April exhibit opening

AZHL Art Open House Postcard 4_13I’m really excited about this exhibit at the Hope Lodge in Boston. Not only is it an opportunity to share my art, but it also is a chance to do what I always hope to do as an artist–lift the spirits of those who most need it.

The Hope Lodge is an inn for out-of-town cancer patients. Rather than having a single gallery space for the art, the entire building is used for display. I toured the inn when I dropped off my pieces (several paintings and two portfolios of works on paper) and was just floored by the tranquility and healing spirit created here.

The funny thing is that I never knew this place existed. The curator of the exhibit found me somehow—she doesn’t even remember where she learned of my work. Funny, huh? Meant to be…maybe. If you are in the Boston area, please come to the opening.2-AZHL Art Open House Postcard 4_13 A percentage of the sales go to the American Cancer Society.

The art of being social

1361828260I had a great day today! I spent the morning and part of the afternoon as a panelist at a workshop on social media for artists at the Dorchester Arts Collaborative.

The internet now offers us so many platforms to share our work and connect with each other–Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Twitter, and even LinkedIn, where you can upload a portfolio of your work. However,  sometimes it can become overwhelming to figure out how to effectively use it all (or any of it), while still finding the time to actually make art.

I remember before I joined Facebook I wondered what the hell it was for. It seemed silly. Now, I don’t know what I’d do without it. It is one of the most effective, efficient and inexpensive ways to engage and interact with people (other artists, gallery representatives and potential clients). And, no, Mark Zuckerberg is not paying me to say this. 🙂

So, what an honor to talk about the issue, share what I’ve learned so far, and to hear the great ideas of other artists at the workshop.

My main points for using Facebook as an artist:

  • Dive in and try things out; you will learn as you go.
  • Keep your audience in mind (is this for business? just personal? both?) and post accordingly.
  • Be authentic to make stronger connections; people want to see the real you. (Check your privacy settings; you might not want your mom to see the real you.)
  • Treat social media relationships like any other—be nice, smart, funny, giving.
  • Post often—once a day, if possible–but not too often. (Promote your events; celebrate your victories; share tips as well as your creative process; support other artists; collaborate.)

I would love to hear from you. What’s your favorite form of social media? How do you use it? Any tips on what you have found to be most successful? And I’d be happy to “friend” you.

In the stillness—inspiration

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.
Deepak Chopra


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