This is a post for all of the comfortable artists out there and even some of the less well off artists who are reluctant to donate work to charitable causes. I know so many people who are sitting on decades of artwork that is rotting away in their studios or basements.
The most common argument against donating art is "My collectors will be outraged if I sell work below what they paid for it."
Unless you have signed contracts with mainstream galleries or other representatives that bar you from donating your art without their permission, you are deluding yourself. Your collectors probably won't give a rat's *ss if you donate works to a charity. Especially, if you take the following into consideration:
Donate older work. Everyone gets this. The understanding is that you have moved on and your work has matured. Donate it.
Donate work you don't like that much. Same. People get it. Not everything is a masterpiece and even Picasso had bad days. Just make sure it is a respectable offering. Donating junk is insulting to everybody.
Donate smaller work. I used to be an art consultant and we hardly ever sold anything smaller than a 20x24". I KNOW that many of you have a surplus of small work. Small work is likely to wind up in a powder room, possibly a hallway, on a cluttered shelf, or stored in a closet somewhere (if you are lucky). Small pieces are glorified knick knacks. Donate them.
If you don't find good homes for your art, your heirs will. (or won't) I'm a middle-aged artist who is struggling to survive pandemics, civil unrest, and late-stage capitalism. I don't want my kids to have to liquidate or throw out a giant hoard of art and art supplies after my death. Manage your inventory by giving away what you don't want your heirs to throw away. Do some good. I suggest donating to charitable fundraisers.
If you are a successful artist who sells almost everything you make, you can still be philanthropic without upsetting your market. Have a dedicated line of quick and easy minor art work for charitable giving and gifts.
I consider myself semi-pro and unfortunately, market value is not an issue for me. My signature pieces take a very long time to make. That means, I am very reluctant to give those away, so I make smaller, quick pieces for that. I also tend to use a lot of leftover or second-hand materials in donation works.
That said, you still want to donate respectable work. Art donations are usually displayed in person or on-line before and during fundraisers. You don't want to donate something terrible, damaged, or unfinished with your name attached to it. Many charity auctions have donors who swoop in and buy unbid lots at the last moment, but that isn't always the case. If you donate something awful, and it's goes unsold or the charity can't use it, then you aren't doing anybody any good.
I'd love to hear your comments on artists and charitable giving especially if you have more tips!
"Supraglacial Lake", 2022, woven bead mosaic on a thrifted blue bowl.
I heard yesterday that a supraglacial lake in India broke through its ice dam and thundered down the mountain taking out a bridge and two power stations. I discovered that this event happened a couple of days prior to me making this video. I would have gotten chills but I'm scientifically literate and the more scientifically literate you are the better you get as a Prophet of Doom. The Earth is warming. Ice melts. Basic cause and effect. Sadly, it's easy to predict. I'm making art documenting it and trying to cope emotionally.
I am preparing for a workshop I am leading with the Midwest Collage Society on May 1. I did this tutorial for any of the artists interested in how bead weaving works. I don't think I will play the whole thing, but now I have a tutorial, if anyone is interested.
We'll be talking about using beads and bead weaving as elements in collages and assemblages. I will also bring beads for them to string and use on 2nd-hand glassware for them to make little beaded votive holders just to give them a mini how-to on the process.
I'll give them tips on adhesives, different beadweaving techniques, needles, bead selection, and upcycling used items.
That reminds me. I need to put together a Powerpoint to guide us through these topics including samples of my work as they relate to collage/assemblage.
I finished Thwaites Glacier today. Now I'm looking for an image to put in the projector to make a stencil for an Arctic Sea Ice mosaic. I might start with the median ice edge in transparent beads and get more opaque white toward the middle.
While looking I found this article and rendering on CNN from 2019 for a proposed geoengineering design.
It's very scifi and I haven't seriously looked into it, nor do I have the knowledge to know whether it is viable. I'm sure any suggestion to implement something like this would spark heated debate.
One element of the design proposes using a reflective sand. I'd like to get a sample to check out.
Art 101: A Regional Juried ExhibitionCelebrating its 101st year, the Oak Park Art League (OPAL) proudly announces a regional call for art work with Art 101: A Regional Juried Exhibition. OPAL is looking for work that best demonstrates the artist's use of materials and mastery of skill in their chosen medium.
Artists are invited to submit up to 3 images that best represent their current artistic practice.
Submissions are open to artists over 18 years of age, living in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.
