SAAG November 2020 Newsletter ~ Members Print

Monthly Meeting


Southern Arizona Arts Guild Gallery
2905 E. Skyline Drive; Suite 262
Tucson, AZ 85718

Due to COVID-19, our meetings have been postponed.
Please check back for updates. 

We look forward to seeing you at a future event.

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President's Report

We continue to endure the COVID crisis, tolerate political ads and phone calls, and look forward to the holidays with new and different traditions.  Hopefully you all will be able to connect with your friends and relatives in some way.  If this is the new world we live in let's make the best of it.

The Gallery has already started getting really busy and sales are great.  If you don't visit regularly please try and come by to see the new art we have.  Wear your face mask as it is still required.  We feel we have done the best job we can in keeping everyone safe.  

Thanks go to Casonti McClure for organizing the Overlook Exhibition Show.  We once again, have wonderful artists that have participated.  The Overlook is reopening soon and already have a member welcome event planned.  By the way, we've already had 2 pieces sell from this show.

I want to thank all the SAAG board members for their patience and understanding this year.  I feel like we've been "on hold" since the year began and it doesn't look like it will end soon.  We continue to work for you all behind the scenes to keep the Guild and Gallery going.

I hope for all of you this holiday season happiness and health.

Stay safe,

Jeanie Merideth, SAAG President
[email protected]

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CLICK HERE to visit our upcoming classes on our website.


We believe that everyone has a creative side and some of us are just waiting to discover it! The SAAG galley at La Encantada has classroom space in the back of the store. Several of our artists teach classes in this space. There are lots of workshops to choose from and with most of them the student leaves with a finished project and a new skill.


It’s a great way to have fun with friends and spend time at La Encantada with all its restaurants and shops.


You must register online, but it is easy. Just go to and then click on “Classes” in the top menu.


ALL classes held at:
Southern Arizona Arts Guild Gallery
2905 E. Skyline Drive; Suite 262
Tucson, AZ 85718

Here is a list of current classes that are taking students . . .
ALL classes are limited to 6 participants to enforce the COVID guidelines.

Alcohol Inks Greeting Cards

Make 6 Greeting Cards

November 7, 2020
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Class:  6 Student Maximum
Register Now

Exploring Photographic Composition

Amateur Photographers - Improve Your Creativity

November 10, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Class:  6 Student Maximum
Register Now

Beginning Paper Quilling ~ FULL

Come Learn to Roll Paper

November 14, 2020
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Class:  6 Student Maximum
Register Now

Digital Single Lens Reflex Workshop

Bring Your DSLR Camera

November 19, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Class:  6 Student Maximum
Register Now

Smartphone Photography

Amazing Ways to Maximize Your Smartphone

November 24, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Class:  6 Student Maximum
Register Now

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Holidays at the SAAG Gallery

The Southern Arizona Arts Gallery is ready for the holidays. With a display of gifts "$20 and under," Christmas trees with ornaments from our artists, and holiday themed cards in stock. The gallery is ready to help shoppers find the perfect gift. The Gallery also offers Gift Certificates that can be used towards merchandise or art classes given at the gallery.

This year, starting on Black Friday, there will be an artist demonstration happening on the floor of the gallery every Friday and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm. Saturdays, that time slot is being reserved for live music. The SAAG Gallery will be featuring in-store shipping services this year, which will be available every Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. And as always there will be free gift wrapping.

The gallery is open 7-days-a-week. Holiday hours start the day after Thanksgiving. Friday, Nov. 27 from 8 am to 9 pm; Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday, Nov. 29 from 11 am to 6 pm; Monday thru Wednesday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 from 10 am to 7 pm; Thursday thru Saturday, Dec. 3-5 from 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday, Dec. 6 from 11 am to 6 pm; Monday thru Wednesday, Dec. 7-9 from 10 am to 7 pm; Thursday and Friday, Dec. 10-11 from 10 am to 8 pm; Saturday, Dec.12 from  9 am to 9 pm; Sunday, Dec. 13 from 11 am to 8 pm; Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 14-23 from 9 am to 9 pm; Thursday, Dec. 24 from 9 am to 6 pm; Friday, December 25 Closed; Saturday, Dec. 26 from  9 am to 9 pm; Sunday, Dec. 27 from 11 am to 6 pm; Monday thru Wednesday, Dec. 28-30 from 10 am to 7 pm; Thursday, Dec. 31 from 10 am to 6 pm; Closed New Year’s Day.

