Welcome back! Let’s do some warm-ups.
It will be so interesting to see if Culture Front’s next gathering, entitled “Making It: Commercial Success in the Arts,” picks up where last month’s discussion left off. That discussion, about interpreting the West, became a forum on how to survive making art in the West. Shari Edwy Brownfield, Natalia Duncan Macker and September Vhay are this month’s guest artists, appearing at The Rose on Wednesday, April 24th, 5:30 pm.
Lots of consideration, lately, of professionalism, compensation, selling work and feeling good. We love doing work we love, but in these challenging times it is so important to pay anyone for their services. Hey, it’s just good karma, an “inescapable spiritual law.” Trade can work when it fills a need; but fee compensation buys the bread. Support your supporters! Freelancers and contract workers are jumping through hoops to attain what should be instantly offered. This applies not only to artists, but to those working professionally in the fields of social media, p.r., marketing, technology, graphics, hospitality and other arenas. If you request assistance from someone and they agree to help out, offer something in return that honors their gift to you. Dinner, house-sitting, promotions, car detailing, barn raising, dishwashing, conservation duty, babysitting, art, gardening, a job reference, a title or…money.
This month’s panelists will talk on the subject of making a living as an artist without compromising integrity or authenticity. Brownfield directs Jackson’s Heather James Fine Art, Macker is well-known to our dance (Dancers’ Workshop) and arts scene, and Vhay’s success as a painter of horses and wildlife has summited. She’s represented locally by Altamira Fine Art and, in Santa Fe, by the Gerald Peters Gallery.
“We are using a broad definition of “artist,” from actors to designers to painters to filmmakers, etc.,” says Culture Front’s Meg Daly. “The audience will be encouraged to participate in the conversation.” I’m looking forward to getting some really great tips from people who have earned their positions and success! How wonderful they’ve agreed to share. Ladies, thank you.
Can’t wait to see how this goes……..Writers: weigh in! Writers, you are artists! Mike Bressler, I’d like to see you show up! Tina Welling, you too! And how about last year’s Cultural Council award winner, Tim Sandlin? Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5. 21 years old and up, please! www.jhculturefront.org
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!
This image, though a bit fuzzy, reflects our Latino community’s bright pride. Their presence here in Jackson Hole is a large part of what makes us able to claim cultural diversity.
So, May 3rd, 7:00 pm, at Jackson’s Center for the Arts, enjoy Latino music, food, dancing and LIFE. Tickets—that provide support for the Latino Resource Center—are $40, and available at www.jhcinco.com
If you are a civic leader, this workshop is for you! Free workshops geared toward “what community leaders need to know about public art” will be held at Jackson’s Center for the Arts on Wednesday, May 3rd. For a schedule of the day’s events, and to find out more, email [email protected] Registration is required!