Thursday, October 23, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
We are very happy to showcase the talents of Rachel Parker international artist. Rachel is one of South Carolina's best selling artists.
Artsails 1 asks Rachel; please tell us about your art career and the type of art you do.
I paint mostly watercolors, although I'll occasionally dabble with acrylics and oils. Watercolor is my passion though. I was very excited to see Dean Mitchell, a talented watercolor artist, featured on the front of American Art Collector this month!
We at Artsails1 have noticed you often paint cats; tell us what inspires you about cats?
I just love capturing the living essence of things on paper. I also love to paint people and other animals. I think it's the eyes, or the unique expressions of each subject that intrigues me. When the subject comes alive on the paper, then I know I've met my goal for that work.
Did you major in art in college and if so where did you attend. If not; who have you studied with?
I've never studied formally. I did a two day workshop with Tom Lynch once. Most of my art education has come from lots and lots of reading art books and experimenting.
Charleston White Horse by Rachel Parker
Are there any artists that you would say played a major role either in mentoring you or in inspiring and shaping your career?
The most influential artist for me was probably my mother, Gretchen Parker. Without her example, I don't think I would have ever realized I could paint. I used to watch her paint when I was very young, and tag along to art lessons.
How have you handled the marketing of your art; getting in shows, selling art, creating a web presence?
I haven't done a lot of things outside of the web. I suppose I'm too lazy to frame everything, haul it to a show, only to have one thing sold after all that investment. The internet is an amazing venue for my work. I've met people all over the world through my art. I even met a lady online through an art connection and we ended up going on two trips together to Costa Rica and Italy. She lives in Switzerland. I sell my art mostly on EBay and recently I've discovered Etsy, which is a wonderful community of likeminded creatives who are very passionate about their work. It's been invigorating for me to try new places on the internet and discover the fresh visions of new communities.
What websites do you have your art on, now? Etsy, EBay, Rachels Studio, cafepress.com
It can definitely pay off if you invest time and energy into it and you have something people WANT to buy. That's the trick, having something people want to buy. The other part is doing a lot of social networking, keeping new things on your site, and marketing through your blog. The more energy I put into my work, whether it is painting, social networking on the web, or blogging, the more I sell. Another important tool I've found is to have a Yahoo group for my collectors to join. Every time I create a new painting, have a new painting, or just want to share progress on a painting, I post it to my group. Anyone can join by going to http://www.rachelsstudio.com/ and click on Join my group.
Is there anything else you would like us to know about you, your art, your web presence, or your techniques that you would like to share?
I really think the Internet is the wave of the future for artists like me. The potential of the web is unlimited! It's also a great way to meet interesting people. I also met a wonderful artist in China and helped him get on eBay. He was able to buy a car after he doubled his income selling his art online! Rachel that is a great story.
Do you have another career in addition to being an artist?
I work as a school social worker. My art and my social work mutually subsidize each other!
Rachel is there anything else you would like people to know about you?
I also recently got engaged and will get married June 21, 2009. We are going to China for our honeymoon and I can't wait!
Congratulations, I am sure a honeymoon in China will be very inspiring; we can't wait to see the results!
In summary; Rachel Parker is a very talented artist and Internet entrepreneur; we hope that you will enjoy looking at her websites and if you would like any further information on Rachel Parker's artwork you may contact her directly via email at: R1achel@yahoo.com NOTE: That's a one after the r on Rachel's email. All paintings on this page were created by Rachel Parker; please contact her directly if you are interested in purchasing a print or original of her work. Thank you.
Editor: Artsails1 writer: Jean Bourque
Saturday, October 18, 2008
REFLEXOLOGY, TAROT READINGS, REIKI SESSIONS, TUNING FORK SESSIONS, HANDMADE JEWELRY, ESSENTIAL OILS, VOICE REMAPPING, GIFTS FOR THE UPCOMING HOLIDAY SEASON, REFRESHMENTS, PRIZES, CANDY, TRICK OR TREATING, BOBBING FOR APPLES, FACE PAINTING, PIN THE NOSE ON THE PUMPKIN, PINATA FUN AND MUCH MORE!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25TH FROM 10AM TO 4PM
AT THE UNITARIAN CHURCH IN SHANDON
ADMISSION IS $6, CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER ARE FREE!!!
