Archive for the ‘Opportunities’ Category

Print on Demand

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

I  was curious with what has happened with Written Images, a print-on-demand, one-of-a-kind, individual book creation with a compilation of digital art randomly assembled through a computed generated algorithm when ordered. Wow that’s a mouthful!

Here’s the original concept that I first learned about on Trendhunter, which I love as a resource (in my sidebar). The artists have been selected through a juried process and the Written Images project has started their printing with start-up money through Kickstarter, a cool crowdsource funding site for artists. I’ve looked into it as well.

Written Images from d_effekt on Vimeo.

It’s a concept that I’m interested in as my company, Casart coverings does digital printing of custom wall covering as print-on-demand.

We’re getting ready to unveil some pretty cool concepts in new designs and a new Signature Color collection so stay tuned here via our press warehouse and you may want to fan and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Another high tech thing is Art in Design, a  Virtual Art Exhibit app, from VPAP (Virtual Public Art Project), which allows “University students to hold an art exhibit this week in a virtual realm through augmented reality.”

VPAP-Art-in-Design on Art is Everywhere

Art in Design App from VPAP

Here’s an artistic opportunity and call for artists announcement for the Festival of Arts in Wayne County, CA:

The Festival of the Arts is seeking proposals for 2011 public art competition for murals and sculptures. The prizes are $5,000 for best mural and $2,000 for best sculpture for the Festival of the Arts, successor to last year’s Festival of Murals. Mural proposals are due May 27 and sculpture proposals are due June 15.

And finally, brand new music, Supercolider, from Radiohead to Kick Start the Weekend:

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High School Mural Teaches More Than Creativity

Monday, April 11th, 2011

It’s interesting that I ran across this alert about a  high school mural painted by students and then a separate posting about how creativity, if taught in schools, also teaches critical thinking.

This mural was painted in the lobby of Grandview High School in Missouri by students on their own free time. The subjects relate to academics as well as culture and creativity. If you listen to the video link, you’ll see that the students involved received more than just a pat on the back for the finished product. They also gained self-confidence through the creative process of creating and then painting the mural.

Grandview-high-school-mural_via Fox News, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Grandview-high-school-mural2_via Fox News, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

On a side note, this is the very first mural that I painted, I’m guessing when I was about seven years old. I’m the one in the pig-tails (at the time). I keep this photo in my Art Portfolio so my prospective clients can see that I got an early start to my painterly profession.

First Mural by Ashley Spencer via Art Is Everywhere

First Mural painted by Ashley Spencer and fellow students @ STM

The clarinet in the high school mural reminds me of the wonderful one painted on the side of the hotel in New Orleans that I posted a while back.

Clarinet Mural Full View -- Holiday Day Inn Hotel, New Orleans, seen on Art Is Everywhere

This article, Is our Education System Promoting Critical Thinking, Creativity, Innovation in Students in IPP Media as sourced from The Guardian caught my attention when it suggests that if creativity was encouraged as a method of teaching, then it could help promote “growth and sustainable development” through the process of critical thinking that leads to innovation and expression.

I’ve been having many discussions with my younger son about the importance of traditional education.  I’m accepting of a creative and experiential method but I also believe that this can be instituted within traditional learning — if taught and encouraged by the teacher and applied by the student. There has to be production and or an assessment of the outcome of these efforts so there can be review of knowledge gained and progression of performance.  My son and I are in agreement that it does him well to learn the value of working within the “real world” or a while so he can better appreciate his education. He’ll have to be pretty “creative” however in how he’s gonna get that job.

Great-Park-call-for-artists on Art Is Everywhere

Here’s an opportunity for artists as mentioned on The Daily Pilot — a worldwide competition to select artists of multiple fields to provide ideas and artistic labor to for Great Park in Irvine, Orange County, CA. The prize is free studio space in exchange for ideas and work within this “living park”:

[Four] Artists will be considered from anywhere in the world and from all artistic backgrounds — visual and performing arts, architecture and design, film and cinematography, literature and poetry and others. They can apply through Friday at the park’s website,

The artist will be given a $7,500, six-month stipend paid from the Great Park’s Arts, Culture and Heritage $850,000 annual budget.

