Sunday, December 23, 2012

Wrapping up the Year

It is amazing that another year has come and gone... 2012 literally flew by for me.
I was BUSY with all capital letters!

STUDIO NEWS The beginning of the year I opened an art studio for 6 months
in downtown Lexington SC. It was a very educational experience and I enjoyed
it immensely. I coordinated an Art Opening and provided several musical guests
that performed and then I painted live for the guests at the event to live music by
Bob Kilgore.

The studio coordinated an Art Opening during the Wine Walk in May.
We probably had over 1000 people come through the studio in a 3 hour time period.
The Wine Walk is set up with other Lexington businesses and all the businesses provide
wine to the guests.

Mid year. I moved my art equipment from the studio  to my house near downtown
Columbia, SC.  It was nice to have a special space to create. While I was there I was
able to get an additional studio easel and a studio desk that adjust with a slant.
(Lots of fun to draw on a slanted desk.)

This year, there have been several people that have sent their found objects and
recyclables to me and I want to give everyone of these people a special thank you.
Here is a picture of the first item I did with recycled thread... "Threads".


Railroad Gallery Evans St. Florence, SC closed their doors in November. The building the gallery was in had no a/c or heat. Art Trail Gallery closed their original Florence, SC location and reopened in November at their newly revamped location on Evans St. Just a block down, on the same side of the street, from the Railroad Junction Gallery location. I have been at both throughout 2012, still showing at Art Trail Gallery.

Bob Doster's Gallery and Studio Lancaster SC participated in their Christmas Show.

Forest Acres Fine Art Center at Theatre Rowe Richland Mall Columbia SC I showed a few pieces early in the year and painted live to the Dick Goodwin band during two different talent evening events. In SAugust I was invited to be the solo visual artist in both windows. I have 25 works of art there and they will be there until Jan. 4, 2013. If you like anything there, please see Phil Rowe at Theatre Rowe to make your purchase or you may contact me . Picture from FAFAC by JBourque. 2012


I have always been fascinated with sculptures and assemblage as well as mixed media and fiber arts.
This year I took an 8 hour workshop on Steel Sculpture at Bob Doster's studio in Lancaster, SC
They held a big Christmas Grand Opening Art Event at the gallery and I have several pieces there
all are smaller pieces and I have prints too. See Bob or Cherry Doster if interested in any of those.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Midlands Clay Gallery 80808 Reception Nov 29th

Press Release:
From: Midlands Clay Arts Society (MCAS)
Contact: Adele Thornhill or 201-839-6386

The Midlands Clay Arts Society’s 12th Annual Holiday Sale features one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts by South Carolina based ceramic artists. It is a much anticipated opportunity to view and purchase unique, original, works of art, from whimsical sculptures to classic functional pieces, decorative accessories, and everything in between.

The event takes place at Gallery 80808 at 808 Lady Street, Columbia SC 29201. The sale takes place over four days: Thursday, November 29, 12pm-8pm; Friday, November 30, 12pm-8pm; Saturday, December 1, 12pm-4pm; and Sunday, December 2, 12pm-4pm. Admission is free; cash and checks only are accepted.

An opening reception will be held at Gallery 80808 from 5pm to 8pm on Thursday, November 29. The public is invited.

MCAS was organized in 1987 to foster fellowship, education and creativity among local potters and clay artists and to promote appreciation of all things made from clay.

If you would like more information about the sale, contact Adele Thornhill at or 201-839-6386 or visit the MCAS Facebook page at

Thursday, September 13, 2012



CAMPSTEP FESTIVAL is SEEKING ARTISTS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, SCULPTORS, JEWELRY MAKERS, CANDLE MAKERS, GLASS ART AND PROFESSIONAL CRAFTERS  TO SHOW AND SELL AT CAMPSTEP FESTIVAL an electronica dance music and arts festival! Friday Oct. 26th 5-9pm and all day Saturday Oct 27th noon to 9pm for only $40. Reserve your spot now, deadline Oct 12th. 
CAMPSTEP WILL provide a 10x10 space for you to display and sell your art. You will need your own display equipment to show your work. A canopy is suggested although not required.  Suggested items for showing table, chair(s) easels, display screens, mat and print racks, floor mat, trash bag, art and prints that you want to sell. All items should be priced in the event you are away from your booth or get tied up with another customer and someone else needs to help.  Bring extra wire and cutters for hanging your artwork and if you plan to be there in the evenings bring some portable battery or solar operated lighting. Because this will be held in late October we could have cold weather especially once the sun goes down; so we suggest you dress in layers and bring extra clothes in the event of a cold evening. Set up is one hour before showtime. When you arrive for the first time please check in, so we can show you were your location is. 

