The 2019 Jump Start Your Art series features workshops, panel discussions and artist presentations on topics as diverse as motivation and creativity; using Photoshop Elements to optimize your art images; how to find ideal grants and residencies; and ways to market your art using social media. Please join us for 1 or more of these exciting events!

Optimizing Images using Photoshop Elements
July 2019

Motivation & Creativity
Sun Oct 20, 2019, 1-3pm

Marketing Your Art
Sun Oct 27, 2019, 1-3pm

Residencies & Grants
Sun Nov 17, 2019.

A Presentation by Christine Ivers.

How to create the best images of your artwork for juried exhibitions, portfolio usage, websites, social media posts, etc. (This event has already occurred.)

with David Dunlop
Sunday October 20, 2019, 1pm-3pm

Highly regarded artist, art historian and teacher, David Dunlop, will help you with methods to stoke your motivation and creativity; offer tips to deal with creative block and rejection; explain how to develop a discipline and schedule for doing your work; and talk about how to embrace the experience of creating art to the fullest. (This event has already occurred.)

with Camilla Cook
Sunday October 27, 2019, 1pm-3pm

A thoughtful, thorough and flexible approach to marketing will increase your exposure and opportunities in a crowded field. Camilla Cook will cover traditional channels and social media marketing tools; show you how to define your own personal criteria for success; explain how to set goals, develop a timetable, and check your progress periodically. (This event has already occurred.)

A Panel Discussion featuring Susan Newbold, Felicity Hogan, Hilda Demsky, Patricia Miranda & Alison Nicholls
Sunday November 17
1pm – 3.30pm

Our panel of artists and experts will talk about how to find suitable residencies & grants; tips to help you stand out from the crowd in the application process; and how residencies and grants can build your resume, deepen your skills and broaden your artistic vision.


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Panelists and Speakers

Christine IversChristine Ivers
Part 1: Optimizing Images using Photoshop Elements
Christine attained a BFA in painting and two-dimensional design from Hartford Art School after which she worked in the advertising field and owned her own company. As a second career she returned to her love of painting and was drawn to pastel. She is the Past-President of the CT Pastel Society and a former member of PSA Board of Governors where she is a Master Pastelist and was inducted into the IAPS Master Circle of Pastelists. She is a current Vice President of the International Association of Pastel Societies and is affiliated with numerous pastel societies and art organizations. Her artwork has been described as vibrant and textural with dynamic light. She is known for what she calls her “NightScapes”, which contrast night’s darkness and glowing lights, and for her landscape paintings with their subtle play of colors filtered through nature’s atmosphere. Teaching is also part of Christine’s life and she dedicates herself to helping others hone their talents through their chosen medium. Christine developed the Photoshop Elements tutorial on image optimization for the CT Pastel Society and has presented it numerous times to various groups. Christine and her husband David live in Central Connecticut.

Camilla CookCamilla Cook
Part 3: Marketing your Art

Since the founding of her Artist Consultancy in 2007, Camilla Cook has drawn on a
19 year background in arts administration to support the needs of individual artists. She
has provided strategies, including marketing, PR and social media efforts, to empower 180+
artists to advance their careers and achieve their professional goals. Cook understands the challenges visual artists face, and brings perspective that stems from past positions at The Neuberger Museum of Art, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, SM Home Gallery, and The Silvermine Arts Center. She holds a BA and MA in Art History, has moderated panels and lectured on many art-related topics, served as juror of art competitions, and curated several well-received exhibitions in the region.
She feels lucky to collaborate with creative thinkers on a daily basis!

Patricia MirandaPatricia Miranda
Part 4: Residencies and Grants
Patricia Miranda is an artist, curator, and educator, using interdisciplinary projects to build connections between art, science, history and culture. She is founder of MAPSpace, a gallery and project space in Port Chester, NY. She has been Visiting Artist at Vermont Studio Center, the Heckscher Museum, and University of Utah; Visiting Lecturer at Purchase College SUNY, Kutztown University, WCC Peekskill Center for Digital Arts; and been awarded residencies at I-Park, Weir Farm, Julio Valdez Printmaking Studio, and Vermont Studio Center. She has received grants from ArtsWestchester/New York State Council on the Arts, and an NEA grant working with homeless youth. Miranda is the first Practitioner-in-Residence at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven, where she led the first study abroad program at the university’s campus in Prato, Italy in spring 2017. She is core faculty at New Hampshire Institute of Art’s low-residency MFA program, and teaches curatorial studies in the grad program at Western Colorado State Univeristy. She served as director and curator of the Gallery at Concordia College-NY from 2008-12. Miranda develops education programs for K-12, museums, and institutions, including Franklin Furnace, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Institution. She has exhibited at Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; the Cape Museum of Fine Art, Cape Cod MA; the Belvedere Museum, Vienna Austria; Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY; and Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY.

