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  • INK by Shawn Zheng

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    Shu Cheng (Shawn) Zheng features his distinctive style of making marks in Chinese..
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  • North Shore Art Crawl

    Location: North Shore, BC

    The North Shore Art Crawl is a free community arts event March 7+8,..
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  • Art exhibit at local funeral home is proof art isn’t dead!

    Location: Alexandria, ON

    • Friday, 21 Feb 6--9: Wine & cheese, entertainment by recording artist Katie..
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  • New Craft Coalition: Call to Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    New Craft Coalition invites applications from all mid-career and professional artists to be..
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  • TRAVEL EXHIBITION

    Location: Toronto, ON

    John Mantha will be participating in a group show at Twist Gallery in..
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  • David Tycho: Urbania

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Guest artist David Tycho will exhibit 10 paintings from his latest series. This series..
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  • ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) 2020

    Location: Brussels,

    ACAF (Accessible Art Fair) is back on October 15-18, 2020 for its 14th..
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  • Clarkson Society of Artists 2020 Show & Sale

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    The Clarkson Society of Artists invites you to attend their annual show &..
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  • Call for Artists: Urban Matrix

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Van Arts is inviting artists to take part in an upcoming group..
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  • 9th Artist Spotlight Solo Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art is now accepting entries for the 9th Artist Spotlight Solo Art..
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  • Call for Art - 11th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Call For Artists: The Other Art Fair Toronto

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Other Art Fair are thrilled to present the newest edition of The..
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  • Poetic Notions

    Location: Montreal, QC

    Bringing together 30 artists and poets, curators & participants Holly Friesen and Carolyn..
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  • Call for Art - 4th Annual Colors Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Colors online art competition. For this..
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  • Marlene Kawalez and Corynn Kokolakis

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. March..
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  • Jane Selbie and Joseph Farrugia

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. February..
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  • Dianne Davis and the WAP Collective

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Presented by: Cedar Ridge Gallery. Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. February..
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  • “Grey” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline February 28, 2020

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Grey surrounds us, sometimes in surprising ways. In beach pebbles, a..
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  • on thin ice Polar Bear Art Exhibit

    Location: Toronto, ON

    On thin ice is a solo exhibit of polar bear portrait paintings by..
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  • Support the Worldwide Art Community | Participate in 6x6x2020

    Location: Rochester, ON

    Hello Artists in Canada, We want YOU to participate in 6x6x2020! Let your creative..
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  • Olivier Du Tre: New Works

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    January 7 to February 29, 2020 At HUB@302 302-1235 26 Ave SE, Calgary, AB..
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  • WAAH 124th Juried Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton

    Location: Hamilton, ON

    Who:  The Women’s Art Association of Hamilton (WAAH) at the Art Gallery of..
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  • The Indian Contemporary Art Competition

    Location: New York, NY, ON

    The Indian Contemporary Art Competition (ICAC) aims to discover and promote talented artists..
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  • The Loft On King Street

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The Loft On King Street is one of the most unique private event..
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  • Overzealous Fine Art Exhibition 2020 Call for Entry

    Location: Toronto (GTA), ON

    Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 1st, 2020 -- Exhibition Dates: March 30 – April 18,..
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  • VOYZX Exhibition of Contemporary Surrealism

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    VOYZX Exhibition of Contemporary Surrealism 2020 is an annual international art exhibition, dedicated..
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Artists, how's your ROI?

By January 19, 2020

                                                                          Along the North Saskatchewan, watercolour, 4"x7.6"
 

Why is it important for an Artist to make a profit?

'Return On Investment' is a business acronym that questions expenditures to ensure a profit after all costs are accounted for. As an artist this task can be daunting and near impossible to figure. You can tear up this piece of paper after doing it if it scares you, but everyone should give it your best effort to establish your selling price.
 
What is considered an ROI?
Anything you put time or money into to produce your art that returns a profit. So buying framing, stretchers, paper or art materials at a saving is a good tangible example. As long as you mark it up when you sell it. Remember, if you sell your work through an Art Gallery they take charge (40-50%), so consider this when you consign work. If you paid someone to frame your art, you will have to double the cost of the framing to break even. Packaging and shipping is a hard cost. Public art Galleries sometimes pay this cost; commercial galleries, you usually have to deliver, so an expense that comes out of your 50%. Remember, you will be the last to be paid.
 
If you do a retreat or residency? Did it provide time away to produce a body of work that will be presented in a show you have booked? Did you apply for a grant, use it wisely as you have to pay tax on it. Put it into something that fulfills your dream, but consider where the income is going to come from?
 
If you participate in an art show and purchase a table or booth space, this is a short term investment. What are you going to do to ensure you have enough visitor traffic and right artwork to sell to them? Do you have a variety of sizes, media, framed or unframed works, cards and advertising materials?
 
Social Media, Insurance and Memberships?
Working your (Free) social media platforms can can use up a lot of your valuable time, but can also open doors and make sales. Have you evaluated the best of them and discontinued the others?
 
Insurance for your art protects your investment while in your studio and transporting. It is a cost that should be factored into the art being sold and stored.
 
Memberships can have great value to move your career forward, but don’t necessarily return a dollar as most were never intended to this. Supporting local art associations, guilds and public galleries create environments that can nurture and give back to you. Support by the art community ensures these programs and facilities are around for you and your community.

Memberships options
 
Keep all your receipts as investment costs can usually be deducted as a business expense.


Paul Constable
Director