Resources for Artists and Crafters

Many artists and crafters who are just getting started selling their work often ask me about shows, galleries and other resources. I have offered here links to some resources you might find helpful. In addition to the contacts I have listed below, I pass on information about new shows on my Facebook page, so if you accept me as a FB Friend (jeffdanford@aol.com), you can keep up with the latest show information as I receive them.

Galleries and other places to show your work:

SunDust Gallery in Mesa. SunDust offers Gallery Exhibits – Online Galleries – Events – Classes – Art Shows. SunDust rents wall space to local artists to exhibit their work for sale, and also offer a basement outlet gallery where you can sell inexpensive artworks that you’ve cleared out of your closets.

The Dreams & Legends of the Superstitions Gallery a great little gallery on highway 88 in Apache Junction that features local artists.

Superstition Art House is a neat little gallery on the Apache Trail in Apache Junction

Evermore Nevermore is a shop on Main st in Downtown Mesa that sells art and craft work on consignment for local artists. You can contact them on Evermore Nevermore’s Facebook page.

The best way to build an art business  is to join one of the numerous are guilds or clubs in the area:

http://www.azartalliance.com

www.arizonaartistsguild.org
www.arizonaclay.org
www.azdesignercraftsmen.org
Arizona Pastel Artists Association www.azpaa.com
Arizona Watercolor Association www.watercolor.org
Art League West www.artleaguewest.com
Artists of the Superstitions www.artistsofthesuperstitions.com
Chaparral Studio Artists
President: Glorianne Bailey gloriannebailey@yahoo.com
480.991-1816
Colored Pencil Society of America – Chapter 212
President/Rep: Elliott Everson • elliotteverson@cox.net • 602-224-9774

Critique Encounters XII www.cexii.com
Desert Artists
480 991-4486
President: Lee Anne Park • leeanne@leeannepark.com
Desert Sage Artists
602.482-0061
President: Vince Valicenti • valvince@aol.com • 602.482.0061
East Valley Art Guild www.eastvalleyartguild.com
FLAIR (Fine Local Artists in Residence)
623.551.8706
President: Julie Evert jevert502@hotmail.com
Fountain Hills Art League www.fountainhillsartleague.com
Gilbert Visual Art League www.gval.org
Havasu Art Guild
www.havasuartguild.com

Laveen Art League www.laveenartleague.org
Mesa Art League www.mesaartleague.com
Northern Arizona Watercolor Society
President: Helen Jeanne Jones • hjwjones@yahoo.com • 928.634.2060
Northeast Valley Artists League
President: Angelika Ahlbrandt
oldcrow26@cox.net • 602.996.5423
Paradise Valley Art League
President: Erika Schafer 602.789.1902
Peoria Fine Arts Association
•deaconrichard@cox.net • 623.561.8526
Phoenix Artists Guild www.phoenixartistsguild.com
Scottsdale Artists League www.scottsdaleartistsleague.org
Sonoran Arts League www.sonoranartsleague.org
Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild www.watercolor-sawg.org
Southwest Gourd Association
President: Cindy Maldonado
raycinmal@gmail.com
Southwest Society of Botanical Artists President: Lynn Reves • lynnreves@cox.net
480-361-4407
Sun City Grand Art Club scgacartclub@aol.com
Tempe Artists Guild www.tempeartistsguild.org
Westbrook Village Fine Arts Association www.westbrookvillagefinearts.org
What’s Happening Art Movement www.wham-art.org
Wickenburg Art Club www.wickenburgartclub.org

Art Event Listings:

There are a few good sites that list upcoming shows and events:

Joyce Chriscoe maintains and distributes a list of shows in the Valley and in the Verde Valley area. Her lists are free; just ask her to put you on her mailing list

Check out her blogs:

vendor/show manager blog

customer blog with Who’s Who List

Festival Network Online publishes semimonthly lists of shows in US. The lists are free, but you have to sign up. They also have a premium service.

https://www.zapplication.org/index.php is the same as festival net. Many shows are now using zapp exclusively to market their shows.

I recommend you join AZeventsnetwork on yahoo.com. This is a group of artists and crafters who trade information about events and shows. I have only been in it for a few months and find it valuable. Check it out. We artists and crafters can always use more networking. It is free to join, you just need to set up a yahoo account (also free). You can find them now on Face Book , too.

Art Events:

There are many events and shows in the Phoenix area. I have listed many of them here, in no particular order. Access the web sites to obtain details and applications. I will add more events as they come up.

Audrey Thacker with Artisan markets AZ – runs a series of events in Scottsdale that have been picking up steam lately

Phoestival (first fridays) – currently stalled, but you can keep up with events at rooseveltrow.org or on the phoestival vendors FB page or at artlink.com

2nd friday night out – downtown mesa – held on the 2nd friday of each month in Downtown Chandler, they line Boston and San Marcos with vendors

SACA, the Superstition Area Cultural Alliance, sponsors events during the year in the Apache Junction area.

