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Five Rivers Arts Alliance Members Meeting-February 26, 2013 at the Frontier Cafe- 6 pm

| February 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Five Rivers Arts Alliance is happy to present itʼs first of the year 2013, Member Meeting-

“Marketing, Murals, and More”

for the cultural community. The public is invited to the Frontier Cafe at Fort Andross, Brunswick at 6:00pm on February 26th, 2013.

 

Members of Five Rivers Arts Alliance are admitted free and non-members will be a $10 admission. Francine Shrock, colorist, painter, and mural artist and community activist will be the guest speaker. She will offer her insights of art marketing.

“If you’ve ever wondered why your art isn’t selling….this is for you. This presentation will address key points in selling your art. Some of the points can be easily overlooked or thought of as not important…Guess what? It’s all important.

I’ve boiled it down to 7 key elements. If you expect to make money from your art to support your art, then this talk will address that for you. It will address the pure creative process blended with plain facts about marketing and support.

Some artists feel they don’t have enough opportunities, money, or self esteem to market, show or sell their art. I’m here to say the opportunities for all of the above are like trying to take a sip off a fire hose.

It’s simply a shift in perception. That is the intent of this talk; to get you thinking differently about the “how” of marketing yourself and your art. How you can easily take the right actions that will forward you on your path. AND it can be fun.”

Ms. Shrock will also be addressing her mural work- The Big Picture Project, an incentive to include murals in hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities. Explanation of the mural in assisted living facilities has been a highlight of her career.

She features her mural created at the Fallbrook Woods Assisted Living Facility at a youtube site-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuHWLJfgSgc and will discuss the challenges and the rewards that are encompassed with such a project.

Following the presentation Five Rivers will be reviewing the past year, summarizing finances, events and looking forward to upcoming events, reaching out for new ideas and member comments.

 

Five Rivers Arts Alliance Members Meeting-February 26, 2013 at the Frontier Cafe- 6 pm

 

Five Rivers Members Meeting – July 31

| July 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

 July 31st- 5pm- Frontier Cafe

Please join us for a presentation from Susan Weems regarding Brunswick Public Art.

Presentation will be followed by a frank presentation and discussion of the Five Rivers Alliance team about the present and the future of our arts organization.

Engage in a focused discussion of successes and upcoming events and possibilities.
Please call the office to make your reservation 798-6964 or email your reservation to 5riversartsalliance@gmail.com.

Let us know how many in your party and if they are or are not members.

We look forward to seeing you and hearing your thoughts.

Members- free admission, Non-members- $10. donation

Will We See You There?

| March 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

FIVE RIVERS ARTS ALLIANCE

in partnership with
Women, Work & Community
presents

‘IS ART YOUR BUSINESS ?’

Building the business side of your art.

Tuesday March 6, 5pm
The Frontier Cafe, 14 Maine Street, Brunswick

Join Five Rivers Arts Alliance members and Creative Community Members for a mini skill-building workshop.
You will learn about the major elements of the business plan, and
the many resources available to help you succeed in seeing your art through a business lens.

All creative entrepreneurs are welcome!

For more information or to register: team 5raa@5raa.org or 798.6964

Free for 5RAA members. A donation of $5 per person for community members is requested to benefit the Five Rivers Arts Alliance.

This workshop is funded in part from a grant from the Maine Women’s Fund.

 

March 6, 2012- Tuesday Night – 5RAA Members Meeting

| March 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

5RAA Members Meeting -You Won’t Want to Miss It!

| February 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

Five Rivers Arts Alliance Meeting-February 8, 2012, 5-6:30PM @Frontier Cafe, Brunswick.

 

Please join us this Wednesday evening, February 8, 2012- 5-6:30PM,at Frontier Cafe, Fort Andross, Brunswick.

We have lots of news to share at this Wednesday’s meeting. Join us to be the first to:

- hear about the 2012 Calendar of Events

- meet the new Event Coordinators for Artwalk Bath and Artwalk Brunswick.

- learn about the new opportunities for artists and sponsors alike for greater community exposure.

- get an introduction to the new website, with a new calendar, members’ area, easier navigation and a more user friendly interface for visitors.

There are also new benefits for membership that you will want to be the first to hear about.

We look forward to seeing you this Wednesday evening.

You can even make a full evening out of it. Stay for dinner at the Frontier and the live music that will be starting immediately following our 5RAA Creative Community Meeting.

See you Wednesday.

~the 5RAA Team

p.s. With Frontier’s new setup, they no longer service food inside the theater.