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Teaching Classes

Teaching Classes through SAAG

Did you know that all guild members are eligible to teach classes at the SAAG Gallery? You can apply directly on the guild web site (www.sourthernarizonaartsguild.comunder the classes tab (Application for Teaching Classes Through SAAG), or call Marnie Ehlers at (520) 390-6627 for more information. We are planning our class calendar for October and November now.

We have a glass shelf at the back of the gallery that artists use to display what they are going to teach. We also have a monthly ad in the Desert Leaf about our classes. Our PR committee puts together a flyer for each class which is also displayed and these flyers are sent out once a month to SAAG’s email list.

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News from Overlook Exhibition

Winners for the Overlook Art Show

The first (and only) live art show of the 2020 season opened October 28th  and will run through to February 22nd. The Overlook cafe has  just reopened under new management at the Oro Valley Community Center. To celebrate this wonderful connection between SAAG and Oro Valley, Town of Oro Valley Town Mayor Joe Winfield attended the opening and selected the first "Mayor's Choice Award” — a painting titled "La Mexicana "by Kristin Harvey. It was such an honor to have Mayor Winfield attend our show and participate in the evening's event. We hope this is just the beginning of a lasting connection.

Overlook Cafe Manager Roxanne Harding and Food and Beverage Manager Zach Olfers were very supportive and especially excited to have SAAG artwork decorating the cafe bringing art and color back to this lovely space. The Overlook staff was so thrilled with this show they selected an Overlook Staff Choice Award, "Splash of Color" by Yvonne Hazelton. We will continue this new award for future shows. Now that this Cafe open at the Community Center and open to the public we are hoping SAAG members will make plans to dine there. Please support this SAAG event by bringing your friends and family to enjoy great food and see beautiful art. 

The Overlook Art show's theme of Joy was ever present in each and everyone of the sixty five pieces created by twenty-two artists — all members of our SAAG community. Our judge for this show was Linda Ahearn, Toscano Art Gallery.
Ribbon winners
Renee Michele took first place for her large painting "Dance My Soul"
Michelle Mallett took second place for her painting "Lone Rock Sunset"
Steve Moore took third for his painting "Sunrise on the Ganges"
Doug McMasters took a first place for his photograph "Smokey Road"

Honorable Mention pieces
"Spring Flowers+ by Yvonne Hazelton
"Freedom Run" by Yvonne Hazelton
"Plentiful Water" by "Ellie Marshall
“Botanical" by Jeanne Conant
"In the Spring" by Kristin Harvey
“Kaleidoscope" by Berta Keeny

Renee Michele ~ "Dance My Soul"
1st Place

Mayor's Choice Award
"La Mexicana" by Kristin Harvey
Yvonne Hazelton receives an Honorable Mention

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The Importance of Confidence

Corrina Thurston is an artist, speaker, and author working out of Vermont, USA. Check out her book, How To Crush Self-Doubt and Gain Real Confidence, and learn more about her, her artwork, or her books on her website

Self-doubt plagues us all
Artists are especially prone to self-doubt due to the nature of our work. We pour our hearts and souls into our creations—whether it’s painting or sculpting or writing or crafting—and then have to find the courage to put that work out into the world, which is full of critics and judgment and rejection. We also tend to work alone, crammed in our studios, hovering over our worktables, where the negative thoughts and our own high expectations can whittle away at our creative confidence.

What to do? Those negative thoughts can easily spiral out of control, and suddenly you’re turning down a remarkable opportunity because you’re too nervous or your internal monologue is saying you’re not good enough.

Here are seven techniques to help boost your self-confidence as an artist and creative entrepreneur and crush your self-doubt.

