Finding the Right Art Workshop

Painting by Leslie Saeta

Scheduled Air Date: Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 9:00 am PST, 12:00 noon EST
"Finding the Right Art Workshop"
Join artists Leslie Saeta and Dream Tolle Perry as they discuss ways to sell your art on-line. Today's show is all about art workshops. Where should an artist go to find the right workshop? How do you know which one is the right workshop for you? And, find out what makes Leslie and Dreama's workshops so unique!
Click here to listen to this show.

Showtime in London III: Takashi Murakami

New superflat series of paintings and sculptures from art superstar Takashi Murakami are on display at Gagosian's Britannia street gallery through August 5. If you haven't been yet, add it to the must-see London list, together with the previously mentioned Charming Baker & Matthew Day Jackson.

Murakami's new pieces present an image of an idealized, eroticised and fantastical world, providing "an exclamation mark to the enduring obsession with sexuality in contemporary human society". (excerpt from press release).
In paintings, graphic depictions of exaggerated and engorged male and female genitals are set against delirious backgrounds of image and pattern. Sculptures include the more-than-generously endowed 3-Meter Girl pictured above, as well as highly polished metal penis of towering proportions, Mr Big Mushroom and Miss Clam, an inviting metal vagina.

RIP Lucian Freud (1922 – 2011)

Interrupting the London shows overview for sad news: british painter Lucian Freud, grandson of Sigmund Freud, passed away yesterday, aged 88.
Further info available in The Guardian's obituary.

(Photo of Lucian Freud by Stephan Agostini for Getty Images)

Showtime in London II: Matthew Day Jackson "Everything Leads to Another"

In the not-to-miss category is definitely also Matthew Day Jackson's solo at Houser & Wirth which presents major body of Jackson's new works across both gallery spaces.

Its title, ‘Everything Leads to Another’, is explained by the artist as the absence of past in his work. "History is a part of everything. Everything leads to another. As the sum of history moves out in 360 degrees from its center – which does not exist – it envelops the present. Perhaps you could say I am interested in moments of sublime beauty which carry their counterpart, otherwise known as terror, so closely that it is difficult to delineate one from the other. This has been the guide from the beginning. In my search for the edge, I meet heroes along the way and see myself reflected in the surfaces of the things I encounter."

The show will be closing on July 30, so hurry...

(Photo of Food Golem by MDJ, taken by Peter Mallet for Hauser & Wirth)

Showtime in London: Charming Baker "Every Thing Must Go"

Title of this post should actually be "Everyone Must Go to London before The End of This Month", so as not to miss three fantastic shows, all closing in one week's time.

Nr 1, hat tip from our friend Patrick Nguyen @ Arrested Motion, is Charming Baker's pop-up show at Mercer Street Studios, Covent Garden.
Charming's last year show in New York, Stupid Has a New Hero, was quite a hit and sold out before its opening to no less than Damien Hirst himself. This trend seem to repeat itself also in London: pre-sold show (not all to Hirst this time ;-)), huge celebrity turnup at the opening and most importantly: great works! Along with new paintings, you can also see a collection of bronze busts, as well as limited edition of prints.
Read all about it in Patrick's post and let his numerous photos lure you into experiencing the show in real!

By the way: on his site, Charming mentions his influences being cheap books, heroes, girls, Zulus, odd-looking women, suburbia, da riddum, family, stories, horses, dogs, packaging, summer holidays, the smell of make-up and cheap perfume, powertools, tea, tomatoes, Britain in Colour. Thumbs up!!! :-D

(Photo: Charming Baker's painting I Hope Life’s Not A Joke Because I Don’t Find It Funny, taken by Patrick Nguyen for Arrested Motion)

Fellowships for Glass Artists, Creative Collaborators and More!

Hey everyone...stay cool this summer and make sure you remember to get your fall applications in to those residencies, fellowships and grants. A lot of deadlines for big, big things are coming up this fall, such as the Guggenheim, The American Scandinavian Foundation, and the Radcliffe Fellowship.

For the inside scoop on Fulbright grants and to determine which kind you are eligible for, go here:

For now, here are a couple things for you that are coming up soon...and by the way, ALWAYS double check dates and info on websites. Sometimes I am wrong or the website itself is wrong and you must contact them directly.

(ARTISTS) Creative Glass Center of America at WheatonArts, Fellowship Opportunities for Glass ArtistsThe CGCA Fellowship Program is a professional program providing focused, self-directed artists with 3-month and 6-week fellowships. The CGCA program provides housing, the facilities, equipment and technical orientation within a respectful sanctuary of concentrated time. The CGCA Fellowship Program provides emerging and mid-career artists unrestricted access to the facilities and materials necessary for blown, sculpted, cast and kiln formed glass.

The WheatonArts Glass Studio is a dramatic 3000 sq. ft. building modeled on the original T.C. Wheaton Factory, and is designed to accommodate a wide variety of glassworking techniques.