Our New Face

| February 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

February is usually a time to catch your breath, pick up a good book and curl in front of a fire with a glass or mug. At Five Rivers we have been doing anything but catching our breath. Our volunteers have been working daily to bring you new approaches, a new website and new

iideas to the Midcoast region. We kick off these ideas and efforts with an open and free meeting on Feb 8 at the Frontier Cafe, Fort Andross,at 5:00. All are welcome to attend.

In addition to information about our new structure, Art Walks and our new website, we will be presenting our need for volunteers. We have strong support currently for our activities and projects. We have lots of great ideas regarding where to take Five Rivers in the Future but we are realistically aware that these ideas take the efforts of many for success. Please consider choosing a topic and helping Five Rivers with a particular project.

Volunteer projects range from assistance for publicity in artwalks, helping in the office with vital records, membership, tech assistance with projects such as Pecha Kucha, and many more diverse jobs. We are happily aware that we have a diverse group of members and know that your individual skills are considerable and impressive. An hour or two a month would make a huge difference to how many projects we undertake and benefit from. Currently there is no end to our ideas so we need you to be part of the team in this exciting time.

Begin your involvement by attending Wednesday’s meeting at Frontier. See our changes and then see our coordinators on how you can be a part of this great organization. See you there! If you can’t come check in soon to see our changes.

 

Five Rivers Arts Alliance Introduces New Structure, New Opportunities/ Benefits & a New Website.

| January 20, 2012 | 0 Comments


Five Rivers Arts Alliance will be introducing their new team, & structure along with the launch of their new website at their first meeting of 2012, to be held on February 8 at 5:00pm, at the Frontier, Fort Andross, Brunswick.

In an effort to better serve the creative community and those who support it, Five Rivers Art Alliance, has recommitted itself to strong community connections and service in promoting the arts.

Plans are in place to offer members additional benefits and greater exposure. The new website will have a section exclusive to members, where they will be able to research opportunities and upcoming events to participate in,  & network with other members, as well as training tools for get their art in front of the public.

The primary function of the organization and the website will continue to be “Connecting Regional Arts, Culture and Heritage with the Community”. Community events, including the ArtWalks, Festivals, Gallery Openings and Receptions will all continue to be listed at the website, with easy access for the public.

At the meeting we will also be discussing, opportunities for community participation in bringing greater focus to the creative community and all the area has to offer.

We invite all to join us on February 8th, 5:00pm at the Frontier to learn more about our Vision for the Future of Five Rivers Arts Alliance for 2012 and beyond. We encourage your input and look forward to your support.

October 3. Member Meeting “Preparing for Pecha Kucha Night”

| September 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

“Preparing for Pecha Kucha Night” is the subject of October 3 Member Meeting at 6pm at Frontier, 14 Maine St, Brunswick.  Image: Ed McCartan presenting at Pecha Kucha Brunswick. Photo by Keith Spiro.

The evening will feature Pecha Kucha presenters Ed McCartan, Jean Maginnis and others, who will offer tips for creating and presenting at Pecha Kucha.  McCartan is a visual artist who has participated in several Pecha Kucha Nights in Maine.  Jean Maginnis is Director of Maine Center for Creativity, in Portland. Best known for its international Art All Around™ design competition, Maine Center for Creativity is an advocate for Maine innovation and creativity.  The meeting is free for Five Rivers Members, $5 for others. To reserve a seat contact Five Rivers at 798-6964, info@fiveriversartsalliance.org.

Pecha Kucha Nights are fast-paced and enlightening evenings which feature ten presentations by artists, entrepreneurs, and individuals talking about their art and ideas.  The presentation format is 20 slides, each presented for 20 seconds, with presenter having six minutes and forty seconds to talk.  The form levels the playing field for presenters and offers the audience a stimulating evening.  Started in 2003 by Klein Dytham Architects.  Pecha Kucha Nights were established in Maine in 2007 by the Maine Center for Creativity in partnership with Architalx, Portland Society of Architects and University of Maine-Augusta Architectural Program and are now held in seven Maine communities.

Individuals interested in learning more about Pecha Kucha and how to prepare one should attend to hear tips from these successful presenters.  Five Rivers Arts Alliance will hold the next Pecha Kucha Night in Brunswick on November 7 at Frontier in Brunswick and there is still time to apply for inclusion in that evening’s program. 

Five Rivers Arts Alliance Members Meetings are held with support of Women Work & Community and Frontier.

Check back for information about the November 7 Pecha Kucha Brunswick night.