1.  Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Artists
​Social media is undoubtedly a great tool for artists. It can be inspiring to look at the artwork of other artists, but make sure you don’t fall into the trap of constantly comparing your work to that of someone else. When you have been working in your medium for many years, and then you see other artists seemingly creating masterpieces overnight, it can be disheartening.

Don’t let that happen!

You are your own artist with your own journey, and you can't ever be sure of someone else's journey from behind a screen. Instead of comparing and feeling negative about your own work, use their skill as inspiration to get back to practicing yours.

There will always be people that are more skilled than you and you will always be more skilled than others. Comparison doesn't change that. Only focusing on yourself and your own practice will make you better. 

2.  Stop Having Such High Expectations of Yourself
Sure, having high expectations for yourself can be a good thing, in the right circumstances. Of course, I expect myself to be a good person, to help people when I can, to be kind and considerate.

But you know what?

I’ve stopped having expectations about things like how many people show up to one of my art events, or how many likes I’m going to get on a social media post, or exactly how a piece of artwork is going to turn out.

Why? Because the more you have expectations about these things, the more likely you’re going to be disappointed.

If only 15 people come to one of my workshops, that’s okay! I’m going to treat that workshop exactly the same as I would with a larger number and those people will get even more one-on-one attention. If a piece of artwork doesn’t turn out exactly the way I had anticipated, that’s okay! Art is meant to surprise you and change and even as the artist you don’t always have as much control over the end product as you might think. There’s nothing wrong with that, you just have to learn to roll with it.

3.  Take Breaks and Move Around
There’s nothing worse for your body than being cooped up in the same position for hours. Take breaks!

Stretch and go for a walk and get your blood flowing. If you’re getting frustrated with a piece of work, this is especially important. Walking clears your mind, helps get rid of toxins, helps the muscles in your hands function better because of the blood flow—and you also come back with fresher eyes.

4.  Join a Critique Group
This isn’t for everyone, but it works great for some artists. Find a critique group either online or in your area and participate. It’s amazing what you can learn about your own work when you start to see it from someone else’s viewpoint! The things that stand out to you might not be the same that stand out to them.

5.  it That Send Button
As a marketing consultant and author of two art marketing books, I want you to be hitting that send button on your email account many times a week!

Write and send gallery exhibit proposals, event proposals, grant applications, collaboration requests, retail requests, and press releases to your local and regional media (newspapers, magazines, podcasts, radio, TV, blogs), etc.

Putting yourself out there is an emotional challenge. It takes guts to push that send button. Do it anyway. The more you do it, the easier it’ll become. You will hear no. Do it anyway. The more you hear no, the less it will bother you and the faster you can get to the yes's.

6.  Recognize What Rejection Really Is
In my first book, I suggest that rejection is, “what happens when what you’re offering is not quite what the other person or company is looking for.”

That’s it.

It doesn’t mean your work is bad. It doesn’t mean they don’t like you. It simply means what you’re offering isn’t quite right for them.

Reach out and ask them why in order to learn from it and hopefully improve future proposals, then throw that rejection letter on your mounting pile (more rejections is good because it means you’re putting yourself out there!) and move on! There’s no point in dwelling. FYI, if I were still keeping track of my rejection letters as I did in the beginning, it would take over my whole studio. But the more rejections you get, the more acceptance letters you’re likely to get too.

7.  Learn some overall confidence-boosting techniques
In my book, How To Crush Self-Doubt and Gain Real Confidence, I talk about a number of techniques to boost your confidence, not just as an artist, but as a person. Some of the best ones include:

Power poses. Stand like Superman—hands on your hips, back straight, head up, and shoulders back— for at least two minutes. This will actually change the chemistry in your body in such a way that makes you feel calmer and more confident.

Positive “I am” statements. Say or write down some positive statements about yourself every day. This is hugely effective, even if you don’t feel they’re true at the moment. Even reading them helps, so some examples include: “I am strong,” “I am important,” “I am talented,” “I am capable,” and “I am worthy.”