Applications are available online:

The CGCA is committed to the practice of an artist peer review process when selecting fellowship recipients. Deadline for applications is October 26, 2011. Fellows will be announced in December.
Questions? Call Pamela Weichmann: 856-825-6800, ext. 106 or

(ALL) ECF - Collaboration Grants —Collaboration Grants support independent cultural organizations working together across borders and disciplines.

Collaboration Grants fund transnational, cross-sectoral activities by independent cultural and artistic organisations working together or with organisations from other sectors. The main applicant needs to be a cultural organisation based in Europe (EU Europe and EU Neighbourhood region), while partner applicants can work in sectors outside the cultural field.

ECF regards the ideal ‘collaboration’ as one that brings a renewed understanding of Europe to people of all backgrounds, and inspires them to regard the world’s future as a shared enterprise. We particularly admire efforts that are daring, different and challenge the status quo. The average award funded is €15,000 with the maximum being €30,000.

For more information on how to apply, to access the ‘how to apply’ PDF booklet and the application form, on our website. Deadline: 01 September 2011

Launching Your Art Business

Painting by Dreama Tolle Perry
Scheduled Air Date: Thursday, July 21 at 9:00 am PST, 12:00 noon EST
"Launching Your Art Business"
Join artists Leslie Saeta and Dreama Tolle Perry as they highlight ways to sell your art on-line. Today's show will focus on setting up and launching your art business.  Leslie and Dreama will share their thoughts as to how they would launch their art business as if they were starting all over ...
Whether you are just starting out ... or have been at it for years ... this show is for you!
Click here to listen to this show. 

Packed with Artist Interviews: My New E-Course

Hi everyone! I'm delighted to share the details about my new e-course with you!

My very first e-course is callled Creative Courage, and it is designed as a practical guide to help you find, clarify, and follow your unique, creative path.

Creative Courage is a seven week e-course that will give you inspiration, tools, and resources to help you realize your creative dreams.

This course will include interviews with 12 talented and thriving artists, illustrators, designers, photographers, writers, coaches, and bloggers. You are going to love this amazing group of incredible women from around the world!

As a special bonus in Week 4, you will travel with me on a *virtual field trip* to Venice, Italy and peek behind the scenes at the world famous Venice Biennale art exhibition. I'll be sending you exclusive photos, sketches, and impressions directly from Venice. I'll even send you a personal postcard if you are enrolled in my course!

Couldn't you use an extra dose of courage, self-confidence and wisdom to move forward in the direction of your dreams?

Maybe there is a creative dream you've had since you were a child, and you would like to
give it a try but don't know where to start.

Perhaps you are already working on your creative dream, but sometimes you feel lost,
frustrated, and overwhelmed.

Or maybe you have already realized many of your creative dreams, but there are still many new challenges ahead and you could use some practical advice.

Regardless of where you are today, Creative Courage can help you create an individual
roadmap to the places you would like to go in the future.

Together we will discuss fresh ways to approach your ideas, and I will share many fun, new exercises I've developed to boost your creative self-confidence and personal courage.

It is going to be a true festival of creativity, light, and joy, and I do hope that you will join us!

Each week, two of our expert guests will join us to tell their personal stories and describe how they are finding and following their creative dreams. 

In the interviews, they'll give us tips and advice on how you can start moving in the direction of your creative dreams too.

Our 12 Creative Courage special guests this session will be:

Susannah Conway - photographer, author, and creator of the Unravelling e-courses
Jessica Swift - artist, illustrator, designer, and co-creator of The Declaration of You
Jan Halvarson - creative design blogger and creator of Poppytalk Handmade
Sarah Ahearn - mixed media artist and author of the lovely Painted Pages
Penny Dullaghan - illustrator, artist, yogini, and creator of Illustration Friday
Jennifer Lee - creative coach, artist, and author of The Right Brain Business Plan
Alessandra Cave - photographer, world traveller, creator of Gypsy Girl's Guide
Tara Gentile - creative coach, editor of Scoutie Girl, author of The Art of Earning
Aimee Dolich - artist, illustrator, professional doodler, and creator of Artsyville
Pixie Campbell - artist, instructor, intuitive wild woman, and creator of SouLodge
Shannon Kinney-Duh - artist, crafter, yogini, creative coach, and creator of Inside Out
Maryam Montague - author, photographer, blogger, hotelier of Peacock Pavillions in Marrakech, Morocco

Topics will include:
  • believing in your creative dreams
  • pushing through your fears and developing your self-confidence
  • celebrating prosperity and earning money with your artwork
  • increasing your financial abundance by creating multiple income streams
  • using the internet as a way to stretch and grow your career as an artist
  • creating artwork without inhibition and how to avoid getting stuck
  • ditching procrastination for more creative play and practice
  • nurturing your body and soul to increase your creativity
  • avoiding burnout and promoting balance in your life
  • finding positive support for your work and building a network
  • connecting and collaborating with others to energize your creative business
  • creating daily adventure and making your life more interesting
  • expanding your horizons and finding your unique role in the world
  • developing practical strategies for time management for busy women
  • and much more! 

