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Alternatives to Renting Studio Space

Feb 20, 2018 2:05:28 PM

Can’t Afford to Rent a Studio? Here are Some More Economical Ideas

Stop dreaming about having an art studio—make it become a reality!

Before you begin your search, ask yourself a few questions to better understand what you need to look for. It is important to consider location. Can you work from home? Do you want a space that is completely separate from your home and work life? And do you want an isolated studio or a studio that offers the company of others? Will you need a large space? Or will you be satisfied with a small space? This is dependent on personal preferences but also the size and scale of your art. Then ask yourself what you are willing to spend. Factor in rent, transportation, supplies, and time when making these calculations. If you decide that you really do not have enough money to spend on renting an art studio, don’t worry! Here are some more economical options.

Finances are a major obstacle that prevent artists from renting an art studio. Consider converting a self-assembly shed into an art studio. A self-assembly shed will be a great investment while also saving you money in the long run in terms of rent. Or take all of the junk out of your already-existing shed a...

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What is a Giclée Print?

May 26, 2016 3:29:34 PM

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What is a Giclée Print?

A giclée print is simply a high quality print made with an inkjet printer. The term was coined in 1991 to describe fine arts prints made on Iris inkjet printers. These large-format printers were invented in the late 1980s and allowed high-resolution photographic images to be printed by an inkjet. Iris prints were popular because they could reproduce the exact colors of artwork more accurately than previous printing processes.

The term giclée is derived from the French verb gicluer, which means “to squirt or spray,” referring to the action of the inkjet nozzles creating an image reproduction. Though poplar in English, the term has not caught on with Francophones because giclée coincidentally happens to be French slang for a male body function that also has to do with reproduction. Over the years, giclée prints have become associated with any type of inkjet printing that uses high quality inks and archival paper to reproduce high resolution images of artwork. Litho prints continue to be a popular way to reproduce images of art, but giclée printing offers greater resolution and color accuracy.

Epson, Canon and HP are leading large-format printers used to produce g...

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Arts councils are nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting the arts by raising money for public art projects, awarding grants to artists, and organizing art and education events. If you’ve decided to make your artwork a crucial part of your income, you should check out your local arts council. These organizations can be great resources for working artists in search of funding for projects, students interested in artmaking, artists looking for professional development through classes and workshops, and anyone interested in participating in local arts events.

In addition to listing exhibitions and grant opportunities, arts councils typically offer free seminars and other events to help artists learn about the business-side of art. These organizations also provide support to the performing arts and offer resources to musicians and actors as well. If you are looking to become more involved in your local art scene, you might want to check out this list of arts councils located near our stores:


The Maryland State Arts Council website is a great resource—it includes links to the arts councils in every Maryland county:

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Don Brewer with his artwork

All images used with permission from Instagram @donniebeat. Clockwise from bottom left: Don Brewer, an urban plein air oil painting in process, "The Fortune Tellers" paper sculpture at a Plastic Club art show, and "Oneida Woods" oil on canvas.

Don Brewer decided to leap into the art world after a career in marketing. He attended college at the age of 45 to study art multimedia and web design at time when multimedia degrees were unheard of and logging onto the Internet meant dialing up through a telephone line. When I spoke with him on the phone for this interview, I could hear a relentless excitement beneath his calm and thoughtful demeanor. He explained a recent prize-wining photograph of his and how it represents not only an unusual visual perspective, but also what it means to live in a rapidly changing neighborhood. The photo is posted below, along with an explanation that is well worth the read. 

In speaking and corresponding with him, Don emphasized that, “It’s never too late to go to art school.” Don told me that attending school as an older student was one of the best experiences of his life, and he still keeps in contact with folks from his program. You can always make a cha...

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How to Write an Artist Statement

“Tell me about yourself” is one of the most dreaded interview questions, and if you’re an artist, “Tell me about your work” can be just as headache-inducing. Many artists spend countless hours agonizing over how to phrase statements for exhibitions, class assignments or applications. Whether you’re a student artist or a working artist, at some point you’re going to have to write about your work. There’s no avoiding it. Here are five tips for getting started with that dreaded artist statement:

1. Write in Your Own Voice

It’s easy to misunderstand how simple an artist statement really is: tell your audience how and why you make your art, in your own words. It’s as simple as that! Maybe you’ve read other artist’s statements and thought, Wow, this sounds pretentious and it’s difficult to understand, but that’s how an artist statement is supposed to be written, right? Wrong. If you can’t understand an artist’s statement, it isn’t very good. Artist statements should be written for a general audience.

Don’t feel pressured to use academic-sounding “artspeak" because you want to sound professional. You will sound more professional if you use clear language that a broad audience can easily unde...

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