Friday, May 30, 2008
I can't stress enough how valuable it is to participate in shows and promote your work. Last year, I found out about a site NJ offers called JerseyArts.com. It's a great site that promotes all of the arts in NJ and offers many free promotional opportunities to artists. I applied to be included on their web site as a featured artist and was chosen. My work was on their home page for the month of April. Since then it is permanently archived on their site, always searchable.
Of course I hoped for sales or some future opportunity to come from this great exposure, and last week it did. I received a phone call from the editor in chief of NJ Savvy Living magazine, asking me if I was interested in them writing a feature on me. Well, of course! My husband said, why would they even ask you? But there are those obstinate artists out there who don't want to become successful, unless they are discovered by chance. Well, in a way I was discovered, but I set the stones in place.
So today I will be speaking with their editor, George Anderson, about my work. He's interested in focusing on my appliance paintings. the article, which he aims to be eight pages long, will be published in either the July/August or September/October issue. Hopefully he'll help get me past the emerging artist stage! I'll keep you posted; I'm looking forward to the phone interview, George seems to be a fun guy to talk to.