Thursday, August 20, 2009

Think of it as a "spa day" for your creative career

Here is a banner opportunity to gain a LOT of practical information on crafting your career as a professional artist, all in ONE DAY, and for one reasonable price.

There are seminars and workshops I've read about (and several I've attended) which cover the ins and outs of particular niche arts professions. But this looks to be the most well-rounded, ONE day-long seminar I've seen yet which tackles marketing yourself as a professional artist from so many broad angles. The only thing I've seen close to this in depth and breadth is the seminars available at Surtex Show and, to a larger extent, Licensing International. These shows each run for 3 - 5 days and the seminars and workshops they offer are about 1.5 hours each. But there are so many seminars and workshops over the course of 3-5 days, that you can pick and choose from many, many topics of interest.

I've taken many seminars at both of those shows and I've got my money's worth. But I can tell you that it cost *mucho dinero* to take the classes alone, never mind the travel and hotel expenses involved. This workshop costs only $200 (well, $195, officially) for one full day. You get to choose four seminars out of eight offered, which breaks down to $50 per seminar, which is a good price per seminar (for comparison's sake, Surtex seminars last 1.5 hours and are $75 each). Plus, there will be time to talk shop with others in a social atmosphere at the beginning and end of the day.

If you are in the Boston area (or will be September 13), and you are a working artist in need of some information, resources and a little guidance in a few key areas, OR you are a student about to fly the college coop, it's most definitely worth checking out. Great opportunity to gain a lot for not a lot of time or money!

I've attended workshops and seminars with Carol Eldridge and I can highly recommend her to anyone interested in learning about art licensing.

Here is a list of the titles and speakers who will be presenting:

Art Licensing: What it takes
with Carol Eldridge, Carol Eldridge Designs
Art Marketing Today: New guidelines
with Susan Fader, Ditto Editions
Art Etiquette: The Do(s) and Don't(s) with Suzanne Schultz,  Canvas Fine Art Gallery
Copyright & More: Know the laws with Brian LeClair, IP Attorney
Art Reproduction Today: Get the facts with Susan Fader, Ditto Editions
Art Representation: Is it for you? with Suzanne Schultz, Canvas Fine Art Gallery
Social Networking: How & Why
with Corissa St. Laurant , Constant Contact

Speakers' web sites
Carol Eldridge (Art Licensing):

Susan Fader (Art Marketing Today, Art Reproduction Today):

Suzanne Schultz (Art Representation):

Brian LeClair (Artists' Copyright Issues):
PDF bio download

Corissa St. Laurant (Social Networking):


Art Marketing 21 Day Details
Date: SUNDAY, SEPT. 13, 2009, 8:30-5:30

• Participants select to attend 4 seminars from the 8 offered -- 2 from the morning session and 2 from the afternoon session)

COFFEE AND PASTRY  During Check -In.
COCKTAIL RECEPTION at the conclusion of
the day.


Registration form PDF



Anonymous said...

The heads up is really appreciated. Thank you! This sounds really interesting... and I can't believe it is nearby. Sometimes it seems like every event link I click on is in California. But Boston, that is right in my backyard! Thanks again.

Ann Marie said...

Thank you for posting this, Kathy! I have been wanting to attend one of Carol Eldridge's workshops for a while (enjoyed your earlier post about the boat day!)

This looks like a great event!