Show date options: Just Friday Oct 26th 5-9PM Fee $15. or 
Just Saturday Oct 27th noon to 9pm with set up at 11am Fee $30.
Both days, Save $5. only $40. for both days. 

Please select the dates you want to show or if you want to show both put on your check the show code "CF" and the dates or "both" and enclose the appropriate fee.  Please make check payable to Jean Bourque and mail to Jean Bourque Attn: Campstep Festival; PO Box 4478; 
West Columbia, SC  29171 Your reservation for the show must be postmarked by Oct. 12, 2012. Along with your check please include a note with the Show code and dates, plus your name, cell phone number, email and website. If no website and I have never seen your work; please send photos by mail with your check or email me with web address to look at your work. Although this is not a juried show we ask that all work be handmade. First come, first served, Reserve your spot now.... to get the most PR for your art! Deadline Oct. 12, 2012. Optional overnight camping available.

Please consider signing up for the ARTSAILS1 blog which will keep you informed of events and opportunities for your art and musical events coming up. Not only that if any changes to any event you will be in the know and you may just find other events to participate in.Any questions or concerns you may contact ARTSAILS1 by clicking here. 

I am really looking forward to this event. We will have great music and artists may create within their booth space, so feel free to bring your art supplies...  people love to see artists creating their works! I know this because I am JEANEEPAINTSLIVE and I will be painting live to Digital Rapport Saturday Oct 27th at this event! I will have prints from other paint live events for sale and the painting I do live that day will also be for sale! So mark your calendar for a weekend of fun with music and art!

Yours Truly....
Thank you 
Jeanee BourQue (pronounced like Burke)


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Call to Artists Fridays ROR 9/7-10/5; DL 9/2 post

Show Your Art on Fridays at Rhythm on the River  2012 Fall Series
Starts Sept . 7th to Oct. 5, 2012. Deadline to sign up for Sept 7th or the 5 week special for the price of 4 weeks ($60, instead of $75.) is Sept. 2 postmark.
Five weeks Every Friday
Set up starts at  4:00 pm, Start showing and selling after set up; 5:00 til 9PM. Must be
set up by 6PM at the latest. Music begins at 6pm. Art Show in your own booth. You must bring your set up which typically includes a canopy, display walls, display stands, table and chair, portable battery operated lights or lantern and possibly extra easels. Each space will be approx. 10x10 ft. You may show your Fine Art, photography and prints. Each show is $15. per a space, per a date or get the 5 WEEK SPECIAL for $60. (5 wks for the price of 4) deadline 9/2/12

Please email with ROR in subject line your name, address, your best phone number preferably a cell number (during the event we may need to locate you) and website or link to your art images to Jean BourQue and advise if you want the 5 week special $60. (saves $15.)  or list the dates you would prefer, when I receive your payment I will confirm. Print out and send a copy of your emailed note along with your payment written to Jean Bourque via US Mail by Sept. 2, 2012 to Jean Bourque, ROR ART Show, PO Box 4478, W. Columbia, SC  29171 Only 7 spaces left, so sign up now. Rain location will be at Jillian's on Gervais St. Columbia, therefore we will be unable to issue refunds.

When you arrive at the site on the day of your show; please arrive an hour early but no earlier than 330pm. We will be setting up in the main parking lot and only have a limited area where we can set up so please check in when you arrive. I will be at all the events except the opening day. Brian Pyle, is the Art Director and he will have be at all 5 shows. He will have a list of the artists and will show you where to set up. If Brian is not at his booth, when you arrive just call him at 803-220-7643.

Thank You,

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Barbie Mathis Watercolor Classes at City Art

Award Winning artist Barbie Mathis will be teaching Painting Flowers in Watercolor at
 City Art 1224 Lincoln St Columbia, SC

Classes will be Beginning September 20 , 2012 for 6 weeks
Thursday Mornings 10:00am - 12:30 pm
Learn to how to paint colorful watercolor flowers while working from photo references. A variety of techniques for painting many kinds of flowers will be demonstrated for beginner and intermediate students. The instructor will show how to mix colors to paint every part of a flower including the blossoms, petals, leaves, stems, middles and backgrounds.