BRING TWO CANNED GOODS FOR HARVEST HOPE FOOD BANK AND RECEIVE $1 OFF ADMISSION! COSTUMES STRONGLY ENCOURAGED!
John Tudor will be performing magic throughout the day from 1pm-3pm on a roaming basis. Pets Inc. will be there hosting a pet costume contest from 3-4pm, and doing microchip registration for $25 which is an $85 value, and a GREAT deal.Tarot readers will be Saundra Saundra, Jessica Peach, Brian Barr and Ryan Kern. Palm Reader is Raman.William and Marilu Pena doing energies of enlightenment.Paige Peters will be joining us for healing using tuning forks. Robin Adell will offer Reiki services. Chimene Green will be there doing reflexology.
Voice Remapping and Essential Oils with Toni Van Gils. Rebecca Jacobson will be there educating people about the groups she offers for women's healing. Teri Teed is a local artist and photographer, and she will be showing her work at the festival. Christine Adair will be featuring her handmade jewelry. Hans will be there with wooden wands, bowls, and other magical offerings. Lori Baker will be there with AveNews.
CALL JEN AT BELLADONNAS 765-0450 FOR MORE DETAILS!
Friday, October 17, 2008
In September 2008, Light the Way with Music and Art, a volunteer fund-raising effort to benefit Columbia’s Homeless Transition Center, began its artistic series with a piano recital by Marina Lomazov. The series is co-sponsored by The Midlands Interfaith Homeless Action Council (MIHAC) and will continue through May.
In March 2009, HoFP will join with MIHAC to sponsor a Light the Way Art Benefit, and this is where we hope you will want to be involved. A group of Columbia artists are being invited to display one or two pieces of their work for sale at House of Frames & Painting, 2828 Devine Street on the evening of Thursday, March 5, from 6:00-9:00. Each artist will retain 50% of sales. The other 50% will go to MIHAC to support the Knight Foundation $5 million challenge grant for the Center. We are looking for small to moderate size work. Space in the gallery is limited and we plan to have 50 to 75 artists participating. Pieces should be lively, saleable, and priced between $150-$1000. Buyers will take their purchases that evening. Any unsold work will need to be picked up the next day. (Arrangements may be made if you are unable to attend the event, etc.)
To date artists participating in the Art Benefit are Laura Spong, David Yaghjian, Ellen Yaghjian, Heidi Darr-Hope, Candy Waites and Regina Moody. We invite you to add your name to this growing list by indicating your interest to either of the two emails listed below. Please respond by November 21 with your wish to accept or decline. We will be back in touch with a full list of participants and a form regarding your work(s) offered for sale.
With sincere thanks,
David & Ellen Yaghjian firstname.lastname@example.org
Regina Moody email@example.com
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Tuesday evening Oct 21st at The Black Creek Arts Council 116 College St. Hartsville SC, home of Coker College. The show starts at 7 PM. There is a small cover charge.
QUANTITY: Artists may submit up to 5 pieces.
TITLES: Each art piece should be labeled with the following information: Title, Artist, & Sale Price.
ART SALES: Artist's share of sales will be paid the week following the Bazaar.
For more information: Dianne Meadow (803) 788-1781 or
207 Savannah Branch Trail, Irmo
Tuesday evening from 6-8, Oct 14, 21, and 28
Thursday Morning from 9:30 - 11:30, Oct. 9, 16, 23, & 30
Thursday Afternoon from 1:30 - 3:30, Oct. 9, 16, 23, & 30
One make-up date: Oct. 29th
Mixed Media Class
Friday Morning from 9:30 - 11:30, October 10, 17, 24, & 31.
