Make Art Your Business: Articulating Your Artist Message

What: Make Art Your Business: Articulating Your Artist Message

When: Tuesday, June 24, 6–7:30pm

Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)

How Much: Free for SF Open Studios artists, ArtSpan members and SOMArts artists. $10 suggested donation from the general public, no one turned away, click here to register

While many artists take the view that their work should “speak for itself”, the reality is that many viewers– the general public, curators, gallery owners and jurors– may have no clue as to what your art is all about. Many of us are not good at “blowing our own horn” or explaining what exactly drives us to express ourselves in the way we do, and why.

This talk will give you clear, simple steps to make the process easier for you. You will learn how to overcome the fear that many of us have in public speaking, not only to a larger audience but even speaking to a person one-on-one.

Putting your thoughts together is literally as simple as 1,2,3 and you will get several tips which will help you memorize what you want to say. Most importantly, you will learn when enough is enough and when to say no more!

About the Presenter:
Jerry Barnes has been a Presentation Specialist and Systems Trainer for Kaiser Permanente for more than 20 years. He is a past member of Toastmasters International and the National Speakers Association. Just recently retired, Jerry has returned to making art after an absence of many years, and made his debut in last year’s SF Open Studios. Originally from Ireland, Jerry currently resides in Sacramento with his partner Bob and dog, MissT.

About the Workshop Series:
ArtSpan presents monthly 90-minute workshops designed to sharpen business and financial literacy for professional artists, prepare artists for exhibiting work inside and outside the studio, and encourage community between fellow artists and the public. Through these community events ArtSpan creates a platform for artists to thrive, fostering a Bay Area that values the arts.

The Make Art Your Business series is presented at SOMArts through participation in the Affordable Space Program, which provides below-market rental space, production and publicity assistance to nonprofit organizations. For more information visit our rentals page.