Monday, July 9, 2012

Where Do We Go for Wyoming Art and Craft?

There is soon to be a new, very shopper friendly, place in Downtown Laramie that is dedicated to selling Wyoming Artists' fine arts and fine crafts and jewelry.

The Manager, Gayle, has many years of experience in the field of gift product enhancement and fine arts and crafts production and sales. She is busy right this very moment with our loyal volunteers installing a new wood floor, touch-up painting, and planning the move of the jewelry cases and artist works.

It is very exciting.  So many more opportunities to help artists gain more income from their artistic endeavors to come!

Our parent organization, Wyoming Women's Business Center is dedicated to providing artists with better business management skills and funding support to help maximize their income and their success in life and work.

Works of Wyoming
Professional Artist Development Center
New Storefront in Laramie
211 S. 1st Street next to Sweet Melissa's

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Who's Blogging in WYO Part 2

Images by Christopher Amend
Since the last post I have found a couple new blogs!

Blogging is an excellent way to get your work to the public.  It does take time and a small commitment to posting regularly.  The practice also offers an excuse to write about your work and photograph your work (which you should be doing).  To see tips, tricks and advantages to blogging follow this link.

Here are some blogs written by Wyoming artists.  Hope they can serve as inspiration for your blog.

Alan O'Hashi - A film production artist from Wyoming Community Media.

Allison Wagg - A student artist.

Christopher Amend's Blog - Chris talks about his work "My work is the visual product of my perceptions, musings, thoughts, struggles, yearnings....Each picture, whatever its stylistic manifestations, strives to be an honest explication and manifestation of the ideas and impulses that gave it birth."

Courtney Googe - Courtney graduated from the University of Wyoming in May and focuses on printing making.  Her most recent body of work consists of prints on fabric and turned into stuffed animals.

Doug Russell - University of Wyoming drawing professor.

Detail of "Entangled Worlds" by
Doug Russell
Felicia Follum Art + Design Blog - University of Wyoming student who creates social justice artwork.

Katherine Palochak's Jazzn Jewelry - My blog is about designing and making jewelry from stock sheet and wire, some being shown from design concept through the steps to a finished piece of jewelry, some jewelry tips (with more to come), and occasionally life in Wyoming.

Wyoming Arts Council - A great site that keeps Wyoming Artists updated with Wyoming art events.

What other Wyoming art blogs are you familiar with? Please share them below or on our Facebook page!

If you are considering blogging, feel free to stop by WOW or set up an appointment to discuss your social media marketing campaign and how a blog can work for you.  We can also discuss a variety of other options and see what works best for your needs.  We are located in suite 271 of the Laramie Plains Civic Center and our phone number is 307.742.6574.

WOW is Moving

    We would like to announce that the rumors are true! (All except the ones about the aliens abducting the pottery- those are false!) It is with great excitement that we announce that the WOW gallery and gift shop will be moving to downtown Laramie to
211 First Street
(next to Sweet Melissa's!)

    The move is scheduled to happen in the next two weeks and we are hoping to open the new location by mid-July. We would appreciate any help our members can provide, there are so many things to be done like packing, flooring, set-up and painting. If you’re interested in helping you can contact us through email:   or call Gale at (307) 742-6574.   

   First Street
is a great location with plenty of walk in traffic, great for the gift shop! Our new location will help our artist sell their work and get connected with the community. The Photo below is a mock-up of what the new location will look like! Official Dates will be posted soon and we hope to see you all at our new location!
WOW's new location on First Street

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Work and Play

No using Facebook at work!!!

Many companies have banned Facebook from work computers.  Not WOW!  The staff here at Works of Wyoming (and the Wyoming Women's Business Center) recognize the role that social media can play when it comes to small businesses, individuals, entreprenuers, and emerging artists.

No one can deny that the art world and job market are changing.  Ten years ago, very few people were paid to blog, or update social media sites.  Today there are organizations, firms and individuals dedicated to helping people become famous and make money via the online world.  How do you go about landing one of these jobs?  Well, like any other job you must show that you are good at it.  A young man, Jerry Rizzo, landed a job as an NBA team's social media guy the same way you would land any other job.  He showed dedication, a valuable skill set, and a passion that drove him to be the best.