The course will be $50. You will also need art supplies. Rachel will giveyou a list of what you'll need when you start. As soon as 4 or more people sign up, we'll begin!
See her work at www.rachelsstudio.com
Friday, October 3, 2008
Exhibition of Premier Glass Artist Dale Chihuly
Exhibition marks first of its kind in South Carolina
Columbia, SC – The Columbia Museum of Art brings the exhibition Dale Chihuly: Seaforms to South Carolina this fall. Opening on September 5 and running through November 30, Dale Chihuly: Seaforms includes approximately 35 glassworks and preliminary sketches from his Seaform series – colorful, undulating shell-like forms within forms, inspired by the artist’s love of the sea. Chihuly is widely recognized as the world's premier glass artist and has been the subject of many books, critical essays and PBS specials.
Chihuly’s Seaforms are reminiscent of sea creatures and shells, yet they are unpredictable abstract configurations with a transparency and colorful luminosity. Families of Seaforms are large vessels with smaller and smaller shapes nestled within them. The accompanying sketches give insight into the artist’s creative process, and are beautiful artworks on their own. Chihuly’s Seaforms were created over a 14-year period during the 1980s and ’90s.
Seattle glass artist Dale Chihuly revolutionized the Studio Glass movement by expanding its original notion of the solitary artist working in a studio, to the idea of collaborative teams with a division of labor within the creative process. His achievements as a powerhouse of innovation have influenced the world of contemporary craft, and his art has delighted people around the world.
For an application contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2007; this dream to show the work and introduce Ilona to more of the community became a reality when we had our first ever Art Show and reception at the Back Porch Studio. Naturally the Gallery and Studio adapted the name the Back Porch Painters. In addition to the painters several potters and sculptors began to rent the space to use their potters wheel and to work with clay. We quickly decided to adapt the name of the Gallery to be called the "Back Porch Studios".
Come out and meet one of the most interesting and entertaining people Columbia has ever known and see some great art too. BTW: for those that don't know; Ilona is the ETV Star of "Painting with Ilona" which aired as recently as a few years ago in the greater Columbia area. It had a run throughout the 70's and a little bit in the 80's. It may be available through the ETV archives if you want to learn more.
Keeping the paint flowing...
yours Jean Bourque
On Friday, October 3, at 6:30 pm join us for The Palmetto Mastersingers in Concert
Bring a picnic and join us for an evening performance with South Carolina's Musical Ambassadors singing American classics, beach music and favorites from the "Rat Pack."
Presented by the Saluda Shoals Foundation and Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission in partnership with the Irmo Chamber of Commerce, Nickelodeon, Musician & Songwriters, Guild of South Carolina and 701 Center for Contemporary Art.
Normal Park Admission Applies!
Greetings! Please join us for the Second Annual SKATE and CREATE exhibition at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, 808 Lady Street in the arts and cultural district known as the Vista!
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, October 3 from 5 - 11
ADDITIONAL HOUSE: Saturday, October 4 from 11 - 7 and Sunday, October 5 from 1 - 5.
The exhibit is curated by Bluetile Skateshop and hosted by Gallery 80808/Vista Studio artist Susan Lenz. Proceeds from the sales will go to POUR IT NOW, a 501c3 organization advocating for skateboard parks throughout South Carolina.
A Painting Weekend Workshop With Michele Cassou!
Saturday and Sunday Oct 11and 12! In San Francisco at the beautiful CCE Studio, 300 Chenery Street.Sat 10:00am - 6:00pm Sun 10:00am - 6:00pm
Enjoy the flow of your creativity by playing with lively colors!
Break creative blocks and free yourself!
Invent, risk and surprise yourself by watching what is unique in you come through!
To register call Barbara at: (415)333-9515 or email her at: email@example.com
CCE Studio, San Francisco. Saturday and Sunday Oct 11and 12. Both days go from 10am to 6pm. Fee : $350 Includes all materials included. Non residential.