To sign up stop by or go to their website.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Celebrate The Arts at Conundrum Aug 30 7-11PM

Celebrate the Arts with Jeanee and Friends Abstract Alexandra, Amanda Tatum, Tennyson Corley, Brian Pyle, Marion Berry with jewelry and handmade musical instruments and cigar box guitars by Devon and David Corley at Conundrum Music Hall 626 Meeting St. West Columbia, SC Thursday August 30th 7-1130PM. Jeanee Bourque, live music painter will be showing and selling her paintings created to live music on Thursday, August 30th. Art Reception starts at 7PM and purchases can be made via charge, cash or layaway available one night only. Live Music by Keith E. Bates emcee and musician, Bruce Clark, the legendary Dean Cook and live from traveling the country is Mark Wayne Hagood! Jeanee will be painting to some of the live music. Art sale and music celebration... one night only. Hope you will mark your calendar now to attend our event!!

Photograph above Painting done by Jean BourQue to Redd Wyne with Keith E Bates and Bruce Clark. 

Bruce Clark 

Keith Bates

Mark Wayne Hagood

Mark Wayne Hagood

JeaneePaintsLive is my newest blog

Many of you know that I have been painting to live music, poetry and at a variety of events over the last 2 and half years. Now I have a significant amount of interesting stories and photos to share as well as art for sale. I have started another blog and that one will be one catering more to what I am personally doing with my art and live performances. This blog is at :

You will see a lot more photos of bands of the crowds and a lot more painting in progress images than I normally show here .Plus I will be sharing a few stories of the events as well as telling you  when they are coming up. I hope you will be a blog follower of my alternative art world. 


If you are a venue or a festival and would like to book me as part of your event's line up of entertainment please contact me Jean Bourque provide your full contact info, name of business and event name (if there is one) and phone numbers as well as websites. Please detail what you have in mind and the date (s). Provide as much information as possible so I can determine if it fits in my schedule and what expenses I may incur to do the event and give you an accurate quote rate. 


If you are a musician and would like to book me; when you book your gig add my act into your proposal and include my fee. Contact me before you make a proposal to verify if the date is good with me and to get a rate. If it is for a festival, many times I can book myself and they will pay me direct, in that case just contact me with the festival info. Due to every gig being in a different location, varying mileage, various amounts of time, I must quote each gig on a one by one basis. In the case of a standing gig weekly, same place, same band I could quote a flat rate.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Ahhh... it's the month of June and it's one of my favorite month's of the year. My childhood memories of school letting out in June, usually on or near the first day of summer, followed by vacations and my birthday... always make me nostalgic for being a kid. Silly, perhaps but as middle age dots my face with odd colors and strange new wrinkles... a woman just can't help but long for those carefree (and wrinkle free) childhood days. Painting often takes me to the joys of childhood and I am carefree.... I dance like no one is watching!

In the past month, I have painted to a lot of great musicians and been in several art shows. At the Art Bar, I did the art show Memorial weekend and then painted live to C. Neil Scott and Matt Falter, that was magic! I also had the opportunity to paint with them the first week in June at Conundrum Music Hall and to Lucas Sam improv rock act. It was all so much fun!

"Making Magic" in acrylics by 
Jean Bourque c May 27, 2012
Art Bar Columbia SC to live music by
C. Neil Scott and Matt Falter

This painting seems nostalgic to me as well. One of the first real pieces of art I actually purchased for myself was a Monet. I enjoyed his style and then sought lessons in painting impressionism in oil paints. For me this painting inspired by very free form music is one of the best impressionistic landscape pieces I have ever done... without looking at a scene or a photo. The spirit of the music guided me to the freedom found in an impressionistic landscape created entirely from my memory with no pictorial references.

Matt Falter and C Neil Scott have posted numerous videos on youtube with me creating this painting and additional videos where I painted to their music again at Conundrum.