Call at 798-6964 or email at info@fiveriversartsalliance.org to confirm details and reserve a seat Five Rivers Member Meetings are generally held on Monday evenings at Frontier Café, Cinema + Gallery, 14 Maine St, Brunswick. They are free to Five Rivers members; $5 for general public. Reservations are recommended. To reserve a seat email Five Rivers atinfo@fiveriversartsalliance.org.

May 23- Members Meeting- “Meeting Your Public-”

| May 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

Offline Relationship Building-Tightening the Bond- Best Practices for Artwalks, Shows, etc.

April 18- Members Meeting- “Community Building with your Customers and Prospects-

| March 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Social Media- Blogging, Facebook Updates, Twitter Updates

March 7-Members Meeting- “Getting Found – Search Engines, Keywords, Directories, Mobile”.

| February 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

2011 Creative Communities Meetings

| January 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Five Rivers Arts Alliance will hold meetings in 2011 beginning on January 24, 6pm at Frontier, 14 Maine St, Brunswick.

  • March 7-Members Meeting- ”Getting Found - Search Engines, Keywords, Directories, Mobile“.
  • March 21- Pecha Kucha Night-Submit your work to participate. Details on Opportunities page
  • April 18- Members Meeting- ”Community Building with your Customers and Prospects- Social Media- Blogging, Facebook Updates, Twitter Updates”
  • May 23- Members Meeting- “Meeting Your Public- Offline Relationship Building-Tightening the Bond- Best Practices for Artwalks, Shows, etc. “

Previous Events:

Feb 2nd Workshop: Focusing Your Message with Joan Carney

5:30-7:30pm at Bayview Gallery, 58 Maine St. Brunswick


While getting your message out to your market is critical for your business, and the technology of the internet certainly gets more eyeballs on what your company has to offer, that is only a part of what is needed to  grow your business.
Connecting with your visitors and turning them into customers is critical to growing your business..  

You could have the very best product or service,  but without the ability to resonate with your prospects and move them to action, it isvery difficult to make a sale.
A message focused for your ideal customer,  one that clearly expressesthat you have what they need or desire,will help you bring more sales into your business.
Join us February 2, 2011 at 5:30pm to learn:

  1. how to create and fine tune your message, so it will resonate with your ideal customers
  2. find the exact words they use when looking for what you have and what to do with them.
  3. gain an understanding of the tools available to determine how you can get found online.
  4. Create your core message that you can use over and over again for:
  •   -a tagline on you website,
  • -your 30 second elevator speech to use when asked “So what do you do?
  •  - on your business card
  • - on your social media accounts.
  • - expand on for  your “About” page
  • - for your interacting with visitors, prospects and customers both in person, and online.
  • - and more.

The tools that are now available on the internet are great; however without a message that ‘sings’ and connects with your ideal customers, one that you can use both on and off line,it will be much more difficult to build the relationships youneed, for greater sales.
Making a sale is still about interacting with the prospect and converting them into a customer. Speaking the same language makes it a whole lot easier.

This one time worshop is $20 for Five Rivers members, $25 for nonmembers. To sign up, call:             207-798-6964       or email at info@fiveriversartsalliance.org.

Jan 24: “Marketing Frameworks – for Artisans, Solo Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners”

Bringing It All Together. Many new online tools have become mainstream over the past few years, with updates arriving weekly, and often daily.  New fang-dangled tools are great and setting up accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, You Tube and more is all well and good-but then what? How do you use them to market your business? How do you use them to make money?

Whether you are:

  • an artist looking to support your lifestyle by selling your art.
  • solo entrepreneur with a wellness business
  • a small main street business owner looking to draw more customers through your doors

being on line is a must.

However, having a website and/or a Facebook account is just not enough. Knowing why and what to do with them is priceless.

Join us, January 24, 2011, for the first of a series of presentations and workshops, to learn how on and offline marketing fits together, what tools service what purpose, how to prioritize your efforts and more.
Joan Carney, of Fresh View Inc., coaches artisans, solo entrepreneurs and small business owners on strategic planning and implementing. She helps them layout and implement a framework  for incorporating systems & best practices, newly learned & adopted skill sets & habits to best leverage their strengths and grow their business.

Feb 2nd Workshop: Focusing Your Message with Joan Carney

| January 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

5:30-7:30pm at Bayview Gallery, 58 Maine St. Brunswick


While getting your message out to your market is critical for your business, and the technology of the internet certainly gets more eyeballs on what your company has to offer, that is only a part of what is needed to  grow your business.
Connecting with your visitors and turning them into customers is critical to growing your business..  