Socialize. Even if you can’t meet in person, try to find ways to socialize. Many artists are solitary types, but it can be detrimental to our mental health and our creative spirit to be alone too much of the time. Socializing is important. Talking is important. Humans—even those of us who identify as introverts—are social creatures and we need that interaction. Get out of your studio if you can, laugh (very important!), eat food, snuggle your loved ones, and envelop yourself in that connection.

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Artist Opportunities

Successful artists don’t give up. They don’t let the word no get in their way. To build an art career, one must expect and accept that there will be plenty of bumps in the road, plenty of opportunities that just weren’t the right ones for you – and when that happens it is imperative that you pick yourself up and keep going. The only opportunity you will never get is the one you don’t apply for.

Art of Covid (Virtual Exhibition)
DEADLINE: December 31, 2020
Contact [email protected]
Casa de la Luz Foundation
The Art of COVID is a community education project of Casa de la Luz Foundation. Inspired by the kindness and creativity that led people to create masks for healthcare workers during the shortages caused by corona virus, we created The Art of COVID project to serve as a collective in capturing the images, stories, and art of our global community experiencing this pandemic. In addition, we think art is a great way to engage people in thinking about their one precious life and how they want to live it. Although our inspiration came from homemade masks, we are in awe of all works of art that have been created in response to the pandemic. We invite you to share your art, images and stories with us.

Artist Relief
Deadlines: November 18, and December 10, 2020 (11:59 EST)
To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19.

Open Studio Tours Online Artist Registration
Open Studio Tours (OST) is one of the largest self-guided showcases of artist studios and creative work spaces in the region running for over 10 years. Throughout its history, OST has allowed Tucson and Pima County’s artists to invite visitors into their studios, free-of-charge, so they can directly engage with the working artists, see where art is created, and learn more about their artistic processes.

With OST going online, the intent and spirit of the event has not changed, but instead has been adapted to a virtual format.

Artists can upload descriptions, pictures and video of their artworks and studios and have the opportunity to host Virtual Studio Tours through Zoom during the event dates. By browsing the individual Artist Pages, visitors can still learn about and engage with artists, virtually visit studios, and purchase art directly from local artists in Southern Arizona.

– Please be sure to submit your registration as soon as you can. We cannot accept late or incomplete registrations.
– Please review the Registration Resources before registering and check out examples of what each artist’s listing will look like.
– A Registration Form Guide has been provided for artists to familiarize themselves with the questions that will be on the online Registration Form and to help artists prepare their answers and materials in advance of registering online.

Registration Closes: November 20, 2020 (11:59pm)
Date of Event: November 27-December 6, 2020

Organization/Company: Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
Location: Southern Arizona
Deadline: 11/20/2020
How to Apply

Contemporary Art Competition
Art Room Gallery is proud to announce their 1st “Contemporary” Online Art Competition for the month of November 2020. This is the open subject theme with an emphasis in contemporary art. Competition is open to all artists from around the world. All winning artists will receive a digital award certificate. First, second and third place will be largely displayed with an article about the artist and their work. Winning artwork (First place) will be on the poster of the show. $15 entry fee. Deadline: November 12, 2020.

Organization/Company: Art Room Gallery
Location: Online Worldwide
Deadline: November 12, 2020
How to Apply: - Artwork images should be labeled as: First Name-Last Name-Title of Art.jpg
- Image size should be up to 1.5 MB in JPG format.
- Only the artwork should be visible, clear and in focus. Please crop out any background in the images.
- Images must be original work created by the artist.

The Magazine of Contemporary Art | Open Call
THE MAGAZINE OF CONTEMPORARY ART is an online publication covering visual arts from around the world. We’re special in many ways, but here is just a sampling of four exceptional features that’s sure to pique your creative side:

1. FREE Submission and FREE Listing
2. ZERO Commission on ALL art sales
3. DIRECT link to prospective buyers
4. INVITATION ONLY selection criteria

The MOCA is currently accepting submissions from visual artists working with any medium. Digital images of paintings, drawings, graphic art, photography, sculpture, and 3D installations of any size will be considered without limitation. The curated artworks will be showcased for free in our rotating exhibitions. Art sales made during this period will not be charged any commission, and inquiries from prospective buyers will be forwarded directly to the artists.

