Art Supply Swap Meet

I am participating in the KALEID Gallery Art Supply Swap Meet. I recently did some cleaning, purging and rearranging of my studio and have lots of extra supplies. Things like, paint, frames, collage material, glass bean making supplies, an old Photo enlarger for a dark room and lots of other fun stuff. If you are interested in getting some new supplies at a discounted price you should stop by. Or if you have a bunch of art and or craft supplies you want to get rid of you should sign up to sell.

Saturday February 27th 1:00pm-5:00pm KALEID Gallery 88 South 4th Street San Jose, CA 95112

Free and open to the public.


Art Biz Breakthrough

I am a little behind in posting this but I wanted to share my experience with some professional development I recently participated in. I am always trying to improve my art and my art business. The art world is always changing, and I think it’s important to stay innovative and connected with what’s happening. Everything from the latest encaustic techniques, what’s new in art marketing, to time management apps. I recently received a grant and want to put the money back into my art and art business so I decided to attend an art business conference. A couple of weeks ago I went to the Art Biz Breakthrough conference in Golden Colorado put on by Alyson Stanfield. Alyson is an art business coach; I have taken several of her online courses and read her book “I’d Rather Be in the Studio”. There are a lot of business coaches out there, Alyson is one of the most professional and consistent ones I have come across.

Now that I have had some time to really think about and process the experience I am really happy I attended. Overall it was a positive and motivating experience. One of the main things I got out of the conference was meeting and talking with so many other motivated artists. Everyone was there because they want to improve and grow and those are great people to be around. There were artists who were just starting out to super stars who make 6 figures and everything in-between. I really met some fantastic people and felt so supported and encouraged.Art Biz Breakthrough

The conference also reinvigorated me in my art business. Sometimes all the non art making stuff can take a lot of your time and really block you. Newsletters, blogs, inventory, marketing, social media, packing and shipping, photographing artwork, ordering supplies, networking and the list goes on and on. Being at the conference helped me to focus and motivated me to beef up my business practices.

Now that I am back I have ordered new business cards with images of my artwork on them and signed up for and started using a new online artwork inventory system.  I have a lot more on my To Do list but I think that’s a good start.Business Cards

So did I have a breakthrough? Kind of, there were lots of people who had big breakthroughs and epiphanies throughout the conference. I didn’t have anything that major it was more a slow percolating, ahhh, that makes sense experience. Sometimes it was a duh Shannon, you know this so why aren’t you applying it.




Art Supplies

Being a mixed media artist I need and use all kinds of different supplies, not all of them are traditional art supplies either. Some of the places I patron are pretty standard but others are very unique. So I thought it would be fun if I shared some of my favorite supply stores with you. 
The Bone Room
1569 Solano Avenue
Albany, CA 94707
This is an amazing natural history store. They have everything you could ever imagine, bones, fossils, insects, feathers, teeth, books, eggs, taxidermy, meteorites, casts and more. It’s a small store but they have it filled from floor to ceiling. The staff are really wonderful as well. In the past they have sold my copper electroformed jewelry. They have reasonable prices and if you have a business with resale license you can have your resale permit on file so you do not have to pay sales tax.
Dick Blick Art Supply
979 Market Street
San Francisco, CA
One of the best priced traditional art supply stores. I love this place, I get a lot of my encaustic paint and boards here. You usually get a discount for buying in bulk. They often have sales and have almost anything you could want or need
Paxton Gate
824 Valencia Street,
San Francisco, CA 94110
This is another natural history store but with a more decorative higher price point. They sell a variety of unique air, succulent and carnivorous plants. They also have insects, fossils, bones, books, and other oddities.
I think every artist/crafter knows about and shops at Michael’s. They are great for quick trips when you need something standard. They also usually have really good coupons and sales on frames. Recently I got $300 worth of frames for $125 because of coupons and sales.
This is where I get my bulk wax and damar resin for my encaustic making. They have always been easy to deal with and ship quickly. They have the best prices for bulk wax that I have found.
University Art
Store throughout California
This is a local art supply store, they are more fine art than Michaels and are convenient for a variety of supplies. If you have a business with resale license you can have your resale permit on file so you do not have to pay sales tax.
Antique, thrift & flea markets
I also get a variety of items from these places. I try to visit them frequently so I don’t miss anything.
Local Library
I usually get my used books at the local library sales. They usually have them once a month and most of the time you can fill a paper bag for $5.

Art Travel

In a few weeks I will be flying across the country to Hamilton Ontario Canada. Hamilton is about an hour away from Toronto and Niagara Falls. It is a port city on the west end of Lake Ontario. I will be spending several days in the area exploring the local art scene and other attractions. The Royal Botanical Gardens look fantastic and they currently have an Ephemeral Earth Art exhibit that looks very interesting.

The main reason for my visit is to attend my opening reception at the Nathaniel Hughson Art Gallery on August 8th.  I am very excited to be exhibiting my Selcouth series and have created several brand new pieces specifically for this show. The reception is the same day as the James St North art crawl where over 20 galleries and art spaces host their opening receptions.  

If you are in the area stop by and say hi. I would love the opportunity to meet and talk to you. I am really looking forward to getting to know the art community in Hamilton and learning more about the city. I was able to connect with several of the area artists online and they were so friendly and helpful.