Catch you later my friends....
much love

Monday, May 28, 2012

Painted Live to DUBA at Buckaroo's

This Saturday evening, May 26, 2012 I found myself out at Lake Murray at a little night club on the water. Owners Jamie and Kristian allowed me to paint there last year and the one I created to the DUBA band ended up going home with them that night. I hadn't seen "Dear Heart" in close to a year as there were no cameras there that night. Mary Womble the bass player and singer in the Duba band asked them to bring it to Buckaroo's that evening,which they did. We hung "Dear Heart" behind the band while I painted and they played.

This was now the third time I painted at Buckaroo's and like the other two times, I noticed they have two different crowds, which I have named the early crowd and the late night crowd. When we arrived at 8PM there were only a handful of people on the back deck overlooking the Lake. There were a few boats docked and more people inside enjoying food in the restaurant. The first crowd departs about 10 and the second crowd arrives close to 1030PM. A lot of the folks with the first crowd had been at the DUBA bands performance the evening before at another Lake Murray bar and enjoyed it so much they came back for more.

The second crowd clearly had a lot more women then the first crowd. The women were all dancing and of course I was dancing too. I do what I call my Painting dance!  The ladies were out on the town for "Mommies Night Out". Everyone was having a great time dancing to cover songs by Pink, Adele, Cranberries and many other popular bands. The band played four sets and I created a 16x20 and 2 smaller paintings to the beat! Here is the larger painting I did to the music!

I was drinking Monster Total Zero while the crowd was enjoying drinks like the Dirty Monkey and as the night wore on it become evident that many were feeling no pain. Even so, there were no mishaps, as people got up on the stage and did their dances, no feel over or got tripped up. So it was a wonderful night and a great time was had by all!

Bob, Bear and Me at Homemade Genius Gallery

Saturday May 19th, I found myself in downtown Abbeville SC... at Ian Morris's place. It's a music studio, it's a gallery, it's an art studio, it's a stage and performance center and it is known as Homemade Genius!.The walls were covered with several different artists work including the owner/artist Ian Morris. The featured artist appeared to be Columbia artist Michael Krewjewski and a sprinkling of art by Columbia artist Cedric of Izms of Art. Several other artists work are on display as well.

That evening, I was there to paint to live music. Bob Kilgore and his brother Bear Kilgore having been building up a steady following of fans all over the country. Their blend of music and superior skills combine to create a full band sound with just the two of them. Bob on an acoustic guitar and Bear on electronic keyboard. During the performance, Bob's latest CD "Metamorphosis" was displayed visually with paintings created to various songs on the album. My own entry to the collection was "Meta" which had been painted to the CD at Tapp's Art Center during a Mind Gravy Poetry event this past Dec.

The art event also included poetry readings by various poets, reading their own works and words by Columbia poet John Starino and owner/poet Ian Morris. The interesting thing about this was it added another dimension to the music and the art in this environment. It was a very heady performance which the audience enjoyed heartily. I created a new work of art and named her "Meta II". Currently she is still a painting in progress, but here she is in all her glory.

Both paintings are copyright images by Jeanee Bourque

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Jeanee Live Music Painter at Conundrum April 13


Yours Truly, Jean BourQue will be painting live with the Runaway Jug Band at Conundrum Music Hall on Meeting St. W Columbia, SC on Friday April 13th. The venue will have an opening comedy act by Good Clean Fun and that will be followed by an hour and a half music and painting event.

Conundrum Music Hall is a great space with a wonderful sound system and cool vibes... come out and enjoy a night of fun. Casual dress in a relaxed atmosphere designed to showcase music. Plenty of parking, cover $5.

The Runaway Jug Band features lead singer, songwriter, and multiple instrumentalist Brad Sanders playing original music from his latest cd with a few selected covers, mostly Americana, light Rock, Folk and a touch of blues and bluegrass. Truly a versatile and very talented lead performer. He will be joined by brother Frank Sanders on Bass and Vocals.

Hope to see you there!

Fri the 13th of April Hopf Gallery Art Reception2012


Would you like to be at an art show with a large assortment of art and artists? Well Friday the 13th, you will be in luck...

Trenholm Artists Guild Annual Group Art Show, features art work from their members in the upstairs gallery at HOPF on Devine St. in Columbia, SC. The show is currently running until April 20th.

This Friday the 13th... the HOPF gallery will be packed with the art league members and their fans and friends for a reception from 6-8PM. The awards will be announced at 6:30 pm.

