Dragon*Con 2012 with Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Dragon*Con is one of the largest popular culture conventions in the southeast. This year 52,000 people turned out, including myself, to revel in everything science fiction/fantasy, gaming, comics, writer and artist workshops, and so much more. As it turns out, EBSQ artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith was a part of the 2012 Art Show!

The Dragon*Con Art Show is a juried exhibition and artist market. This year was Jasmine’s seventh Dragon*Con. She is a fan favorite. I experienced first hand the allure of her fairies, mermaids and even pirates.

Friday afternoon, soon after the doors opened, I made my way to the Hyatt’s Grand Hall West. I zig zagged through a maze of people and art til I found Jasmine’s art booth tucked away in the back corner. It became clear at once I would not be holding an actual interview. Her booth was surrounded by young adults, 20 somethings and middle-age fans. In no hurry, I took it all in–the smiles, the gratitude, and the fans Jasmine knew from previous years.

The experience was magical.

Jasmine was all smiles. She made sure to speak to everyone and always knew her repeat buyers. We chatted for about thirty minutes and during that time I witnessed at least four long-time fans who came seeking out her art. As you can see from the photo above, taken on the last day of Dragon*Con, they nearly cleaned her out! Below is a glimpse of her booth before they opened the doors.

  

Meeting Jasmine, seeing her artwork beyond the monitor, is something I will never forget. I even bought a couple of signed prints for myself!

Want to meet Jasmine too?

She’ll be at FaerieCon East November 9-11 2012.


Follow these links to learn more about Jasmine and explore her magical art:

Strangeling.com

Jasmine on EBSQ

Jasmine on LiveJournal

Jasmine on Facebook

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EBSQ Friday Five

1. Purple Mountain Majesty – Artist Cynthia Agathocleous might just be one of my favorite abstract artists at EBSQ. Her current style, geometric, is mesmerizing!

2. Mission: Small Business & EBSQ– Help EBSQ qualify for a $250,000 grant from Chase and LivingSocial! This grant to support Small Businesses would go a long way.

3. When Drawings go Ugly – Ever have one of those days where your pencil and brain are not connecting? EBSQ artist, Michele B. Naquaiya has some great tips.

4. Shutterbug – Photographer and EBSQ member, Michael Glover was featured in the magazine Shutterbug! Congratulations!

5. How to Get your Art on Greeting Cards – I’m not talking about one of those sites where you sell your own greeting card. This article at Empty Easel is about submitting your designs to greeting card publishers. Excellent resource!

Have a wonderful weekend!

14th Annual Venus Envy Juried Exhibition 2012

EBSQ Aritst, Melanie Douthit recently had a painting accepted into the 14th Annual Venus Envy Juried Exhibition 2012 at Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA. The juror for the show, titled “Too Much Pink”, is Michaelene Walsh. The title of Douthit’s accepted painting is “Night Flight.” Melanie has been a juried member of EBSQ since 2000. You can view more of her work at www.melaniedouthit.com

Every year, Baton Rouge Gallery and Venus Envy (a Missouri-based non-profit organization driven by women which positively affects everyone by empowering women through the arts) team up to present an exciting multimedia contemporary art exhibition showcasing the work of female artists in the southeastern United States. The 14th annual Venus Envy Baton Rouge exhibition will run April 17-26, 2012.

The reception for this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, is Saturday, April 21, 7-9 pm at the Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art, 1442 City Park Ave, Baton Rouge, LA. The contact number for the Baton Rouge Gallery is 225-383-1470. Website: www.batonrougegallery.org

Congratulations, Melanie!