All mediums will be considered. (drawing, painting, mixed media, digital/new media, printmaking, photography, ceramics, fiber, glass, sculpture).
Size is limited to 48” in its largest dimension. All work should have been created in the past 3 years.
Juror: Sarah Cox, Manager of Collections and Exhibitions, Elmhurst Art Museum
Dates to Remember:
Call opens: March 18th, 2022
Submission deadline: Friday, July 15th, midnight
Email Notifications of Acceptance: August 1, 2022
Delivery of work: August 22-27, 2022
Exhibition dates: September 1-30, 2022
Opening Reception: September, 9th 7-9pm
Cost per submission: $40 for up to 3 pieces.
SUBMISSION VIA SUBMITTABLE ONLY - LINK
Accepted work should be shipped or dropped off to our Carriage House Gallery at 720 Chicago Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 and arrive between August 22nd and 27th.
OPAL reserves the right to reject work that is significantly different from the original submission.
All accepted work must remain on display through the duration of the exhibition.
Submission fee is $40 for up to three images of work. One additional image will be accepted for each 3-dimensional piece at no additional cost.
Works with frame hanging wire and D-rings preferred.
Submission fees are non-refundable.
Originally from Geneva, Illinois, Sarah Cox is the Manager of Collections and Exhibition at the Elmhurst Art Museum, in Elmhurst, Illinois. She works closely with artists, curators, and creative groups to create innovative exhibitions. She also manages the Mies van der Rohe design home, the McCormick House, located on the museum’s campus. Previously, Sarah was the Manager of Collections and Exhibitions at the Zanesville Museum of Art, in Zanesville, Ohio. She earned her BA in Studio Art and Art History from Illinois College and her MA in Art History and Theory from Northern Illinois University. Sarah has also interned at the Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, National Hellenic Museum, and the Geneva History Museum.
Name: Gallery Manager
Address: 720 Chicago Ave
Gary Schirmer art professor of College of DuPage, NIU and Aurora U awarded Oceanic Panopticon the Best in Show ribbon at Addison Artist Guild's 2022 Spring Members' Show today. I am grateful and honored for the recognition.
In other news, Enchanted Spring was accepted into the CAVA art show in Beverly that opens in a couple of weeks. Blackfoot glacier was accepted into Sculpture at the Kavanagh.
The Addison Art Guild Show starts April 6 and ends on March 29. The free public reception is on Saturday, April 9, from 1 to 4 pm.
April 22–June 4, 2022
Beverly Arts Center
2407 West 111 Street, Chicago, IL 60655
Artists' Reception: April 29, 6:00–8:00 p.m.Beverly Arts Center Gallery Hours:
Mondays–Thursdays, 2:00–7:00 p.m.
Fridays, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sally Wolff - Curator, Artist Development, & Art Licensing
Best of Show — $300
Special Awards (3) — $100
Honorable Mentions (3)
The Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA) is pleased to present Collective Awakenings, a juried show of individual perspectives. Even though we are all going through those same times together, we each have our own separate understanding of the events and how they affect us. Each of us has had to face the questions and struggles brought forward by this turbulent time in our nation's history. Our hope is that your eyes will be opened as you see what we have discovered. Works in all media, and springing from all inspiration, are welcome!
Media Accepted: Drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, collage, photography, fiber art, and 3D objects (sculpture, and ceramics) that can be wall hung or displayed on pedestals.
Non-members may enter for $30, but must also join CAVA via our JOIN page, and pay the annual membership fee of $50.
ARTWORK SALES AND COMMISSIONS:
The Beverly Arts Center (BAC) will take a commission of 30%. Price your art accordingly.
Artists should submit a short statement of up to 530 characters total for both works, describing how the pieces fit the theme of Collective Awakenings. Statements will be displayed with the work..
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: March 30, 2022, 11:59 p.m.
NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTED ARTWORK: April 8, 2022, 11:59 p.m.
ARTWORK DROP OFF: April 20, 2022, 11:00 a.m._1:00 p.m.
EXHIBIT OPENS: April 22, 2022
ARTISTS' RECEPTION: Friday, April 29, 2022 6:00–8:00 p.m.
ARTWORK PICK UP: June 4, 2022 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Artists are responsible for on-time delivery and pick up.
All work left beyond the pick up date is subject to a $10 daily storage fee.
Art Drop-off and Pick-up location: Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111 Street Chicago, IL 60655
Artists are responsible for on-time delivery and pick up.
