature, Recapturing Cuba: An Artist’s Journey, follows Dallas artist Rolando Diaz who returns to Cuba for the first time since he was a child. He recaptures not only his childhood memories, but meets and works with Havana’s top artists and is ultimately inspired to take his art in a new direction. The film was produced by North Texas natives, Jeff Fraley and Harry Lynch. As Trinity Films, now based in Austin, the team has produced documentaries about The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and cowboy culture, including the IMAX film Ride Around the World. Visit trinityfilms.com for more information.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION TEAM

Anne Bothwell is KERA’s director of Art&Seek. A journalist for 20 years, Anne has devoted the majority of her career to editing and shaping arts coverage. During her tenure with The Dallas Morning News, she contributed to the creation of the GuideLive arts and entertainment section of the newspaper and led award-winning coverage of the South by Southwest Music Conference.

Jerome Weeks is the Art&Seek producer-reporter for KERA. A professional critic for more than two decades, he was the book columnist for The Dallas Morning News for ten years and the paper’s theater critic for ten years prior. Jerome’s writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, American Theatre and Men’s Vogue magazines. He was awarded five Katie Awards by the Dallas Press Club and received a graduate journalism fellowship from Columbia University.

ABOUT KERA

KERA is a not-for-profit public broadcasting organization that is independently owned and operated in North Texas. The station’s services include original television and radio productions, national public television and radio programs, online information and resources at www.kera.org and an educational resource center that develops outreach programs for children, families and educators.

KERA productions have earned the highest accolades bestowed by the broadcasting industry, including Peabody, duPont, Emmy, Clarion (Association of Women in Communications), Gold Camera Award (the U.S. International Film and Video Festival), Texas Gavel (State Bar of Texas), Anson Jones for In-Depth Television (Texas Medical Association), International Health and Medical Award for Community Health, Chicago International Film Festival’s Silver Plaque, Lone Star Emmy, INTERCOM Competition’s Gold Plaque, American Association of Museums’ Gold Muse Award, National Telecommunications and Education Association, and many more.

Permanent link to this article: http://artgroupsdfw.com/resources-links/art-seek-launches-may-28-free-publicity-for-art-groups-2/

Art & Seek launches May 28 – Free publicity for art groups

KERA is providing a marvelous opportunity for art groups to get the word out to the public about what exhibits, art instruction, or other art activities they offer!

Part of KERA’s new Art & Seek site (http://artandseek.org/) is a calendar of North Texas arts and culture events that arts groups and venues can contribute to directly. The first step is to create a profile on your art group for the Art & Seek calendar. After this, you can submit events directly to the calendar.

They are also looking for art bloggers. (See the ArtGroupsDFW article on this)

The press release:

ART&SEEK INITIATES CONVERSATION ABOUT ARTS ON RADIO, TV AND WEB

New Site Launches May 28, 2008

DALLAS/FORT WORTH – The North Texas arts community is rich with museums, theaters, symphonies, operas and concert venues. It’s also home to myriad art galleries, film and video festivals, honkytonks and live music clubs. Whether your connection to the world of art is dinner and the opera, a cold beer and a polka, taking a weekend painting or beading class or playing in a rock band, Art&Seek is your resource.

Art&Seek is all about community. A service from KERA for North Texas and beyond, Art&Seek coverage includes radio news reports, special television feature programs and a new Web site at artandseek.org. The Web site launches Wednesday, May 28, 2008. The first featured Art&Seek television program is Recapturing Cuba: An Artist’s Journey, a co-production of KERA-TV, which airs May 28, 2008 at 8:30 p.m. Please find additional information about this program below. In June, Art&Seek presents A Conversation with Bill Lively, hosted by Lee Cullum.

At www.artandseek.org you’ll find feature stories written by KERA’s Arts Reporter Jerome Weeks and contributors along with related stories and headlines from National Public Radio. Join the discussion on the Art&Seek blog, check out insights from our guest bloggers – arts professionals from around North Texas – and tell us what you think.

If you’re planning a night out, want to take a master class or take action by joining an arts advocacy group, you can search the Art&Seek calendar by date and interest to find your best options. The Art&Seek calendar is a comprehensive resource for artists and their audiences. Arts organizations, colleges, universities and performance venues can create a profile on the Web site and submit information about upcoming events and activities. Share the news. Tell a friend.

Local radio reports on the arts and entertainment can be heard weekly on KERA-FM during Morning Edition and All Things Considered. The Deep in the Arts calendar will change its name to the Art&Seek calendar, but the content will remain the same. Tune in for host and producer Gini Mascorro’s recommendations on art and entertainment events in North Texas weekdays at 8:59 a.m., 12:41 p.m. and 8:29 p.m., Saturday at 9:19 a.m. and 4:19 p.m. and Sundays at 9:19 a.m.

