Well, I had expected to tell you about the Artists Valentine yesterday. The problem is, I couldn’t get at my computer. First my husband worked on it all day and then my daughter planted herself in front of it all night. **sigh** My husband is at my desk yet again on a conference call. So I have resorted to using my lap top. Not that it is a bad thing. I am sitting in my study (my favorite room) looking out at the birds at the bird feeder in the garden. This room gets wonderful sunshine in the afternoon which is comforting during these cold New England days. So, to the matter at hand.
The Artists Valentine is a yearly event. Artists create valentines that are offered for sale. The proceeds from the sale are used to grant artists (who have participated) funds to further pursue their art. This is my first year participating. Below I have provided more detail from the Artist Valentine web site for those of you in my area (Boston) who might like to participate.
Fundraising for Artists, by Artists
Artists make Valentines and we offer them for sale.
Proceeds from the annual Valentine sales (which have been held every Feb. since 1996) are used to fund a juried grant competition for artists. Artists who have donated work to the Artist’s Valentine are eligible to apply for an unrestricted grant to further their art. The awards are made through the jurying of digital images (of their professional work).
Since 1996 on average $4000 per year has been awarded to visual artists of every discipline: painters, fiber artists, printmakers, installation artists — the gamut. Every penny of these grants has come from the sale of artist-made valentines. All labor is volunteer, and all valentines are donated.
Nationally known museum curators, gallerists, professors, working artists, and critics have served as jurors to the Artist’s Valentine, including Barbara Krakow, Nick Capasso, Pamela Clark Cochrane, Bernard Toale, Joseph Carroll, Ben Aronson, and Christina Lanzi. The 2011 Juror is Ricardo Baretto of the UrbanArts
For more information go to http://www.artval.org/