Having a Twitter Resume or Twesume is another possible way to land a job.  Read this article to find out more about these innovative 140 character or less resumes.

These are not the only ways to land a job in the emerging field of social media.  Check out these beautiful infographics to learn more.

Discusses tips and tricks to landing jobs in the field.  
Also discusses job titles and salaries.
Facebook = the 24/7 job fair?
Read this infographic to find out what percent of
businesses used social media to recruit in 2011.

Though many people use these sites for fun, there are many practical aspects to blogging, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and all the other social media sites out there.  Here are some of the ways I have used social media to promote my art.  Alyson B. Stanfield discusses how art is great for social media in her guest blog post a while back.

You can learn more about Alyson on her website or by joining our Shameless Self-Promotion workshop on Saturday, June 23 (next weekend). You can find out more about your business and Alyson on our website (

What did I leave out? How can you mix your work and play?  How can you promote your work, your business, or yourself using social media?

Monday, June 11, 2012

MORE IMAGE Twitter Techniques

Though I am not an expert on Twitter, I still figured that I would collect some great tips from both my experience and other sources.
Birds by Alberto from The Running Cat Studio

1. You need to really use Twitter regularly to gain a following (without spamming people). You also post information that is relevant, use @mentions, repost and use #tags. I have read that using twitter once or twice a week, like I do, will not get you anywhere. You need to use it at least daily. It is better to post multiple times a day.

2. Use #tags and @mentions. The # symbol followed by a term is a tag. Tags are typically one work describing the general idea of the Tweet. This will help people find you, your art and your tweet by topic. 

3. At Mentions are the @ symbol followed by a name. Using this will send a Tweet directly to that person. @mentions can be used if you want to talk about an artist you like (who has twitter). Tags for this post could include #art #twitter #tip #social media and at mentions could simply be @Sarah Reese (my boss). @mentions also work in Facebook.

More on @mentions from Alyson B. Stanfield, the ArtBiz Coach.

What Twitter tips and techniques have worked for you?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Top 10 Art Biz Blog Posts

Alyson's Book is an excellent resource
for every working artist.

Alyson B. Stanfield will be leading a workshop on shameless self-promotion on Saturday June 23rd. For more information on Alyson, check out her website, blog, or our recent posts.  To learn more about this workshop registration and payment visit

Just to wet you appetite I thought I would share some of my favorite blog posts from the Art Biz Coach.

1. Questioning Strategies to Engage your Viewers
2. Words to Avoid in your Artist Statement
3. Create Action Shots for your Art Website
4. 11 Fast Website or Blog Fixes
5. How to Place Older Art on Your Website
6. E-Marketing Strategies
7. 4 Tips to Create a Brochure for your Art
8. Use Your Name and when not to use your name
9. Stop, Then Get Things Done
10. Say "No" with Grace

WOW is a professional development center for artists and we are excited to be sponsoring the Shameless Self-Promotion workshop.  There are many services like this that we provide our clients and the community.  For more information, visit or call 307.742.6574.  We are located in Suite 271 of the Laramie Plains Civic Center in Laramie, Wyoming.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Jurried Show

As you may be aware of we have started having more juried shows here at Works of Wyoming.  I thought I would share some insight on how the process works (since I was given the opportunity to sit in on a session a while back).

Juried shows are excellent resume boosters.  Getting work in means that you have quality work and it meets a certain standard.  Chances are that not all the work submitted got in, so it certainly looks good on a resume.  If you did not get work in, it is not the end of the world.  It means that you, like the majority of artists, should keep trying.  Also keep in mind that some jurors will chose work based on colors or specific imagery, so it might not be anything wrong with your work.  If you talk to many seasoned artist, they have probably submitted work that did not get into at least one show, they probably did not get into many.  The truth is, if you are getting into every show you apply for you may be hurting your career more than helping simply because you are not pushing yourself.