You probably know many of the artist's if you have been following Columbia SC art events.
Yours Truly is also in this art show.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Call for Artists Black Mt Art and Craft Show

15th Annual Black Mountain Arts & Crafts Show

June 2 and June 3, 2012 Sat 10-5 PM and Sun 10-4 PM


Call for entries to the 15th Annual Black Mountain Arts and Crafts show have gone out to artists/crafters across the Southeast.

The show will be held June 2 and June 3, 2012 during the peak of the Mountain Air Wildflower Season. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains just 15 miles east of Asheville, Black Mountain has long been a rich and varied arts and crafts community.

From the 1930's to the mid 1950's the town was home for Black Mountain College, which still claims alumni of worldwide renown in the arts. More and more, the town is becoming a center for arts and crafts, antiques and furniture, which attracts tourists from throughout the nation for its unique offerings.

The Old Depot Association is sponsoring the event, giving the show a degree of experience in the arts, marketing, and show management seldom seen in shows of this type.

Artists/crafters seeking to enter the juried show should email Meredith Green at or call Joan Tolley at 828-669-4563 28711.

Applications Accepted until May 1, 2012.

Show and Booth Info

Rules and Regulations


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Art Trail Gallery Florence SC Photo Show Opening

Please join us on Friday March 16th at the Art Trail Gallery
135 S Dargon St. in downtown Florence SC from 530-8PM for
the opening night reception; welcoming SC best photographers.
The show will include photography By Marion Berry, Jean Bourque, Keith Bates, Robert Greaney, Jr and Kendall Berry just
to name a few....

Click for directions Florence SC map

Photography exhibit at the Art Trail Gallery. Judging results will be announced!

As always, we've got some great refreshments for you!

Use the opening to kick-off an equally fabulous weekend.

The weather is going to be phenomenal! The pictures on display are great!

The interesting mix of people that come together at the Gallery is almost

impossible to beat anywhere! You know you're going to have a great time!

Invite all your friends, too!!!

There's lots of parking in the brand new, well-lit parking lot at the back

of the building and the back door will be open! There's the big grassy lot

beside us you can use, too, not to mention street parking. So, come on down!
5:30 p.m - 8 p.m. this Friday, March 16!
Photograph c Jean Bourque

Events Scheduled For Forest Acres Fine Art Center

Forest Acres Fine Art Center 3400 Forest Drive Columbia, SC

2012 Event Schedule

Second Samuel Play March 22-24 & March 29-31 8pm; March 25 & April 1 6pm

Anna D & Friends Variety Show April 5 8pm

God of Carnage Play April 20-21 & 27-28 8pm; April 22 & 29 3pm

Anna D & Friends Variety May 5 8pm

Anna D & Friends Variety June 7 8pm

MidLife! The Crisis Musical Play July 13-15 & 20-22 8pm; July 15 & 22 3pm

Eclipse of Sanity Play August 3-4 & 10-11 8pm; August 5 & 12 3pm

Anna D & Friends Variety Show September 6 8pm

Anna D & Friends Variety October 4 8pm

Oliver! Play October 19-21 & 26-28 8pm; October 21 & 28 3pm

Anna D & Friends Variety November 8 8pm

Every Christmas Story… December 6-8, 13-15 & 20-22 8pm; December 9, 16 & 23 3pm

**Schedule subject to change.

Original Art will be on display and for sale at The Forest Acres Fine Arts Center featuring professional SC artists and will change monthly.

For further info, tickets or donations please contact

Forest Acres Fine Art Center or

Theatre Rowe

Yours Truly,

Jean Bourque

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Abstract Art Show at SC State Museum Now


Abstract Art in South Carolina: 1949-2012 looks at the evolution and influences of abstract painting and sculpture in South Carolina.

The exhibit includes work by pioneering artists such as William Halsey, Corrie McCallum, J. Bardin, Carl Blair and Merton Simpson, and contemporary artists currently working in communities across South Carolina today, such as James Busby, Shaun Cassidy, Enid Williams, Paul Yanko, Katie Walker and Tom Stanley, among many others.
In all, work by more than 40 artists are included in the exhibition, which focuses on one of the most important aspects of South Carolina’s visual culture.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Art Show & Concert Mar 23rd 6-9PM Studio 112


Art Show and Concert Friday March 23rd 6-9PM

Studio 112 at 112 East Main St. Lexington, SC

featuring paintings and art by

We will also have ART on display AND OPEN STUDIOS by studio artists

Keith Bates EMCEE and SOUND TO THE MUSICIANS...with live music by:

Keith Bates

Brad Sanders and The Runaway Jug Band

We may have a few surprise guests..... PLUS you won't want to miss our amazing

8-9PM Featured Guest Performer

inventor of the harmonic capo

from Greenwood, SC

You can add this to your things to do list, your calendar or Pinterest.