As we move through the course, I will be asking for your feedback to make sure we cover the areas that are most important to you.

I'll  be sharing my experiences as an artist, published illustrator, working mom, and American expat living in Germany. I'll also tell you how my family and I do our best to juggle it all and make our lives more creative, interesting, and rewarding.

I will include my personal, extensive list of inspiring resources with links and information to help you navigate all topics for further exploration.

I encourage you to register for the Creative Courage e-course, open your mind and heart, and start listening to your deepest, truest wishes for your life. I sincerely believe - "If you can dream it, you can do it!"

Join us for Creative Courage and let's get started!

The first session of Creative Courage will run from September 26th, 2011 - November 11th, 2011. Spaces are limited in my new e-course, so be sure to register now to reserve your spot.

The Creative Courage e-course is $99 USD for seven weeks of fun, color, encouragement, inspiration, love, 12 exclusive expert interviews - and it includes a unique *virtual* field trip to Venice, Italy!

Simply click on the Add to Cart button to register, and then you will be redirected to PayPal to complete your transaction. After your payment has been processed, you will receive a welcome email from me securing your spot in the course.

If you have any questions, or experience any problems at all, don't hesitate to send me an e-mail at stephanielevy (at)

Add to Cart

I look forward to seeing you in the course!

For more specific information about how the course runs, keep reading for my detailed course FAQ.


Creative Courage FAQ

There are lots of creative e-courses out there. What makes this course unique?

My Creative Courage e-course is a fun, holistic, hands-on online course, full of colorful activities, resources, quotes, and 12 inspirational interviews with some of the most successful, amazing artists, bloggers, writers, coaches, and crafters who are thriving today.

Best of all, this session includes a *virtual field trip* to Venice, Italy!

Creative Courage is designed to refresh and energize your mind, body, and soul, and guide you to a path of looking at your life and the world in whole new ways.

My goal for this class is to help you develop your creative self-confidence and give you the encouragement you need to move from dreaming to actively making your creative dreams a reality.

I can offer you a warm and supportive environment to build your courage and jumpstart your creative ideas.

Let's celebrate our creative, courageous spirits together in a joyful network of like-minded people, where we can share our ideas freely and give one another the generous gift of encouragement.

Come and join us today!

How does the "Creative Courage" e-course work?

The e-course runs for seven weeks on a password protected private website. Six weeks of the course will include daily posts Monday through Friday with fun activities, colorful artwork, personal stories, and interviews.

In the middle of the course - during week four - we will take a *virtual* field trip to Venice, Italy together. I will show you Venice behind the scenes, and give you a tour of the world famous "Venice Biennale" art exhibition. I'm very excited to be able to share this opportunity with you, and I'll even send you a personal postcard from Venice if you'd like!

As another bonus, each week two creative experts who are leaders in their field will join us as guests for exclusive interviews (not to be heard or read anywhere else) and share their insights about designing the creative, courageous life you want.

There will also be a private flickr group for those of you who would like to share photos as we journey along together.

Do I have to be an artist to participate?

No, absolutely not. In fact, I happily welcome participants of all ages, professions, and stages of life! I look forward to a vibrant mix of "creative courage" seekers, dreamers, and doers.

I love the title of Patty Digh's book: "Creative is a verb. If you are alive, you are creative." I agree completely! We are all creative - we just sometimes need a little help in clarifying our ideas and some encouragement to help us move forward.

That's what this course is about!

Do I need to be in the class at a certain time? What if I'm going on of town?

The beauty of taking e-courses is that you decide when to participate in the class! You can integrate the class into your personal schedule and take the class in the comfort of your home.

If you need time to catch up on evenings or the weekend, that's no problem. All class material will remain posted for an extra 2 weeks after the course ends, so that you will have extra time to read comments and check out all resources.

But I live in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Europe...

Wonderful! We will be happy to meet you regardless of where you live! One of the most marvelous things about the Internet is that we can all connect globally with another in an instant.

I am continually amazed at how easy it is to communicate with other like-minded people from all corners of the globe - and e-courses like this one are a perfect meeting point.

What will I need for the class?

All you really need is access to a computer and an Internet connection.

A journal or a sketchbook would be helpful, and perhaps a small box, jar, or other container (we will have fun making "wish jars/boxes" in one of the exercises).

I will be sending you colorful, illustrated PDFs as part of the course to download. If you would like to print these out, you will need access to a color printer.

But the main thing we need is you - and your computer :)

Do I need a camera?

I will set up a private flickr group for those of you who would like to share your photos during the class, but you do not need a camera to participate in this course.

How much time will I need for the class each week?

This depends completely on you and how much time and energy you would like to devote to the class. I would allow for 15-20 minutes a day ideally. If you prefer to do the course on the weekend, you should be able to complete the reading and exercises in an hour or two.

How are you qualified to lead this e-course?