You could have the very best product or service,  but without the ability to resonate with your prospects and move them to action, it isvery difficult to make a sale.
A message focused for your ideal customer,  one that clearly expressesthat you have what they need or desire,will help you bring more sales into your business.
Join us February 2, 2011 at 5:30pm to learn:

  1. how to create and fine tune your message, so it will resonate with your ideal customers
  2. find the exact words they use when looking for what you have and what to do with them.
  3. gain an understanding of the tools available to determine how you can get found online.
  4. Create your core message that you can use over and over again for:
  •   -a tagline on you website,
  • -your 30 second elevator speech to use when asked “So what do you do?
  •  - on your business card
  • - on your social media accounts.
  • - expand on for  your “About” page
  • - for your interacting with visitors, prospects and customers both in person, and online.
  • - and more.

The tools that are now available on the internet are great; however without a message that ‘sings’ and connects with your ideal customers, one that you can use both on and off line,it will be much more difficult to build the relationships youneed, for greater sales.
Making a sale is still about interacting with the prospect and converting them into a customer. Speaking the same language makes it a whole lot easier.

This one time worshop is $20 for Five Rivers members, $25 for nonmembers. To sign up, call: 207-798-6964 or email at info@fiveriversartsalliance.org.

Jan 24: “Marketing Frameworks – for Artisans, Solo Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners”

| January 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

Bringing It All Together. Many new online tools have become mainstream over the past few years, with updates arriving weekly, and often daily.  New fang-dangled tools are great and setting up accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, You Tube and more is all well and good-but then what? How do you use them to market your business? How do you use them to make money?

Whether you are:

  • an artist looking to support your lifestyle by selling your art.
  • solo entrepreneur with a wellness business
  • a small main street business owner looking to draw more customers through your doors

being on line is a must.

However, having a website and/or a Facebook account is just not enough. Knowing why and what to do with them is priceless.

Join us, January 24, 2011, for the first of a series of presentations and workshops, to learn how on and offline marketing fits together, what tools service what purpose, how to prioritize your efforts and more.
Joan Carney, of Fresh View Inc., coaches artisans, solo entrepreneurs and small business owners on strategic planning and implementing. She helps them layout and implement a framework  for incorporating systems & best practices, newly learned & adopted skill sets & habits to best leverage their strengths and grow their business.

May 10 Member Meeting: “How to Succeed at Outdoor Art Shows”

| April 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

-with Biff Higgison and Kennebec Art Club

Outdoor Art Shows and Craft Shows are to be found all summer and fall across Maine (and across the country). On May 10, Five Rivers presented “How to Succeed at Outdoor Art Shows with presentations by Biff (Peyton) Higgison and Tory Jackson and Connie Bailey, representatives of the Kennebec Art Club. Image: Biff (Peyton) Higgison.

Biff Higgison described his 30+ years of selling his work at outdoor shows, and actually got his first experience helping his mother sell her artwork at exhibits. He attended MECA (then Portland School of Art) and sold abstract prints at art shows when he was in college.  He has also shown extensively at galleries, but now works primarily at outdoor shows, making art, plans and applications in the winter months.

 

Consuelo G. Bailey and Tory Jackson of Kennebec Art Club presented with additional insiights and tips for exhibiting and for Maine shows.  Bailey also invited participants to the Saturday, May 15, 2010 Photographer’s Talk & People’s Choice Award winner at the Topsham Public Library “Joy of the Lens” exhibit, which she curated. The event is 11am – 12 noon and the drawing for the Topsham Public Library Friends Photo Lottery. Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd, Topsham. Details: http://www.friendstopshamlibrary.org/JoyoftheLens.php

The Kennebec Art Club is a non-profit organization representing more than 40 artists in the MidCoast region of Maine.  The Club meets monthly, holds a number of exhibits, and sponsors the annual Art in the Park during Heritage Days in Bath.

Comments:

  • Make your tent into a gallery-professional racks, rug, signage are all very important.  Some people bring battery-powered lights.
  • Weather! One must be prepared for rain, wind, sun. Buy a quality tent. Zip up flies are better than tie-offs (and help keep secure at night by using zip ties to secure zipper handles). Corkscrew stakes work very well for tie-downs.  If ground is wet, protect your visitors and your art with rubber maps and/or carpet.
  • Constantly learn new things and develop your art.  Connie spoke of learning paper batik and Biff commented that his painting style continues to evolve.
  • Quality prints are an essential part of a successful sales strategy.
  • Paper collateral pieces(brochures, postcards) are important for people to take home.  Higgison and Bailey have each sold over phone or web after the ourdoor show.

