Thursday, February 25, 2010

Art Marketing Workshop: Speakers Trisha Black and Gina Hurst

For Immediate Release:

Contact:Diane Lehr

(256) 656-6588

Art On the Square Gears Up for 2010 Artists

By Diane Lehr

Art On The Square plans to offer multiple artist gatherings and workshops in 2010. A marketing workshop geared to visual artists who work in any medium will kick off the AOTS year. The first workshop will be held on Sat., March 13, 2010, from 9am- noon, at The Club House on Marion Street in downtown Athens. The event is titled Art Marketing! An Artist's Meet and Workshop!

“This is a dynamic event for local artists,” says Lisa Milby, President of Art On The Square. “ It brings a wealth of information to our artists who wish to pursue broader opportunities in getting their art out to multiple communities. It also encourages artists to do the things that keep art alive in our area. We are making this workshop very affordable because we want artists to be encouraged and supported in their work. One way to do that is to sponsor events that facilitate artists meeting with one another and sharing their experiences or learning about concrete ways to continue making art in spite of obstacles that real life brings to the process.”

On Saturday, March 13, at 9am, AOTS will host this first of several planned gatherings of local artists in the area. This particular workshop will include mega doses of marketing strategies specific to art. The agenda will include everything from creating a marketing kit and approaching galleries to developing grassroots marketing strategies.

Featured speakers include Gina Hurst of Ascribing Artists, who is a long time art promoter with over 20 years experience in the art market. Gina has served on multiple art related non-profits and Boards, has experience managing art galleries, and is considered a networking mentor. Also presenting will be Athens own Trisha Black, Executive Director of the downtown revitalization organization, Spirit of Athens, who has an extensive education and career history in marketing and media.

The cost is $25 for the three hour workshop and includes a continental breakfast and a complimentary one year membership to the Art On The Square organization. Art On The Square has events planned throughout the calendar year that include Children's Art Camps in June, a Preview Party and Silent Auction in August,and a juried Fine Art Festival on the Courthouse grounds in downtown Athens on Sept.11,2010. The fee for this educational workshop in March is set to mainly cover the breakfast and printing costs involved in making this happen.

“We are determined to be an organization that works diligently to meet our mission,” Ms. Milby says, Art On The Square, is a non-profit organization, created by a dedicated group of volunteers, to support local artists, promote art education, and bring cultural events to our area.”

If you are interested in attending the workshop, you may view the website or email artonthesquare@hotmail.comor call 256-444-8156, and reserve your spot, as space is limited.

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