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New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Gail Daley on Saturday, December 6, 2014 Under: Developing Your Skills

Ø  Resolution 1—Improve myself and my art by joining one or more of the local art groups

Ø  Resolution 2--Take Advantage of the opportunities offered to improve my skills

Ø  Resolution 3—Become an active member of each group I join

Ø  Resolution 4— Remember that it is time to pay my yearly dues!

 2015 is coming sooner than you think! It is that time of year when many of us take time to look back on the past year and study how we can improve on what we accomplished. Did we accomplish our New Year’s Resolutions? How can we better achieve the goals we set? If you don’t feel you quite made it to your goals, don’t be discouraged. Most of us fall off the wagon many times before we arrive at where we want to be. Start over in 2015. You can still become the artist you want to be in the art community you envision. Why did I choose these particular resolutions? For us to grow as artists, we must have viable, flourishing art communities to nurture our progress. In the  Fresno/Clovis area alone we have at least five such art groups, and I can think of at least seven within driving distance of these cities! Sadly, dwindling membership has caused many of these valuable resources to cut back on their activities. Fewer artists are stepping up and maintaining our art community.  If you want to stop the drain of this valuable resource, stop sitting on the sidelines and actively look for an art group that meets your needs. When you find that group, look around and see how you can contribute to its healthy growth. If you are already a member of a group, make it one of your New Year’s Resolutions to become a more active member. Joining a local art group can be rewarding both personally and professionally.

Why is it so important to associate with other artists? Well, although you can create art in a vacuum, if your art is never evaluated by your peers, you may simply be stuck repeating the same type of art and art subjects at the same skill level forever. Peer groups challenge us to stretch our skills, reach for new goals and generally provide support when we are feeling down. It is important to seek out those who are Sympatico with our ideals and feelings about our art. Local art groups can be irreplaceable in this area. Let’s face it, while our friends and family members may ooh and ahh over our art, they really can’t provide an informed opinion about it. In addition, most of us may suspect they are praising our art because they love us, and not in actual fact because they truly love our work or are really interested in art.

I discovered that while most of the same local artists also belonged to many of the groups in my area, each group did have a different “feel” to it, depending on the group’s mission statement and who was actually directing the groups focus.  In the Fresno/Clovis area alone, there are five or six art groups, all with different standards and goals and there are at least seven within driving distance! One of the associations is simply a painting group that gets together to talk, paint or draw and critique each other’s work twice a month. Another aims its standards for professionals and is very picky about what they accept in their shows. A third group is warm and welcoming to new and beginning artists and seeks to encourage its members to strive to improve their skills. A fourth group is a very loose association that tracks events from all the others and tries to find places for artists to exhibit and show, etc. All of these groups have valuable insights into the local art world, so why not stop sitting around and make it your mission to grow as an artist this year by getting involved? If you want to learn more about these groups, many of them have websites where you can take a first look at them from the comfort of your computer screen. Then, commit yourself to actually attend at least 3 meetings of each group and meet your fellow artists. For myself, I actually belong to several of them because I get something valuable from each group!

Alliance of California Artists www.allianceofcaliforniaartists.com

Art Demonstrations at the general meetings

Workshops

Art Sale in April

Juried Shows throughout the year

Membership Gallery

Clovis Art Guild www.clovisartguild.com

Art Demonstrations and mini-workshops at the general meetings

Membership Gallery

Workshops

Fall Art Show (October)

Old West & Rodeo Art Show (April)

Miniature Art Show (July)

 Kingsburg Arts Center http://kingsburgartscenter.yolasite.com/

            New Painting Exhibits by Gallery Members every two months (except May/June)

            Swedish Art Festival Fine Art Show (May)

            Holiday Boutique (December)

 Madera County Arts Council www.maderaarts.org

            Celebrate Agriculture With the Artist  -     Exhibit and competition

            Circle Art Gallery

 Society of Western Artists (local chapter) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Society-of-Western-Artists-San-Joaquin-Valley-Chapter/223715287698387

            Art Shows

            Meetings & Demonstrations locally and at the San Francisco chapter

Sierra Art Trails http://www.sierraarttrails.org/

            Exhibits:        

Pathways

            Sierra Art Trails

            Our Wild Lands

            Water, Source of Life

Going Deeper, Reaching Out

Yosemite Western Artists www.yosemitewesternartists.org

Art Demonstrations at the general meetings

Rotating exhibits at satellite locations

Annual Tri-County Competition and Exhibition

Sierra Art Trails

            Plein Air & photography outings

In : Developing Your Skills 


Tags: new years resolutions art community artists 

New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Gail Daley on Saturday, December 6, 2014 Under: Developing Your Skills

Ø  Resolution 1—Improve myself and my art by joining one or more of the local art groups

Ø  Resolution 2--Take Advantage of the opportunities offered to improve my skills

Ø  Resolution 3—Become an active member of each group I join

Ø  Resolution 4— Remember that it is time to pay my yearly dues!

