Make ART Work

Save the Date! April 7, 2018

Professional Development Program for Artists

Confluence Gallery and Art Center seeks to cultivate a vibrant community by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to make a living and a life as an artist in rural Eastern Washington State. CGAC believes that fostering artist success will build vitality beyond the arts community and into the region at large.

Make / ART / Work is a day long conference of professional development skills for Okanogan County artists. The event will feature workshops and presentations to teach skills useful to artists practicing in all disciplines and at all levels of their career and help artists implement these strategies into their everyday work.

CGAC will partner with local and regional arts organizations April 7th to offer a day long roster of professional development skills for Okanogan County artists at a sliding scale participation fee ($0-45).

Make / ART / WorkProfessional Development for Artists

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Make ART Work

Where: Confluence Gallery, 104 Glover St in Twisp, WA
Time: 10am- 6:30pm

Fee: Sliding scale (0-$45)
Tickets & Registration: Begins February 1 at Brown Paper Tickets

Make / ART / Work is a day long conference of professional development skills for Okanogan County artists. The event will feature workshops and presentations to teach skills useful to artists practicing in all disciplines and at all levels of their career and help artists implement these strategies into their everyday work.

Sessions are taught by local and regional art professionals including: Artist Trust, ArtsWA, Methow Arts Alliance, Confluence Gallery, and more at Confluence Gallery and TwispWorks in Twisp, WA.

 

Event Schedule

View/download full description of classes in the Make ART Work Program.

Registration/Check-in – Confluence Gallery at 10 a.m.

Professional Presentation – Developing your Elevator Speech and Professional Relationships with Brian McGuigan of Artist Trust
Led by Artist Trust Program Director Brian McGuigan, this session covers essential networking skills you’ll need to find and develop audiences for your work, including elevator speeches and effective communications strategies for building professional relationships with other artists, curators, and art-world gatekeepers

How To Find A Brick and Mortar Gallery…and What To Do If You Can’t – A working lunch with Jody Bento of Seattle Art Museum and Salyna Gracie of Confluence Gallery. Buy a pre-ordered box lunch with your tickets or bring your own.
In this working lunch session, Jody Bento and Salyna Gracie guide artists on the best practices to find and work with a brick and mortar gallery. Whether it’s a big city gallery or a rural art center, learn how to access the right gallery for your work and avoid the common mistakes that leave an artist without representation for their art.

Digital Image to Digital Submissions: A primer on editing and navigating online submission platforms with Renee Adams of Gallery One Visual Arts Center
Learn the basics on how to find and apply for calls online and how to prepare your images for submission. We will discuss the Cafe’ online submission platform, how to navigate the site and walk you through entering a call while covering a few hacks for formatting and editing your digital images with Photoshop. Question and answer session with a hands-on digital lab will follow.

Creating a Body of Work: Understanding the Evolution of your Creative Practice and Creative Spirit with Perri Howard of VMG Studio
This session is designed to help you develop the clarity and consistency to create a solid body of work without sacrificing your creative spirit! We will review and discuss the pragmatic aspects of working on multiple pieces at once or in series, and then explore the themes and directions that are most relevant to your own studio practice. By the end of the session you will have the tools you need to select a working method, theme, and direction to create a great body of work.

Artist Reception and Networking – Confluence Gallery at 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

The ART Journey- (powered by PechaKucha) performance @ MERC Playhouse, 6:30 p.m. doors open – 7 p.m. showtime

The community will be invited to join our artists for an evening reception in the gallery and a free Powered by PecheKucha* performance at the Merc Playhouse that will explore The ART Journey.

*PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and presenters talk along to the images. There’s no “next slide” or “go back one, please” at PechaKucha Nights. The idea is to share innovative and creative ideas in a casual environment and have a lot of FUN along the way!