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  • Gallery Ring “Land-Water-Sky” Online Juried Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    Gallery Ring announces a new contest that celebrates the Land, Water and Sky...
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  • 5th Anniversary Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art is celebrating a very special milestone. October 2020 is the gallery’s..
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  • PRISMA ART PRIZE - 6th edition

    Location: ROME,

    Il Varco is glad to inaugurate the sixth edition of Prisma Art Prize,..
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  • Gallery Ring “Solo Art Contest”

    Location: , ON

    Gallery Ring invites artists worldwide to submit a portfolio of work for consideration...
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  • Call for Photo Submissions: Ottawa

    Location: Ottawa, ON

    Do It For The Grain is an Ottawa-based, semi-regular publication of analog black..
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  • Niagara Pumphouse Fundraising Auction

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is excited to announce its first online fundraising..
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  • Artist Call for emerging artists for participation in Art Contest

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    ART VANCOUVER is returning to the Vancouver Convention Centre for its 6th edition..
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  • 16th “Solo Art Series” – Online Solo Art Exhibition Opportunity

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces its 16th “Solo Art Series”..
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  • 6th Annual Figures & Faces Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 6th Annual Figures & Faces art competition..
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  • 4th Annual “Patterns, Textures & Forms”

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • 1st Annual Body + Art Contemporary Exhibition 2020

    Location: Victoria, BC

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 1st Annual Body + Art Contemporary Exhibition 2020 The Truth Gym Gallery..
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  • 2020 Online Open Art Competition

    Location: Spruce Grove, AB

    Deadline for entry is Aug 15 Viewing is Sept 8-Oct 2 Ribbons & prizes will..
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  • “Isolation” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline August 31, 2020

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Around the world for the past few months, people have been..
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  • Nocturn - Alberta Society of Artists

    Location: Blairmore, AB

    The artworks shown in this Alberta Society of Artists juried exhibition have been..
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  • Call for Artists + Photographers - $550.00 Innovate Grants

    Location: , DE

    Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Summer 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant..
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  • Here we Are...Online Show

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Online Show...from Mixed Media Mushrooms...to Box Books And Paintings..
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  • 3rd Annual Women Artists Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art is once again celebrating women artists with its 15th quarterly online..
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  • Call for Artist: BIPOC Artist Instagram Project

    Location: Montréal, QC

    HEAR US NOW! BIPOC Artist Instagram Project CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS During this time of crisis..
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  • 10 Years of EAHR x EAHR | Media CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BIPOC Artist Instagram Project Supporting the practices of BIPOC Artists during COVID-19

    Location: Montréal, QC

    10 Years of EAHR x EAHR | Media CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BIPOC Artist Instagram..
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  • CALL for ARTISTS:

    Location: , AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all artists in Alberta (must be 18..
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  • CALL for ARTISTS:

    Location: , AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all artists in Alberta (must be 18..
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  • ASA Online Artists Choice 2020

    Location: , AB

    Running July 1st through August 31st 2020. The Alberta Society of Artists..
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  • Beacon Original Art: Call for Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Getting even more creative during COVID-19? Then apply now to participate in our..
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Surviving as an Artist in Challenging Times

By July 1, 2020

 

Surviving as an artist in INTERESTING TIMES.

No one wants disruptions in their plans especially when your income depends on public access to you and your artwork to make a sale or meet new connections in person. There is nothing stronger than word of mouth referrals and personal introductions when it comes to art selling and collecting. Since late February online has strengthened substantially with com]connecting with buyers through social media and websites.

I will relate a few personal experiences this past few months. 

I was in the setup stages of a retrospective exhibition I co-curated for Nik Semenoff, master printmaker. This exhibition was 3 years in the making. The show was installed in March and no one could come into the gallery. (Saskatchewan Craft Council) We knew we had to do something so we went online with Instagram LIVE and did a spit screen interview. It worked well and had a wider audience than would have attended locally. The show received an extension and a further extension till July 24th. These types of performances will probably become part of the norm for the gallery which adds another dimension to exhibiting.

Personally as an artist

Working from my home studio I felt this barrier of isolation as well and i sensed the same was happening with those in my neighbourhood. People were out walking just get out of the house, but it wasn't an enthusiastic outing. It was the same streets and no one really around. So I decided to create my own OneWindow Gallery outside my studio. Many people didn't realize what I did for a living let alone in this strange building. I had planned on doing this years ago, but was motivated to do it now. I have changed walk patterns, get comments - from kids and appreciative parents and have had some media attention, so all in all successful and fun. I post a new painting each Monday and hope to continue doing something creative through the winter. I refer any interests to my website, as sales were not my initial intension. Lately, I have noticed a number of other artists doing the same idea across Canada. ONEWINDOW GALLERY

So what can you do?

You may have to diversify your revenue stream to include personalized showings in places where distancing can be practiced. Garden and yard art shows are casual and friendly. Make sure you create a newsletter (MailChimp is free) to stay in touch with your customers and followers. Look at wearable art and even COVID Masks. Artists in Canada has a member partner (LeGaleriste) that produce masks and wearables using your art designs. (You retain all copyright) See the details from our shared page and save on your first order. On social media try Instagram LIVE or Facebook video to reach out to your followers and put a face with your art as well as your thoughts. People can interact and ask questions etc. I am not a fan of free give-a-ways to garner a following, but as a small bonus offer for taking the time to attend, it can be a nice thank you while starting up.

I also encourage you to be part of www.artistsincanada.com to keep your website and social medias accessible to our following that we openly share with you. Over 1.5 million views each month with traffic from your City, Province, Canada, North America, UK and Europe mostly. Make sure you are listed, it's free.

Use this time to be creative and continue doing your best work possible. Things will get better, but always remember what you did during the tough times.

Paul Constable, Director