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Posted by lindasummersposey on September 7, 2010 at 1:24 AM Comments comments (2)

My Art Is in a Show in FRANCE!

 

Here's how it happened: I saw an online request for postcard-sized art for an exhibit in a restaurant in Rouen, France (actually in a nearby town with a long name). OK, the restaurant is in a JAIL, the exhibit organizer said, but what the heck. Hopefully, it's in a former jail. Regardless, how else am I going to get myself in an art show in FRANCE... for free... at this stage in my career?!?! I immediately decided to enter. Why? More on that later.

 

Since the venue is a restaurant, they asked for food-related art. I chose the Texas peach as my theme. Easier to draw than barbeque, right? I also decided to make my piece look as much like an old-fashioned postcard as I could. I painted, I glued, I textured, I shipped it off and – VOILA! – now my art is on display in France. After the exhibit ends, it will be added to the restaurant's PERMANENT collection. Lah-di-da, s'il vous plait!

 

See below for an image of the postcard. To see the whole exhibit: http://www.facebook.com/linda.s.posey#!/photo.php?pid=187535&id=100000825422919&ref=fbx_album  - Enjoy! :-) (FYI – the "fuzz" on the peach is… dryer lint and carefully applied paint!)

 

Why did I bother?: I won't get paid for this piece of art. As far as I know, the works aren't even for sale. I just donated my little painting to the restaurant's "permanent collection." And even while it's on display, it's in France for pity's sake, thousands of miles away from where I know a single solitary art collector. Why did I bother?

 

First of all, for the fun of it. Period. I succeeded at that.

 

Second, this was a challenge to my creativity, although a small one. Nevertheless, I wanted to see if I could create something that would embody the theme, be fun to create, and be different (in a good way!) from the pieces already showing up on the Facebook page for the exhibit. I feel like I succeeded at that goal too.

 

Third, I wanted to be able to say I'd been in an art exhibit in France! What better conversation starter for an artist that saying you have work in an art show and a private collection in France. That aspect has been a success too. I've emailed friends, written about the show on Faceboook, and talked about it at one of my networking groups. And the story gets a smile or a laugh - and a lot of genuine "Congratulations," "Atta girl," and "Go for it!" comments.

 

Finally, it'll look great on my resume. WHAT? This tiny little piece of art in this tiny little show? YES. Anything creative I do is fodder for my resume. The next time I update my bio, this exhibit will definitely be included.

 

Furthermore, if I can't get some publicity for doing this, I'm just not trying. Already it's given me fodder for my blog! The next media release I send out... you guessed it. The "Diner a la c'art" show will either be the theme of my PR, or it'll be prominently mentioned in the release.

 

Why do you need to know about this?: As an artist, I encourage you to expand your horizons as I have. 

  • What do you consider legitimate outlets for your art? What kinds of exhibits or contests are you willing to enter? Unless you're selling your every creation for top dollar, those less prestigious outlets might open the door to some new opportunity or at the very least add to your resume in an interesting way.
  • When was the last time you created a silly, frivolous or "small" piece just for the fun of it? When was the last time you deliberately gave up the notion of creating "great" art or even saleable art - and created something just because you wanted to? If your art isn't fun or if you're not creating something just for your own satisfaction at least part of the time, you're missing one of the best possibilities - if not THE best - of your art career.
  • When was the last time you took on a creative challenge, even a small one, that took you outside your usual style or genre or image of yourself as an artist? Again, if you don't to that once in a while, you're limiting your potential growth as an artist. After all, if I can make peach fuzz out of dryer lint, who knows what I'm capable of creatively!
  • When was the last time you had your art on display in France? If you're a regular on the French art scene, more power to you. If not, why not try the unusual, the outrageous, the downright playful to get your foot in the door.

Happy creating -

Linda

New Artists Alive & Well Group Exhibits Coming 9/9 and 10/4

Posted by lindasummersposey on August 25, 2010 at 1:59 AM Comments comments (0)

Despite my summer cold, the art shows must go on. I'm thrilled to announce two new exhibits featuring small but talented groups of Artists Alive & Well members.

 

Red Hot Art – Sculptures by Design Presents Artists Alive & Well

 

Houston's hottest emerging artists heat up City Centre with their colorful art.

Opening: Thursday, September 9, 2010, 6:00-9:30PM

Exhibit runs through September.

Location: Sculptures by Design, 12848 Queensbury Lane, Suite 204, Houston, TX 77024. Located at I-10 and Beltway 8 (Sam Houston Tollway) in City Centre, just north of Town & Country Village, upstairs above Eddie V's and across the street from McCormick & Schmick's. On-street parking available; garage parking in the building at Queensbury and the Beltway.

Artists: James Adams, Linda Askin, Daniel Brents, Suzanne Buckland, Sandi Gardner, Margo I. Green, Valerie Gudell, Marilyn Balke-Lowry, Melinda Patrick, Linda Summers Posey and Sally Stubbs.

 

Blue on Blue – Cool Art from Artists Alive & Well

 

Artists Alive & Well presents the cool blue moods of today's hottest emerging artists.

Opening: Monday, October 4, 2010, 7-10PM. Happy hour prices all evening.

Running throughout the month of October.

Location: Max's Wine Dive, 3720 Washington Ave. (at Shepherd), Houston, TX. On-street parking available; small lot behind the strip center.

Artists: Daniel Brents, Margo I. Green, Marilyn Balke-Lowry, Melinda Patrick, Linda Summers Posey and Sally Stubbs.