No cover and plenty of

parking at 112 E Main St Lexington, SC right beside BB&T bank in downtown Lexington, SC,

in between the two buildings is a field with plenty of parking, get to it, by W Butler St.

NOTES: Art shown "Meta" painted live to Bob Kilgore at Tapps Art Center during Mind Gravy a

poetry venue hosted by Al Black. 10x8 prints are available of Meta. All paintings by the artists in

the show will be for sale with the exception of the wall mural created by USC Grad Student

Emily Lyles. Musicians will have cds for sale. If you like the music and art, please tip the musicians.

Yours Truly,


N Charleston Art Festival seeking Wearable Art

Hello Fashionistas,

Do you create one of a kind wearable art? Have you been wanting to show your
designs and wearables and haven't found many places receptive? Well, N Charleston
Cultural Center will be including this category in their N Charleston Arts festival in May.

I have attached the link here for anyone interested in submitting to be in their show.
The Deadline is March 5th, so get your jpegs together and send it in.

Here is the promised link to the application:

Good luck my friends!
Yours truly,

South Carolina Top Blogs

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Runaway Jug Band and Josh Mcgill Feb 24

LIVE Music Friday Night.... Feb 24

Brad Sanders and The Runaway Jug Band and Josh McGill to Perform at
The Watershed Friday Feb. 24 start at 8PM.

The Watershed 711 E Main St Lexington SC in the Old Mill buildings near downtown Lexington, SC

Pottery Classes March 6- June 12 Columbia

Pottery Basics for the Day Crowd
Tuesdays March 6th, 2012 through June 12th, 2012

Pottery Basics is a class offered during the day for those interested in learning about pottery. Class meets Tuesdays 2 to 4 pm for 6 weeks. The first session runs March 6 through April 10, 2012. The second session runs May 8 - June 12, 2012. Class fee $80. Class limited to 10 students. Call for more information.

City of Columbia Parks and Recreation
Columbia, South Carolina

For information (803) 545-3093
E-mail to: Brenda Oliver

SC Guitar Show Feb 25 and 26 Spartanburg, SC

The SC Guitar Show Sat Feb 25 and Sun Feb 26, 2012


Spartanburg Expo Center
6655 Pottery Rd.
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Exit 17 off I26

Thousands of instruments new, used and vintage guitars, amps, effects, and accessories. Hundred of dealers, collectors and manufacturers. Turn unused gear into cash. Sat Feb 25 * 10-6 and Sun Feb 26 * 10-4

All Day Arts Festival Sat Mar 3 at Redux in Chas

Recurring Revival At Redux: All Day Arts Festival
Saturday March 3rd, 2012

Recurring Revival At Redux: All Day Arts Festival - On Saturday, March 3, 2012, 11am-11pm, Redux Contemporary Art Center will host an all day arts extravaganza dubbed Redux Revival. Redux is excited to host this community event for both children and adults alike and asks you to join them for live music, hands-on art workshops, face painting, food vendors and a traditional raffle. This unique event features live graffiti and screen printing, so don’t forget to bring a t-shirt! The artists’ studios will be open, so visitors can look at art, talk with the artists and maybe learn some new techniques. The festivities begin at 11am and end at 11pm, with food trucks and drinks available all day and night.

Redux Contemporary Art Center
Charleston, South Carolina

For information (843) 722-0697
E-mail to: Janie Aske

Artists Wanted for Sat May 5th

1st Annual Prosperity Arts & Antiques Show Saturday May 5th, 2012 at the newly renovated Prosperity Train Depot cargo room and grounds, located in the heart of downtown Prosperity. The show hours are 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
The Arts and Antiques Show is a juried show for handmade items. There are about 40 spaces available at this show. Please send photos, images on CD or a web site link. Acceptance notifications will be emailed April 6th.

