The Art Edge with Brian Sherwin

Art Talk on the Edge: Interview with artist Constance McBride - Part 2


Artist Constance McBride creates sculptures that explore the connection between the human condition and nature. Constance draws upon landscape elements, dreams and life experiences to convey themes of creation, preservation and destruction in her work. She has noted that her interest in the figure is an ongoing exploration of how society's relationship with nature, and the natural cycle of life, has been extremely altered. I recently caught up with Constance in order to learn more about her life and art. Constance offered thoughts about art marketing and the current state of the art world. [...]

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Art Talk on the Edge: Interview with artist Constance McBride - Part 1


Artist Constance McBride creates sculptures that explore the connection between the human condition and nature. Constance draws upon landscape elements, dreams and life experiences to convey themes of creation, preservation and destruction in her work. She has noted that her interest in the figure is an ongoing exploration of how society's relationship with nature, and the natural cycle of life, has been extremely altered. I recently caught up with Constance in order to learn more about her life and art. [...]

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Community Art Events: The Studio Hop

On the FASO Forum we recently discussed turning open studio visits into a regular (perhaps monthly) community event during the warmer months of the year. In other words, several local artist could open their studios to the public as a form of 'studio hop'. Unrepresented artist may benefit because it would allow them to potentially build a collector base within their local community. Gallery represented artists may benefit as well... while also informing the public about the gallery they are involved with (keep the gallery in the loop). Obviously a Studio Hop works best if the participating artists are located within easy walking or driving distance. I think we should explore this topic further. [...]

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Let's Have an Ar(t)gument: A rant about art framing and professional framers

A high quality frame can be just as distracting as a low quality frame. For example, some viewers may loathe gold frames -- others may dislike black frames. As Carolyn Henderson recently suggested on FineArtViews, it doesn't matter how great the quality of the frame is at that point. If someone is turned off by the frame -- he or she is turned off by the frame. Period. Yet professional framers continue to snap about how artists should fork over hundreds of dollars for a quality frame. It's time for an ar(t)gument, my friends! [...]

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Art Talk on the Edge: Interview with artist Frantisek Strouhal


Artist Frantisek Strouhal was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia. Frantisek's work explores the harmony between the spiritual and the physical world. The images I viewed offer a haunting sense of loss -- yet there is a peaceful quality under the surface. Frantisek's surrealistic approach can only be described as psychologically engaging. In other words, his work forces one to ponder about the deeper meaning of life. I recently caught up with Frantisek in order to learn more about his life and art. [...]

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Art Talk on the Edge: Interview with artist Seth Benzel


Artist Seth Benzel utilizes various painting and mixed media techniques in order to create awe-inspiring abstract paintings. I find the energetic quality of Seth Benzel's paintings to be most intriguing. Each painting offers a bombardment of visual information -- a swirl of possibilities that beckon viewers to build upon their own interpretations. Seth has established a connection with great art movements of the past... all while breaking ground in the present. I recently caught up with Seth in order to learn more about his art and life. [...]

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Concerning Dreams, Sacrifice and Dedication

I've experienced my fair share of people telling me what I can't do. I've experienced every form of 'you can't earn a living from art' that you can think of. Yet I do. I'm one of the few people earning a living from blogging about art. I keep a roof over my head doing something that I love to do -- I worked hard, sacrificed relationships (sometimes unintentionally), missed out on some of the social life that others experienced when I was younger... all to get to where I am today. I'd do it ALL again! That is dedication, folks. [...]

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Be Selective about the Images you Choose to Promote

Clint Watson, Founder of FASO, once noted that he observes far too many blog posts that are clearly written just to write something. In other words, some bloggers end up posting content that really doesn't say anything meaningful -- they are posting just to have something to post. Clint implied that it's best not to post if you really don't have anything meaningful to offer your followers. He said, "If you, as an artist, blog, it's OK if you don't have anything to say. When you don't have anything to say... don't. When you do have something, by all means, share it. But, relax, you don't have to force it." I think the same mentality can be applied when an artist uploads images online. You need to be selective about the images you choose to promote. [...]

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Art Talk on the Edge: Interview with artist Greg LaRock


Artist Greg LaRock notes that he has a passion for capturing the ever-changing light and beauty of outdoor scenes. Greg's paintings offer a powerful blend of bold expression and realistic qualities. The strength of Greg's work is found in his intriguing use of light, brushwork and willful experimentation. I recently caught up with Greg in order to learn more about his life and art. [...]

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Let's Have an Ar(t)gument: Should you pay for art or exhibit reviews?

I lost an art coach friend recently. Why? Simple. I had said in passing -- to an artist on Facebook -- that I don't think an artist should pay art writers for reviews or features. My art coach friend was upset when he observed my response. Long story short, he felt I had insulted his business model. It was as if I had tainted his 'bread and butter'. With the damage already done... I figured I might as well slice it with an Ar(t)gument. [...]

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