KERA-TV will feature special programs as part of the Art&Seek lineup, with an emphasis on North Texas. This month’s feature, Recapturing Cuba: An Artist’s Journey, follows Dallas artist Rolando Diaz who returns to Cuba for the first time since he was a child. He recaptures not only his childhood memories, but meets and works with Havana’s top artists and is ultimately inspired to take his art in a new direction. The film was produced by North Texas natives, Jeff Fraley and Harry Lynch. As Trinity Films, now based in Austin, the team has produced documentaries about The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and cowboy culture, including the IMAX film Ride Around the World. Visit trinityfilms.com for more information.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION TEAM

Anne Bothwell is KERA’s director of Art&Seek. A journalist for 20 years, Anne has devoted the majority of her career to editing and shaping arts coverage. During her tenure with The Dallas Morning News, she contributed to the creation of the GuideLive arts and entertainment section of the newspaper and led award-winning coverage of the South by Southwest Music Conference.

Jerome Weeks is the Art&Seek producer-reporter for KERA. A professional critic for more than two decades, he was the book columnist for The Dallas Morning News for ten years and the paper’s theater critic for ten years prior. Jerome’s writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, American Theatre and Men’s Vogue magazines. He was awarded five Katie Awards by the Dallas Press Club and received a graduate journalism fellowship from Columbia University.

ABOUT KERA

KERA is a not-for-profit public broadcasting organization that is independently owned and operated in North Texas. The station’s services include original television and radio productions, national public television and radio programs, online information and resources at www.kera.org and an educational resource center that develops outreach programs for children, families and educators.

KERA productions have earned the highest accolades bestowed by the broadcasting industry, including Peabody, duPont, Emmy, Clarion (Association of Women in Communications), Gold Camera Award (the U.S. International Film and Video Festival), Texas Gavel (State Bar of Texas), Anson Jones for In-Depth Television (Texas Medical Association), International Health and Medical Award for Community Health, Chicago International Film Festival’s Silver Plaque, Lone Star Emmy, INTERCOM Competition’s Gold Plaque, American Association of Museums’ Gold Muse Award, National Telecommunications and Education Association, and many more.

Permanent link to this article: http://artgroupsdfw.com/resources-links/art-seek-launches-may-28-free-publicity-for-art-groups/

New web site for PAA

Carolyn Kilgo Weinman has created an updated site for the Plano Art Association. The new url is http://plano-art.com/ and replaces the old site planoart.org (which will be up awhile longer for the transition). The new site is sleek, attractive and info…

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New web site for PAA

Carolyn Kilgo Weinman has created an updated site for the Plano Art Association. The new url is http://plano-art.com/ and replaces the old site planoart.org (which will be up awhile longer for the transition). The new site is sleek, attractive and info…

Permanent link to this article: http://artgroupsdfw.com/resources-links/new-web-site-for-paa/

Imagekind – an art prints publisher

Imagekind is a print-on-demand online store that an increasing number of artists are using to sell reproductions of their artwork. It is now offering art from over 50,000 artists, to a fast-growing marketplace of over 250,000 users. Imagekind allows little-known artists to share the landscape with better-known and established masters. For more information see the website at imagekind.com.

Imagekind is one of the resources referenced in the guide Selling Your Art Online: a Guide to Artist Websites, Online Galleries and Stores, and Auction Sites.

How it works:

Imagekind’s print-on-demand model allows artists to create their own galleries where they can set their own prices and connect with art lovers looking to discover unique pieces that can be custom framed and delivered to their door within days. Visitors can purchase art prints, create custom framed masterpieces and order newly available greeting cards. The process:

  • Load your images into an online gallery (free up to 24 images)
  • Prints are issued on demand from customer – your artwork is available on ten different media types, including Enhanced Matte Poster, Premium Photo Glossy, Somerset Velvet Fine, UltraSmooth Fine Art, Hahnemuhle Torchon, Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308, Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl, and 2 types of print on canvas media, Premier Art Canvas and Piezo Pro Matte Canvas.
  • No upfront costs – markup your art, and keep 100% of the profits
  • Earn 15% commission on frames, mats and glazing
  • Nothing to buy, stock, or ship – Imagekind handles all product creation, credit card processing, shipping, and customer service

Caveats:
Image resolution is extremely important – Imagekind recommends uploading the largest (in pixel dimensions) file you have available to allow to offering the image in more (if not all) print sizes. Quite simply, the most critical part of producing the highest quality finished work begins with a obtaining the highest caliber digitized file of your work available.

