Thank you so much for keeping up with my events and for all your support. February turned out to be a very busy and exciting month for me.
First, I found out that Blick Art Materials selected me to be their featured artist of the month for February on Facebook. It was quite an honor having them share my art work with all their fans on Facebook and Twitter and the icing on the cake was the $75 gift certificate I won for their store.
Then I found out that George Akel, founder of Mesh Magazine, wanted me to be the first featured artist interviewed for their new feature: Mesh Radio. It aired on their site Monday, Feb. 28th. It was a great interview, so be sure to swing by the site and take a listen.
A New Direction…
I also recently decided to make it official: I will be actively pursuing a career in children’s book illustrting. I’ve been doing my research and feel comfortable and confident that this would be a good market for my style of work. I am currently in the phase where I am designing promotional materials, creating a specific portfolio to submit to publishing houses, and scoping out funds & resources to make each strategic step a succesful one. Every painting I sell will help me reach my goal that much sooner so if you’ve ever considered investing in some local art, now is a better time than any. My originals are available on my Etsy.com store or if you prefer to buy prints, you can visit my Fine Art America Store.
Above is an example of a children’s book illustration volunteer project I did with Hands on Jacksonville. Click on the image to see the book in it’s entirety.
JAX ART HUNTS are still in full effect and the next one will be Saturday, March 19th. For more info on the JAX ART HUNTS, go to: ART HUNT?! What is that?!
and to see how I extended the JAX ART HUNT to include Salt Lake City, go to: Salt Lake City: My Trip in a Nutshell
March 2nd, 2011 First Wednesday Art Walk
April 6th, 2011 First Wednesday Art Walk I will be the featured artist at TAC Gallery, so this means…
Your are cordially invited to:
And finally, thank you to everyone for supporting our local art scene, whether it’s by purchasing art, going to art events, bringing new people to art events, or just by simply forwarding this email to someone who might find it interesting. Jacksonville’s art and culture scene is thriving but it has a long way to go. With the help of our local artists and with our awesome community we can raise it to the next level of AMAZING 🙂
With Much Love & Thanks!
Yvonne C. Lozano
I will have the following work on display for ARTwalk:
“Self Portrait: Glasses” 24″x36″ mixed media on canvas. This piece will be on display at TAC II Studios located at 229 N. Hogan.
The opening reception of GUESS WHO?! A Special Fundraiser, WAS on December 4th 2010 and the turnout and support were amazing! If you missed this special opportunity to help raise funds for local artists and TAC, be sure to stop by TAC II Studios at 229 N. Hogan for your last chance to catch the show, buy, & help support this special cause.
Just this ARTwalk alone, artists are responsible for:
- The Skyway Art Installations: Artists have joined together with JTA to include art installations at every Skyway stop. Not only will this help to make your commute a little brighter but it also raises awareness of our city’s Skyway service therefore increasing usage and hopefully one day expanding the service which will benefit the entire city by improving transportation and generating revenue.
- The Holiday Window Displays in Downtown. Again, not only does this make your walk along the streets of downtown a little brighter but it brings people to downtown, which in turn generates revenue for local businesses and in turn generates revenue for our city and keeps people employed and happy.
- And of course, just Art Walk in general brings thousands flocking the streets of our urban core to see hundreds of artists, thousands of pieces of art, and dozens of live performances by musicians, dancers, poets, and so on. Again, another example how artists share their time, talent, and resources to benefit our great city.
Many people don’t realize the amount of work, training, dedication and money that is involved in being an artist. One artist can spend hundreds to thousands of dollars just to create, frame, display, and market their art for an art show for the masses to enjoy, but the artist is often left holding the bill. As a community, we can change and empower our artists to become great, to prosper from the very gift that blesses so many, and to become successful at what they know how to do best: CREATE ART and in turn continue to generate the benefits our community receives from a thriving art scene such as:
- enliven communities
- inspire and enlighten people everyday
- create & maintain jobs
- increase tax revenue
- stimulate tourism and growth
So the answer to the previous question: Do you know what artists are doing to your city?! is: They are making your city a better place to live 🙂
Don’t miss out tomorrow, December 1st, 2010, for Downtown’s First Wednesday ARTwalk. Be sure to stop by either TAC location for our special GUESS WHO?! A fundraiser to benefit participating artists & TAC. and to raise awareness of the importance of artists in a community.
35 artists are participating in this event and over 300 entries have been submitted. All works are on paper, either approx. 4″x6″ for $20 or approx. 8″x10″ for $50. These will make perfect unique gifts that can fit in anyone’s price range. Each piece is done anonymously & signed on the back, the identity of the artist is kept secret till the purchase is made, hence the Guess Who?! part 🙂
Works will be available for sale during December 1st WEDNESDAY ARTwalk from 5P-9p (at both locations 31 W. Adams & 229 N. Hogan) or join us for the opening reception SATURDAY, December 4th from 6P-9P at TAC II Studios located at 229 N. Hogan.
THANK YOU TO ALL THE ARTISTS WHO CONTINUE TO PUSH THROUGH ALL THE OBSTACLES AND CONTINUE TO FIND WAYS TO CREATE AND TO ALL WHO HELP BRING AWARENESS & SUPPORT TO OUR THRIVING ART SCENE.