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Bikini Top

Crafthaus http://www.crafthaus.com  is proud to present the “Sitting Pretty” exhibit by an international community of artists.  Show curators were Glen and Marie Guarino.  The show will be highlighted online from March 1, 2010 – April 1, 2010. The exhibit will remain on site permanently.  Denise Landis’  “Bikini Top” beach chair acrylic painting was selected for the exhibit and was the only painting in the exhibit!  All other art selected were sculpture. See this exciting exhibit at  http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/sittingprettytheartofsittingpart1

Contemporary Pointillism

If you like Pointillism, consider joining the new Pointillism Art group on Facebook.  I just started this group and am anxious for new members.  The group is open to artists (pointillists or otherwise),  art galleries & museums that currently exhibit Pointillism (both contemporary and classical styles), art collectors, and fans.  Join me as I explore the current world of Pointillism!

http://www.facebook.com/pointillism-art

The Artists of the Superstitions collected lots of stuffed animals for our Holiday Party Toy Drive.  The toys were picked up at the party and taken to the ZooLights “experience” at the Phoenix Zoo.  Children from The AZ Childrens Home in Tucson each got an animal “pal” as they roamed the zoo.  Sounds like a fun night for them.  It was for our art group too!

Toy Drive

Studio

Visit an artist studio!

Fall is the season of artists’ Studio Tours. It gives each artist an opportunity to show his/her artistic productivity for the first three quarters of the year.  (Yes, some artists do have quarterly action plans!)  This is your opportunity to see them in their own creative environment where “the action” happens.    Studio Tours are a special event for both the artists and their visitors!

There are a few things you, as a potential customer, need to know before starting out.  Here’s my twenty tips for approaching (and enjoying) an Artist Studio Tour:

1)  Ask a friend or partner (if they like art) to join you.  NEVER ask someone to go with you that doesn’t enjoy or appreciate art.  You’ll end up back home before you know it and you won’t enjoy yourself.  Make it a special event with a kindred spirit.

2) Usually Studio Tours have maps printed so that you can pick and choose the studios that peak your curiosity.  Review the list and choose those that reflect your interest. Try to visit as many of these as possible.

3) Don’t limit yourself from the full experience.  If it’s a two day affair, try to go both days.  If a studio has an art medium you are not familiar with, check it out!  You will learn something!

4) Start in the morning, break for lunch at a local restaurant to get a feel of the “local color”.  Try to imagine being an artist in this area.  What would be the artist’s local inspiration?  After lunch, keep going.  Visit more studios.

5) Most studio stops will have some sort of beverage to keep you hydrated but it’s a good idea to bring water and a snack item.

6)  Some private art studios have bathrooms but don’t count on them being available to the public.  When in need, it’s best to ask the artist where the nearest “public” restroom is and they will either offer you their private bathroom or direct you to a nearby public location.

7) Wear layered clothes so you can be comfortable if the weather changes quickly.  However, do not lay down purses or clothing in the studios.  The artists will not be responsible for the theft of your personal belongings.

8) Studio Tours are designed for adults. Responsible teens are welcome but parents “beware”!  Teens like to buy! Bring extra  funds.

9) Toddlers are an artist’ worst nightmare when they want to “touch everything”!  Art and creative products take many hours to make and are typically not designed for children.  So, if you plan to bring a child, keep “the little ones” in a stroller or under your strict control.  The artists will thank you.

10) Stay in the central area of the studio.  Don’t wander around looking inside other rooms or walking around the artist’s property.  If they are comfortable with you, they may ask to take you on a tour of other areas.  Be aware that some art studios are a part of the artist’s actual home.  It’s their private space or sanctuary.  Don’t invade their privacy.

11)  Bring cash for impulse shopping but be aware that most artists accept credit cards as well for more expensive items.  However, they may ask for your name, address, telephone number, etc. to complete the transaction.  Don’t expect debit card sales.  Do ask, “Do you accept credit cards?”

12)  Don’t rush in and out.  Ask each artist to describe their art-making process.  Don’t feel like you will be offending them by questioning their process.  Ask how they got started making art and their motivations.  Most artists love to demonstrate and talk about their art.

13) If you like the artist’s work, get his/her business card and any literature for potential later commission work.  Artists make most of their money from commissions of private works.  Don’t be afraid to ask.