Additionally, a few selected artists will be invited to participate in our permanent exhibition for a small fee. Artists will be able to choose to be represented in various ways, and enjoy substantial exposure, such as:

1. FEATURED as artist of the month
2. INTERVIEWS conducted with select artists
3. BLOGS & ARTICLES published on behalf of select artists
4. SOCIAL MEDIA promotion targeting over 30,000 Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter followers
5. TOP RANKING through SEOs on search engines, such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo!

Our international exposure has given us the tools to connect with serious collectors from North America, Europe, and Asia who’re looking to buy artworks for investment as well as for their own private collection. We’re confident that our gallery will provide you with substantial recognition and sales opportunity.

In these difficult and uncertain times, we stand in solidarity with our fellow artists and wish to give the opportunity to as many artists as we can so they can continue to showcase their work to art galleries, dealers, and connoisseurs around the world within this virtual space in a safe and responsible manner.

Location: Phoenix, AZ
Deadline: 10/31/2020
How to Apply: Artworks and artist portfolios should be submitted by visiting and selecting from one of the five options.

The Hopper Prize
$1,000 Grants - All Media Eligible 
DEADLINE 11/17/2020
The Hopper Prize is now accepting entries for our Fall 2020 artist grants. We are offering 5 grants in the amount of $1,000 USD. This is an international open call. All media is eligible. Grant submissions will be juried by Christine Koppes, Curator & Director of Public Programs, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, and Jade Powers, Assistant Curator, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Our open call provides you with a direct path to get your work in front of these forward thinking exhibition makers. In addition to grants, 30 artists will be selected for a shortlist. Additional exposure is available via our online Journal as well as our Instagram feed, currently reaching an audience over 46K. 

Artist Relief
Deadlines: November 18, and December 10, 2020 (11:59 EST)
To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19.

Mini Grants and Project Grants – AZ Humanities
Intent to Apply Deadline: May 1, 2021
Application Deadline: June 15, 2021
Arizona Humanities supports innovative, community-based projects that use humanities disciplines to connect Arizonans to the cultures, peoples, and histories of the state and beyond. We welcome proposals from a wide range of nonprofit, educational, and governmental organizations and encourage projects that are innovative in their approach toward the humanities and public programming. Projects should use the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective to issues of significance to Arizonans. Our grants program aims to stimulate thoughtful community exchange, build new audiences for the humanities, innovate new methods in the humanities, and advocate for the importance of the humanities for a lively and engaged democratic public.

For instructions go to: to submit your work. 

CSAV – Artist Research Laboratory is currently accepting submissions to an open call for the upcoming Casual Loops and Squiggles. This event brings together artists and curators and seeks to observe how this pairing influences the workshop. “CSAV – Artists’ Research Laboratory is an experimental platform designed to provoke formal and informal discussions and exchanges between artists of different generations and nationalities. It aims to explore different forms of artistic creation through non-institutional teaching methods.” For more details and to apply, visit the website. Deadline is January 30.

Tides Institute and Museum of Art (TIMA) invites artists to apply for their StudioWorks Artist-in-Residency program. Located in beautiful, coastal Eastport, Maine – a small fishing village situated in Washington County overlooking the New Brunswick, Canada border – this residency is open to any artists who will not be enrolled in an undergraduate or masters program during the time of residency. In their own words, “A StudioWorks residency provides an artist with a unique experience to play an active role in our creative community through socially engaged projects, educational outreach or public programming.” For full details and to apply, visit the website. Deadline is February 1.

Luminous Bodies is a two-week residency to create artworks that shed new light on the human body. The residency includes shared studios, critiques, gallery visits, guest artist talks and a closing exhibition. Facilities include a shared kitchen and ample common room space as well as studios, dark room, woodwork shop, library and more. This residency is located on an island where there is no grocery store, however there is a corner store with some food options. Be sure to see full details before applying. Deadline is February 1.