In exchange, the artists will hold open studio hours in which they will interact with the public and host workshops, seminars and lectures, Korn said.

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Illustrated Murals

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Who says murals have to be painted? I’m an illustrator first and a muralist second (because great murals come from the foundation of drawing), so I really found these illustrated murals by Charlotte Mann really exceptional and very inspirational. I’d like to know her process because executing them with a black marker means no mess ups. I wonder if she had a layout before starting? I love their doodle-like-detail. They almost make the “real” look unreal. This would be my dream-day-job to do this all day long. It reminds me of when I did do this all day long when I was younger.

1_Charlotte-Mann via, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

All Charlotte Mann photos via

Charlotte-Mann via, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Charlotte-Mann via, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Charlotte-Mann via, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Charlotte-Mann via, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Here’s a great picture to show how this type of illustrated mural work complements interior design.

Charlotte-Mann via, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Koikoikoi the Visual Arts Magazine, by the way — where I found these murals — is a fabulous find for illustrated inspiration. It’s now up on my sidebar. They also like fish, it seems.

A few more opportunistic mentions, if you’re a muralist, you may want to consider having these calls for action on your radar:

1) The Neighborhood Grant Program in Baltimore announces new grants for murals:

The Neighborhood Grant Program will award $500 to $1,000 grants for special events, such as street festivals, flea markets, health fairs and block parties. Events eligible must be between May 1 and Nov. 30. Grants of between $2,500 to $10,000 will go toward the mural and garden projects.

2) MuralsDC is looking for new spaces on which to paint and they are asking businesses to submit their properties by April 15th  as possibilities for their mural work. Here’s a previous post that I wrote about MuralsDC.

3) There is also a call for murals under the overpass in Mansfield,  MA.

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A Million Little Pictures

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Is an idea that came out of The Sketchbook Project, which has already passed the deadline in which to become involved (November 15th 2010). It’s a program where anyone can sign up to receive a sketchbook, where they sketch daily for a certain time period and then submit their drawings to be a part of a traveling art show. The exhibit starts touring in Brooklyn on February 19 and then continues around the country into the summer. This is a similar idea to Urban Sketchers but it is open to all and features and exhibition more than a community.

The Sketchbook_Project as seen on Art Is Everywhere

A Million Little Pictures is the same premise by the same organizers but instead uses photos from a disposable camera, which is sent upon signing up. Pictures are taken daily and then submitted. Anyone can enter and everyone is guaranteed at least one submission in a traveling photo exhibit. Act fast, as the deadline is March 31st and then the Photomobile exhibition starts traveling in the fall! I’ve added these two links to my blogroll, in case you want to check back on their sites for updates.

A Million Little Pictures as seen on Art Is Everywhere

A few more artistic opportunities, include Brooklyn Art Project is open to all artists of all nationalities to download and color this graphic below (at their link provided). Fold it and take creative pictures with it. Submission deadline is May 5, 2011. The most creative 100 selected by the staff will be published on a website.

Brooklyn-Art-Project, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Finally, submissions for the Cleveland Arts Prize have already passed in December but stay tuned for their announcement of the four winners, who will be awarded cash prizes of $5,000 each for their submissions in either: literature, visual arts, design, and music and dance. The awards gala is Tuesday, June 28th at The Cleveland Museum of Art.

Cleveland Arts Project as seen on Art is Everywhere

The Public Art Network is also a resourceful place to check for ongoing public art opportunities.

Public-Arts-Network, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

For a little different type of music to Kick-Start you Weekend, here’s some interactive music by Play the Music at the G-Shock event in Madrid in September 2010. If you view all their videos, you’ll see that they are all interactively made with light from a flashlight pointing on selected images to creat the music.

G-Shock_Building Music by Play the Music, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

G-Shock by Play the Music. Links to video

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Painting Winter Woods

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

If you’re stuck inside, with all this winter snow, this step-by-step process of how to paint snow in the winter woods is a great instructional exercise to pass the time using pastel painting with watercolors. I’ve never used the two together and this was highly informative — particularly for achieving that translucent hue of snow. How do you paint white with color? It’s perplexing but Christine Kane on Art Instruction Blog makes it look easy. See how she goes from this reference photo to her final painting.

