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On February 7, 2014 · 2 Comments
I’m feeling so much gratitude to have been accepted this March for Bo’s Master Class at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. I can’t wait to spend time with the other artists and this great painter in his home town for a concentrated experience, and intelligent dialogue.
There are exactly four pivotal points in my art career that I can remember excited me beyond belief. Remember that elation you felt I felt as a kid on Christmas morning? THAT. That adrenalin moment when you feel like the planets have all aligned JUST for you.
Pivotal Point In Art Career #1
The day that Glen Loates called me, after seeing my work wayyyy back in the early 90’s to say that he was literally ‘stunned’ at the beauty of what I was creating. Glen and Sally were the first folks to publish my work and support me in my art development and career and I am forever indebted for the time that I spent with Glen. The reason why this was so important to me was that when I was a kid, my grandparents gave me notecards with Glen’s work and I remember drawing them, learning how to see and beginning my learning journey. Glen was generous in his mentorship of me as a young artist, and I’m forever grateful for the things he taught me about art and myself.
Pivotal Point In Art Career #2
Spring of 1993 — and I was taking in all things art around me — I had earlier discovered in depth, the work of American realist Andrew Wyeth. Living on the farm in Harley, and a just being a new mother at the time, I knew that I had to leave my young family and make an artist’s journey to Chadd’s Ford and the Brandywine Valley to experience Andrew Wyeth’s physical world…and of course, the Brandywine River Museum to see the works in person. It inspired me to begin a journey in learning how to work with egg tempera but more than that — it showed me how Andrew’s work was so integrally tied to his landscape and the feel of his world was reflected so deeply in his work. That trip is still deeply embedded in me at a cellular level.
Pivotal Point In Art Career #3
Fast forward to April 2012, around 4:30 pm when I received a call from Jen Wilson at the Haida Museum. I was one of three artists selected for a unique Artist in Residence for Gwaii Haanas National Park. The kids were in the kitchen, and we were jumping up and down and yelling and jumping up and down…yeah, there was a lot of yelling and jumping up and down! There are just times in your life when you know things are meant to be….exciting, inspiring and spiritually feeling like the right thing. I was right about my time in Haida Gwaii — it has changed me forever as an artist and a person.
Pivotal Point In Art Career #4
Today!!!!!! — receiving official notification that I’m one of 18 very lucky artists to study in a Master Class with amazing American realist Bo Bartlett. Bo’s work, philosophy and experience resonate with my soul as an artist and a human being. Around the same time in the fall of 2012 when I was working on pieces from Gwaii Haanas at The Banff Centre, I had the opportunity to attend a class with him at PAFA. Alas, I found out that I had breast cancer and art really had to take a back seat to my health. Again, the opportunity arose in March last year, but by then, I was sick and in bed with the devastating effects of chemo. One of the things that I clearly remember Bo tweeting to me was, “BEAT IT!”. It sure made a difference to me when things were so low, and I appreciate that.
Feeling better, but not yet 100%, I’m feeling so much gratitude to have been accepted this March for Bo’s Master Class at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. I can’t wait to spend time with the other artists and this great painter in his home town for a concentrated experience, and intelligent dialogue. And perhaps the coolest thing of all?…. Full circle, Bo spent over five years with Andrew Wyeth, creating the film “Snow Hill” and has an intimate knowledge and appreciation of the greatness of being that Andrew was.
Oh…..this is gonna be good.
Enchant your inner artist in a sensuous slow feast with painter Janice Tanton, singer songwriter Julia Lynx and Chef George Bayne. Explore the role of art and music in your life with a special focus on healing and rejuvenation. A two-time Canada Council award recipient, Janice’s works are represented locally at Canada House Gallery in Banff. Julia will share some of her songs unplugged.Pin It
Enchant your inner artist in a sensuous slow feast with painter Janice Tanton, singer songwriter Julia Lynx and Chef George Bayne. Explore the role of art and music in your life with a special focus on healing and rejuvenation. A two-time Canada Council award recipient, Janice’s works are represented locally at Canada House Gallery in Banff. Julia will share some of her songs unplugged. Janice created the art for Julia’s recently released debut album Wild Patience. Gather around the harvest table at The Paintbox Lodge and enjoy a 3 course dinner, live music and inspiration.
The Paintbox Lodge is an intimate boutique hotel nestled in the heart of downtown Canmore owned by Olympic medalist, Sara Renner and World Cup Champion, Thomas Grandi. The Paintbox Lodge is a reflection of the local champions – relaxed, welcoming and professional.