This is a good and important question. For the past 15 years, I have been working as a professional artist, illustrator, and workshop leader. I understand the amount of energy and courage one needs to make and show your creative work to the world.

I know that it takes work to realize your creative dreams, but I also know that it is possible.

I'm an American who has been living in Germany for more than a decade. Life as an expat has forced me to train my "creative courage" muscles quite often through the years.

I've had to learn to show and promote my work in a new language, and find out how to survive and thrive in a foreign culture. With lots of support and hard work, I was able to complete a Master's degree program in Art at the University of the Arts in Berlin - in German.

My training and experience in the arts and as a teacher, as well as my personal life experiences have been invaluable to me as I have prepared this class.

To develop this course, I spent a year researching and gathering information from today's best minds, creativity "gurus," career and courage experts, artists, writers, top bloggers, coaches, and other creative spirits who are thriving in their fields.

I intend to give you my pickings of the cream of the crop. You will find it all here in a compact, helpful form in my Creative Courage e-course.

Is class size limited?

Yes, I am limiting class size to give you more individual attention. Spaces may fill up quickly, so please sign up early to avoid disappointment.

What will I get from this course?

In this course, you will receive:
  • inspirational daily posts (Monday - Friday) illustrated my with artwork to encourage, support, and help you start turning your creative dreams into reality
  • six of my colorful illustrated PDF worksheets to download, use, and keep forever
  • fun, helpful activities to build your "creative courage" muscles
  • daily resources with links so that you can explore each topic in depth
  • weekly interviews with an amazing group of 12 of today's top creative experts
  • access to a community of like-minded, supportive creative explorers who share your wish of living a richer, fuller, more colorful and joyful life
  • tips and tools for welcoming more abundance and prosperity into your life
  • a *virtual* field trip to Venice, Italy! I'll share with you a behind the scenes tour of Venice and the world famous Venice Biennale international art exhibition - I'll even send you a personal postcard from Venice if you'd like!

How do I sign up?

Simply click on the Add to Cart button to register, and then you will be redirected to PayPal to complete your transaction. After your payment has been processed, you will receive a welcome email from me securing your spot in the course. 

Add to Cart

The Creative Courage e-course is $99 USD for seven weeks of fun, color, encouragement, inspiration, love, 12 exclusive expert interviews - and it includes a unique *virtual* field trip to Venice, Italy. I can't wait for class to begin!

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to email me at stephanielevy (at)

Spaces are limited, so register now to secure your place in this unique e-course.

Thanks so much for your interest, and I look forward to seeing you in the course!


Jeroen Jongeleen @ Harlan Levey Projects

See our pictures from the Mousse Sunday @ HLP

The weather was great for the Mousse Sunday party @ Leon Lepage street in Brussels, organized by several local stores, such as Mapp, Cafe Costume and the Harlan Levey gallery.
At Harlan, a new show opened by the Rotterdam street art legend Jeroen Jongeleen aka Influenza. Jeroen's presence can be seen and felt inside as well as outside the gallery - just watch the trees!
In the gallery you can also see works by two other Rotterdam-based artists, Abner Preis and Stefan Gross.
Don't forget to drop by!

To all "artists who blog" fans: I'd love to hear your suggestions!

Hi everyone! I would love to get your feedback on a project I've been working on for a long time.

I'm putting the finishing touches on my new e-course this week, and I'd really like to get some advice from you. It has been a true labor of love during the past 10 months as I have written, edited, and put lots of heart, soul, and my personal stories into this course.

In a nutshell, I've developed this e-course to help you:
  • boost your self-confidence and find the courage to pursue your creative dreams
  • create new work more often and avoid getting stuck in ruts
  • devlop multiple income streams and make a living from your creative work
  • nurture yourself and stay balanced in the process
  • connect with others and build a network of positive support
  • expand your horizons through daily adventure projects
  • celebrate your creative spirit and add more joy, fun, and color to your life

I'll be sharing lots of fun activities each week with new illustrations and artwork, plus 12 exclusive, in-depth artist interviews created especially for this e-course. There is another special bonus surprise coming up which I will unveil next week. I'm really excited about this project, and I can't wait to tell you all the details!

I wanted to hear from you today about any specific topics you'd like to see me cover, and gather your suggestions as I get the course ready to share with you and the world.

Especially for those of you who enjoy my artists who blog series of interviews: if there are particular artists, designers, crafters, creative bloggers, writers, coaches, or anyone else you'd love to see me interview, please let me know with your comments.

Thanks so much for your time and feedback! I really appreciate it! Big hugs from Munich!


Secrets to Creating A Great Studio

Painting by Leslie Saeta
Scheduled Air Date: Thursday, July 14 at 9:00 am PST, 12:00 noon EST
"Secrets to Creating a Great Art Studio"
Join artists Leslie Saeta and Dream Tolle Perry as they discuss ways to sell your art on-line. Today's show is all about your art studio. Whether you paint in a corner of a room, at your kitchen table or in the studio of your dreams, we will discuss ways you can create an even better "studio" for your art!
Click here to listen to this show.

