A good way to celebrate the Season and start toward a New Year:
I am very happy to announce that a selection of my work is now available for sale or rental through the Art Gallery of Alberta!
I think this is a great program from the AGA – renting work is a very cost-effective way to live with art you love, and – if you can’t live without it – a portion of your rental fees for the first 6 months of a rental can go toward a purchase!
And Art Rental and Sales at the AGA showcases the work of more than 150 Alberta artists working in a wide range of media and styles – so it feels especially good to be in such good company, and working with an organization that supports local creators.
Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC has just launched a Podcast! It’s a really interesting listen for anyone interested in the ways in which visual artists manage the realities for earning money to sustain their creative practice. And appropriately, it’s called “Draw More Income.”
The podcast launch is part of the larger three-month Draw More Income initiative that Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC is presenting to the community, as a way to stimulate conversations and provide awareness and information regarding the real circumstances of working artists in Alberta (and elsewhere in Canada).
Become part of the conversation – it’s one we need to be having right here, right now.
Listen to what other artists have to say, and get in touch on Facebook, , twitter, tumblr, the website, or via email or phone. Tell Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC what you do to draw more income – or what’s holding you back from doing that from your creative practice.
One of the hats I wear in my professional life is that of board member for Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC. Our role in the province is to provide information and professional development opportunities to visual artists, and to advocate on behalf of visual artists for programs and policies that improve the socio-economic position of visual artists at various stages in their careers. We are the provincial affiliate for CARFAC National; so that means our members have access to the tools and support that CARFAC can provide as well.
Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC has a new project launching soon – called DRAW MORE INCOME – and I wanted to spread the word a bit about it, because I think it’s particularly important to be having conversations about the economic position of visual artists in Alberta right now – AND about the vital contribution art & culture make to the economy of the province and the country.
So … this is an open invitation to all the visual creatives out there: the artists, the illustrators, the new media artists, the graphic designers, the photographers, the printmakers …
Tell Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC how you Draw More Income.
What are the difficulties you face in improving your income from your practice?
What strategies and ideas are you trying for making your creative life work better?
Are there NEW methods you are developing or trying out?
What would your practice look like if you were able to draw more income from it?
How would that change your work and personal life?
And – because we all work visually in some way – it would be really great if you’d share a little drawing or sketch or comment that represents your struggles and/or successes! There are picture-frame postcards just waiting for you to work on – and these will be gathered and posted in our community space attached to the office in Edmonton for the next 3 months.