Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Marketing Your Art Presentation Recap

Thanks to all of the wonderful presenters for our "Marketing Your Art" presentation on June 26th.  Associated Artists of Winston-Salem was thrilled to be able to offer a three part presentation with Winston-Salem Monthly Editor Emily-Sarah Lineback, artist Pat Spainhour, and the generous folks from http://www.cityofthearts.org/

Part I  We learned lots of tips about how to get the word out about your art in the local media.  Emily-Sarah Lineback offered advice about how to write news releases, put together press kits, and find out how to contact local arts writers and editors.  She offered a wealth of informative tricks of the trade about how to get your materials noticed by the right people in the media.  These were tidbits of info that only an editor is privy to - and she also gave encouraging words of wisdom to all aspiring artists. 

above: a picture of the new July 2010 cover of Winston-Salem Monthly

Part II  Next up was Pat Spainhour, an experienced local artists, art teacher, and AAWS member.  Having spent years of trial and error with her own art marketing, Pat was able to give advice to those who are new to the promotion game from one who has experienced the ups and downs of being an artist.  One great tool she mentioned was "The Artist's Guide," a book by Jane Battenfield.   Several people in the audience agreed that this book is a must-have for all aspiring (or established) artists!

above: Pat Spainhour shares her knowledge. Thanks Pat!!! http://www.patspainhour.com/

Part III  The folks from CityoftheArts.com gave us an in depth overview of the current and upcoming features of the interactive website http://www.cityofthearts.com/.  We will probably do another workshop in the future once all of their artist features have gone live, as there will be more bells and whistles to come!  Audience members learned how to post events, register, and got a sneak peak at the artist profile and art marketplace feature.

above: Siobhan Olsen of http://www.cityofthearts.com/ gives a detailed tour of their new interactive site!

For more photos from this presentation, please visit:

Monday, June 28, 2010

Save the Date for July 16, 6-8pm: Amani Bead Night!

What: Amani Bead Night

Event Details: Love to bead? Does stringing necklaces with friends sound like a fun way to spend an evening? Then Amani Bead Night is for you! The beads we will be using are hand-made by artisans in Africa, and this event will help raise money for the Amani Children's Foundation. Sales of Amani beads help support the Amani Children's Foundation's work to improve the lives of children in Africa. No charge to attend. Groups of girlfriends welcome. Open to any age.

When: July 16th, 6-8PM

Associated Artists of Winston-Salem
301 W. 4th Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27104

Cost: Free to attend! Purchase beads to use for your own creative fashionable jewelry. Prices are per bead, range from $3- and up. Bring your own beads to complement, embellish (or trade/share!). Earring wires available to purchase separately. We'll supply the cord and offer simple how-to's, as well as a few snacks.

To learn more about the Amani Children's Foundation, please visit:

Amani Children's Foundation
3288 Robinhood Rd. #107
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Tel: 336.306-5404

Friday, June 25, 2010

New Member: Vanessa Boynton

AAWS is pleased to welcome a new member, artist Vanessa Boynton. You can check out her whimsical and mysterious drawings by visiting http://www.vanessaboynton.com/.  Take a look!

At left: Green Man, by Vanessa Boynton

"Marketing Your Art" Presentation Monday, June 28

We hope you can join us this Monday, from 3-5pm, for "Marketing Your Art." This presentation for visual artists will be given by CityoftheArts.org, artist Pat Spainhour, and Emily-Sarah Lineback (editor of Winston-Salem Monthly)

About CityoftheArts.org: The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, working with marketing and product development firm, Pursuit of Happiness, debuted an ambitious, first-of-its-kind social events network, CityOfTheArts.com. This website provides a holistic, immersive online experience around events and activities within the city and county. The site uses robust behavioral mapping, database, social media, search and mobile technologies, brought together for the first time to create the ultimate online experience for anyone living in or visiting the area. Learn ways you can use cityofthearts.com to help promote your art and find new opportunites for growth and exposure. http://www.cityofthearts.com/

About Emily-Sarah Lineback: Award-winning writer, author, and editor...need we say more?!  She been on both sides of the public relations equations -- generating PR and sending out queries to publications AND deciding what story ideas are included in publications. Additionally, she has PR seminars at state and national conventions and at Salem College.  She is currently the editor of Winston-Salem Monthly Magazine.   http://www.winstonsalemmonthly.com/

About Pat Spainhour: A professional artist with extensive show experience, Pat will share some of the tips that she has picked up attending conferences and workshops on marketing one's work and creating gallery presentations. See more of her art at: http://www.patspainhour.com/

at left: "Gulf Stream" by Pat Spainhour, encaustic.

There is still room left to sign up - so call today: 336-722-0340. You can also email membership@associatedartists.org, or simply pay the afternoon of the presentation.