Ashley Zelinskie: Reddit birthday

Ashley Zelinskie - who you might know as one of the driving forces behind Curbs and Stoops - is a new media artist who loves blurring the lines between art and technology.
A year ago she decided to start using Reddit (a platform that aggregates websites liked or unliked by its community members and thus shows what's hot and what's not on the web) as a source of inspiration. This resulted in works such as Reverse Abstraction - an investigation of how computers would perceive existing works of art by turning them into binary codes.

Soon Ashley will be throwing her first anniversary party on Reddit, with Skype sessions amongst anonymous Reddit users from all over the world, turning it into a full-blown digital art performance.

We #like & +1!

Showtime: Luke Dowd @ Rod Barton

Luke Dowd, whose spray paintings of cut diamonds have already caught our attention in the past, has a new solo show at Rod Barton gallery, London.
Titled "America hurts me too", the artist's new body of work uses the same skillful methods of acrylic paint combined with screen-print, but the subject form has changed to less glamorous and more everyday objects. Examples of this are for instance paintings of tabletops from Dowd’s studio, such as the two shown above: Green (green tabletop) and Gold (gold tabletop).
The show runs until July 22, so don't miss it!

New Radio Documentary Workshop with!

Okay, this is a big love of mine—radio, that is. I wish I could go to this workshop/residency on Cape Cod this fall but I can’t. But maybe YOU can! Here’s a little bit of information from out their website for more. The project is run by one of my heroes of radio, Jay Allison. The deadline is coming up soon: July 30th, 2011. I know it is pricey but it really isn’t if you consider (after reading their site) how much you get for the cost. But who knows, you might find a grant on Mira's List! And if you want to read a little about my own little venture into radio documentaries, go here:

The Transom Story Workshop
The Transom Story Workshop pilot is for beginning producers. We hope to offer more advanced workshops in the future. This first session will take place in Woods Hole, MA from October 3 through November 18, 2011. Cost for the seven-week training is $5,500 and includes a license to Hindenburg Journalist, our favorite new audio editing software.

Showtime: Zane Mellupe's "In Memory of The Perfect Wife"

Although we couldn't find a lot of information about the solo of Zane Mellupe at ifa gallery, seeing couple of photos already made us feel it's a show worth seeing... if only we were in Shanghai!

It is the artist's first solo presentation in China and it is featuring mixed media photography and installation works. Mellupe grew up in Latvia and claims that the totalitarian regime during her childhood has led her to be skeptical about authority of any form. Her quote from press release pushes even one step further: “Sometimes, I wonder whether more damage is caused by a totalitarian regime or by a family.”

"Capitalism Works for Me": new ab-fab project of Steve Lambert

Steve Lambert is an American artist who believes that "art is a bridge that connects uncommon, idealistic, or even radical ideas with everyday life". During the last couple of years, Steve created projects such as "The New York Times Special Edition" (fake copy of the NYT, issued one week after Obama's election and including 14 pages of best case scenario news set nine months in the future) or "Add-Art" (a Firefox add-on that replaces commercial banners with art).

In his new endeavor called "Capitalism Works For me", Steve Lambert adds an interactive layer on his thinking. He will create a 20ft long sign that will travel throughout the US, up to and beyond the 2012 Presidential Elections. Wherever the sign would stop, people will be able to vote and conversations will be encouraged to start. Besides the tour, Steve is going to make a book, website and videos, documenting people's interactions and thoughts.
In order to finance this impressive project, the artist has put up a Kickstarter project page, so don't hesitate to browse through for more information and if you feel like, become one of the contributors!

The World's Top 200 Art Collectors

Photo: Jeff Koon's Magenta Heart at Punta della Dogana - one of François Pinault's private art collections on display at Venice.
See more photos from Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi, taken during the opening of this year's Venice Biennale.

Who's the art world's biggest spender? On the basis of recent acquisitions of Impressionist paintings, and works by Picasso and Bacon, among others, the most votes in an informal survey go to Sheikh Saud bin Mohammed bin Ali al-Thani. He is a member of the Qatar royal family and has been on the list of ARTnews 200, as well as on the Top Ten. Sheikh al-Thani has reportedly spent several hundred millions of dollars on art in the last two years.

The Top Ten art collectors of this year include Hélène and Bernard Arnault, Debra and Leon Black, Edythe L. and Eli Broad, Halit Cingillioglu, Alexandra and Steven A. Cohen, Laurence Graff, Philip S. Niarchos, François Pinault and Emily and Mitchell Rales.

(via ARTnews)

RIP Ján Mančuška (1972–2011)

The unfortunate news we came across last Friday and found hard to believe sadly proved to be true. The Slovak-born and Prague-based contemporary artist Ján Mančuška passed away in Prague last week after a long illness, aged 39. The artist received international acclaim for his experiments with film and video and the architecture in which they are installed. In 2004 he became the laureate of the Jindřich Chalupecký award for young visual artists. He represented the Czech Republic at the Venice Biennale in 2005.
RIP Ján!

