(Dignidad Rebelde activist printmakers/mixed media artists)

The ProArts Gallery of the East Bay Area is putting out a call for entry for artists in the Greater Bay Area. I believe “Greater” being a loose term for most places in Northern California. If you go to their Call for Entry page you can get the info and applications for their latest annual events. Check out the ProArts site and and see what they are all about. They might be something you are interested in participating in. Here are some or the artists that caught my eye while browsing their members:

(Anthony Holdsworth painter)

Here is what they are saying about one of their events:

Show your art to the largest and most diverse art audience in the region. The Directory of East Bay Arts and East Bay OPEN STUDIOS is a straightforward way for artists at any stage in their career to get their work seen by art patrons, curators, other artists, business leaders, community leaders, and art enthusiasts. After nearly 30 years, the annual East Bay Open Studios (EBOS) continues to bring visitors from all over the Bay Area to local artists’ studios for the opportunity to see the best art made in the East Bay today, likewise, the publication, Directory of East Bay Art extends the reach of the event and provides a year-long reference, a Who’s Who guide for artists.

(Christina Koci Hernandez Photographer)

Sonora Art Trails 2009!

Last night I went to a meeting for the 2009 Sonora Art Trails Open Studio Tour. Corey West and I were the only young voices in the group. With West already being an established artist in town my presence quickly became the focal point. The other artists were so excited to meet a young person interested in the arts! They wanted to know what they could do to get other young, energetic artists introduced into the local art scene. Unfortunately I didn’t have a whole lot of answers for them. We need to start making our presence known. The people want to see new ideas, new images, new blood!

The Sonora Art Trails is an annual event in May where several artist open their studios to the public. It is an event that is well publicized in the Central Valley and Bay Areas. Hundreds of people venture to our town to tour the studios buying artwork and swapping stories along the way. If you are reading this, you need to be involved. It is a great way to get your art in front of people from all over, not just the locals. I know what you are thinking, but you don’t need a studio to participate! All of the artists attending the meeting were anxious to help anyone who is just starting out, but there are only two artists allowed to a space. If you split a space you also split the registration fee!

If you are interested and want to know more, or think you know someone who wants to know more, please contact me or go to their site here. There is a registration fee and form that must be turned in before December 17th. That’s only two weeks away! The actual event in May 16th and 17th, 2009, but they need to know who is attending now to get your info in the pamphlets and and marketing materials. Please consider being a part of it. I am so tired of looking at the same old stuff.

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