Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Art Competition

Photo: Self Portrait. Credit: Alie Preusser.

It is the 29th Annual Art Competition presented by The Artist’s Magazine. There are several categories:

1. Portraits/Figures

2. Still Life/Floral

3. Landscape/Interior

4. Abstract/Experimental

5. Animal/Wildlife

Open to artists world-wide. Deadline is April 2, 2012.

Please visit this link for all of the details.

Good luck,

March is National Craft Month

March is here! Create Mixed Media and North Light Shop are offering free craft projects or mixed media tutorials every day during the month of March. Please click here for the giveaways.

There is something for everyone, many mediums will be covered. Also there are many art books available at deep discounts. Be sure to check it out.

Book: Pretty Little Things. By: Sally Jean Alexander.

Happy National Craft Month.


Gem and Bead Show: Kansas City, Missouri

March 9, 10, 11, 2012 will be the 51st annual gem, mineral and jewelry show. If you are in the Kansas City, Missouri area then be sure to stop by the Kansas City International Expo Center. For detailed information, please visit: Shows of Integrity.

Photo: Bead Show 2010. Credit: Shows of Integrity.

I really enjoy bead shows. The last show I went to I literally spent hours looking at all of the beads and gems. This time I will have an actual list of the supplies I need and am looking for.

Do you attend bead shows? What are some of your favorite items to purchase?


Frida Kahlo Fans

PBS Newshour has an article on their Art Beat Blog about Frida Kahlo. You can find it here. There is a new exhibit in Arlington, Virginia at Artisphere. More than 6,500 photos that were sealed after her death are now open. The exhibit displays many of these photos.

Photo: Frida Kahlo. Credit: Nickolas Muray.
Photo: Frida Kahlo. Credit: Nickolas Muray.

I saw the movie Frida and an exhibit in Salt Lake City a couple of years ago.  Frida led an interesting life and portrayed so much through her paintings. Now with this new exhibit, art enthusiasts are able to witness Frida’s talent behind the lens with many photographic self portraits.


Call for Mural Artist

Photo: The Topeka State Journal 17 May 1954. Credit: National Archives.

The Kansas State Capitol Building in Topeka is searching for an artist to paint a new mural. According to Kansas Representative Elaine Bowers, the mural will depict Brown v. the Topeka Board of Education.

This is a national search, although Representative Bowers is hoping to see submissions from artists in North Central Kansas.

If you are interested in applying, please visit Salina Journal News. The deadline is May 1, 2012.

Good luck,

365 Projects: From the Etsy Blog

The Etsy blog has a wonderful post about  365 Projects: Creating Every Day for a Year. There are some really fun and unique people who are doing this project. If you would like to get inspired or if you are doing something similar, I am sure you will find this post very interesting.

I started the new year by posting a photo a day on my personal blog and then stopped. I found myself simply posting a photo to meet the goal, but not really enjoying myself. I then took a step back and analyzed what I wanted to do and decided that I like writing and sharing photography that I think will inform, entertain, and engage my readers. I did not feel I was accomplishing that task by posting a photo a day.

Have you had a similar goal? Was it successful?


Ray Chen-Violinist: Free Discovery Concert

Yes, you read that correctly. It is a free concert. Limit of four tickets per household. This free concert is being performed at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri on Sunday, March 11 at 3:00 PM.

The intent of the Harriman-Jewell Series Discovery Concerts is to provide  audiences with the opportunity to experience new artistry minus the cost. To receive your free tickets please visit this link, Ray Chen-Violinist.

Photo: Ray Chen. Credit: Harriman-Jewell Series

According to the Harriman-Jewell Series website, “Ray Chen is the winner of the 2009 Queen Elizabeth Competition and the 2008 Yehudi Menuhin Competition.” He has had many rave reviews.

Please let me know if you are attending the concert or if you have attended a Harriman-Jewell Series in the past. I would like to hear your feedback.


Monthly Artist Spotlight Competition

Photo Courtesy of, Professional Artist Magazine

Professional Artist Magazine is hosting a competition for artists. They will select one artist each month to be featured in their Artist Spotlight section.There is no fee to enter the competition.

For all of the details please visit this link.

This competition is an opportunity for artists to be interviewed, have their artwork featured, meet other artists, reach out to others, and enhance their presence in the art community.

Good luck,

Free Webinar: Inspirational Character Studies

Join Create Mixed Media, Christine Mason Miller, and other artists for a free webinar. Please visit this link for more information on how to sign up.

This webinar, as stated by Create Mixed Media, is an “exploration and examination of favorite characters in literature and film.” The artists will utilize paper, pen, index cards, collage papers, ephemera, glue sticks and scissors to create a character study.

Photo Courtesy of, Create Mixed Media and Christine Mason Miller

I participated in a free webinar last month with artist Jill Berry and it was a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend the webinars. They are free, a way to stay inspired, learn new techniques, and meet other artists.