 2015 is coming sooner than you think! It is that time of year when many of us take time to look back on the past year and study how we can improve on what we accomplished. Did we accomplish our New Year’s Resolutions? How can we better achieve the goals we set? If you don’t feel you quite made it to your goals, don’t be discouraged. Most of us fall off the wagon many times before we arrive at where we want to be. Start over in 2015. You can still become the artist you want to be in the art community you envision. Why did I choose these particular resolutions? For us to grow as artists, we must have viable, flourishing art communities to nurture our progress. In the  Fresno/Clovis area alone we have at least five such art groups, and I can think of at least seven within driving distance of these cities! Sadly, dwindling membership has caused many of these valuable resources to cut back on their activities. Fewer artists are stepping up and maintaining our art community.  If you want to stop the drain of this valuable resource, stop sitting on the sidelines and actively look for an art group that meets your needs. When you find that group, look around and see how you can contribute to its healthy growth. If you are already a member of a group, make it one of your New Year’s Resolutions to become a more active member. Joining a local art group can be rewarding both personally and professionally.

Why is it so important to associate with other artists? Well, although you can create art in a vacuum, if your art is never evaluated by your peers, you may simply be stuck repeating the same type of art and art subjects at the same skill level forever. Peer groups challenge us to stretch our skills, reach for new goals and generally provide support when we are feeling down. It is important to seek out those who are Sympatico with our ideals and feelings about our art. Local art groups can be irreplaceable in this area. Let’s face it, while our friends and family members may ooh and ahh over our art, they really can’t provide an informed opinion about it. In addition, most of us may suspect they are praising our art because they love us, and not in actual fact because they truly love our work or are really interested in art.

I discovered that while most of the same local artists also belonged to many of the groups in my area, each group did have a different “feel” to it, depending on the group’s mission statement and who was actually directing the groups focus.  In the Fresno/Clovis area alone, there are five or six art groups, all with different standards and goals and there are at least seven within driving distance! One of the associations is simply a painting group that gets together to talk, paint or draw and critique each other’s work twice a month. Another aims its standards for professionals and is very picky about what they accept in their shows. A third group is warm and welcoming to new and beginning artists and seeks to encourage its members to strive to improve their skills. A fourth group is a very loose association that tracks events from all the others and tries to find places for artists to exhibit and show, etc. All of these groups have valuable insights into the local art world, so why not stop sitting around and make it your mission to grow as an artist this year by getting involved? If you want to learn more about these groups, many of them have websites where you can take a first look at them from the comfort of your computer screen. Then, commit yourself to actually attend at least 3 meetings of each group and meet your fellow artists. For myself, I actually belong to several of them because I get something valuable from each group!

Alliance of California Artists www.allianceofcaliforniaartists.com

Art Demonstrations at the general meetings

Workshops

Art Sale in April

Juried Shows throughout the year

Membership Gallery

Clovis Art Guild www.clovisartguild.com

Art Demonstrations and mini-workshops at the general meetings

Membership Gallery

Workshops

Fall Art Show (October)

Old West & Rodeo Art Show (April)

Miniature Art Show (July)

 Kingsburg Arts Center http://kingsburgartscenter.yolasite.com/

            New Painting Exhibits by Gallery Members every two months (except May/June)

            Swedish Art Festival Fine Art Show (May)

            Holiday Boutique (December)

 Madera County Arts Council www.maderaarts.org

            Celebrate Agriculture With the Artist  -     Exhibit and competition

            Circle Art Gallery

 Society of Western Artists (local chapter) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Society-of-Western-Artists-San-Joaquin-Valley-Chapter/223715287698387

            Art Shows

            Meetings & Demonstrations locally and at the San Francisco chapter

Sierra Art Trails http://www.sierraarttrails.org/

            Exhibits:        

Pathways

            Sierra Art Trails

            Our Wild Lands

            Water, Source of Life

Going Deeper, Reaching Out

Yosemite Western Artists www.yosemitewesternartists.org

Art Demonstrations at the general meetings

Rotating exhibits at satellite locations

Annual Tri-County Competition and Exhibition

Sierra Art Trails

            Plein Air & photography outings

In : Developing Your Skills 


Tags: new years resolutions art community artists