Looking for an Artist to do an outdoor driveway wall mural - Tucson Highlights (714) 654-7395; Jeffrey Hack

Non Critque
In this Covid situation many are turning to video chat for meetings like non-critique events. I would be happy to train anyone in need on how to operate Zoom. If that would be helpful please announce my availability for that training so that interested individuals can ask. Feel free to put my email address in the announcement ([email protected]). That way folks can reach out directly to me.  Regards.

Teaching Opportunity
SaddleBrooke One is seeking a teacher to do workshops on Oil Painting. If you are interested email Robbie at
 [email protected].

If you know of opportunities you are willing to share with fellow Guild members please send the information to the Web administrator at [email protected]

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Tips for Posting on Facebook

Here are 10 Tips for posting your photos onSAAG's Facebook:
1) Start with a photo which is in focus.
2) Make sure your photo is right-side-up.
3) Go to the Southern Arizona Arts Guild Facebook page,
4) Use “Create Post” or "Write a Post" and click on the white space. 
5) Click on the "photo/video" button. Load the photo from your computer.
6) Add your name.
7) Click on "post." The photo will not show up immediately as it has to be allowed by the Administrator. This doesn't take long. The approval process ensures that the page isn't overrun with photos from other groups.
8) Only post the photo once, or it will show up as duplicates or triplicates.
9) Do not use Facebook’s Messenger tool.   
10) Once your art is up, share it on your personal page. Spread the word to friends, family, and neighbors. 
Each photo reaches between 60 and 200 viewers; the average is more than 100 people. Posting a photo of your artwork is good advertising for your business.  
Those of you who do not use Facebook, you can send a jpeg of your work to me and I will post it for you. E-mail your photo to [email protected]

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Instagram Campaign


SAAG would like to put together an Instagram Campaign that will post daily, but we need your help. If you have a photo of recent work, please email it to Theresa Poalucci. You do not need to be in the Gallery to do this! One day we will run a picture of a SAAG members piece of art and talk about becoming a member of SAAG. The next day we will run a photo of something from the Gallery and talk about the Gallery. We will continue this cycle.

To submit a photo, please email it to [email protected]com

Please give me your name, a small description of your piece, and your website address if you have one, or an email where you can be reached if the piece is for sale.

Finally, if you are going to be in a show, let me know and I will advertise it.

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Website Update

SAAG Website gets an update!
At the end of August received a bit of a facelift, as 5 new slides were uploaded onto the site, replacing what had been originally used when the new website was designed. The artist were chosen by a gallery committee based on their sales, or volunteer performance at the shop. They all represent current gallery artists.
As a member of SAAG the website is a great tool for finding other members in our directory, checking out classes (or signing up to teach one yourself), learn about show opportunities, or sign up to be in the gallery. You can also pay for your membership online or check out the calendar of events. 
If you haven’t visited lately, take a look!

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Social Media


Just a reminder to participate in SAAG’s create-a-bration, ART FULL, on the Guild’s Facebook page. Make sure to invite your Facebook friends to join in. ART FULL is a no-cost way to keep your work and the Gallery in the forefront of our fans’ minds. 

Keep making art and take its picture. Then go to, write your post and upload your picture. Use the hashtag #SAAGTucsonARTFULL. The post is subject to approval so it won't show up right away. You only need to upload the photo once. Amplify your share. Go back to SAAG’s Facebook page, and share your post - and those of others - to your personal and business pages.

Skittish about Social Media?
Here are some articles that may ease you mind about jumping in.

Social Media Basics You Need to Know (But Are Too Afraid To Ask) 

5 Ways to Use Social Media to Generate a Buzz About Your Artwork  

4 Artists Share Tips for Using Instagram to Grow Your Art Practice  

Artists, You Are a Business. Embrace it.


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Update Your Member Information

Help update your information in the Member Directory

Please go into your listing in the Member Directory and make sure that the link to your website, Etsy page, or other destination is correct. While looking to create a Gallery Instagram page, I found that a number of the website links were not working properly. Also, I would encourage members to include website, Etsy page, or another link and a contact phone number. The information in the Member Directory can only be accessed by the membership.

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