I will be going back to Germany for three weeks January 18th. I am making a special offer this time around by giving you a chance to purchase art that I will be creating while I am there. I have five different price points from $25-$225 which should put receiving original art with in everyones budget. This also keeps me from putting my plane fare on a credit card. And in a way this lets me take you along with me. Lets face it, our lives become richer for the relationships that we foster. I would love to be in the position of creating a special work of art for you. Check out the new page on my site and think about what sound good to you.
Spending three months in Bavaria last year really expanded my world. As soon as I got back home I began to plot my return. Being in a different country with a different language and culture had me wide eyed almost like a child because I was seeing everything for the first time. As an artist we simply need to keep exploring new territory in order to keep growing and at this time in my life Germany is providing that adventure for me.
Painting by Brenda Beerhorst see more here.
Small is the New BigWednesday, February 22nd, 5:30 PM
Taking ideas beyond startup and into the messy middle
Let’s face it anyone can create a startup, but who can really pull it through the difficult years. How does one take their idea beyond infancy into adolescence?
We’ve all heard the buzz on crowd funding, social entrepreneurship, Etsy, Kickstarter and 5X5 Night. How’s someone with the idea, a lot of passion, grit, some duct tape – but not a lot of money – get traction and make an impact?
Join us as we hear from these resourceful players who solidly work to make their businesses thrive. They may be small but they’re the ones who are poised to bring real change to the economy. Whether you’re just starting out or are muddling through the messy middle, come listen to success stories.
Brian Kelly of Brian Kelly Photography
Rick Beerhorst, Artist and musician – StudioBeerhost
Abbey Fowler, Owner – 6.25 Paper Studio
Mike Morin, Momentum-mentor, Entrepreneur – PomStudios
Ryan Knapp, Founder – MadCap Coffee
Remos Lenio – Hartwick Capital
Panel moderated by Bill Holsinger-Robinson
We began doing home shows years ago when our gallery at the time Ann Nathan in Chicago made it clear that she was only interested in the more expensive painting. The drawings and woodcut prints didn't warrant the real estate space of her walls. We began having little shows in our home for our friends to share the work "unfit" for the gallery and not only found willing buyers in our own community but also found that we really enjoyed the opportunity to take more control over the process of placing our work. We came to appreciate the ability to nurture relationships with our collectors in a more organic and direct way then what was possible with the gallery.
There was another side benefit to this homegrown model, the children were easy to weave into this mix. Consequently our children have grown up in the milieu of making and selling art in a way that seems as normal to them as going to the backyard chicken coop to gather eggs for breakfast. Our two oldest daughters Pearl and Rose have been able to develop their own brisk business of selling the crafts they make which began in their early teen years. They played at it as young children and now are making their way doing art for a living as young adults.