Prague Biennale 5

Now in its fifth edition, Prague Biennale opened its door on May 19 & will run till September 11, 2011. Directed by Helena Kontova and Giancarlo Politi from Flash Art, together with Prague Biennale Fundation curator Nicola Trezzi, it lays accent on new emerging art from both Czech and Slovak Republics as well as other neighboring central and east European countries. This year's edition also presents 22 artists from India and a section focused on Italy.
We're heading to Prague in two weeks, so stay tuned for an extensive photo report!

The Best Art Books

Painting by Dreama Tolle Perry
Scheduled Air Date: Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 9:00 am PST, 12:00 noon EST
"The Best Art Books"
Join artists Leslie Saeta and Dreama Tolle Perry as we discuss ways to sell your art on-line. Today's show addresses why you need to have an "art library" and includes all of the "best art book" suggestions submitted by our listeners.  Find out which art books are a "must have"  and the best places to buy them!
Click here to listen to this show.
For a list of the books mentioned on this show, click on the "Comments" link below.

RIP Cy Twombly (1928 - 2011)

Cy Twombly, one of the most influential painters of the twentieth century died in Rome yesterday, aged 83. Read the obituary in the Guardian and in the New York Times.


Some reviews call Septien a weird movie, others call it an epic story about three brothers, religion, demons and sports. We received an email from Onur Tukel - playing the middle brother in the movie - and his story is quite remarkable. His character in the movie is a slightly disturbed, sexually frustrated artist. To prepare himself for this role, he started painting the way he thought his character would do & he will exhibit these paintings in a NY gallery in parallell with the movie screening in NY at the IFC Center. In theater as of tomorrow!

Showtime: Photography / Thomas Struth & Vivian Maier

Shortly after unveiling his new portrait photograph of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Windsor Castle (above), Thomas Struth's solo show Photographs 1978–2010 opens this week at Whitechapel Gallery, London. Selection from thirty years of works of this pioneering German photographer, featuring his brand themes (tourists observing artworks in museums, panoramas of colossal technology projects etc), should definitely not be missed if you're planning an art trip to London before September.

Another fascinating, even if entirely different, photography show is that of recently discovered street photographer Vivian Maier: A Life Uncovered at the German Gymnasium in London. Vivian Maier, who died in 2009, was an eccentric Chicago nanny, working in New York, who photographed obsessively even when she couldn't afford to develop her images and had never publicly shown them. Her archive had only discovered after her death, when it was sold off to pay for storage fees. The new owner quickly understood the value of the pictures and is now full-time busy to preserve and to catalog them. This is Vivian Maier's first UK exhibition.

More details about both shows in the Independent's Art section and an interview with Struth (talking about his experience of photographing the Queen) in the Guardian.

Get "Hoogerbrugged" Now!

Dreaming of fame and immortality? Well, both are within your reach:
just send a picture of yourself in a Prostress situation to and become member of the Prostress Portrait Gallery and hence of Han Hoogerbrugge's Universe.
What are you waiting for? You know you want to!

(first portrait examples above)

Elephant 7 is out!

Don't miss current issue of the fabulous Elephant magazine featuring article about Ron van der Ende as well as a guide to our fav art capital - New York (with intense, intimate and candid interviews of Marina Abramovic, Dan Witz, Gregory Crewdson, Robert Longo and alike).

Photo: cover of the mag with Ron van der Ende's Spaceship

Kala Art Institue Artist-in-Residency Program

Forgot to post this one...

Artists working in various printmaking techniques, photo-processes, book arts and digital media including sound/video production can apply to become an Artist-in-Residence at Kala Art Institute. Residency applications are accepted four times per year. Artists who apply for residency should be familiar with at least one of the media offered at Kala. Considerations for acceptance are conceptual creativity and technical knowledge. Kala encourages use of both traditional and new technologies, and their admixture.

Resident artists receive 24-hour access to the printmaking workshop and/or electronic media center, individual storage space, possible exposure on Kala's website and in other exhibitions at Kala or outside exhibition spaces, and participation in a vital, international artistic community. Artists also receive a 20% discount on classes and private tutoring offered by Kala.

Please note that this is a studio residency only; housing is not included. Artists are responsible for finding their own housing.


Applications are reviewed four times per year. Artists may apply for 1-, 2-, or 3-month residencies, and must specify the desired residency length in the application. (6-month residencies also exist, but are only available to continuing and returning Artists-in-Residence who have done the 3-month Evaluative Review.)

Application deadlines (materials received by):
January 31
residencies starting in March, April, May, or June
April 30
residencies starting in June, July, August, or September
July 31
residencies starting in September, October, November, or December
October 31
residencies starting in December, January, February, or March

(Note that there is some overlap of months. This means that artists applying on January 31 would have first dibs on residencies starting in June, but artists applying on April 30 would also be able to start in June if there are spots available.)