EBSQ debuts special gallery for Japanese Relief Efforts

Pebbles for Japan by Amanda Makepeace
Pebbles for Japan by Amanda Makepeace

The artists of EBSQ have been quick to respond to the unfolding crisis in Japan, just as they always have in other times of trouble during our 10+ year history.  We contemplated curating a list of of individual efforts, but ultimately thought we could do more good by creating a special gallery for artists to share their work in concert with a larger audience .  If you’re someone who’d like to make a difference by purchasing something beautiful, we ask that you patronize our Relief for Japan Art Gallery and help us spread the word. And if you’re an artist who’d like to be part of this semi-organized aid effort, here’s how:

Relief for Japan Gallery posting requirements

  • All pieces must give at least 10% of the proceeds to a recognized aid organization (examples: Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity).
  • All pieces must either be for sale directly on EBSQ (via your own PayPal button) or link directly to where it’s available for purchase.
  • All pieces need to explicitly state in their artist statement the organization benefiting from its sale and the percentage of the sale price going to that organization.
  • Need help including a link in your artist statement? Drop us a line; someone on staff would be happy to assist you!
  • Work not meeting these criteria WILL be removed from the gallery.

Thank you so much for supporting our efforts. And please, pass this on!

TONIGHT is EBSQ Live- Mehndi: The Art of Applying Henna with Wendy L. Feldmann

hosted by EBSQ Self-Representing Artists and Wendy L. Feldmann
Monday, August 23rd at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific)
EBSQ Chat Room

Ken’s Green Man in Henna – Wendy L. Feldmann

Come learn a little about the history of Henna arts, Henna Mixology (the secret is in the mixing!), and safe application of Henna, as well as how to avoid unsafe practices masquerading as “henna”.

“WendyMehndi” the Henna Faerie (of Waltzing Dog Studios) is a Henna Artist, Glitter Artist, and Face Painter (among many other artistic disciplines). Dressed outrageously, she can be found delightedly drawing unique freehand designs on people using natural henna, body paint, and glitter. When not decorating and enjoying people, Wendy works in fibre and other media. She lives in Orange County, North Carolina with her husband and children as well as their dogs and cats.

August’s EBSQ Live: Mehndi – The Art of Applying Henna with Wendy L. Feldmann

hosted by EBSQ Self-Representing Artists and Wendy L. Feldmann
Monday, August 23rd at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific)
EBSQ Chat Room

Ken's Green Man in Henna - Wendy L. Feldmann

Come learn a little about the history of Henna arts, Henna Mixology (the secret is in the mixing!), and safe application of Henna, as well as how to avoid unsafe practices masquerading as “henna”.

“WendyMehndi” the Henna Faerie (of Waltzing Dog Studios) is a Henna Artist, Glitter Artist, and Face Painter (among many other artistic disciplines). Dressed outrageously, she can be found delightedly drawing unique freehand designs on people using natural henna, body paint, and glitter. When not decorating and enjoying people, Wendy works in fibre and other media. She lives in Orange County, North Carolina with her husband and children as well as their dogs and cats.

Your chance to study oils with a master painter

She will probably smack me when she sees this headline, but I did want to focus your attention on the following online event.  EBSQ’s own Harlan will be teaching not one but TWO new online classes on oils via CraftEdu.com starting tomorrow.  From their website:

Tomorrow we will offer 2 classes by Jeanne Harlan-Marriott. Her 3 part
Introduction to Oil Painting is a foundation class that will get you
started on your voyage to understanding the nature of the medium, the
tools and materials you should have and how oil paint works! Her 4 part
Trillium class will take you further as you complete your own painting.
Learn about light, color, shadow, composition and mixing your own
palette. These two classes are a must for anyone who has wanted to
paint like the Old Masters.

So, sign up between the hours of 12 Noon MT tomorrow and 12 Noon MT Thursday and take advantage of special
(25% reduced) introductory pricing.

Visit CraftEdu Community at: http://community.craftedu.com/

So–if you’re hankering to bone up your oil skills, here’s your chance! For further inspiration, please be sure to visit Harlan’s portfolio at EBSQ. There’s a lot of pieces that look like photos. Don’t let the hyper-realism fool you; those are paintings, my friend!