All work left beyond the pick up date is subject to a $10 daily storage fee.
From my profile in EntryThingy:
For the past few years, I have been creating woven bead mosaics in 2D and 3D, and bead installations. Beads allow me the ability to paint with a myriad of colors, transparencies, textures and lusters of light. My work straddles many categories of decorative craft and fine art.
I hope that those who view my work will enjoy the sensuous optical, dimensional, and tactile stimuli that I am presenting in them and experience a sense of wonder.
My work often celebrates artists of any media, nature, climate change, science, space exploration, and visionary art.
BFA 1991 School of the Art Institute of Chicago
RECENT EXHIBITION HISTORY
April 6 - April 29, 2022 - Addison Art Guild Spring Members' Show 2022. Hosted by the Addison Center for the Arts. Exhibiting artist.
Feb. 19 - March 15, 2022 - Expressions: Art & Verse hosted by the Addison Center for the Arts. Organizer & exhibiting artist.
October - December 2021 - Elmhurst Artists' Guild Fall Member Show, exhibiting artist
November - December 2021, Addison Art Guild Fall Members' Show at the Addison Center for the Arts, exhibiting artist. Awarded Best in Show.
September 30, 2021 - October 31, 2021, Gallery Seven, exhibiting artist, awarded 2nd place
July 29 - August 21, 2021 - Union Street Gallery Invitational, exhibiting artist
August 2021 - "Off the Wall" at Side Street Studio Arts, exhibiting artist
June - August, 2021 - "Our Planet: Ourselves" at ARC Gallery jurored by Jane Stevens, exhibiting artist.
March 26 - May 15, 2021 - "Very Well, Thank You" Northern Illinois University Museum, exhibiting artist. Virtual Artist Talk, "A Look on the Bright Side: The Sunny Side of Art"-- Sunday April 18, 2021, 2 pm CST.
March 26 - May 8, 2021 "Sculpture at the Kavanagh," Kavanagh Gallery at Fine Line Arts Center, exhibiting artist.
January 2020 Visual Harmony Juried Group Exhibition at Norris Cultural Arts Center
September 2019 Elmhurst Artists' Guild Winter Members Show - "Solar Panels" awarded 3rd place
September 2019 Elmhurst Artists' Guild Fall Member Show - "Graf" awarded an Honorable Mention
September 2019 Elgin Fringe Festival Exhibiting Artist
July - August 2019 Julie Mars at the Prairie Center for the Arts, Schaumburg, IL - Solo show
July 2019 Oddball Art Labs - Saturday Morning Cartoons group show
June 2019 Elmhurst Artists' Guild Summer Member Show
1/2019-9/2019 Peace of Art Gallery
1/12/19-2/17/19 "Up Close and Personal" at Norris Cultural Art Center
12/2/18-1/4/19 "Winter Members Show at Elmhurst Artist Guild (Honorable Mention for "Hapless Missionaries Arrive at the Ravenous ExoMoon")
10/4/2018-10/27/2018 "Cabinet of Curiosities" Union Street Studios
7/2018-8/2018 "In and Around" Fine Line Art Center (First Place in Vessels for ("Bijou")
7/13/2018-7/21/2018 "Strange Imaginations and Perplexing Wonders" Oddall Art Labs @Elgin Artspace
9/14/2018-10/7/2018 "9th Anniversary Exhibition" Waters Street Studios
3/2018-4/2018-"Creative Insights" Addison Center for the Arts (Second Place for "Odilon")
DuPage Art League, March 2018 Once in a Blue Moon 2nd Place ?Cosmos?
DuPage Art League, June 2018 Golden Days 3rd Place "Odilon"
OddBall Art Labs Strange Imaginations "ExoMoon"
DuPage Art League, August 2018 Purple Prose 3rd Place "ExoMoon"
Kavanagh Art Gallery, June 2018 In and Around 1st Place "Bijou"
Union Street Studios, October 2018 Cabinet of Curiosities "Specimen"
Collective Awakenings Statement
For “Collective Awakenings,” I chose to enter “Goldilocks Panopticon” and “Enchanted Spring,” two of my most optimistic and revitalizing pieces. This is the time for everybody to emerge after sheltering and masking from contagion. It is time to get out into the sun and enjoy each other’s company. Finally together, our shared delight is enhanced in the beauty and wonder of the natural world.
Julie Mars' current events, projects, & inspirations.