Make ART Work

March 30, 2019

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 March 30, 2019 to offer a day long roster of professional development skills for Okanogan County artists at a sliding scale participation fee ($0-45).

Registration opens February 19 on Brown Paper Tickets.

And don’t miss Pecha Kucha, a free community event at the Merc! Doors open at 6:30 pm, the program begins at 7. This year’s theme is Community.


Roxanne Best and Cassandra Waters on developing an artist business plan.
This session is presented in partnership by Northwest Native Development Fund and Roxtography. Roxanne and Cassandra will introduce the basics of a successful business plan. This brief overview will cover why a formal plan is so important to the start or growth of your business and a straightforward look into what is expected of a grantor/funder when you apply for a grant. The duo will touch on topics such as sample artist statements, identifying your target market, and explaining the profitability potential of your art.

Artist Trust’s Christine Malek on Successfully Selling Your Artwork
In this session, Christine Malek, artist and owner of Gallery Boom in Olympia, covers finding your audience, markets, and pricing your artwork. She’ll discuss strategies for finding and developing your audience; different markets to sell art, including arts & craft shows, brick-and-mortar stores, online, and wholesale; and how to price your work to suit these markets. By the end of the session, you’ll understand who is buying your art, the pros and cons of each market, and how to effectively price your art.

Jenn Tate on Why a Website Matters
Entrepreneur and artist Jenn Tate presents why artists need a website in today’s art market and the components that go into creating a website that will get you noticed. Jenn will offer insight on how building a viable website can get an artist much-needed recognition and is the basis for digital marketing.

Perri Howard: Public art from the inside out

In this session, prolific local artist Perri Howard will unlock the secrets to diving into the public art world while illuminating the process that goes along with making permanent public works. Perri will show examples of successful projects, how to scale and transform 2-D visual works, and the seemingly daunting administrative side of making your art come to life in a public display.


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