ChristineKane_deep_snow1b on Art Is Everywhere

Christine Kane Reference Photos via Art Blog Instruction

Christine_Kane_snow-underdrawing on Art Is Everywhere

Christine Kane snow underdrawing

Christine_Kane_final_snow-painting on Art is Everywhere

Christine Kane final snow painting

One Tree Hill by U2 seems a good way to Kick Start the weekend early and in hopes that 2011 gets off to a good start.

Here’s something to start off your new year — an announcement from the Colorado Creative Industries for artists to submit ideas for a public art project for the new Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center in Denver, Colorado. The budget is 1.6 million and the deadline is January 20, 2011. Click this link to get more info and to get started brainstorming.

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Fall 2010 Art & Exhibit Roundup

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

It will be hard to remember amidst all the upcoming holiday activities but here is the latest roundup of exhibitions to keep your eye on and hopefully attend this fall. These are just three that I’ve parceled out from an ongoing list previously mentioned (still time to catch a couple through Jan 2).

1) Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey — National Building Museum until January 9

  • Featuring many of Palladio’s drawings and pairing them with American examples that used the style of his architecture, like The White House, for instance. In fact there so much of his Classical ideas pervade the great buildings of American Architecture that it’s easy to forget the origin. Thomas Jefferson, among many forward thinkers and builders during his time, brought Palladio’s influence to University of Virginia and Monticello
  • Andrea Palladio’s Influential Architecture, Washington Post article for further explanation
  • I’ve been stuck on Palladio ever since I learned about his work in Art History classes and then was able to tour the actual Italian Villas in the Veneto with my husband during our honeymoon. This exhibit will have special significance to me.

Palladio-Drawings_AIE, via Washington Post, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

2) Artisphere on Wilson Blvd. in Rosslyn, VA — new arts venue with ongoing events.

  • One stop shop for theater, visual arts media, cultural center, and music

AIE_Artisphere on Art Is Everywhere

3) Oklahoma at the newly restructured Arena Stage — Ist play since the new construction playing through December 26.

  • I’m not a big musical fan but this play is one of my favorites. I learned all the songs when I first saw it as a young girl and it still makes me happy. The production is not your usual take on Oklahoma, however, since there is a mixed cultural cast, which might surprise your expectations if you didn’t know in advance. Nothing wrong with mixing it up a bit but this is a classic musical. Some things, like the Wizard of Oz for instance do not well when they are not changed. I’m sure the actors’ talent will make it interesting to see as will the Frichlander Theater in the round.
  • I cannot wait to see this newly constructed venue. I received some of my first experience in decorative painting when I worked as an intern on the set design at the Arena Stage’s Main Avenue location. This is bigger and better and there are three stages included in the Meade Center for American Theater. It’s the largest performance venue in DC since The Kennedy Center. It officially opens to the public on October 23…mark your calendars and click here to plan your visit.
  • Finally, my son Piers’ employer this summer, Clark Construction, built this theater and he’s already been inside. Lucky duck. He said it was pretty breathtaking.
  • The Post did a really great interactive and comprehensive online article on the Arena here.
Arena-Stage_WP, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Arena Stage Overview. Credit Wilson Andrews and Alberto Cuadra / The Washington Post

Here are some pictures for your visual interest but be sure to go to their website and photo tour to view more.

Arena-Stage as seen on Art is Everywhere

Arena-stage-inside, as seen on Art is Everywhere

Arena-snowmaggeddon2010_AIE, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

4) Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef at the National Museum of Natural History, through April 24, 2011

  • It’s hard to believe that his coral reef is crocheted out of yarn. I’ll have to go see it myself. What an unusual thing, combining soft sculpture, marine biology and mathematical science.
  • Be sure to view the TED lecture by Margaret Wertheim at this link and learn about how she and her sister Christine, with many help of others filled a 3,000 space with crocheted reef creations as tall as five feet. Interestingly enough, the only way to model such real sea creatures and their hyperbolic geometry and amorphous is with crochet, surprisingly. She describes the math correlation very well and I found it pretty fascinating. See for yourself.

