Studio Time

•September 17, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Increasingly, I am finding that I enjoy and crave my studio time more than I enjoy the chaos of festival prep, set up and vendor drama. Don’t get me wrong, I love people and talking about my art and, of course, selling my art but the allure of getting lost in my work in my own little space has become a definite need for me. I am finding that I have less patience for the taxing little issues with displays and the tent and weather. Every booth space is different and every display brings its own troubling headaches.  It is never “done” or over or resolved because there is always something to improve or adapt to make easier or to stream-line.  A tent display is ever-changing so therefore is never easy. Then there is the weather. Weather is the wild card always. There are never any guarantees when doing an outdoor festival largely do to the weather of the day. The effort involved in preparing and packing and setting up and taking down an entire display for an art festival is a lot of work. It is therapeutic to commiserate with other artists about this because those of us who do it very much have a lot to say on the subject.

I can’t ignore the positives or the pros of selling art from a tent in a festival though; the lovely, appreciative customers, the happy festive environment and the interaction with other artists are very rewarding. Still, my favorite part about being an artist is working in my quiet little studio, coaxing ideas into reality and though I must sell my work to be able to continue to do what I do, I believe all success starts with the simple, basic passion of your craft. Because nothing authentic can come without that quiet beginning. And so it goes.

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2018 Studio Sale

•May 8, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Come join me in my studio and enjoy relaxed browsing of my extraordinary, mixed media earrings plus rare dicounts on select earrings, see what new pieces I’m working on and meet my 3 special guests! You may find a gift for yourself or for your mother for MOTHER’S DAY.🌹 There will be wine, Massage, lovely herbal items to savor and share and quality art for that perfect place on your wall or mantle. PLUS, a percentage of everything you buy will go to The

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Success and Rejection

•January 31, 2018 • 4 Comments

This morning I was notified that I have been accepted into the WEARABLE ART FAIR in Philadelphia, PA. This will be a new venue for me and after many rejections from various art festivals over the last year, I am both surprised and delighted. I applied to this show because, well, I make art that is wearable, ha, ha! (I like to think so anyway). Listen, It’s hard to be confident in this business and I just want to say to other artists that failure is part of the art gig and I will never lie about all of my rejections and failures. Rejections don’t define the artist or the art and if they don’t make you give up they can make you stronger (you know what they say about what doesn’t kill you?). Art is subjective. Stephen King said that when he received his first rejection letter from a publisher he rejoiced and stuck it on a nail and said, “Now I’m a real writer!” And of course he went on to publish eventually (big time). Being a festival/gallery/online artist is not for sissies; if you get too confident you will fall, if you lack too much self-confidence you will not excel. Your spine must be strong and skin thick. It’s that fine balance of putting yourself out there and working hard to preserve the integrity of your creative process.  Alone time working and also marketing yourself are two very contrasting skills and many artists struggle to do both well.  I’m sure there are more rejections ahead of me but I guess my attitude is to just keep on doing what I do and the little successes that happen are that much more rewarding because I will know how hard I’ve worked for them and how I  was able to navigate the negative land minds of my mind.

“An artist is not a special kind of person; rather each person is a special kind of artist.” ~Ananda Coomaraswany

Soldier on my friends.

https://www.annmbeckartist.com/

Wild & Free Exhibition 

•October 10, 2017 • 1 Comment

Honored to have this opportunity to share my work! 
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My New Online Shop Is Up!

•June 3, 2017 • 1 Comment

This is not at all how I saw myself selling my work 5 years ago.  I resisted the idea of selling my art work online.  I love interacting with people and most of my sales were from festivals and galleries.  It is still unknown how successful this venture will turn out to be but I am hopeful. Because my artwork is wearable I do have an advantage, however because it is jewelry, I get lost in the google sea!  I am still working on my SEO (Search Engine Optimizer) but it’s a learning process for me.  Finding key words that will help customers locate me in a sea of competition is really difficult!  Honestly, I am learning so much that I had no idea there was to know about the internet.  I started with “unique earrings” as a key word (we can give Google up to 5 key short descriptions or words for the SEO).  Apparently “unique earrings” is not a good key word according to SEO analytics given through my website provider, neither is fun earrings or funky or hip or super cool.  In my frustration I resorted to cool fucking earrings.  Apparently that was only slightly better. So establishing an online presence is not easy  but there is more than one way to do this which I am learning. It seems where the internet is concerned there is always more than one way to accomplish something.

The truth is I have been having fun first designing my website and then adding the shop.  We will see how it goes.

Here is my online shop:

https://www.annmbeckartist.com/shop

The Stand

•February 8, 2017 • 1 Comment

No, this is not a political post but certainly I am finding some relief from the political chaos by spending time outdoors and focussing on its wonders. I say a little chant to myself regularly; Please let there be wilderness for my grandchildren,  please let there be untouched spaces,  great expanses of it! And then I go write a check to the Sierra Club! 

Next Event For Me In December

•October 6, 2016 • 1 Comment

I have just been informed that this year’s Holiday Boutique at Grounds For Thought Coffee Shop is a go! Very happy to be a part of it again this year on Saturday, December 10!  Artists will be set up from 10am-4pm and it already looks like customers will have some fantastic gift options; including jewelry, pottery, hand-made soaps, felted hats and more. I will be there with a LOT of my super light weight, paper earrings with heaps of size and shape options!!! This truly is a wonderful place to buy some really great gifts for people who appreciate quality and uniqueness.  Plus, you can sip on a great cup of coffee while you browse. 🙂

Thanks for shopping local!!!

 
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