Why An Artist Should Write Project Grant Proposals (even if you never get one).

Why An Artist Should Write Project Grant Proposals (even if you never get one).

Uncategorized, Working Artist
I just spent the last week after taking down our exhibition for the Medium of Exchange Collective show, Process, writing a project grant proposal. It's the second one I've done this year and I will likely write at least one more. I have probably written one a year for the last 10 years. Although I am getting faster they still take me a while to write, and I have never gotten one. So, given my terrible track record (no one is going to be hiring me for grant writing services anytime soon) why would I continue to write them? Once upon a time I wrote them for big projects that I could not accomplish without taking time off from my day job. So they were always written for projects to…
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Am I the @$$hole?

Am I the @$$hole?

Art Sales, Working Artist
So there are a lot of things artists gamble their money on, because as they say, it takes money to make money. But it is also said that during the gold-rush days it wasn't gold miners, but merchants that ultimately cashed in on the dream. So a bit under a year ago I was approached by an individual starting up a website promoting local art and artists to those interested in buying local during this time of Covid induced closures and cancellations of the traditional venues and events for art purchases. The website offered Basic and Premium listings. Basic listing were free, with artists listings found under media categories. Each listing included a bio, an art image, a headshot and contact information. Premium listings (I don't recall what the subscription…
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Medium of Exchange Closing Reception Livestream

Medium of Exchange Closing Reception Livestream

Events & Announcements, The Story Behind the Painting, What's the Big Idea?
So I'd love to say the livestream gallery tour and Q&A went off without a hitch however that anyone who managed to catch it would know that was not the case. While the gallery tested it earlier in the day and it worked at that time, when the actual time of the event was upon us we were not able to stream the event from the gallery page. This necessitated about a half hour of frantic typing and texting and posting to cancel the scheduled event and create a new one on the galleries programming page and redirect viewers to the new event. I managed to post redirects for anyone coming to the event through links from my One Life Fine Art page or my personal profile, however I am…
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My Process – Medium of Exchange Personal Artist Statement

My Process – Medium of Exchange Personal Artist Statement

Events & Announcements, What's the Big Idea?, Youtube Channel
So what am I about in this exhibition installed now at the Alberta Society of Artists Gallery? I've uploaded this video explaining my process to my youtube channel. It was kindly recorded and edited by one of the artists in the show, Jessica Hauser: https://youtu.be/x3iwL73anMo You can check out more of Jessica Hauser's videos here. On Thursday May 20th the Alberta Society of Artists Gallery in Calgary will be conducting a live-streamed tour of the exhibition where you will be able to ask some of the artists (including myself) questions about the show as we take you around it. Click here to sign up for the livestream event!
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Medium of Exchange Exhibition Tour Video

Medium of Exchange Exhibition Tour Video

Events & Announcements, Youtube Channel
So there is a new exhibition tour video of the Medium of Exchange - Process show (installed now at the Alberta Society of Artists Gallery) uploaded to my youtube channel. This video was kindly recorded and edited by one of the artists in the show, Jessica Hauser: https://youtu.be/oVqEq9tC6iE You can check out more of Jessica Hauser's videos here. On Thursday May 20th the Alberta Society of Artists Gallery in Calgary will be conducting a live-streamed tour of the exhibition where you will be able to ask some of the artists questions about the show as we take you around it. Click here to sign up for the livestream event!
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Closing Reception Announced for Medium of Exchange Process!

Closing Reception Announced for Medium of Exchange Process!

Events & Announcements
Thanks for the survey responses everyone, survey says: Facebook Livestream Event, Gallery Tour and Live Q&A by the artists. So, Thursday May 20th 2021 between 2:30 and 3:30 PM you can tune in live on Facebook at this event hosted by the Alberta Society of Artists. The Artists will take you on a live tour through the exhibition and answer your questions. Click Here to RSVP or View live on May 20th!
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We Need Help Planning the Closing Reception for Our Show Medium of Exchange – Process

We Need Help Planning the Closing Reception for Our Show Medium of Exchange – Process

Events & Announcements, Uncategorized
In light of increased Covid-19 case numbers and increased public health restrictions here in Alberta it seems unlikely we will be able to physically welcome you to the gallery for our closing reception on the afternoon of May 20th 2021. So since we are all new to this virtual event thing we would like to ask for your help deciding how, where and what to do in lieu?  We have a brief 3 question survey below and would appreciate your feedback. We’ll share details for the event once we’ve had a chance to discuss the feedback. Thanks! Take The Survey Here
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Artist’s Statement, Medium of Exchange – Process:

Artist’s Statement, Medium of Exchange – Process:

Events & Announcements, What's the Big Idea?
The Artist's of Medium of Exchange c. 2010:L-R: Jesica Campbell, Koren Scott, Jessica Hauser, Penny Chase and Debbie.lee Miszaniec Five women walked into an art school… Three straight women, one gay woman and one who says it’s nobody business walked into an art school… An agnostic, a Wiccan, a Catholic and two atheists walked into an art school… Three settlers, an Inuit and a Metis walked into an art school… Five artists of diverse backgrounds walked out of an art school… …and had a conversation: They called themselves Medium of Exchange. They made work together and apart about topics relevant to them all. Then their lives and professional practices diverged again. After a decade Jesica Campbell, Penny Chase, Jessica Hauser, Debbie.lee Miszaniec and Koren Scott have re-converged for Medium of Exchange: Process. Process is about the process of making…
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Virtual Exhibition Launched!

Virtual Exhibition Launched!

Events & Announcements
Gallery View, Medium of Exchange: Process, Alberta Society of Artists' Gallery, Calgary AB 2021 Medium of Exchange, Process The culmination of 3 years of work and planning has, even in the face of a global pandemic, come to fruition. It was a long journey for Jesica Campbell, Penny Chase, Jessica Hauser Koren Scott and myself, with many twists and turns, but there was definitely a sense of great satisfaction as we finished installing the last label for the show last week at the Alberta Society of Artists' Gallery in Calgary. The exhibition will run to June 5th. However due to Covid-19 the gallery is currently closed to the public and will remain so until Stage 3 of Alberta's relaunch plan. We were on the verge of reaching Stage 3 prior…
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Tricks & Treats: October Review

Uncategorized
Trick or Treat, 12"x16" o/c, $950 So Halloween is over and we have 2 weeks to see where it takes us in regard to new Covid-19 cases. Trick or Treat is my latest instalment in the Covid Chronicles saga of paintings this year. I was quite anxious about this holiday, it is so hard for us to disappoint the little ones, but no one can be sure who is passing along the Covid Apple in this rendition of a Halloween Snow White fairytale. Is the little old lady giving it to Snow White, or the other way around? Is the child transporting it from one house to another (all unintentionally of course)? It was good to see all of the creative approaches people took to carrying on with Halloween traditions…
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