This talk was presented by Five Rivers Arts Alliance with support of Women, Work & Community. If you are a Five Rivers member and would like a list of Maine Art shows and comments, please email us atinfo@fiveriversartsalliance.org.

Wrap-up of April 12: “Guerrilla Marketing” with Karen Dominguez-Brann

| March 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

We called it Guerrilla Marketing but a better title would have been her own: “Vision Logic: Marketing your Art.” Image: Karen Domiguez-Brann.

Karen presented her 8-point plan (you can find it at www.kdb-visionlogic.blogspot.com for marketing your art, beginning with defining your art, vision and market.  The core of Karen’s practice is to use Free social media tools in a planned and coherent manner to promote her work, ideas and events. This entails Blog, email blast and Facebook updates to maximize visibility and set off viral marketing that reaches more and more folks as it reaches friends of friends….

For skeptics-Karen indicated that one blog she has been writing blog for 3 years. One blog, for a North Carolina fabric store (Mary Jos: http://maryjoscloth-design.blogspot.com/) has received 124,000 readers in one year and her blog posts and design website are often findable on page one of Google searches (eg: Maine encaustic artist).

Blog posts are generally both personal and informative (it is important to not just self-promoting) with links to additional information sources. An example-her article on her own encaustic work sites Jasper Johns and Miranda Lake, and these links help raise visibility of it. She also emphasized that accurate, reliable information, pertinent information, the “context of content” are all-important for achieving Google visibility.

A few tips:

  1. “You only have one chance to make a first impression.”
  2. Karen adds widgets to her blogs. One tracks where visitors are coming from
  3. Think of a blog as “building a place for yourself on the web”
  4. Give space to others on your blog-with links back to your site or blog.
  5. Art Hooligans-group of artists and craftpeople that held Art Rave last December meets weekly to talk art and marketing.
  6. Postcard or business card/leave behind should have great art, your name, phone, web or blog address
  7. Make blog posts visual and short.
  8. You can do this.

Next Month: Five Rivers Member Meeting will be “How to Succeed at Ourtdoor Art Shows” with Peyton Higgison and Kennebec Art Club representative: May 10, 6pm at Frontier, Brunswick.  Details coming to:www.fiveriversartsalliance.org

This presentation is designed for artists and is presented by Five Rivers Arts Alliance with support of Women, Work & Community. This meeting is free to Five Rivers members and $5 for general public. Reservations are recommended. To reserve a seat email Five Rivers at info@fiveriversartsalliance.org. 

March 22: Maine Arts Commission Listening Tour.

| March 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Thank you Donna McNeil and Darrell Bulmer for beginning the Maine Arts Commission Listening Tour in Brunswick.

The Maine Arts Commission is conducting a series of statewide meetings this year in order to gather information and feedback that will allow the agency to refine its services to the field. These meetings will provide the people of Maine a chance to give their input on the future direction of the Maine Arts Commission.

Maine Arts Commission Director Donna McNeil and Communication Associate Darrell Bulmer will attend numerous meetings around Maine to engage artists and community members in an open dialogue about the agency’s offerings.

The meetings are open for all interested parties to attend and will concentrate on two main aspects of information gathering; namely, gathering feedback on the services and programs that the Maine Arts Commission currently provides, and gathering input on what the agency may not currently offer but could potentially do so in the future. These meetings will provide a two-way conversation where attendees can express their views on the Maine Arts Commission to ensure that the agency continues to provide the most relevant services to their constituents. The conversations will also afford those who are not so familiar with the agency’s offerings a chance to learn more about what is currently available.

In addition, Five Rivers has asked tow state agencies to offer a brief outline of their services for artists.  Check back for additional details

January 25: E-Commerce: mainecreates.com

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Presenter: Matt Zito of mainecreates.com presented.

Nov 2: “Artful Marketing” with Nanette Giacoma

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In this talk, Nannette discussed what is marketing and what in the heck are the four “Ps”. She touched on why artists need a marketing plan and review an outline for the basic components of a plan.

Nanette Giacoma is the owner of New Moon Rising Coaching, LLC is a business coaching practice that helps artists, creative enterprises and small businesses succeed using Whole Business PracticesSM, a creative approach that looks holistically at both the people and the business, to achieve sustainable growth and profitability.

This Five Rivers Member Meeting is Monday, November 2 at 6p.m. at Frontier Café, Cinema + Gallery, 14 Maine St, Brunswick. This meeting is free to Five Rivers members; $5 for general public. Reservations are recommended. To reserve a seat email Five Rivers at info@fiveriversartsalliance.org.