Permanent link to this article: http://artgroupsdfw.com/resources-links/imagekind-an-art-prints-publisher-2/

Imagekind – an art prints publisher

Imagekind is a print-on-demand online store that an increasing number of artists are using to sell reproductions of their artwork. It is now offering art from over 50,000 artists, to a fast-growing marketplace of over 250,000 users. Imagekind allows little-known artists to share the landscape with better-known and established masters. For more information see the website at imagekind.com.

Imagekind is one of the resources referenced in the guide Selling Your Art Online: a Guide to Artist Websites, Online Galleries and Stores, and Auction Sites.

How it works:

Imagekind’s print-on-demand model allows artists to create their own galleries where they can set their own prices and connect with art lovers looking to discover unique pieces that can be custom framed and delivered to their door within days. Visitors can purchase art prints, create custom framed masterpieces and order newly available greeting cards. The process:

  • Load your images into an online gallery (free up to 24 images)
  • Prints are issued on demand from customer – your artwork is available on ten different media types, including Enhanced Matte Poster, Premium Photo Glossy, Somerset Velvet Fine, UltraSmooth Fine Art, Hahnemuhle Torchon, Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308, Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl, and 2 types of print on canvas media, Premier Art Canvas and Piezo Pro Matte Canvas.
  • No upfront costs – markup your art, and keep 100% of the profits
  • Earn 15% commission on frames, mats and glazing
  • Nothing to buy, stock, or ship – Imagekind handles all product creation, credit card processing, shipping, and customer service

Caveats:
Image resolution is extremely important – Imagekind recommends uploading the largest (in pixel dimensions) file you have available to allow to offering the image in more (if not all) print sizes. Quite simply, the most critical part of producing the highest quality finished work begins with a obtaining the highest caliber digitized file of your work available.

Permanent link to this article: http://artgroupsdfw.com/resources-links/imagekind-an-art-prints-publisher/

COLOURlovers.com

If you’re in love with color like I am, check out a wonderful website called COLOURlovers. It is a resource that monitors color trends and provides color-rleated news, articles and interviews.

The palettes section invites hours of exploration and pl…

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COLOURlovers.com

If you’re in love with color like I am, check out a wonderful website called COLOURlovers. It is a resource that monitors color trends and provides color-rleated news, articles and interviews.

The palettes section invites hours of exploration and pl…

Permanent link to this article: http://artgroupsdfw.com/resources-links/colourlovers-com/

New website for Mid Cities Fine Artists

MCFA now has a website: midcitiesfineartists.org. The design is artsy, streamlined, and informative. Check it out!

The Mid Cities Fine Artistans was founded in 1982 as a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering education and appreciation of visusl art. In 1992 the name was changed to The Mid Cities Fine Artists. Meetings are held in Hurst (usually the Hurst Recreation Center) at 10:00 am – 12 noon on the second Wednesday of the month, September through May, with the exception of December.

The annual Members Judged Exhibition/Show is usually held in April or May at the Hurst Public Library (this year April 2 – 30). The Annual Open Judged Exhibition/Show, usually held in August, is hosted by the City of Hurst Parks and Recreation Department and held at the Hurst Recreation Center.

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New website for Mid Cities Fine Artists

MCFA now has a website: midcitiesfineartists.org. The design is artsy, streamlined, and informative. Check it out!

The Mid Cities Fine Artistans was founded in 1982 as a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering education and appreciation of visusl art. In 1992 the name was changed to The Mid Cities Fine Artists. Meetings are held in Hurst (usually the Hurst Recreation Center) at 10:00 am – 12 noon on the second Wednesday of the month, September through May, with the exception of December.

The annual Members Judged Exhibition/Show is usually held in April or May at the Hurst Public Library (this year April 2 – 30). The Annual Open Judged Exhibition/Show, usually held in August, is hosted by the City of Hurst Parks and Recreation Department and held at the Hurst Recreation Center.

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Photography for artists

Fine Art Photography and imaging services by Mark Walden. Available for your location or ours. Contact Artful Designs at 972-839-4031 kendra@artful-designs.com website: artful-designs.com

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Photography for artists

Fine Art Photography and imaging services by Mark Walden. Available for your location or ours. Contact Artful Designs at 972-839-4031 kendra@artful-designs.com website: artful-designs.com

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TVAA’s new website

The website of the Texas Visual Arts Association (TVAA) has been beautifully redesigned and streamlined. For easy communication there is now a contact page. Many sections are still under construction, including the Web Gallery and member contact links….

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TVAA’s new website

The website of the Texas Visual Arts Association (TVAA) has been beautifully redesigned and streamlined. For easy communication there is now a contact page. Many sections are still under construction, including the Web Gallery and member contact links….

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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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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

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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

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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

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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 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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