Hilda Green DemskyHilda Demsky
Part 4: Residencies and Grants
Hilda Demsky is a professional artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting & Design from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Hunter College of the City University of N.Y.  She has had numerous fellowships and art residencies throughout the world including a Fulbright Fellowship to The Netherlands and The National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship to paint in Italy. Other awards were the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship in memory of the teacher astronaut; The Andy Warhol Nature Preserve Residency in Montauk, NY; the Puffin Foundation for an art environment project; Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain; The White Artists Colony in Costa Rico; and The Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat in Ireland. These awards enabled her to focus her art on issues of environment, nature, the cosmos and the joy of expressing herself in paint. Some of her career highlights are an invitational exhibition in Mykonos, Greece focusing on the marine environment; a presentation of her environmental art at the Fulbright Conferences in Hungary and Morocco; and an exhibition of her paintings at the National Gallery in Costa Rica. For her exhibition at The Rye Arts Center in New York, the Westchester County Executive and the N.Y. Board of Legislators gave Proclamations to Hilda for calling attention to the plight of the polluted Long Island Sound. Some other exhibitions were The Westmoreland Museum of Contemporary Art in PA, Pleiades Gallery, Pen & Brush Gallery in New York City, The Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C., The Arts Center Gallery in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and the Saginaw Museum of Art in Michigan.

David DunlopDavid Dunlop
Part 2: Motivation and Creativity

David Dunlop is a highly regarded US artist, art historian and teacher who has lectured
at many institutions throughout the country including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His
paintings have been shown internationally and are held in numerous corporate collections
which include IBM, Aetna Insurance, Citibank and Delta Airlines. In his art he uses techniques of the old masters as well as contemporary methods which bring a wealth of information, tips, and insights to all of his programs and workshops.
David has an enthusiastic, inspiring and informative presentation style, sharing his wide
knowledge and passion for art and art history in a warm and engaging manner.

Susan NewboldSusan Newbold
Part 4: Residencies and Grants
Susan Newbold received a BA in Studio Art from Principia College and an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College. Her final project, an artist book, was acquired by The Chicago Institute of Art.  She is also a graduate of the Post Bac program of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA.  She has been awarded four fellowships to work in France by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and The MD Institute of Art.  Additional residencies have been at the New Pacific Studios in New Zealand, VT Studio Center, and the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, ME.  She is a member of and shows regularly at City Gallery, New Haven, CT and Silvermine Art Guild, New Canaan, CT. Her work is often a journey in organic line and color. This line often confronts the rooted and the displaced, the spiritual and the material.  Drawing, painting, bookmaking and printmaking are the vocabulary used to describe this artistic journey. Color and black and white are equally interesting to the artist and often there is a combination of both. The result is often one of surprises.

Alison-NichollsAlison Nicholls
Part 4: Residencies and Grants
Alison Nicholls is an artist inspired by Africa. She lived in Botswana and Zimbabwe for several years and returns to Africa on a regular basis to sketch in the field, work with conservation organizations, and lead Art Safaris for Africa Geographic. She was awarded the 5th Artists For Conservation Flag Expedition Grant, which she used to visit Painted Dog Conservation in Zimbabwe for 6 weeks, spending her time sketching, painting and tracking highly endangered African wild dogs. This experience was so rewarding that she approached another conservation organization, African People & Wildlife (APW) in Tanzania, with a similar proposal, creating her own unique residency program. She visited APW 3 times in 4 years between 2001-2014, spending 2 weeks on each occasion, and has just returned from her 4th visit in June.

Felicity HoganFelicity Hogan
Part 4: Residencies and Grants
Born in the United Kingdom, Felicity Hogan was originally trained as an artist. Since residing in the United States she has expanded her skills to arts administration and curating with over 20 years experience in commercial, alternative and non-profit spaces. Currently, Ms Hogan is Director of NYFA Learning at New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), providing professional development for artists and arts administrators. Programs include NYFA’s Artist as Entrepreneur focusing on the business side of the creative practice, one-on-one consultations for artists and other topic based workshops, in person and online. Felicity leads NYFA’s Emerging Leaders Boot Camp program that offers leadership skills to 100 NYC arts administrators since 2013. NYFA Learning also provides the Immigrant Artist Program (IAP) including the Con Edison Immigrant Artist Newsletter, IAP Resource Directory, and direct support through IAP’s Mentoring Program that pairs immigrant artists with artist mentors. In 2018, the program has expanded nationwide in Newark, Detroit, San Antonio, and Oakland. Through her work with immigrant artists she was selected to into Coro NY’s Immigrant Civic Leadership Program (ICLP) in 2015 and also into NAMAC’s Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations (2011). Ms. Hogan served as Executive Director of Artists Alliance, Inc., a non-profit organization whose programs include a residency program and exhibition space, Cuchifritos located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. (2008-11). She is also a member of the Curatorial Advisory Board at EFA Project Space where she participated in the inaugural Shift Residency in 2010. Felicity is committed to the arts community through numerous activities at institutions in New York and nationwide, including her presence on advisory boards, selection panels, lectures, workshops, and visiting guest critic. In 2017, she was a featured presenter at Oklahoma Arts Conference, True North organized by Oklahoma Arts Council. 

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Mamaroneck Artists Guild programs are made possible by ArtsWestchester with support from Westchester County Government.

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