The spaces are: 10’x10’. The cargo room is accessible by two staircases and a ramp. Surrounding areas are outdoors and on ground level, tents are required. The Cargo room and surrounding areas are non smoking. There will be an area for those who care to smoke.

Set up times on Saturday are from 7 am – 9:30 am., If you have not started your set up by 8:45 am Saturday you will forfeit your space. Vehicles belonging to exhibitors will be asked to start moving out of the setup area at 9 am.
Parking during the show hours is limited, an assigned area will be provided for exhibitors. The streets around the depot, town square and the parking lots adjacent to the depot are for your customers. If you cannot fit your entire inventory in your booth please accept the fact that you will have to walk that distance to restock.

For an application by snail mail, email: or you may leave messages at: 803.364.3288.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Art Marketing Tips have changed since 2007!


2012 UPDATEd art marketing tips...

Social Media has become a primary way of marketing art and
sharing your art with the world. Artists now have their portfolios
on their Smart phones, have art websites, art blogs, fan pages and
online artist communities as well as a LinkedIN, Facebook, Google+,
Twitter, FourSquare, and many other community art pages and
social sites and a few have even hung on with myspace. There are
even art marketing places online, and so many more opportunities
exist. I'm not talking about ebay or etsy... I am talking about
being able to share you art with the world of fine art collectors and
buyers and being able to find your market... and sell your fine art through out the world. Think.... Google search...

In the past 5 years, we have seen a huge revolution... ARTISTS
are talking to each to each other all over the world... creating
wonderful new events many of them online. We have streaming video,
YouTube, Vimeo, and so much more; the world is literally at OUR fingertips! Being an artist is no longer a solitary event.

There isn't as much mystery for the artists of today, almost every
gallery in the world is online and the museums are too. ARTISTS
are no longer limited to the state they live in... they can easily
find galleries, museums and artists groups in any area they want
to be in!

So dream big... you might as well... and get on your keyboard and
start visiting galleries and museums and art communities all over the world. YOU can find your market!

Most people know this, but for those that don't... there is one
CARDINAL RULE among Art Directors and Curators ....
IN HAND EXPECTING AN ART DIRECTOR TO TAKE A LOOK SEE AT YOUR WORK... and don't just randomly start emailing out jpegs to them either.

You must read their website details, almost all have an area where
they list artist submission guidelines. Not only that, you must look at
the art and artists they show and see if your work would "fit in"
with what they are showing. This tells you what their collectors and viewers are interested in. If there isn't anything there that is like yours, don't waste their time or yours.

It's easy to get bogged down with showing all over your state and not find time to do your marketing analysis of the galleries and museums
the world. It's easy to go from show to show with your fellow artists. It's fun and you need to do some of that, but that cannot be your only
avenue for getting where you want to be.

When I was teaching art marketing... I often recommended artists spend as much time marketing as they do creating. AND NOW... I would say that's even more important.

I hope I have inspired you to look for your fine art collectors.
Just for is 2007 tips. Don't get me wrong some of
these are still good... but they do seem so basic... compared to
what we have at our fingertips now!


A Few Art Marketing Tips from Jean Bourque 2007

Create happy customers and they will tell others about how wonderful you are.

Things you can do when someone is not quite sure- Offer to deliver and hang the work at their location;
Let them test it for a few days with their d├ęcor! You can offer extras; mat or frame exchange, build the value.
If the piece has won any awards make sure the client knows that.If you have just won an award, got into a
major gallery or in a new show let your potential client know. Do not be shy; they are interested in you
and your art.

I do not recommend reducing prices; it makes it seem like a bargain basement piece. Remember Fine Art
is valuable and should never be treated like a long sleeve shirt on clearance sale in the middle of the summer.
Fine art is an investment!

Wear name tags at shows so people will know who you are. Always carry business cards and have a portfolio
in your car; You never know when you will need it. When you make a sale and have the clients name and address;
send them a thank you and let them know what else you have going on or other work that is similar to what they purchased; offer to hang it. You can offer to hang it, so you can get a photo of the art in their home.

Create a website or gather materials that would be suitable for your web page As an artist; you are missing opportunities if you are not using the web. If you do not know how to do a website;
BUILD A FOLLOWING with it! If you continue it .... you will find you have created a history of your art career.
After you have been showing and selling art for over ten years or so, you will be glad to have written it
somewhere! It gets hard to remember them all!

Yours truly;