 

Because the shows run back-to-back, I decided to link the themes with color – so each show will feature a distinct palette, red for Sculptures by Design and blue for Max’s Wine Dive. Two of the artists, Daniel Brents and I, even have thematically linked paintings in each show. Daniel is showing two halves of a diptych, one in each show, along with other works. One of my pieces in each show is from my "Self-Expressed" series.

 

Come to either show and you’ll have the fun of seeing some great art – come to both and you’ll see how distinctly color can influence our work and our view of the world. Artists, see what you can do to make the themes of your shows reflect your creativity in a new way.

 

For more information about both shows:

Linda Summers Posey, [email protected] 

 

Happy creating

Linda

Back to the Blog - Thoughts on What Comes First

Posted by lindasummersposey on August 25, 2010 at 1:19 AM Comments comments (0)

What Comes First

 

The blog has been on vacation while I recovered from a cold and managed the process of pulling two small group art exhibits together (while trying to finish my artwork for both those exhibits and a couple of other upcoming art events). Feeling a bit overwhelmed by all this, I let myself get sleep-deprived, and the next unfriendly virus that came along found me an inviting target.

 

The lesson here is: No matter how tight my schedule, I have to find time to take care of myself. That should be my first priority. Get enough rest, eat right, get some exercise and an occasional massage. There's no substitute for these essentials, and they ARE essentials, not just "nice-to-have" options. Lesson learned, for now. And I'll probably have to nudge myself again - and again. It's an easy lesson to forget when you're doing what you love.

 

Meanwhile the shows must go on! See the next blog entry for details about these exciting exhibits.

 

Happy creating -

Linda 

Two Things That Trump Talent and Connections

Posted by lindasummersposey on August 17, 2010 at 6:53 AM Comments comments (0)

Suddenly, my art career seems to be booming... I'm in an exhibit that runs through August 20, when the closing reception will be held (see Upcoming Events, in the right-hand column). Then, I'll be in another exhibit opening on September 9 and running through the end of the month, followed by another one opening on October 4 for the month of October. Life is good!

 

What's the source of this mini-explosion? I can't claim to be supremely talented. (I didn't say I wasn't talented, but I'm no artistic genius either.) I don't have the best connections on the Houston art scene. (Sure I've got contacts, but plenty of other artists are vastly better connected than I am.)

 

However, I'm stubborn and, from time to time, despite being stubborn, I learn my lessons. I'm finally absorbing what my coaches (most recently, Taft McWhorter, Sandy Lawrence and Diane Larrivee) have been trying to teach me for lo these many years:

  • Don't be shy. Speak up, speak out. Let people know who you are and what you do - and why you're good enough at it that they should take a look at your work. I landed "Exhibit A" primarily because I introduced myself to the organizer of an art show I attended, told her what I did and expressed interest in her venue.
  • Follow up and follow through. Those great contacts you meet at an art opening or networking event will turn into a meaningless pile of business cards in a flash - if you don't follow up with an email or a call. Yes, I sent that "Exhibit A" contact a note. It turned out that she was eager to find new artists.
  • Don't drop the ball. If someone responds to your message, the ball is in your court. If they don't respond, the ball is in your court. Either way, keep following up - nicely, politely, professionally. Don't assume they're not interested because you haven't heard from them. After several unanswered emails and phone messages, I simply dropped by to see the contact for "Exhibit B." By that time the person responsible for art exhibits at this venue had changed. But I didn't drop the ball. Another round of messages, followed by another drop-in visit, and I had a show booked.

In today's art world, a little courage and a lot of persistence can be as important as talent and connections.

 

P.S. I'll be posting all the details for these new exhibits soon. You can trust me not to drop the ball on that!

 

Happy creating -

Linda

 

 

The FUN of Letting the World Know - Publicity for My Work

Posted by lindasummersposey on August 2, 2010 at 4:51 PM Comments comments (1)

Being an artist is fun. Period. Personally, I don't need any other justification than that for what I do.

 

And being an artist is MORE fun when I can share the fun with others.

  • Sometimes that comes from showing my work.
  • Often it comes from talking about my work to anyone who will listen. (Thanks to my patient friends!) :)
  • Sometimes it comes from selling a painting.
  • Often I share the fun by participating with my artists' support network, Artists Alive & Well (http://www.ArtistsAliveandWell.com). 
  • Occasionally, I get to share the fun of an acknowledgement of some kind.

Today's fun: Sharing the article that appeared in yesterday's Houston Chronicle (Memorial/Spring Branch section) about my art and about Artists Alive & Well. Here's the link to the online version: http://bit.ly/b02UNF. If you go there, please leave a comment -- that way I'll know that you shared the fun I experienced when it was published. I also suspect that your comments will help the talented author of the article, Kim Morgan (http://www.kimberlywrites.net), impress her boss.

 

Here's one more way to SHARE THE FUN WITH ME: Please visit our current Artists Alive & Well exhibit and don't miss the closing reception:

Artists Alive & Well Summerview Exhibit

Through August 20, 10AM-6PM, M-F

Closing Reception, Friday, August 20, 4-6PM

Phoenix Tower, 9th Floor Sky Lobby

3200 Southwest Freeway (at Buffalo Speedway)

Meet the artists, refreshments and FUN!

(Free parking if leaving after 6PM -- enter parking garage visitors area from US59 access road)

 

THANKS for sharing the fun I have being an artist! I invite you to share the fun of bringing out your own creativity with me.

 

Happy creating -- Linda