You might recall a few weeks back I mentioned entering a contest called, Art Prize. This is an annual event held in Grand Rapids, MI and it dubbed the largest of its kind in the Country. It also offers the most prizes – more than a half million dollars in both juried and public voting awards.
The way it works is the artist completes an entry form for either 2D or 3D art and adds an entry to the mix. After that, there is a 30 day connections period when artists let any of the 185 participating downtown businesses know that they are interested in having their work displayed in their business. If you fail to make a connection during the allowed time, you are out.
I got lucky. Of the 2,200 artists that entered this year, one of the businesses contacted me. Yup. Me.
So for two weeks this fall, Old Swampy will make its home in Grand Rapids. The odds of being chosen were slim. The odds of winning a prize are slimmer, but as I look at it, I’m halfway there!
Well, that’s what I call the techniques I use to create art. Besides, every era needs a movement and mine is Debbieism. I leave this to the next generation.
On that happy note, summer is traditionally a very slow time of year for selling art. It’s when I spend time looking for new venues to display my work and creating tomorrow’s masterpieces.
Summer is when I experiment with different mediums and techniques. I’m having fun, but production has been a slower than usual. On the other hand, art creation shouldn’t be rushed.
In the meantime, You Can Own a Debbie for less if you act soon. I will create a painting of your favorite pet or family member for just $40. including shipping anywhere in the US. The 8×10 in an11x14 mat and ready for framing. This is usually $55. with shipping. This special ends when summer officially ends – Labor Day. Debbie’s make great gifts for the holidays or any occasion.
In between traveling and dealing with life matters, my resolutions this year were to get my work in a gallery and find more collectors.
What I’m doing at this very moment has nothing to do with galleries or collectors. It has to do with money.
I took a giant leap and entered the world’s biggest art show that offers the largest prizes I’ve ever seen. I’m not modest enough to say I don’t want to win. A lot of people see my work, but only if I sell do I add to my traveling money. That’s right. Any sales revenue goes into a separate account that is strictly used for my traveling pleasure. With the rising cost of travel, well, you can see where I’m going with this.
But I digress…
I entered Art Prize, a giant of a contest held every year in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It’s an interesting concept and there’s a learning curve on the entering process. In the fall, the entire town becomes a enormous gallery with almost every business, hotel, coffee shop and bar in the downtown area, choosing to exhibit works from artists worldwide over a two week period.
First, you pay a small entry fee and get your information ready for review by all the different venues. Then, you contact those that might have an interest in promoting your work to try to get them to enter into a display contract with you.
If you don’t do that, you are out for this year. If you do, your work is displayed and you are eligible for both juried and people’s choice prizes with a top prize in both categories of … are you ready? … $200,000. Keep in mind that there are any number of smaller prizes of say, $20,000 that I could live with.
For my entry, I submitted, Old Swampy. I contacted the first five of my favorite venues today. There are many, many talented artists who enter this show. To be able to exhibit side by side with them would be an honor.
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If you are looking for a fun way to spend what promises to be a cool day at the beach, you won’t want to miss the Family Arts Festival in Daytona Beach Shores. Check out some of the area’s finest artists and listen to live music on the beach on the final day of the Daytona Beach Shores Jazz Festival. Plenty of family activities and yes….Own A Debbie will be there!
Taking place oceanfront and on the beach at Frank Rendon Park in Daytona Beach Shores. It’s free!
Busy getting ready an upcoming show this weekend. This time you will find Own A Debbie at the annual St. James Episcopal Church Art And Crafts Fair. It’s located at 38 South Halifax Drive, Ormond Beach. It’s taking place Saturday from 10-4 and Sunday from noon till four. Lots of baked goods for sale too! Inclement weather won’t bother you here…we’re indoors!
There’s only two more weeks to catch the Kaleidoscope Show at the Art and Antiques Gallery in the quaint arts community of Eau Gallie. Look for “Hats Off” and “Going Bananas”. Yup. They are mine!
Then, Saturday, March 28 marks the first annual Family Art Fest featuring artists from the Art Guild of Ponce Inlet and lots of Jazz on the beach.
And of course, don’t forget to check out our ongoing exhibit at the Quality Inn International Speedway lobby in Daytona Beach.
When two of my favorite pieces were accepted for the first annual Kaleidoscope exhibit at the Art and Antiques Gallery in Eau Gallie, the first thing I did was jump up and down. The next thing I did was look for Eau Gallie on the map.
For our purposes, it’s located near Melbourne on Florida’s east coast. It’s a tiny community with a strong emphasis on the arts. It’s amazing how many galleries and art related businesses there are in this little town.
So now I am really excited about the private reception on March 7th and that two of my works will display along with 43 others specially chosen for this juried show. My work will hang in the gallery for the month of March.
A preview for those who can’t make it to the gallery this month is below. The Eau Gallie Arts District is still in its infancy, but expect it to become one of Florida’s premier areas for the arts.
The Art Guild of Ponce Inlet Fine Art Show is taking place this weekend. Stop by before and between the races and check out some of best art you’ll find anywhere. At the Ponce Inlet Community Center, Saturday 10-5; Sunday, 10-4. Yup…I’ll be there with some new things created especially for the show. Stop by and say hi…it’s FREE!
Quality Inn Speedway – Stroll through the lobby of this Platinum award winning property and you’ll find ‘Debbie’s” everywhere. while you are there look directly across the street and watch as they complete renovations at the Daytona International Speedway. Ongoing. Dr. Jeffrey Friedman’s Office – You don’t have to be sick to enjoy the Art of Debbie in the waiting room of this Port Orange office. Looking is free – no waiting!
Own A Debbiecan also be seen at The Hub in New Smyrna Beach through April 30. The newest exhibit features originals from, The Fort Lauderdale Collection.
If you can’t get to those, you can browse our online gallery any time of the day or night and enquire about originals or order a high quality giclee. Click on the hats to the left to get started.
Look for “Debbie” at The Art Guild Of Ponce Inlet Fine Art Show, February 21 and 22.