Cost: $15 AAWS members, $20 non-members

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Carl Galie Workshop: Shoot Your Art Right

"Shoot Your Art Right" Workshop with Carl Galie
July 16, 10am - 12pm at AAWS

This two hour workshop, presented by photographer Carl Galie, will help artists learn how to photograph artwork and prepare files to create quality digital submissions.

Cost: $12 AAWS members, $15 non-members
email info@associatedartists.org to sign up!

About Carl Galie: Carl Galie is a landscape photographer and juried AAWS member who resides in Winston-Salem, N.C. His photography career began in 1991 when he began doing nature photography on a part-time basis while staying home to raise his two youngest daughters. Photographing on weekends, he began to build his portfolio, and in October 1992, he was offered a contract by Picturesque, a stock agency located in Raleigh, N.C. Read more

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Calls for Artists!

Associated Artists has two exciting show opportunities coming up: the "Black & White" exhibition (for AAWS members only - to learn about being a member, click here), and the "Cultural Crossroads" national juried exhibition.

To see the prospectus for either of these shows, please follow these links:

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Save the Date: AAWS Benefit Day at New Town Bistro, July 14th!

July 14th is YOUR CHANCE to support AAWS by .... get this... dining out! Win-win!  New Town Bistro is offering an Associated Artists of Winston-Salem Benefit Day on Wednesday, July 14th.  Lunch or dinner - you choose - just remember to say that you're "Dining for Associated Artists" (or print the above coupon & remember to bring it with you).

New Town Bistro and Bar
420 Jonestown Rd #U
Winston-Salem, NC
(336) 659-8062

Thursday, June 17, 2010

THIS SATURDAY! "Reading Work" at AAWS!

"Reading Work"
Saturday, June 19, 2010
10:30am - 12pm

AAWS is offering the chance to come out of your studio and share work with fellow artists. If you're looking for critique, some suggestions, helpful questions or a little sharing of ideas, then come downtown for our new series called Reading Work.  The third gathering of Reading Work takes place from 10:30 until noon on Saturday morning, June 19th. Bring some work or bring your laptop, bring ideas, and, heck, since it's free, bring a friend.

Board members and artists Shawn Beard and Diana Greene will be on hand for round three of Reading Work.

We have a lot of great workshops, shows, and other events on the horizon at AAWS. To learn more about upcoming events, click here.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Learn how to market your artwork - June 28th

"Marketing Your Art" Presentation
June 28th (Monday)
3-5pm at AAWS

Learn about the new tool for marketing your artwork, http://www.cityofthearts.com/, and new ways it can help you gain exposure and find cultural opportunities in our community. In addition, Pat Spainhour, a professional artist with extensive show experience, will share some of the tips that she has picked up attending conferences and workshops on marketing one's work and creating gallery presentations. Also, Emily-Sarah Lineback, new editor of Winston-Salem Monthly magazine, will speak on print marketing options and other tips of the trade as an experienced entrepreneur.

Cost: $15 AAWS members, $20 non-members
For more info: visit the AAWS calendar listing

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Associated Artists of Winston-Salem NOW ON TWITTER!

Yep, you heard right... AAWS is now on Twitter!  Our Twitter username is @AssocArtWS, and you can follow us by clicking here: http://twitter.com/AssocArtistsWS

Follow us to learn about the most up to the minute information about upcoming events, calls for artists, current exibitions, workshops, and more!

Monday, June 14, 2010

55th Annual Members Meeting - TOMORROW, Tuesday, June 15

Attention all members! Tomorrow is our 55th Annual Members Meeting and you are invited!

All Members in good standing are invited to participate in the annual election of Officers and Board Members for Associated Artists of Winston-Salem, Inc. A brief business meeting, including elections, will be followed by a special program on the AAWS annual trip to Ecuador!

The Annual Meeting will be held in the AAWS Main Gallery at 301 West 4th Street on Tuesday June 15th at 5:30 pm. 

We look forward to seeing you!!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

This Friday: Plein Air Workshop with Judy Meyler and Cheryl Powell

AAWS has an exciting workshop taking place this week and you still have time to participate!

Plein Air Introduction:  Tools and Techniques
Friday, June 4th at AAWS 10am-12noon

Judy Meyler and Cheryl Powell will co-present a plein air workshop at AAWS. This will be an overview of tools and techniques used for painting "on the spot" and will prepare participants for getting started in this practice. A plein air demo at a downtown green spot will be included, so wear comfortable shoes. AAWS will provide drinks and a/c for the lecture portion.

There is still room, so sign up today!
email info@associatedartists.com or call us at 336-722-0340

Can't make this week's workshop? 
Check out similar events by visiting our event calendar: AAWS Calendar