Crochet Coral Reef via National Museum of Natural History, seen on Art Is Everywhere

If you’re into Techno and I’m usually not, then you’ll like this choice. I can actually deal with this mix, Hold On with Amber Coffman, but I chose it for the performance. It’s pretty amazing what a following this DJ, Rusko has, coming to America out of UK to a music hall near you. He’ll be in DC on Oct. 24th. It’s a good song to Kick-Start the Weekend, starting early this week. This regular post is moving to Thursdays.

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Summer into Fall

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Before I begin this post there are two important announcements:

1) There are just 5 more days to vote for DC’s best undiscovered artist in the Washington Post’s contest, Real Art D.C. — until Oct, 22nd. Vote here.

2) I’ll be posting two posts a week instead of three, at least temporarily — until I can get some help. I’m having to devote more of my time to Casart coverings. We already have an updated website, which I’ve been vigilantly coordinating and just working out a few browser glitches on certain pages. I have to take over much of the marketing responsibilities while my sister, business partner and Marketing Coordinator is under watchful medical attention during her pregnancy with her third child. If anyone wants to contact me about a possible part-time job, we have to fill her position pretty quickly and looking for means to do it.

I’ll be keeping Monday Mural postings and moving Kick-start-the-weekend posts from Friday to Thursday. Who says you can’t start the weekend early?! This drops Wednesday, for now, which is probably my most read day, but it may be back after the new year. It’s not for lack of material, that’s for sure, but lack of time. This will reduce my blog writing load from four posts a week, with Slipcovers for your walls (casartblog) to three.  Even with this, I still need to duplicate myself…. Magicians wanted.

Summer is over officially but the weather is still waffling between 70+ and 60 degrees, so it feels like nature is having a hard time deciding.

I thought this mini mural of a strategically-placed and painted beach crab would be perfect to recognize the end of summer. I think it’s really creative and a clever use of camouflage, using what could otherwise have been unsightly.

Beach crab mini mural, as seen on Art is Everywhere

Mini Beach Crab mural, strategically painted. Courtesy the Umpqua Post

This gorgeous Texas A&M Coastal Mural is another to say goodbye to summer — for now.

12 x 23 ft mural by Houston artist Dixie Friend Gay in the Coastal Studies Building, as seen on ArtIsEverywhere

12 x 23 ft mural by Houston artist Dixie Friend Gay in the Coastal Studies Building

And here’s one to herald in fall with all the gorgeous leaves that are starting to change color.

Clicking the photo link will take you to a series of eight larger-than-life pictures of murals painted in Philadelphia, “the City of Murals.” I’m devoting a full post to this someday, I promise….but this is a good place to start for information.

Autumn mural by David Quinn as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Autumn mural by David Quinn, courtesy npr

And where are you going to find murals of both land and sea creatures, perhaps symbolically representative, in this case, of fall and summer? There’s a mural program that was started in April of last year to help 7th Street, a somewhat downtrodden area in Dallas. These seem to add vibrancy.

AIE_Dallas-mural-project via Dallas News, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

7th Street Mural Project via Dallas News

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Atelier Oi’s Art Forms

Monday, October 11th, 2010

After all of my interior design oriented posts last week, I thought I’d feature this picture on the cover of Interior Design Magazine. They describe it as “art forms,” which I agree but it also looks to me like a three-dimensional, hanging-from-the-ceiling mural that is fully integrated and actually “makes” the entire fantasy space. I find this enchanting. There’s more to the story here. This looks like such a happy place that I’m fully expecting fairies to go filtering across. I love the play with proportion.

InteriorDesignMag-cover as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Here are more designs by the Switzerland firm Atelier Oi and their new headquarters in La Neuveville.

v301070_958_480_319-23_Stylepark, as seen on Art is Everywhere

Moitel, Atelier Oi's headquarters. Photos courtesy Stylepark

Atelier Oi team_Stylepark, as seen on Art is Everywhere

Atelier Oi team via Stylepark

Dress your body building in Cormondrèche; on Art Is Everywhere

Dress your body building in Cormondrèche; photo by Yves André via Stylepark

Look how different this building can look depending on the lighting and the angle.

