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  • 2nd Watercolor Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 2nd Watercolor Online Art Competition. For this 16th..
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  • 6th Annual Colorful Abstractions Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 6th Annual Colorful Abstractions art competition for..
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  • 10th Annual Nature Online Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • On the Eighth Day

    Location: Lake Country, BC

    In many spiritual traditions, the number Seven represents a special signifier for the..
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  • Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre’s Fall Online Fundraising Art Auction

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is excited to announce its Fall online fundraising..
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  • The 2020 Virtual Los Angeles Printers Fair

    Location: Carson, CA

    The Los Angeles Printers Fair at The International Printing Museum in Carson, California..
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  • Ontario Between an Abstract and Figurative Vision: Eric Ranveau

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    Artist Eric Ranveau invites viewers to experience a new vision of Ontario landscapes..
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  • ASA Call to Artists: The Artist's Lens 2021

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Street (urban) photographs are not always only about buildings and roads. They are..
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  • ASA Scholarships 2021 (Undergrad + Graduate)

    Location: Calgary, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists awards three scholarships to Fine Arts students in..
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  • Call for Artists - DIVIDE Magazine Issue 1 Volume 3

    Location: , ON

    Divide Magazine is an independent, by monthly, contemporary art magazine based out of..
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  • 11th Artist Spotlight Solo Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art is now accepting entries for the 11th Artist Spotlight Solo Art..
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  • Check Jooble for Art related Jobs

    Location: Ottawa, ON

    Looking for a job in the ARTS in Canada? We have thousands of..
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  • Wild Auction 2020 - Call for Artists

    Location: Victoria, BC

    Pacific Wild Alliance, a conservation organization focused on the Great Bear Rainforest, and..
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  • The 1st Asian Contemporary Fine Art Competition is Now Open

    Location: New York, NY

    The Asian Contemporary Fine Art Competition aims to discover and celebrate talented Asian,..
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  • $550.00 Innovate Grants — Call for Artists + Photographers

    Location: , BC

    Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant..
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  • Feminism at the Intersection of Conflict: Contemporary Art in Ukraine Lecture Series

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Ukraine’s history and contemporary reality are marked by conflict; targeting artists and intellectuals..
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  • 6th Annual Leaves & Petals Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 6th Annual Leaves & Petals art competition..
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  • scrutinized by the ancestors

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The exhibit in the main floor Genesis Gallery is ..
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  • Art Exhibition

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    Aug. 3 through November 6, 2020, at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery, Saskatoon,..
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  • “Animals” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline October 31, 2020

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Animals are critical to our existence. Sometimes they are covered in..
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  • Fabric and Textile Artists

    Location: LADYSMITH, BC

    Call to Fabric and Textile Artists. If there are fabric or textile artists who..
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  • The 3rd Latin American Contemporary Fine Art Competition

    Location: New York, NY

    New York Art Competitions are pleased to announce the opening of the Latin..
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  • ASA Gallery Presents: The Big Leap!

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Please join us for the opening reception of “The Big Leap!” being held..
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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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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, dependence on online shoppin has strengthened substantially as well as 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