Day: May 17, 2022

How to Handle Expectations, Being Crazy, and Art Business Success

The truly creative person is one who can think crazy; such a person knows full well that many of his great ideas will prove to be worthless

— Frank Goble

I want to tell you about a terrific artist who is also my cousin. She is in a group I coach for art business success. If you follow me, you may know about my AMTP membership program that advises an international group of artists on learning practical art marketing to help them live their best artist lives. It’s priced for all artists, no matter who they are or where they live.

I believe how you market your art has everything to do with how you live your life as an artist. The goal is to help AMTP members to enjoy their best artists’ lives by assisting them in knowing what is possible and how to create a plan to

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Art on the Square in Belleville, IL, boosts metro-east tourism


This file photo shows the familiar white tents and food booths for Art on the Square circling the fountain and lining side streets in downtown Belleville. The festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary this weekend.

Art on the Square will celebrate its 20th anniversary this weekend as a true heavyweight in metro-east tourism.

The three-day festival in downtown Belleville is essentially tied with a double-race weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison for biggest annual event attendance, according to IllinoiSouth Tourism, a Swansea-based agency that covers 21 counties.

An estimated 60,000 people were attending the festival before COVID-19 hit, about the same as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race and IndyCar Series Race combined.

That’s followed by an estimated 30,000 spectators at the Centralia Balloon Fest and 25,000 at the raceway’s AAA Insurance National Hod Rod Association Midwest Nationals.

“It’s huge,” IllinoiSouth Communications Director Andy Waterman said of

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An Obsession with Heads. The Impact of African Arts… | by Cleveland Museum of Art | CMA Thinker | May, 2022

The Impact of African Arts, Anthropology, and Photography on the Works of Alberto Giacometti

By Kristen Windmuller-Luna, Curator of African Arts

Visitors sketching in the galleries

Sometimes when I walk through the CMA’s galleries, I see someone with a sketchbook drawing a sculpture. What is lost — and what is gained — as they translate its three dimensions into two, moving the work from pedestal to paper? I’ve also spent a lot of time drawing in museums, to appreciate and understand art. Like myself and my fellow museum sketchers, Alberto Giacometti drew from great artworks to learn and to work through his own ideas. Though an avid museum goer, Giacometti based most of his sketches of African arts on photographic reproductions in books linked to the entangled networks of colonialism, ethnographic museums, and the discipline of anthropology. By using photographs — rather than actual artworks — as his main

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Naoki Yoshida Doesn’t Think the Metaverse is ‘Entertainment’

In an interview with Weekly BunshunFFXIV director and producer Naoki Yoshida discussed the success of the popular MMORPG. In response to comments comparing FFXIV to the Metaverse, Yoshida revealed that he did not see the Metaverse as similar to FFXIV. Furthermore, Yoshida stated that he did not see the Metaverse as a form of entertainment in itself. [Thanks, ryokutya!]

Though there isn’t an exact definition, the Metaverse is generally considered to be a virtual world where users interact with others using avatars. The Metaverse has also become a hot topic for gaming and social media companies alike. Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda even expressed interest in the concept in a New Year’s letter.

Due to their similarities, people have compared the concept to other existing virtual ecosystems such as MMORPGs. Yoshida, however, believes that the two aren’t related. “To me, I see the Metaverse as ‘a

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