West Carleton Arts Society min-conference

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This past weekend I participated in a day long conference devoted to the topic of art. I would like to congratulate the organisers of the WCAS for a super job! The conference was both full of lots of useful information and very entertaining. Did I mention? It also included lunch.

The 2010 Mini-Conference Agenda entitled the Cocktail of Art included:

  • John Toft,  a local basket-maker, who related his experiences in world of e-commerce via his Etsy shop under the title of JohnToftBasketry.
  • A very informative presentation by local Golden representative Andrea Warren about Golden Artist Acrylic Colours. A highlight was two recently launched, exciting new product lines: the new, slow-drying, OPEN acrylics, and the new Digital grounds, which allow you to print on surfaces such as tin foil, cloth and paint skins with your home ink jet printer.
  • Chéryl Poulin & Frank Farrell spoke on the topic –  sources of passive income from your website. Cheryl is a very popular local decorative artist.
  • Cristian Aluas, an accomplished Ottawa artist, spoke about the Business of Art, sharing his experiences as a professional artist and getting everyone to enjoy a few good chuckles along the way.
  • Louise Lalande, the first Canadian Accredited ‘The Artist’s Way’ facilitator inspired us all to continue to seek authenticity in our lives and work.

It was a good opportunity for artists and artisans from all over the Ottawa area to get together and share common interests and concerns. The internet can be a big scary world to jump into but it has really become a necessity to show your art to the world.  I’ve considered the possibility of setting up an Etsy shop so John’s tips about Paypal, tagging, forums and estimating shipping costs for Canada and the US were very helpful. I’m not an acrylic painter but the new Digital grounds by Golden sound intriguing! Cheryl and Frank provided greats tips for designing an effective website and then earning passive income from opportunities like -google ads, info-links, affiliate programs, click-bank and more. And Christian and Louise reminded us about both the nitty gritty side of being an artist and the spiritual side as well.

Earlier this spring, I participated in an AOE Spring Workshop at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans, Ottawa. The topic was The Online Artist and it included a discussion of various online options such as blogs, Facebook, Flickr and websites. We set up Flickr accounts and learned the importance of linking all these online components together so people can find us on the web! The workshops were taught by Jesse Hildebrand, an Ottawa photographer and web developer.  I’m still in the process of tweaking my online presence and getting everything to link together. Hopefully at some point I will get it all to hum along nicely like a well oiled machine.. that is…until technology moves in a new direction!

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