Submission Materials
Please submit the following by email or mail (to
-application cover sheet (download here)
-resumé (include detailed information on your previous experience with the media you wish to use at Kala)
-work samples (CD/DVD); maximum 20 works or 10 minutes of video (if sending by email, under 10MB total)
-image list
-artist statement

Materials will not be returned.

For more information, e-mail Program Coordinator Carrie Hott at

More information can be found here:

"The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic" opens in Manchester

The theatre piece "The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic" opens internationally on July 9 during Manchester International Festival event at The Lowry. The piece centres on the life of the "godmother of performance art" who stars in it alongside an international cast of actors (including Willem Dafoe) and performance artists. The piece is co-created by Bob Wilson, celebrated American theatre director.
Wilson had received carte blanche from Abramovic to stage her life as he sees fit, with Abramovic providing the crude research material (personal letters, concepts, photographs etc).
After Manchester, the production will tour to Madrid, Basel, Amsterdam and Antwerp (book your tickets to De Singel to see it in June next year!)

Photograph: Self portrait with skeleton by Marina Abramovic, 2003 (Marina Abramovic/Sean Kelly Gallery New York)

Artist Grants & Residencies for Media Artists, Sound Artists, Native American Artists and More!

Greetings all. Today's selection of opportunities are brought to you by:,, and Mirabee's periodic sniffing around....Happy 4th of July!

(ARTISTS/MULTIMEDIA) Weir Farm Trust, Wilton, CTNovember-April—Residencies of 2-4 weeks for film, video, and multimedia artists (in addition to visual artists of all types). Organization provides housing, studio, and stipend ($500 per month). Residents are responsible for deposit ($75, refunded on artist’s arrival), food, travel, and materials.

***I just heard from a Mira's List fan that this place no longer gives out stipends so please check with them first before applying. Sometimes things change season to season in this economy. Application available on website:

Deadline: July 15, 2011

FEE: $25.
Weir Farm Trust
735 Nod Hill Rd.
Wilton, CT 06897
T: (203) 761-9945, FAX: (203) 761-9116

(ALL) Fogo Island Arts Corporation Residency Program 2012-2013—The Fogo Island Arts Corporation is a new contemporary art venue on the east coast of Canada. The Arts Corporation runs two distinct yet complementary programs, the Residency program and the Production program. Both programs encourage dialogue between visiting artists and local people to share experiences and perceptions.

The Fogo Island Arts Corporation's mission to bring together local communities and the international art scene is reflected in the accommodations and work space provided to Residency Program participants. Striking new studios are being built at locations across the island. Living spaces are provided in refurbished traditional homes located in nearby communities on the island.

how to apply

Visual artists, curators, writers and filmmakers can apply for residencies on Fogo Island in 2012 – 2013. Residencies are from 3 to 6 months. Visiting professionals are provided with a studio (work space) and a house to live in. Individuals selected to the program can apply for stipend to cover materials and living costs on the island and for travel (to and from Fogo Island only).
For more info, go to:

Deadline: 31 July, 2011

Fogo Island Arts Corporation Application Committee
Highway 334, suite 100 NL - A0G 2X0
Newfoundland Canada
tel: +1 709 270 0011

(WASHINGTON ARTISTS) Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award – Awards of $25,000 to individual artists in any discipline who reside in Washington State and are originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks and pushing the boundaries in their fields. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a minimum of 5 years in their professional art practice. A letter of recommendation is also required. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. Artist Trust, 1835 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122, Contact: Miguel Guillén, Program Manager, T: (206) 467-8734 ext. 11,, Deadline: July 25, 2011

(ALL) Yaddo (year-round, Saratoga Springs, NY)Residencies of an average of 5 weeks for writers, media artists, visual artists and performing artists working at the professional level in their fields. Facilities include dance/choreography studios, exhibition/installation spaces, metal shop, music studio, and performing arts space. Residency provides housing, meals, studio, travel assistance, and materials stipend. Artists responsible for additional materials or travel costs. FEE: $30. Yaddo, P.O. Box 395, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, T: (518) 584-0746, FAX: (518) 584-1312,, Deadline: August 1, 2011

(ALL) AMA GrantAMA supports mobility within the African continent by providing the costs of travel, visa and travel insurance for the duration of stay. AMA supports all artists and cultural operators living and working in Africa for travels within and between the African regions. It supports the travel of artists and cultural professionals working in the following artistic fields:

- Performing arts : theatre, dance, story telling...etc
- Music
- Visual arts
- Cinema
- Literature

Art Moves Africa (AMA) aims to facilitate cultural and artistic exchanges within the African continent. AMA offers travel funds to artists, arts professionals and cultural operators living and working in Africa to travel within the continent in order to engage in the exchange of information, the enhancement of skills, the development of informal networks and the pursuit of cooperation. Deadline : 01 September, 2011
More Information:

(MEDIA ARTS/SOUND ARTISTS/SCULPTORS) Nodar Artist Residency ProgramBinaural is a Portuguese non-profit Cultural Organization founded in 2004 with the aim of promoting the exploration and research in sound / visual and new media arts, focusing on the crossing of media and languages and on the articulation between the artistic production and the surrounding context, particularly through its activities in the rural space of Nodar.

