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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lots of artists want to know how to market themselves

I thought they were limiting the free Art Marketing Salon to only 16 people, but it looks like many more turned out for the event held by artist Debra Cortese last week. There's another salon tonight at 7 pm. Details are here.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...


Look at all the "Artists".

What qualifies anyone in this crowd to be an "artist"? Self proclaimed?

They look like a bunch of nice people - but all artists?

"Art" can take many forms and is a product of personal expression. That can include drawing stick figures on a napkin to rhymically
passing gas. Its ALL art in the eyes of the artist.

April 21, 2009 11:55 AM  
Blogger Tom Falco said...

I think the fact that they sell their art and have all sold their art professionally makes them artitsts. I suspect you are a bit jealous and haven't sold any of your art. Is that the case? Not sure why you are being so nasty and rude to these people other than pure jealousy.

April 21, 2009 12:00 PM  
Anonymous Debra Cortese said...

When I ran a gallery in Vermont, people would often come in and make the comment "my kid could create better art than that", to which I'd would often reply, "My daughter did create that and I'm proud to display it." (She was 8 at the time and is now supporting herself with her art at 28).

I believe what constitutes 'being' an artist is a combination of a deep desire to create and actually taking the action and doing it. It can be visual, poetry, writing, film, painting, drawing, sculpture, singing, dancing.... whatever a person is passionate about. Passionate enough to do/create something. Being an artist is about feeling and seeing and sharing in whatever form and via whatever means you choose.

April 21, 2009 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Irina Patterson said...

YOU are SO Right, Debra.

I am called an Artist, by my clients all the time. And what is my Art? It is a Balloon Art & Facepainting Art, Event Entertainment Art.

I think what I enjoy the most from my event entertainment art is interaction with & immediate feedback from my clients. I think because I create my art publicly it gives that special energy to all my creations.

I might move to other forms of art later, but public element will be always a part of creative process.

Looking forward to see & talk great marketing strategies with all of you, my new friends, Miami ARTISTS at 7 pm tonight.

April 21, 2009 1:27 PM  
Anonymous annaMaria Windisch said...

This is a very valuable resource and obviously by the participation of so many ARTISTS a very needed workshop. According to the census bureau, artists most artists live below the poverty line.
In this economic climate each of these artists are willing to collaborate and help each other which is what mindful people do when they are all in the same boat. I am happy to be able to share the space and share my good fortune.

April 21, 2009 1:44 PM  
Anonymous AnnaMaria Windisch said...

Oh one more thing. I have had customers come in and tell me they only buy famous artists. Now where do you suppose that came from, more to the point who would they be and in comparison to what or who's standards. When you count on your fingers all the artists YOU know could it be because of their marketing skills.

April 21, 2009 2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find such an elitist comment such as the first one to be affront to all artists, what are we supposed to do not call ourselves artists b/c we haven't reached the same level of recognition as the greats? Is our collective creativity diminished b/c we are not famous? I find that attitude to be destructive to the arts, artists are those who create, whether through writing, painting or whatever their chosen medium they are artists b/c of that alone and the sacrifices that go with their gifts (their style may not be your taste but then again not everyone is going to like Picasso, Pollack, and/or Rembrandt).

What art school doesn't teach you is exactly what this workshop is about, why wait til you're dead before you get any recognition at all, if you recognition? To the first poster I say C'est ridicule!
Brittany W.

April 21, 2009 3:56 PM  

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