14)  If you love a piece of art but think it’s a bit too pricey, ask if the artist will reduce the asking price by 10%.  Requesting more of a discount typically is an awkward situation.  Most artists have already reduced their prices since there is no overhead when they are selling the item themselves and in their own studio.  Further reductions could be interpreted as an insult.  It’s not cool.  Just don’t do it.

15)  Ask if the artist has a “lay-a-way plan”.  Some artists will allow a buyer to make monthly payments with a limited term and contract.  However, should the buyer not be able to meet the deadline, all prior payments are lost.  Remember, artists make their money by having their works available for sale.  Lay-a-ways take the art off the market and interfere with potential sales and gallery or exhibit events.

16)  Expect to pay taxes on all sales (cash, personal checks, and credit cards).  Sales taxes vary by city, county and state.   Some artists will forgo charging customer’s taxes.  This is your discount! But the professional artist still has to pay taxes.

17) The artist may have a visitor/customer sign-in sheet.  If you feel comfortable with the artist and their environment, don’t hesitate to share your address and email.  Most artists use this information strictly for the future marketing of their own art and private sales/gallery events.  If you like their art, sign up!  By doing this, you may also get significant future discounts. (On the other hand, if you do not feel comfortable with the artist, don’t hesitate to say “I don’t share my personal information” and walk away.)

18)  Think holiday-shopping!!!  Buy now for Christmas and Hannukah!  Art makes great presents. It allows the receiving person to reflect on the piece and see it through their own eyes.  It’s a gift that keeps on giving too.  Compliments are forever.

19)  If you get home after visiting several studios and you can’t stop thinking about a specific artist or item that you bypassed because you wanted to “hit” other studios before buying, give the artist a call to request a private sale or “re-look”.  Typically, the artist will be happy to invite you back.  However, it’s usually not cool to “drop in” at an artist’s private studio unless they have regular business hours.

20) Most importantly, have fun!  Take your time.  And tell your friends about the sale if it’s a two-day event!  Encourage them to visit the tour too.

FYI: This weekend, November 7 & 8th from 9am-4pm each day,  the Artists of the Superstitions (a mountain range located near Apache Junction and Gold Canyon, Arizona) is hosting their Annual Studio Tour.  I’d love to see you at my Landisworks Studio.  My studio is typically a disaster with art & jewelry supplies everywhere!  I’m a messy  abstract painter & jeweler.  However, I do clean it at least twice a year for open studio sales!!!!  Come for a visit.  For a detailed map of our Studio Tour go to http://www.artistsofthesuperstitions.com

Studio Tour

Denise Landis/Studio Tour 2008

This weekend will be filled with excitement as the Artists of the Superstitions, a group  of artists inspired daily by the beauty of a huge mountain range in central Arizona, USA.  We will gather together at twenty-one artist studios in the small communities of Apache Junction and Gold Canyon located east of the Phoenix metro areas.  There are forty+ artists displaying items in multiple mediums ranging from the fine arts, functional arts, to creative crafts, and jewelry.    Studio doors open at 9am and remain so till 4pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Each studio is different, as are the artists’ personalities and individual art pieces.   I will be selling my handmade beaded jewelry and large Pointillism paintings as well as demonstrating my unique style of painting with “dots”.   Also at my studio is Cheryl Fecht, an oil painter, specializing in intricate interpretations of the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, and more Arizona & New Mexico locations;  Lori Berry will have beautiful fused glass jewelry and art for sale; and Sandra Wilderman will have even more attractive paintings for customers to choose from as they shop for their holiday gifts.

Yes, the holidays will soon be here.  Why not buy original art and jewelry this year?  They make “the best” gifts.  For more information about this year’s Artists of the Superstitions Studio Tour and to obtain a map of each studio location, go to http://www.artistsofthesuperstitions.com.

The Pointillism Painters Group Logo

The Pointillism Painters Group Logo

Today, I started a social networking group on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com) called The Pointillism Painters Group.  If you are an artist and not familiar with LinkedIn, I highly suggest that you take a look at it and become a professional member.  There are a number of art related networking groups that allow you to participate or start a discussion about a pertinent topic.  You can also promote your artwork and get feedback on your finished products. LinkedIn has brought plenty of activity & interest to my website.

I began the pointillism group to hear from others about their individual processes whether physically, emotionally &/or  spiritually.  I can not wait to hear how other artists benefit (or not) from painting in pointillism.  I plan to share my process from start to finish and hopefully, much of this information can inspire a published book on pointillism.