My experience with the jurors...
I did not offer any opinions but really just observed.  Don't worry, I did not submit any work, so I also had no reason to try to pursued the jurors on their choices.  I did, however,  agree with the majority of their decisions.  As an artist, it was an excellent opportunity to watch the process.  Their decisions were based mostly on the work that they thought could depict the direction Works of Wyoming and the Wyoming Women's Business center would like to continue toward.  Their job was not to interpret the theme of the show, but pick quality work that represented WOW and WWBC (the purpose can vary)

If you are interested in being a juror, sitting in on the process, or submiting work to one of our shows be sure to stop by or contact us.  Out phone number is 307.742.6574.  We are located in Suite 271 of the Laramie Plains Civic Center.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Website Gone Easy

Painting by Robert Martinez
If you are like me, you would prefer to create artwork than code HTML and CSS for your website. Fortunately, there are many ways to create an online presence that do not require you to code. We will start with some social media sites that are not websites but will still help with your online presence.

1. Twitter – Update your followers via short messages.
2. Photosharing – You can use create a photoblog or use Photobucket, Flicker, or Smugmug.
3. Create a Blog – Blogs are simple and offer an informal space for you to discuss your artwork. and are two places to start.
4. Start a Facebook business page – See 5 reasons why here.
5. – You can post videos of your work and tutorials here.
6. Friend - You may know someone who is a graphic designer. He or she will be able to offer you more options than a DIY website builder. This service will not be free.

Here are some more traditional website builders. There are many more out there.
1. – Free
2. – Free
3. – Free or $33/year
4. – Free or $66/year
5. - $160 or $260/year
6. - $144 or $240/year

If you would like to learn even more about building a website and gain other skills that are crucial for art sales be sure to attend our Shameless Self-Promotion Workshop this summer.  You can learn more about our workshops and/or register on the Works of Wyoming website.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Art Biz Coach Quick Bio

Debby L Williams and Alyson B Stanfield lead the 
Art Biz Lift Off workshops.
Alyson B. Stanfield, of Golden, Colorado, is an art business consultant for artists, galleries, and organizations. Her work is distinguished by extensive experience working with viewers of art, in addition to working with art and artists themselves. She founded in 2002 to help artists promote themselves and build their businesses.

To learn more about Alyson be sure to check out her website or visit WOW's website.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

MORE VIEWS With linksPricing

Pricing your work is often a touchy issue when it comes to the art world.  I recently spoke with a University of Wyoming professor about this topic.  She teaches a class meant to prepare art students for the real world.    I asked when we would talk about pricing in her class and she said that she avoided the topic (in class, but was welcome to individual inquiries)  because there is so much discrepancy among those in the art world.

There are theories, formulas, charts, rules and guide lines floating around out there.  Here is one artists thoughts...

Lori McNee's thoughts
Alyson B. Stanfield's commentes - There are around 30 posts on the Art Biz Blog website.

If you would like to continue this discussion further and have some help pricing your work WOW does offer a workshop on this topic.  Feel free to come in to WOW and we can talk about some other options.  We are located in the Laramie Plains Civic Center in Suite 271.  You can contact us at 307.742.6574 or on the WOW website.

Monday, May 21, 2012

13 Great Sources for $$$Art$Money$$$

Not all artist create their work for money or need it to be a steady income; however, as a professional development center for artist our goal is to help those of us who want to make money, and more importantly a living from of our art.  Here are some sources for those of us who would like some money for specific projects or materials.  Are there any other organizations that offer money to artists or for specific projects???

2. Creative Capital
3. First People's Fund
4. Indiegogo
5. Pollock-Krasner Foundation
6. Target
7. United States Artists
8. Walmart
9. Women's Arts
10. Wyoming Arts Council
11. GoFundMe
12. KickStarter
13. Wyoming Arts Council
14. Wyoming Women's Business Center

Selling your art may be difficult but if this is you goal be sure to join us for out Shameless Self-Promotion Workshop.  You can register on our website.  The workshop will include several ways to boost your art career.  It will take place on Saturday June 23, 2012.