Thursday, September 27, 2018

Creative Capital Program Wrap Up

It's hard to believe, but the Creative Capital Professional Development Program has officially come to an end. This past Saturday, the wrap up session took place at Artworks: Trenton's Visual Art Center and I wanted to share that experience with you.

I rode up to Trenton with my good friend and fellow Creative Capital Program recipient, Annette Devitt. I was so glad to have the time to catch up with her on the drive up about her new studio, Home Coming Art Studio, things we are currently working on, and some behind the scenes of next year's Arts in Bloom Studio Tour. We arrived a little early and grabbed some of the catered lunch before the day began.

The entire group of New Jersey artists were greeted by our workshop leaders, Matthew Deleget, Sue Johnson, and Ela Troyano, as well as Creative Capital's Krista Fabian DeCastro and Isaac Pool. Each program participant had the opportunity to introduce themselves with their name, artistic practice, and location. It was amazing to be in room with so many diverse creative people!

The day started with all of the artists being divided into 3 groups and participating in 30 minute breakout group discussions. Each group was assigned to a room and the presenters rotated between them. The topics were: Institutions & Pricing, Fundraising & Revenue, and Advocacy & Mentorship. Each presenter tailored the discussions to our group specifically and we had time to share personal experiences or questions. Our group was completely made up of visual artists. I found Matthew Deleget's discussion about galleries, web presence, and making yourself accessible very valuable. As a gallery owner, he provided great insight into how they operate and services they provide.

A quick break was provided after the break out groups and we then moved onto the next exercise: Group Problem Solving Activity. We were given a worksheet to fill out to help us identify a challenge or obstacle, a brief background and context about it, as well as our desired outcome that could be presented to the group for feedback or help.  We were then divided into groups of nine. Each group had a time keeper and moderator to keep the group on track. Two minutes was given for the presenter of the problem to explain the situation to the group and four minutes was allotted for the group to respond and provide feedback.

This activity was very similar to two that I had experienced at the Art Biz Mastermind Workshop in Lancaster, PA. I found it helpful back in June and had reached out to Alyson for permission to use the technique with my Creative Capital Support Group (We had a meeting each month via phone or video web chat). I led our August call to complete the exercise and everyone really enjoyed it and felt like it was helpful. A couple of my Support Group Members were in Saturday's Group Problem Solving Activity and commented how similar it was to what we did previously.

Even though the activity was similar, it was very beneficial to do it again because we had new people participating who had wonderful ideas. I had presented my desire to find new opportunities in northern New Jersey to display and sell my artwork. Since we were in Trenton, I received a lot of great feedback and ideas from artists who lived near by about opportunities that would fit my niche art market.

The smaller groups reconvened and were joined with the 2016 and 2017 program alumni. We were encouraged to utilize our elevator speech to network. It was a great way to end the day and I was able to meet people I hadn't had the chance to talk with throughout the day.  This opportunity was made possible by the South Jersey Cultural Alliance, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and Creative Capital.

Annette and I

Reconvening after group sessions

Creative Capital Support Group
From left: Lori Johansson, me, Gail Scuderi, Annette Devitt, G. Matthew Dixon, and Denise McCormack

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Hens and Honey Fall Extravaganza

On Saturday, September 29th from 9AM - 4PM, I will be a vendor at the 2nd Annual Hen's and Honey Shoppe Fall Extravaganza event.  I will be set up with my paintings, photography prints, greeting cards, pillows, necklaces, coasters, and magnets, all featuring my artwork. I will be debuting a new product for this event that I will be announcing later this week on my social media pages. Stay tuned for that update! Below is a list of the vendors that will be participating in the event. I hope to see you!

