Friday, May 30th, 2014 at
Our 41st Art Fair
June 7 & 8, 2014
Silver Maples Courtyard
100 Silver Maple Drive (off Old US 12)
Looking forward to a wonderful weekend with fellow artists, doing the tent thing, showing and selling some artwork.
All pieces on display are original pieces of Fine Art. Many of the artists also display hand-crafted note cards suitable for framing.
Snacks, lunch and beverages are available at the lovely indoor cafe overlooking the Art Fair.
Come Rain or Shine The Art Fair will move inside if bad weather strikes, so come join us!
Approximately one mile north of I-94 on East Old US-12, (East of M52/Main St.)
Monday, September 2nd, 2013 at
More and more, artists are realizing that they need to take control of their online web presence. You need to build and maintain your own website, unless, of course, you can afford to pay someone else to do it for you.
But if you want to do it, then here are some reasons that I recommend you give WordPress.com a whirl.
1. Tons of Themes to Choose
At the time of this writing they have around 141 free themes and 70 premium themes. In that collection, there are 23 responsive themes which are becoming very popular because of the many device sizes in existence.
The variety is large enough to find a theme that suits any personality and style. For artists, the important thing is to find a clean, simple theme that allows their artwork to do the speaking.
2. Can Integrate Your Social Media Sites
Sharing is available as well as auto sharing your blog posts. Many artists hate how much time this whole process can take. So being able to automate these things is a real plus.
3. Can set it up as a Website, Blog or Both
I know there are still artists who have no desire for blogging and want only to build a more traditional website to house an online portfolio. Yes, you can do that with WordPress.
Of course, I always recommend blogging to be part of the website to help increase traffic, but everyone has their preferences, and WordPress accommodates that.
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Sunday, June 16th, 2013 at
Just finished teaching the first class on “Effective Images for Social Media” at WCC through their Economic & Community Development program (also known as LifeLong Learning). This class is part of the E-Marketing certificate program, but can be taken just for the heck of it.
In Effective Images we discuss what makes an “impactful” image, look at branding, avatars, and images that create various moods. We also jump into the technical side of images to deal with formats, sizes, cropping, and “creating” cool images for the various social media usages.
Of course, we examine the legal issues of images on the web. And like my other classes, I share lots of very useful resources. Rule #1 for this class is having fun! If your knowledge of working with images is limited, this a great class for getting started.
Note: For my out of state readers, WCC (Washtenaw Community College) is located near Ann Arbor, MI.
This class will be offered in the fall. Watch for it on the WCC website.