On Our Easel – December 9, 2016

Here are some of the things that have been on CHF’s easel over the past month:

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    Helping to Push by Glenna Goodacre & Clark Hulings

    ANNOUNCING CHF’s CLASS OF 2017. We are proud to present the 20 artists we’ve selected to become our 2017 Business Accelerator Program Fellows. To read more about this impressive group of visual artists and see samples of their work, visit our Fellows page.

  • HELPING TO PUSH. The noted American sculptor Glenna Goodacre has given CHF her final new work before retiring–her bas-relief interpretation of Clark Hulings’ drawing Helping to Push. CHF will only produce a limited edition of 25 bronzes, and we are offering them as a thank you to major donors. Order your cast of this once-in-a-lifetime collaboration today, and earn a tax-deductible donation in the process.
  • ASK AN EXPERT. In the latest installments of our art-business Q&As, we asked our panel of experts to weigh in on two marketing-related matters: 1) How do you obtain gallery representation if you’ve never had it before? and 2) How do artists create and cultivate excellent relationships with collectors? Both questions drew insightful responses from CHF’s extended family of artists and art-industry veterans.
  • ARTISTS WORK LIKE DONKEYS. In her latest Director’s View column, Elizabeth Hulings explains why donkeys were one of her father’s favored subjects. “As a self-described ‘backdoor painter’, his affinity for donkeys makes perfect sense. They are the working man’s beast of burden. Horses are elegant and sleek; donkeys are scruffy and stubborn. [Clark Hulings] identified with the latter. He understood that their determination, loyalty, courage, intelligence, pragmatism, and resilience are the same qualities that enabled him to succeed as an independent artist.”
  • ON OUR PODCAST. Our Thriving Artist Podcast recently featured Neil Ramsay, the founder and director of ArtsUP!–a gallery, event space, and experiential learning venue for visual artists in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His nonprofit organization provides artists with both hands-on support and a physical platform to prototype ideas and incubate marketplace concepts. During our interview, Ramsay discussed the value of marketing and the economics of the art world. “If [artists] believe that an art gallery is the only way, that artist needs further education.” 

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Sofia Perez
A journalist and writer/editor with more than 25 years of experience, Sofia Perez has written for nearly every type of media and genre--from print and web publications, to TV, nonprofit advocacy, and fiction--and understands firsthand how important it is for creative professionals to learn basic business skills if they are to support their artistic endeavors.

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