SLC Arts Council hosts professional development events for artists Nov. 17
Monday, November 15, 2010 - 4:56 pm

POTSDAM -- The St. Lawrence County Arts Council will host professional development events Wednesday, Nov. 17 to help visual artists and crafts people improve their professional materials and strengthen the business focus of their arts careers.

The evening will begin with a workshop at the SLC Arts Council gift shop and gallery at 51 Market St. from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., “Representing Your Work with Good Photos,” to guide artists in the preparation and selection of images for portfolios, websites, and promotional materials. The fee is $10 per person.

After the workshop, artists can get an individual consultation. Artists can register in advance for a half-hour consultation with one of these trained consultants between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Artists can request assistance with writing an artist’s statement, developing a portfolio or website, finding galleries, or on other aspects of their arts careers. The fee for each half-hour consultation session is $10. Artists should bring any promotional materials they have, photos of their work, and their portfolios, if they have them.

The workshop and consultation sessions will be lead by two professional North Country artists, Kasarian Dane, a painter and arts faculty member at St. Lawrence University, and Sara Lynch, a collage artist and ceramic sculptor. Both artists have been trained by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to serve as consultants and provide resources for artists.

Also throughout the evening, SLC Arts Council Executive Director Hilary Oak will be available to provide information on resources and grants available for artists through NYFA and other organizations.

Call 265-6860 if you plan to attend. When you call to register, be ready to briefly describe what artistic style and media you work in, and what type of feedback and assistance you are interested in.

Additional artist training and consultation events will be scheduled in future months.

The SLC Arts Council is wheelchair accessible. To learn more about other classes, programs, and services visit www.slcartscouncil.org.