Friday, December 31, 2010

Today

Well today marks the last day of Capescapes Jewelry, LLC.  The costs of renewing an LLC in MA is over $500 a year - more than it costs an incorporated business to renew - and it has been a major struggle to do that.  Last year, I would have turned a small profit for my business if not for the LLC renewal.

How LLC's are handled in MA speaks volumes about how little this state seems to care about small businesses.  The point behind an LLC was to offer a legal business registration that would be available for single owner businesses that was not suppose to be as cost prohibitive as incorporating.  It is suppose to protect a small business owner and their personal assets if something goes wrong with the business - like a law suite by a customer.  I understand now why so many artists in this state have never gone this route and have instead remain DBAs (Doing Business As) and risk the IRS auditing them because what they do is a "hobby".

My accountant was one of the few Republicans voted into office here in MA this last election as our local representative to the state legislature.  I hope he remembers his promise to me to address this issue.  We need to do everything possible to help small businesses right now and how LLC renewals are handled - including a $20 fee for submitting your renewal paperless!  I just learned that in VT, to renew your LLC it costs a total of $20!  Something is not right with this picture my friends of the Commonwealth!
I will continue to use this blog to inform and comment on working artists and on subjects like metal clay, and jewelry making as I will still continue my art work - but now it will only be for myself, friends and family as gifts.  Maybe some day I will return to being a working artist because I would love to make at least part of my living by doing something I love.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tuesday Talk with The President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities

On October 20, in honor of Arts and Humanities month, the White House's "Tuesday Talk" featured a live discussion with members of The President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.  The members involved were Tuesday Talk with The President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities visual artist Chuck Close, ballet dancer Damian Woetzel, and co-chairs Margo Lion and George Stevens, Jr..  I tuned in for the last half hour and knew I had to go back and watch the video of the discussion.  The White House and Americans for the Arts spent several days soliciting questions as well as taking questions live from FB which the members spent almost an hour answering with some great ideas and examples of several programs currently in place that they believe should be modeled across the country.

One of the common themes were programs that use working artists, who do not necessarily have teaching degrees, to bring arts back into the schools.  In addition,they talked several times about how artists are great for the economy.  Chuck stated that artists are "shovel ready" and if given a small amount of stimulus money can make huge impacts in the economy and education.  Also, they pointed out how by moving artists into economically challenges areas, these areas typically become socially and economically revitalized.  Margo, tying these two concepts together - arts in the school and economic growth -  discussed how with students exposed to the arts you get better prepared workers who think out side of the box, know how to think critically and how to pose questions.

I LOVED one of the question posed that the issue was not "getting students to think outside of the box, but rather outside of the oval" (the concept of breaking the tie of teaching to the testing).  Chuck said the arts is the antidote to this idea that has taken over education.  Kids are learning to think more critically and teachers are revitalized in their teaching.

The discussion was so informative and thought provoking.  I encourage you to watch the video (tried to embed the video but could not so just click here to go to the web site).  The web site does allow you to jump to different questions to see just that part of the video; however, if you can take the 45 mins to watch, please do.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Part 2 of Joanne's post of artist resumes

She really does a great step by step on creating a resume for artists - order, content, and editing.  Her post offers great tips for mid-career artists needing to cut down and clean up their resumes.  Lose the non-major stuff (your show at the senior center 20 years ago probably can come off your resume now).  Her recommendation is to leave that for your CV.  Even if you are not an artist or you are but are also working in a non-artist job too (and so many of us are), her tips can be useful.  So go check her post out Joanne Mattera's Marketing Mondays and then go see the rest of her blog too while you are there - great stuff and very cool art!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Wanted to share this interesting post

Joanne Mattera, who is an artist and writes an awesome blog for working artists - including marketing tips every Monday - is writing a 2 part piece on the differences for artists of a resume, cv and biography.  It has great thoughts and tips for all of us, not just working artists.  Go check her post out at http://joannemattera.blogspot.com/2010/10/marketing-mondays-cv-vs-resume-vs-bio.html
This is one of Joanne's pieces on display at the Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Some new earrings

I made these earrings  for my best friend whose oldest daughter I wrote about over a year ago (click HERE to read the blog post). 
These are post-backed puzzle piece earrings to go with the pin I designed called Trying to Fit In.  I used the dangling puzzle piece in the pin design as the template for these earrings - yet as a stand alone jewelry piece they remind one a little bit of the blue colored symbol for "Autism Speaks" as Asperger's is part of the Autism spectrum.
This is made from PMC silver and the posts are sterling silver that I did depletion gilding on.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Second Week in September Designated "Arts in Education Week"

This is a news release from Americans for the Arts. Get the word out to teachers and artists who might be able to offer their services to schools whose arts programs have been drastically been cut.