Dress your body building at night via Stylepark, as seen on ArtIsEverywhere

Dress your body building at night via Stylepark

More fabulous lighting fixtures.

Les Danseuses on Stylepark, as seen on ArtIsEverywhere

Les Danseuses on Stylepark

And when winter is upon us, just think of this shade umbrella.

atelier-oi-pavallion_via, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Atelier Oi Pavallion via

Before I get blown away by more of their designs, let’s get back to murals. There is a hanging mural contest going on by Condé Systems.  Click here for the details with chances to win an iPad and $200 – $100 in Condé Systems account credit.

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The Big Draw

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

This post started with an old story that I had saved regarding Coloring Outside the Curriculum from the Washington Post and I thought it would be timely to post since my husband and I just made that long, arduous 22 hour, round-trip drive to Sewanee again to drop our youngest son, Jackson, at school — this time college. I’ve got studying and the powers of observation on my mind and since he’s an artsy guy, creative learning outside the lines (in a safe way) is perfect for all ages. (Clicking on the Post link below will bring you to the story and the video worth viewing. It’s really great to see how the kids became fully engaged when drawing.)

Turns out that this event mentioned in the Post is not related to the one that is originally an international one, occurring month-long every October throughout London and Great Britain. This year is the 10th anniversary through the Campaign for Drawing Organization. The Campaign took its inspiration from Victorian writer and artist, John Ruskin and pairs different academic fields, like science with drawing projects and venues. You can organize your own event but it hasn’t really taken off in the States yet, except New York and perhaps one at one of the Smithsonian Museums in DC. This would be a great opportunity for some industrious person to do.

The Big Draw on Art Is Everywhere

In looking over these websites, I realized that organize must be spelled with a “s” in Britain. Something I didn’t know. Also, I offered this idea as a possible solution to one of DC’s blank walls in this post on  Greater, Greater Washington. Coincidentally, the Duke Street Pedestrian Concourse that is mentioned is a bit personal to me.

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Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

I love to sketch and I do draw a lot of artwork for my business. I just haven’t had the time to do a lot of sketching lately. Ideally, I should be doing at least one sketch a day. I was inspired to get back into it and while on vacation when I saw the blog Urban Sketchers. This is fantastic! It’s not just urban sites but sketches of all different locations, for example: a view of the cabin while seated inside an airplane, people at a concert, landscapes and buildings and the First International Portland Urban Sketchers Symposium (I’m glad to know about this).

In airplane to Portland by Kumi Matsukawa, via Urban Sketchers, seen on Art Is Everywhere

In airplane to Portland by Kumi Matsukawa, via Urban Sketchers

Sketching Sohren by RobCarey, via Urban Sketchers, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Sketching Sohren by RobCarey, via Urban Sketchers

Individual artists posts their entries with their sketches. This DeBarge Music entry, “The first thing I notice about classical music is the second it starts playing, everyone falls asleep,”  about attending a concert by Tommy Kane cracked me up, because it’s so true — what I notice when I’m not falling asleep myself. Of course sketching those who are listening/falling asleep will keep you awake.

audienceLO by TommyKane, via Urban Sketchers, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

audienceLO by TommyKane, via Urban Sketchers

And these miniature oil painting/ sketches in London by Adebanji Alade are pretty exquisite.

Adebanji Alade, London, oil sketches, via Urban Sketchers, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Adebanji Alade, London, oil sketches, via Urban Sketchers

Adebanji Alade, London, oil sketches, via Urban Sketchers, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Adebanji Alade, London, oil sketches, via Urban Sketchers

This is from the About page:

This blog features sketches and often equally colorful stories behind the scenes by 100 invited artists correspondents in more than 30 countries around the world. Some are architects and illustrators, others are graphic designers, web developers, painters or educators, all sharing the same passion for drawing on location.

This is one for my blogroll. I’m off to go sketch now…

If you’re looking to make a sketchbook or a book journal, Roz Stendahl tells you how on the Paper Choice post on Roz Wound Up. Also a member of the Urban Sketchers, btw.

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