Bashas Outdoor Festivals – They set free markets up in the parking lots of selected stores; they offer vendors, food, kid’s events. For information, contact Telly Ann Dong at tdong@bashas.com . She can send you the schedule for the rest of the fall season.

http://tempefestivalofthearts.com/

http://arizonafineartexpo.com/

http://www.thunderbirdartists.com/

http://www.celebrateart.com/

http://www.888artfest.com/

http://www.sonoranartsleague.org/festival.php

http://www.dixiegreenpromotions.com/

http://www.lostdutchmandays.org/forms.htm#VENDOR

http://www.cavecreekfilmandartsfestival.com

http://www.cavecreekfilmandartsfestival.com/Welcome.html

http://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/special_events_sunday_afair.php

http://www.vermillionpromotions.com/festivals/art-festivals.php

http://artintheparksierravista.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/40th_Annual_AitP_Entry_Form1.pdf

http://www.magicbirdfestivals.com/

Briar Patch Craft Shows, held at various schools in Phoenix area between Sept & December, Jeannie Cueto @ 480-948-3942, www.briarpatchcrafts.com

Classic Community Celebrations, P.O. Box 1990, Show Low, AZ 85901, 928-595-4397, deansmall@hughes.net, http://www.classicfestsusa.com/2010_crafts_show_schedule

Dixie Green Promotions – 602-789-7222, www.dixiegreenpromotions.com

Donna Campbell – Art & Craft Festivals – Every weekend through October in Village of Oak Creek, 928-284-9627, www.bellrockartshows.150m.com

Frank Maguire & Associates, Katelyn Jaworski, 480-968-5353, 888-278-3378, Katelyn@888artfest.com, www.888artfest.com

Glendale Special Events, Holly Betzer, 5850 W. Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301, 623-930-2959, hbetzer@glendaleaz.com, www.glendaleaz.com

Peak Events of AZ, Jennifer Grogan, 928-526-9540, Jennifer@peakeventsaz.com

Jewell’s Fine Art Festivals – Sandi Jewell, 520-749-6619, www.jewellsfineartfest.com, sbjewell@comcast.net

M&M Events, Monique/Marty, 480-585-8639, mmevents@juno.com, www.azfarmersmarkets.us

Magic Bird Festivals, Roberta Toombs, P.O. Box 1803, Cave Creek, AZ 85327, 480-488-2014, 480-488-1052-FAX, info@magicbirdfestivals.com, www.magicbirdfestivals.com

Running Bear Productions, Alan Smith, 2050 W State Route 89A Lot 237, Cottonwood, AZ 86326, 928-634-6692, runningbearproductions@gmail.com, www.runningbearproductions.net

Sedona Arts Festival, info@sedonaartsfestival.org, www.sedonaartsfestival.org

Southern AZ Festivals & Events, Matt Bowman, 520-797-3959, matt@saaca.org, southernazfestivals.org

The Events Group, P.O. Box 328, Tempe, AZ 85280-0328, 888-278-3378, 480-968-5353, info@888artfest.com, www.888artfest.com

Red Rock Fine Arts Events, www.redrockfineartevents.com, Michelle Bruce, 602-818-3527, mbruce4@cox.net,

Thunderbird Artists, Denise Colter, 480-837-5637, info@thunderbirdartists.com, www.thunderbirdartists.com

Vermillion Promotions, Candy Vermillion, 6237346526, cvfestival@aol.com, www.vermillionpromotions.com

Products and Services:
Bags and packaging:
Bagsandbows.com
Uline.com

Credit Card Processing:
ProPay.com

Digital printing and copying:
Copy Solutions
Moo.com

Giclee Printing:
John Gilman at Faville Photo
Maynard Breese
Roberta Light at PawsProducts@eGuardDog.com

Photographers – I have listed a few photographers who can photograph your work for your prints or your digital portfolios:
George Lenz at Lenzphotoshop.com/
Lee Nelson at fleedog.com
Lou Oates
John Gilman at Faville Photo
Maynard Breese
Posters:
Shortrunposters.com

Tee Shirts:
DoodleBug Designs contact Jackie at dbugd@yahoo.com

Artist Websites

Paw Print Artists: Pet Portraits and pet art

Gail McFarland and Jeff Danford are the Paw Print Artists. Jeff is "Paw", Gail is "Print"; They have two main passions: creating art and spending time with their pets. To combine their two passions, they paint custom pet portraits that capture the personality of your pet on canvas. Gail paints mostly in oils—her paintings tell a visual story intended to create an emotional connection. Jeff likes to experiment with shape, texture, and color in his paintings. Gail and Jeff believe in finding good homes for abandoned pets and saving them from being put to death. As a result, all four of Gail and Jeff's dogs are rescue animals and they donate 10% of their commission on every custom pet portrait to Friends for Life, a non-profit organization that finds homes for rescued dogs. In addition to her awesome pet portraits, Gail also creates mosaics using pieces of glossy magazine pages. She calls her technique "Painting with Paper". Her unique mosaics can be seen at Xanadu online gallery; giclees and prints of her work can be purchased at fine art america. When he's not painting unique pet portraits, Jeff is an abstract expressionist, or, in his words, a "dripper". He creates distinctive abstract paintings by dripping paint on the canvas, a technique first popularized by the famous American painter Jackson Pollack. Jeff's colorful drip paintings can be seen at Xanadu Online Gallery; giclees and prints of his work can be seen at fine art america. Gail and Jeff have recently begun collaborating on painting that reflect their respective talents and strengths. The first of these can be seen at Xanadu Online Gallery and at fine art america.

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