  • Java Dog Coffee & Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, desserts. 
  • Lapps, Lunch.
  • April Ortiz, LuLaRoe Clothing
  • Kimberly English, artist. 
  • The Weathered Plank, wood signs. 
  • Sam Rudd, Studio BR, Dance & Zumba Studio. 
  • ACE Enterprises, computers.
  • Tara's Creations, custom clothing. 
  • Frank's Daughters Crafts from Frank's Produce, Ornamental Corn, Pumpkin & Snowman Baskets. 
  • A Glass Act, Glass Jewelry. 
  • Aunt Janie's Jelly, handmade wine & beer, jellies and jams. 
  • Rag and Bone Farm, One of a kind vintage pieces. 
  • Patricia Dolbow, handmade unique items. 
  • The Woodsy Witch, Tiffany Hoffman, Unique Dreamcatchers. 
  • Color Street, Jessica Eckert. 
  • Pink Zebra, Jen Seay. Smell goods for your home. 
  • Paparazzi Jewlery, Mel Lawlor.
  • Thirtyone, Kathy Werkheiser
  • Amy’s Attic, Vintage, Mexican & Native American Jewelry. Norwex, Lisa Starr Powers, cleaning.
  • Parker Jewelers. 
  • Circles for the Seasons by Jessica Hall. Wreaths. 
  • The Artisan Marshmallow Co. Handmade. 
  • Harmony Fields Fresh Cut Flowers. 
  • Fresh Dirt Photography, Tabitha Hill. Taking pictures. 
  • Thing-a-Mabobs, Local handmade treasures. 
  • Joyce’s Fairy Gardens & Shadow Boxes. 
  • C&J Tree Services. 
  • South Jersey Jumpers. Bounce House for kids. 
  • Next Generation Tack Solutions, Pam Brown. Local Handmade Equine Woodwork. 
  • Lime Life, Penny Paulding. Professional makeup & skincare. 
  • John/Rachelle Barber & Salon 
  • Matilda Jane Clothing. Betsy McCafferty. 
  • Hens & Honey Shoppe, handmade bath products.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Apple Pallet Painting Workshop

Join me Sunday, September 23rd from 1-4PM at A Whole New Light to learn how to paint this rustic, 12" x 16" apple pallet sign. No experience is necessary and class size is small to ensure everyone has an enjoyable experience. $40 includes all supplies, homemade apple pie, and refreshments.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Artwork to be Displayed at Farm Aid Festival

It's amazing how opportunities present themselves. It seems like when you least expect it, things fall into place.  Thyra Moore, an artist I met during the Art Biz Success Lancaster Mastermind Workshop, sent me a Facebook message about a call for art that she thought was "right up my alley".

Artwork was being sought to bring attention to the dairy farm crisis currently happening throughout the country. "The US has lost over half its dairy farmers in the past sixteen years while prices for dairy farmers have crashed below 1970 prices. Dairy farmers are in crisis, largely due to the broken pricing system and rampant corruption in the dairy industry" according to National Family Farm Coalition. The organizers of the call for art, Anna Hankins and Katie Blanchard, are curating an art show to be displayed at this year's Farm Aid Festival and concert in Hartford, CT on September 22. They also hope to tour the artwork at the winter farming conferences in key dairy regions - the Northeast, central Midwest, and Central Valley of CA.

After reading the call, I was very excited to submit work for such an important cause. One of the main goals for my art is to serve as a platform to create connections between the larger, non-farming population and the people that choose to dedicate their life to agriculture. I decided to send framed archival prints of "The Neighbors" and "Curious #601" for the multiple stop tour. These paintings depict cows that were once apart of the southern New Jersey dairy industry. Local farms with generations of family in the milk industry have had to make difficult decisions in response to the dairy crisis. Unfortunately, the farmers have since sold the cows and stopped producing milk.

I am proud that the paintings were chosen to be apart of this mission. I hope the paintings I created can shine some light on how the dairy crisis has forever changed the lives of local farmers and the community landscape here in southern New Jersey. I'll be sure to share updates of the specifics of the farm conference tour when I receive updates from Anna and Katie. Stay tuned!

"The Neighbors" - 10" x 8" - Acrylics on Gessobord by Kimberly English © 2015
Original painting available for purchase.

"Curious #601" - Acrylics on Canvas - 8" x 6" by Kimberly English © 2015
Original painting sold

You can read more about the Dairy Family Farm Crisis by clicking here