Artist Conundrum Continued


Fine art by Hildy Maze

Here are some thoughts from fine artist Hildy Maze of East Hampton, NY. www.hildymaze.com

How do you handle the high costs of submitting,showing, shipping and framing (if your work needs framing)?

For a couple of years I spent a small fortune submitting,framing, and shipping until I could no longer afford to submit beyond my immediate area. I find it to be a catch-22 when a gallery (in my area) says, I’ll give you a show if you can do all the framing. At the moment I’m considering ways to do this. I’ve come to the conclusion that most of these submissions for shows around the country are not the way to go. Sales are few to none. I question whether these kinds of juried, group shows are beneficial to the work. True,it looks good on a c.v., but the cost is too high.
How extensive is your presence on the web?

My presence on the web is extensive. Although time consuming, it is a way to share the work with others. I submit not only to the most obvious like Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinerest, Twitter, I’ve found various blogs that a suitable to the work I do as well as on-line magazines. No sales have come from this, but making art is about communication so I look for anyway that this can be accomplished.
From your experience… can you list some ways you connect with a gallery and/or collectors?

The gallery I’m with…sort of (that’s a whole other story) found me. Any effort to connect with a gallery through email was probably deleted before opened. Very difficult, even with galleries that say they accept submissions. I have no idea how or where to find collectors.
How do you network on the web and in the “real” world?

On the web I network through Facebook,Tumblr,Twitter,Pinerest,Instagram,Artstack,Niume,Flickr, and several others . I keep them all up-to-date. I often ask myself, considering the time consumption,’why am I doing this’? But I continue. In the “real” world I hardly network at all which is my weak point. I’m told this is very important.
If you have received  a grant would you be willing to share any ideas about grant writing?

I have applied to several grants, have received none…..but I will not give up! Grants are difficult and take some kind of special skill to
write which I continually work on but have not achieved. Some you can simply apply, others require being nominated, then you’re invited
to apply. If anyone has any experience with how to write a grant I would appreciate your knowledge.

Best of luck to us all!
Hildy Maze
http://hildymaze.com

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Collector’s Choice: 100 Posts!


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Thanks for being a loyal email subscriber to my Fine art blog “Collector’s Choice” with KIRSTEINFINEART . I just want to make sure you know that I always appreciate hearing from you. Please Let me know if you ever have any questions. My email is janiskirstein@icloud.com. Or just message me on my website.
The purpose of this message is to update you on some thoughts I have had about the “Collector’s Choice Blog, it’s purpose and potentialities.

 

 

 

 

 

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Also, I have a number of questions for you, my readers that I would love for you to answer. Don’t worry, these questions will be brief.

First, I want to share my thoughts with you about the purpose of this blog.
Thanks so much to all the artists who have so generously shared your work with all of us on this blog, “Collector’s Choice.” I am so excited to create these artist features. I had no idea there were so many exceptional artists working today. At first when I began this daily feature of a contemporary artist every day, I worried that I would run out of artists to feature.

I now see that that will not be a problem anywhere in the near future.

With each artist feature, I wanted to showcase the work of each artist, along with a description of the work, the process, artist intention and thoughts, and a bit about the artist. What I have discovered in doing this is that there are so many artists EVERYWHERE who are deserving of this honor.

I believe that artists are so often overlooked and under appreciated. I know, as I have spent the last 30 years working as an artist. And in this land of challenging times, artists and their creative spirit form one of our very most valuable resources for survival, recovery and enlightenment.

I hope that my blog can become a testimonial to that belief and faith.

 

 

 

 

 

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Now, I would like to ask you a few brief questions and would love your feedback on a few questions that some of the featured artists have discussed. I only have a few questions here, so don’t run away now! These 5 questions have been posed by Abstract Painter Hildy Maze who lives and works as an artist in Easthampton, NY. As we began discussing these questions, we realized all the artists featured on this blog would probably have a wealth of experience and information to share. And probably, it is our hope that many of you would like to hear other’s thoughts on these questions.

If you are an artist, please answer from personal experience. If you are not an artist, please answer from your own perspective.

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. How do you handle the high costs of submitting,showing, shipping and framing (if your work needs framing)?

  2. How extensive is your presence on the web?

  3. From your experience… can you list some ways you connect with a gallery and/or collectors?

  4. How do you network on the web and in the “real” world?

  5. If you have received a grant would you be willing to share any ideas about grant writing?

    Perhaps you do not have time to answer all of these questions, right now. But if you will give it some thought, then return any of your own personal answers to me by email, I will compile some of the information and post it as a blog.

Thanks so much for all your ideas and thoughts. I think we can all benefit from each other’s experiences.

My email again is janiskirstein@icloud.com.

I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful summer! And don’t forget to be sure to get in a swim or two!

Best wishes,

Jan Kirstein