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February 10, 2014

For art(ists') sake

HELPING HAND: Artist & Crafters Boot Camp in NT aims to help prepare newcomers for the show circuit.

Tonawanda News — So you’re an artist.

You make beautiful or interesting things — whether that involves taking photographs, painting, quilting or designing jewelry. And you want to share those things with other people — and, of course, make some money while doing so.

What next?

That’s a broad question — and one Bob Gregg is hoping to answer with his upcoming Artist & Crafters Boot Camp, planned for Saturday at Partners in Art Studios in North Tonawanda.

Gregg, a watercolor artist who lives in the City of Tonawanda, has taken part in art shows throughout Western New York, including those in Lewiston and the Elmwood and Allentown sections of Buffalo. He’s also taught art marketing at Daemen College.

In those roles, over the years, he’s observed many art-show newcomers and the common mistakes they make. Put that together with a recent conversation with one of the organizers of a major Western New York art show ... and Gregg drew the conclusion that there’s a real need for a helping hand.

“Everything clicked all at once,” he said. “Now’s the time for people ... if you want to do shows, you better start preparing. So let’s give this service to other artists and crafters so they don’t have to have this anxiety.

“It’s something that when you jump in, you better be ready for it. To get into shows, you have time and effort and money you invest in your business or your craft. People look at what you have, how it’s presented and all that.”

At Partners in Art Studios, where the class will take place, co-owner Joan Horn has also observed a need for practical education for new art- or craft-show vendors over the years.

“It’s hard when people are newer artists and they want to start doing something like this,” she said. “They don’t know what to bring, what equipment they need. Or they build these elaborate racks  and things and they’re too heavy and too hard to transport.

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