July 27, 2010—Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.Con.Res. 275, legislation designating the second week of September as "Arts in Education Week." Authored and introduced by California Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), this resolution is the first Congressional expression of support celebrating all the disciplines comprising arts education. This is a very positive showing of support for arts education and comes at a key time when Congress is making plans to overhaul federal education policy.


The resolution seeks to support the attributes of arts education that are recognized as instrumental to developing a well-rounded education such as creativity, imagination, and cross-cultural understanding. H.Con.Res. 275 also highlights the critical link between those skills and preparing our children for gaining a competitive edge in the global economy. This is an important message for policy makers to acknowledge as they prepare to reauthorize federal education policy. To send a message to your member of Congress in support for arts education, please visit our E-Advocacy Center.


As a House resolution, the bill does not require signature by the President upon its passage. You can read the resolution here.


Americans for the Arts is planning an Arts Education Blog Salon for the celebratory week. The Americans for the Arts Action Fund’s 50 States 50 Days initiative will also be a way underway during this time. Resources on the Arts Action Fund website help arts advocates to use their arts institutions at home to convey their message about the arts in a setting that reinforces themes of economic development; jobs in the arts; arts education; and partnerships between artists, institutions, and local policymakers.


We realize that September 12 is right around the corner, so please get the word out to make the first Arts in Education Week a successful one!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Important survey for MA Artists - please respond and pass on!

I just received this via MAASH and I think its important to make artists aware and get them involved in advocating for the arts.  The survey takes less then 10 mins. to do and asks some great questions involved with arts, education and other needs for artists and art organizations.

- Gale

Please help us strengthen arts and culture in Massachusetts by filling out this brief survey. It should take no more than 10 minutes. You are also welcome to forward this survey to friends and colleagues.
http://www.tbf.org/SelectSurvey/TakeSurvey.asp?SurveyID=7LJ684435n31G
Our state's arts and cultural life has never been so important. Arts and cultural organizations educate our children, fuel our economy and give us precious moments of beauty, insight and community. To assure that our arts and cultural life remains vibrant and productive, the Boston Foundation and the board of MAASH (Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Science and Humanities) have joined with cultural leaders and interested residents across our state to describe and develop a strong and sustainable advocacy organization. Your views about what statewide arts and cultural advocacy should look like in Massachusetts is very important to the future vitality of the state's arts and cultural life.


Thank you for your time and attention to this brief survey. We look forward to your response. We will release our findings in the fall.


Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO, The Boston Foundation


Celeste Wilson, Chair of the Board, MAASH

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Grants, Fellowships, Residencies for Artists, Writers, Composers, Filmmakers and Performing Artists: Mira's List

Check out Mira's great blog Mira's List if you are looking for money to support your artistic work (artists of ALL kinds). This particular post of hers links to another blog site where Mira's earlier posting about finding money for your dreams is referenced and linked to. Check it out!
Grants, Fellowships, Residencies for Artists, Writers, Composers, Filmmakers and Performing Artists: Mira's List

-Gale

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Quick post - Check out my other blog

So I decided after my last blog was such a mix of stuff that I needed a blog for that stuff and keep this blog for its original intention - my jewelry creations, trying to be a working artist, and legal stuff related to artists.  My new blog which covers all my other interests and just random thoughts is Dreams on the Coast. 

I will continue to do my monthly or more posts to this site with information on being a working artist and my work in PMC and jewelry.  I hope you go check out my other site and leave comments - we love comments!

Gale R

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Stuff . . .

I don't have much to write so I thought I would just share some of my latest things - this is both jewelry and hand crafted cards.  Let the craft speak for themselves:

sea foam earrings


vintage floral button earrings
(made from an impression of a lovely floral button I found)

Butterflies on the beach
(I have shown this before - but I do LOVE this pendent
and the saphire in the bail.  This can be used
as a pearl enhancer too)

Speaking of Butterflies . . .