Rural Architechtures: The 2012 Nodar Artist Residency Program will specifically explore the interactions between landscape, architecture and sound in the rural context of the Gralheira Mountains, municipality of São Pedro do Sul.

12 art projects by individual artists or collectives will be selected. The art works will acoustically "activate" different types of rural constructions, through the creation of context-specific sound installations and sculptures. Deadline: 15 September, 2011

Application Form

Nodar Artist Residency Center: Associação Cultural de Nodar, Nodar – Caixa Postal 119, 3660-324, S. Martinho das Moitas, Portugal
Tel. +351 232 357 060

(NATIVE AMERICAN ARTISTS) First Peoples Fund Invites Applications for Artist in Business Leadership Program—The First Peoples Fund’s Artist in Business Leadership Program is designed to help entrepreneurial Native American artists develop their marketing and business skills and build self-sustaining, arts-based businesses.

This one-year, self-directed program provides a working capital grant of up to $5,000 to support work on a marketing plan/strategy or business goal as defined by the artist applicant. Additional program benefits include technical assistance, a professional network of peers, and travel expenses to FPF’s professional development workshops. The fellowship places emphasis on new works to stimulate creativity and a renewal of energy in Native art expression.

Applicants must be members of a Northern Great Plains tribe located in South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, Nebraska, the Eastern Plateau region of Idaho, Oregon, or Washington; a tribe from the Great Lakes region of Minnesota, Michigan, or Wisconsin; a tribe belonging to the U.S. Eastern Seaboard states; or a Hawaiian or Alaska Native. Affiliated Canadian First Nations artists are also eligible. For complete program information, eligibility rules and application procedures, visit the FPF Web site:

(NEW MEDIA) New Arts in Media GrantThe National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications for their new Arts in Media category open to mobile technology, digital games, and other platforms. Grants are available to support the development, production, and national distribution of innovative media projects about the arts and media projects that can be considered works of art. Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $200,000, based on the platform and the complexity and scope of the project. For more info, go to: Deadline is September 1, 2011.

(PHOTOGRAPHERS) Vision Quest ResidencyVision Quest Photo Workshops announces a new yearly grant of a one-week photographic artist’s residency. This grant provides mid-career fine-art photographers a retreat-like experience to work on their art, reflect on their artistic direction, make new photographs, plan new career paths, or to simply have time away from work/family/life pressure and stress. Photographers can use this time to move their art or career forward or to reflect on where they are at and where they are headed.

The artist will stay in a very private retreat in the woods along the banks of a pristine sand-bottom river, located near Grantsburg, Wisconsin (about an hour drive from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul). The residency will include a private consultation, in person or via phone, with Vision Quest Photo Workshops founder and director Douglas Beasley before the week begins and after its conclusion. For more details please visit the website. For more info, go to:
Contact: 651-644-1400

Showtime: David Shrigley at Yvon Lambert

David Shrigley is hot! You might remember his solo show at Frieze last year where Stephen Friedman Gallery stand was transformed in "Shrigley land" with the artist present, tattooing some of the visitors. This year, he is again omnipresent on the art fairs as well as museums and gallery shows, with his drawings, taxidermy art, animations and sculptures. 
Next week, Paris gallery Yvon Lambert opens his solo show, "Thoughts". With 200 drawings and a dozen giant ceramic eggs installed across the exhibition space and displayed at different heights, the shows promises to be one not to miss. "Thoughts" will be on display till the end of August.

Scott Blake: xtc self portrait

Scott Blake is an interesting personage in todays art world. He pushes the borders of art and consumerism, calling himself an "artist + prankster + entrepreneur". In the popular press he is best knows for his bar-code art applied on the rich and the famous, resulting in FHM calling him "a bar-code Picasso". More recent, Scott created a self portrait out of images of xtc pills, taking the images from, an organization promoting safety within the rave community. Curious to see where this will lead him...

Shea Hembrey became 100 artists

This inspiring Ted talk is sure to prove polarising, even amongst HFA readers. Shea Hembrey, « maker » extraordinaire, explains how he went about creating a hundred works of art for an event of his very own.

The twist? Each of these works purportedly comes from a different artist, with a unique personality, background, medium and interest. Shea thereby questions the making of Art and the place of the artist. Is he really making Art or simply manufacturing pieces? And is it even possible for a single mind to give birth to genuinely separate expressions of the artistic process?

We look forward to hearing your thoughts. In the meantime, we could not help but marvel at the diversity of the techniques brought to play and the quality of execution that permeates this surreal « Biennial ».

Go download the high-resolution video for the full experience or simply browse the talk page for more viewing options.

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