Author Archives: Marci McDonald

Do Instagram!!

The exhibit of twenty big pieces of my new abstract work currently hanging here in St. Petersburg…

… is kind of a big deal for me since all of the work is totally different than anything I’ve done before, and I’m trying to do everything I can to help the curator with it’s promotion.  Their media director said if I don’t do anything else in the way of ~social~ media (and you’ve heard me talk about that before – I do my best) – DO INSTAGRAM!!

Back when I got my new attitude about social media, I read all about Instagram and set up an account (almost three years ago) so I was already ready to go!

I went right home from my meeting with the media director and posted, and have posted something every single day since (it was only four days ago).

A couple of new shots of my studio seemed like a good place to begin…

… and then what I’m working on right now.

It’s really quick and easy to do, and maybe it will even help!  We’ll see…

 

New Exhibit Opening

I’m just going to act like it hasn’t been 1 year, 5 months and 28 days since I last posted here (and you may have read me saying out loud that I was for sure going to post weekly)…

So! News is that tonight is the official opening for the first exhibit of my most recent paintings, a group of abstract works that is entirely different than anything I’ve done before.

The event is also a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the brand new Hermitage Building here in St. Petersburg, and its shiny new first-floor gallery.

The exhibit has been organized and installed and promoted by St. Petersburg’s much-admired Morean Arts Center, and for me, the very best thing about the lengthy process of bringing this whole thing together has been meeting and working with the Morean’s own Amanda Cooper.

Here she is – Curator of Exhibits – up to her elbows in the manual labor part of installing the show (not just barking orders)…

… typical since she’s the farthest thing from the slightly puffed-up and condescending person so often encountered in her position.  Amanda is smart, warm, generous, genuine, experienced, has a passionate love of and interest in art – not just the business of art – and when it does come down to the business of it all, is first and foremost the artist’s advocate. She is cool, she is one-in-a-million, and I hope we have many more opportunities to work together.

Lots of invitations have gone out – both to the Morean’s huge mailing list, and to all the people connected to the real estate developer for the project, so it should be quite a crowd. And since I do need to make a living, I hope everyone brings lots of money – there’s food and an open bar – that always helps!  So I’m going to get dressed… and we’ll see…

 

 

By Far THE BEST WordPress Websites For Artists

Back in July I decided to do a new website using the enormously successful blogging/publishing tool WordPress.

This decision was prompted by the fact that pictures of my older work (which have been on the internet since 1998) continued to dominate image searches on Google, Bing, Yahoo etc. – showing up instead of my newer, dramatically different work. And it was happening in spite of the fact that my then-current website was all about the newer work, with only a very abbreviated archive of sorts.  So I decided to start fresh with WordPress, which is known for being especially search engine friendly.

It’s also known for being an easy way to get a good looking website in very short order, but getting the hang of it all was taking me a while, so I went looking online for some help. And lucky for me, I ended up in exactly the right place. SO right that after a very short time on the incredibly smart, well-thought-out   ~~ Artbiz.ca ~~   website, I couldn’t send money to engage their help fast enough!

Artbiz.ca exists because of Kim Bruce, a digital technology ace and an artist herself, with a list of accomplishments a mile long.  Artbiz.ca is there because she saw a gaping hole created by the fact that artists (no matter how unsuited to the physical doing of it) have to have websites, and so she developed a brilliantly all-inclusive way to fill that hole. And simply put, she is the best at what she does.

For anything from a helpful analysis of a current website to the creation of a custom theme, and for the uncommon relief of working with someone who does everything she says she’s going to do (and sooner even) and who always, always answers email immediately…   g o   h e r e

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