A card I made for a card challenge where everything had to be stamped - no purchased embellishments allowed

This was a card I made for a stamping friend in NZ who was in the middle of a hot summer at the time.  I was so happy with the way it turned out.




Made this card for my god-daughter's birthday. She is a teenager now and I wanted a card to reflect her maturity (FYI - this is my GD with Aspergers and I am SO PROUD to tell you all she was accepted into the summer program at Tufts Veterinarian School.  Very tough as they only allow in a small amount of non-MA students!)

Well that's all I have to share with you right now.  Maybe something here will inspire you to create something in your medium of choice.  Happy creating!

- Gale


Friday, March 26, 2010

Arts in Education call to action

Taking my post today straight from an email a received from Americans for the Arts Action Fund. 

"Arts education advocacy has had an exciting few weeks in Washington! Several times this month leaders in Congress expressed concern and raised questions about the future of arts education with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Secretary Duncan has appeared before several Congressional committees to speak about education funding and federal reform efforts. We need to build on this momentum by raising these concerns in the broader public forum, like your local newspapers."


"The questions to Secretary Duncan come at a critical time for arts education: The president's budget proposal calls for the federal arts education program to be consolidated with non-arts-specific education programs; Secretary Duncan has introduced a "blueprint" for reauthorizing education policy and has released new federal grants to spur reforms. However, all around the country, including in Massachusetts, we see arts education being challenged, reduced, and in many cases, being dropped from local school budgets."

"In the past few weeks on Capitol Hill:

House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt (D-SC), based on questions posed by arts education leaders in his congressional district, asked Secretary Duncan about whether the arts were being put on the 'backburner.'"

"Senate Education Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) said that, 'Not every kid's brain is wired for math and science and engineering...some are more artistic, more creative, in music and in the arts...' and questioned Secretary Duncan about how arts education will be supported within the White House's new education 'blueprint.'"

"House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-WI) during the Secretary's testimony on his FY 2011 budget request brought up his personal interest in music and how providing the arts in schools can help keep students who might drop out otherwise engaged."


"Secretary Arne Duncan responded each time that he has consistently heard about the "narrowing of the curriculum" during his trips around the country and how that the Administration is committed to strengthening arts education opportunities in the future."


"Americans for the Arts is preparing a major effort this year to support arts education in upcoming education reform initiatives and funding. As part of our outreach timeline, we ask that you take action now by taking two minutes to visit our E-Advocacy Center and send a customizable letter to your local news outlets supporting arts education both in your community and at the federal level."

"Next on the calendar is National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC on April 13, where we will be calling on arts education advocates from around the country to contact their members of Congress on these very same issues."

"Help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today -- it's free and simple."

Me again: If you do send a letter - Send it directly from your own email and really heavy duty customize it as I know our local "rag" (The Cape Cod Times) won't publish a letter if there is even a hint that it is auto generated (well that is unless its a Republican or Tea Party auto generated letter - then that is different).
 
- Gale
 
PS: Sorry for the gap in posting.  Tax time drains my creative process every year.  Am committed to more posting going forward so check back.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

What you can do for Haiti - completely off Blog topic

You can text donations for Haiti relief from your cell phone. In addition to your donation amount, standard text messaging fees will apply.  This list came from the CNN web site and were vetted  . . .

YĆ©le Haiti: Text YELE to 501501 ($5 donation)

United Way: Text HAITI to 864833 ($5 donation)

Intl Medical Corps: Text HAITI to 85944 ($10 donation)

World Food Program: Text: FRIENDS to 90999 ($5 donation)

UN Foundation: Text CERF to 90999 ($5 donation)

Clinton Foundation: Text HAITI to 20222 ($10 donation)

Compassion Intl: Text DISASTER to 85944 ($10 donation)

Intl Rescue Committee Text: HAITI to 25383 ($5 donation)

The Salvation Army: Text HAITI to 52000 ($10 donation)

Red Cross: Text HAITI to 90999 ($10 donation)

From Canada:

Salvation Army in Canada: Text HAITI to 45678 ($5 donation)


From the United Kingdom:

Disasters Emergency Committee: Text GIVE to 70077 (£5 Pounds)

From France:

French Red Cross: Text HAITI to 80222 (1 Euro)