Friday, November 30, 2007

Cannery gets ready for next show

This is going to be an AWESOME show!

As you may know, Vint Falken and I are the curators for a Second Life photography art show called "A Different Light". We've been accepting submissions for a few weeks, and last night we went through the submissions. So many people submitted such outstanding work, it made it VERY difficult to decide. It took us hours longer than I expected. In the end, we chose 10 pictures for each theme, and 10 pictures from each featured artists.

The featured artists are:
  • Andromega Volare
  • Isolde Flamand
  • Kimberly Mirabeau
  • Marianne McCann
  • Mylena Aquitaine

The artists participating in the themes are:
  • Codebastard Redgrave
  • GM Nikolaidis
  • Jazss Saiman
  • Kim Dench
  • Loki Popinjay
  • Luna Zolnir
  • Raul Crimson
  • Ryker Beck
  • Shoshana Epsilon
  • Stephen Venkman
  • Vint Falken

I can't tell you which pieces were chosen. You'll have to come to the show to see them. But, with a list like this, it's going to be a show to remember!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

RL Art Sold!


I just returned from a very pleasant weekend at a small convention called "Darkover Grand Council". This convention is held near Baltimore, MD. I'd been trying to get in touch with the convention organizers to see if I could show my pieces from Flickr. I brought the art even though I didn't hear anything. They let me show them and amazingly, two of the pieces sold! (See pictures below.)

I learned a couple of things. This may not work in your neighborhood, but give it a try. Before you tey to sell any of your own art, you should go to a local convention and see how this works in your area. Here's what I learned.
  1. Frame your pieces, or at least mat them. Try to do it yourself, because you are unlikely to recoup your costs if you have Kinkos do it.
  2. Wrap them in bubble wrap or other packing material. It's nice if you can give the purchaser the packing material.
  3. Sign all pieces on the front, either right or left side. (I signed using my avatar name.)
  4. Name the pieces. "Snapshot_001" won't get you any points.
  5. Figure out how many copies of this piece you are planning on making. Keep the number low. (I should have had mine at 10.) Number them, ie, 1/10. I was advised to put the number on the opposite side of the signature.
  6. Figure out how much you will sell each piece for. You may need to wait until you get there to determine the price, to see how much other pieces are selling for, but you need to know how much you need to make.
  7. Bring a list with the titles of each piece.
  8. Each art show is different -- some require advance registration, some accept walk-in artists. Some will send everything to auction, even if it only has one bid. Some shows will wait until there are 3 or even 5 bids on it.
  9. Keep track of your pieces. Which ones sold? If, for instance, you say you will sell 10 copies of this piece, and you sell 1/10 (#1 out of a set of 10 that you plan to create), then you need to keep track of that number, so you never sell #1 again!
All in all, I had a wonderful time. I got lots of encouragement and suggestions. I'm hooked. I will definitely do this again.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Tyffany Flintoff is back in the world ...
watch out world! She's on a rampage with Lindens to spend and vengeance in her heart. (She'll be shopping with a vengeance.)

SL Photography submissions are coming in for the Cannery Gallery show "A Different Light". If you haven't submitted your work yet, please do! The artist agreement is at the bottom of this blog. Send me questions. Vint Falken and I are co-curating this show.

Our last show was quite successful and I thoroughly enjoyed working with all the artists involved. We made a RL book out of the art involved in the show. Our sponsor gave us 75,000 L to distribute to the highest award winners. Wow! That's like ... real money! Hopefully, you've seen the top winner: Mia Olivier White Cyber Angel. It's a lovely composition and quite popular with the attendees!

That's all I have for now. Perhaps I'll blog again next week.

-- Shoshana

Friday, November 16, 2007

My First Blog Post

Many friends have suggested that I start a blog. Why, I ask? Who cares what I think? I don't know ... perhaps someone wants to know what I'm thinking. If no one reads it, no one will be harmed by it.

I am heavily involved in Second Life. If you haven't been there, you should check it out: This is NOT a game. If you want to "win" something, you will be sadly disappointed. (Games *do* exist there, but the world itself if not a game.) Second Life is an awesome world where you can be creative and see things you never could have seen in Real Life (abbreviated RL by afficiandos).

In Second Life (SL), I have many activities. Primarily, I am a Mentor, a photographer, and a curator. As time goes on, I'll discuss these activities in more detail. Suffice it to say that I am happily occupied all the time there.

That's all I'll write for now. Thank you!

-- Shoshana