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Unplugged: An Artful, Wildly Patient Slow Feast
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Organic mixed greens with pecan praline, Sylvan Star aged gouda and sliced apples
Free range chicken supreme stuffed with goat cheese sun-dried tomato stuffed with a pomegranate glaze, truffle infused chive mash, glazed farm carrots and bacon kale
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On January 24, 2014 · 2 Comments
Most artists, including myself, are happiest when we are working on our craft and not spending time on marketing/accounting, grant and proposal writing etc. Recently, I was discussing with several artists, the merits of gallery representation vs. going it solo. Here’s some of what I thought about.Pin It
Throughout time, artists have been challenged, not only with creating beautiful works, but placing them into the world. When I get together with artists, musicians and creatives, there is always a discussion about reconciling the need to create and the need to pay the bills. Most artists, including myself, are happiest when we are working on our craft and not spending time on marketing/accounting, grant and proposal writing etc. Recently, I was discussing with several artists, the merits of gallery representation vs. going it solo. Here’s some of what I thought about.
I love to paint and create works because it allows me to express myself and because I believe I have something important to say. The fact that I can start to support myself and my family through the sales of that work, is a bonus. My bottom line is that I would create whether I got paid for it or not. That became painfully apparent to me in the past year as I struggled through cancer, and was unable to paint. I felt my soul had been sucked out and I was never going to be able to communicate from my soul again. The sweet spot is to find the beautiful balance of paying the bills and creating thoughtful, deep works that may not be commercially ‘en vogue.’
Some artists paint/create purely to earn income. When that happens, you’re then faced with defining your markets and finding the best agent, gallery or self-representation platform available. You have to think like a business person.
I’ve been making art (as an adult) since 1989. I have changed, and so has my work. Over the years, I’ve seen several market trends cycle through — enough to know that if times are bad….keep making art, and it will all come around. The internet has made huge changes in the art market on every level — local, regional and international selling agents and artists have all benefitted greatly from an open global market and the abundant research that accompanies it. Not to mention the collectors, who can now easily access information about artists and their works from any place on the globe.
I would encourage everyone to find out what works best for them — some artists like working with physical galleries, who then use the internet themselves for marketing and selling purposes. Some artists like taking control of their own marketing. I’ve done both and at this point in my life, I really appreciate a good relationship with a physical gallery vs. selling online and going it alone. I also appreciate the accessibility of the web and love writing this blog. I maintain a website that directs clients to the galleries that represent me.
There are no end to blogs and information, opinion and critical discourse on the merits of artists and their work and there are a number of very reputable online platforms for artists to go it on their own. Many artists are selling their fine art paintings on Saatchi. With a good international reputation based on a bricks and mortar model, Saatchi’s aggressive search engine placement program is burning up the online art sales. Their brand name instills confidence in collectors across the globe. Other artists go to ‘print on demand’ services online such as Fine Art America, a company with a longer history that makes it economical for the starting artist to sell their original work and print on demand to clients who are not yet ready for the original art market.
What about the audience? The collector? The buyer?
“Since sites selling art online are unencumbered by the physical infrastructure of the traditional gallery or auction house, they can also make their commissions lower and the whole business of buying art much cheaper and more accessible. Buyers can discover new art and potentially build a whole collection from the comfort of their own homes, not the occasionally intimidating setting of a gallery. In the highly fragmented art market, bringing art and art buyers together wherever they are in the world is no bad thing either.” — Forbes Magazine
For me personally, I enjoy the face to face interaction with reputable galleries who have their own internet marketing strategies. In my opinion this is the best of both worlds. There is a distinct relationship between the artist and the dealer, and then the dealer and the gallery. The galleries that I work with all have different approaches, streamed towards their clientele — from local, to corporate, to regional and international. They all have websites and good social media campaigns that keep the work foremost in the collector’s minds. I currently work with four galleries for my work, and they all have beautiful, well-presented work in their street addresses as well as good websites, easily navigated and finely featuring the work. Please visit the galleries that represent my work to see those examples; Bluerock Gallery, Black Diamond, AB; Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB; Effusion Art Gallery, Invermere, BC; and Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, AB.
In the end, make choices which allow you to be the best artist that you can. Whatever platform you may choose to have your artwork seen, remember that creating it and being comfortable and safe in that environment is how you can best contribute to the beauty of the world.
Additional Articles and Resources:
Online Art Sales — How Galleries Sell Art Online
Selling Solo Vs. Working With A Gallery
15 Places To Sell Art Online
235 Places To Sell Your Art Online
Should Artists Show their Art in “Vanity” Galleries?
On January 6, 2014 · Leave a Comment
Abu Dhabi Art Hub was the first artist community to be established in the United Arab Emirates, by Ahmed Al Yafei. In addition to operating artist in residency programs for foreign artists, through Friends of Art Hub and Adopt-an-Artist sponsorships, emerging Emerati artists are eligible to participate in residency programs overseas. It’s a global win-win exchange opportunity for artists.Pin It
Over the holidays, I was invited to a residency in Abu Dhabi, located in the United Arab Emirates. Unfortunately, I’m just recovering from surgery and not able to travel and work yet, but I’d like to give them a big shout-out and see if there are any other Canadian artists willing to adventure onwards!
Abu Dhabi Art Hub is seeking five Canadian artists for a one month long residency at their new facility. Each month, five artists from different countries have been invited to live and work for a one month period in Abu Dhabi. Artists from Japan, Hungary, Yemen, Australia, Italy, the United States, Arabia, Mexico, Korea and Eastern Europe have attended as guests. Now it’s Canada’s turn! Unfortunately….I’m not healed enough to attempt such a big trip at this point, but it looks like a wonderful opportunity to build community and exchange with artists from UAE and maybe YOU are ready for such an adventure! If not…please pass along to any interested Canadian artists. Their site has lots of information on the working and living areas, which look beautiful and well-suited to working artists.
Abu Dhabi Art Hub was the first artist community to be established in the United Arab Emirates, by Ahmed Al Yafei. In addition to operating artist in residency programs for foreign artists, through Friends of Art Hub and Adopt-an-Artist sponsorships, emerging Emerati artists are eligible to participate in residency programs overseas. It’s a global win-win exchange opportunity for artists.
Have a look at the call:
Call for Canadian Artists
Artist Residency Program
The Abu Dhabi Art Hub, the first artist community in UAE, is positioned between East and West, as a destination for artists across the world to come together on an intercultural and interactive platform with the facilities, spaces, and opportunity to create, live and a diversity of artistic expressions promoted.
The Abu Dhabi Art Hub is offering a one month Artist Residency program (February 2014).
The Residency is open to five individual emerging or established artists from Canada, working in the fields of visual arts (painting, drawing, sculpture, graphic art), contemporary art (collage, assemblage, mixed-media, video art), decorative arts & crafts (ceramics, mosaic art, tapestry, glass art) and other types of applied art (graphic design, fashion design, etc.).
The Art Residency includes a working space, accommodation, gallery space as well as technical support and assistance with public relations. In addition, the Abu Dhabi Art Hub offers the artists the possibility to meet local residents and potential interested arts commissioners, to participate in university programs, to experience the intricacies of life in the UAE, and to be part of a final exhibit opening (attended by high representative partners), where artists get a chance to showcase their artwork created during the residency stay.
The residency will incorporate the following:
• Studio space
• Accommodation at the Art Hub
• Technical equipment (by arrangement and subject to availability)
Applications require the following information:
• Artist Application form
• Artist statement
• Curriculum vitae and artist photo
• Artwork samples (at least 20 in jpg or pdf form)
• Passport copy
Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
2014, I hope will be my “Year of Gentle Making”. I have a few things planned, but not set in stone to reflect artfully upon my experience. With a few more prayers, rest and recovery I hope soon to be back in the studio in a meaningful way. My wish is for everyone to take some time for themselves, to be in good health and have as much time with your family and friends as you possibly can.Pin ItContinue Reading →
On December 5, 2013 By Janice Tanton
Almost a year after discovering I have breast cancer, I am so very pleased to announce I was welcomed with open arms by what I consider to be the most dynamic gallery representing Canadian artists anywhere in the nation. Today, I joined some brilliant artists and incredible staff at Canada House Gallery.Pin ItContinue Reading →
Here are a few suggestions to the province and Alberta Health Services to avoid this in the future:
Put adequate back-up plans in place to ensure no cancer patient’s treatment is delayed. Zero tolerance.
Empower hospital administration to adequately address emergency circumstances with patients in a timely and organized manner. “I can’t tell you the secret that I know.” does not help or instill confidence in the system.
Deliver leadership and crisis training to address these concerns.
Improve communications regarding health care in emergency situations.
If chemical transport isn’t possible due to hazardous material restrictions, a plan for how patients can get added to treatment rosters in Calgary or the nearest delivery site to their location.
On May 19, 2013 By Janice Tanton
One year ago today, I left Canmore for Haida Gwaii and a life-changing artist’s residency at Gwaii Haanas National Park. In a month’s time, I learned more than I could absorb, met new family and friends, saw, touched, smelled and heard things that were literally Super-Natural and was inspired and welcomed with open arms by the Haida Nation and the islanders.Pin ItContinue Reading →
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