EBSQ September Online Exhibits

Voting is underway in our August online exhibits: Cats & Dogs, FOTM: Prairie Plants, and Plein Air: Water. Members of EBSQ have until tomorrow, 9/8, to vote for their favorite artwork in each show. Go show your support for our artists!

Entries are now open for September’s exhibits:




The deadline for entering a September exhibit is 9/30/2012. I’ll be entering the Autumn exhibit. Which exhibit is on your radar?


EBSQ Facebook Artist of the Week: Christine Striemer

Who and where are you?

Christine E. Striemer (AKA CES) from Saskatchewan, Canada. We just moved from the big city Saskatoon back to the country last year and we are loving it!

How were you introduced to Facebook?

I noticed most of my friends and family were using it for it’s social aspect. I didn’t have much desire to use it socially, but once I discovered the business potential for it, I jumped on board.

Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?

Links, links, links with the photos of your art. If you’re in the business of selling your art and not just showing it, always post links to where it can be bought. Keep your links updated. Make sure your posts with links can be shared easily from Facebook user to Facebook user. (Some automatic blog posts show up without the share function).

Describe your work: size, medium, support, price, etc.

Create an “Available Works” album and keep it updated.

“Like” other pages with your art page, especially pages that tend to share artists’ work.

Take the time to thank followers for their comments or shares, and respond to any questions.

Also, update your status with something new consistently. Aim for at least twice a week, but once a day is better. Even if you don’t have a new piece of art to share, update with an old one that may have gone unnoticed for quite some time or even simply talk about what you’re working on. Caution: don’t bore people with 20 posts a day. If you overwhelm your fans, they’re more likely to skip over your posts.

What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?

The share function! Every time something is shared from your page, your audience increases and multiplies.

What’s coming next from your studio?

I’m currently working on the 29 Faces of May challenge. It has been an exhausting endeavor, but I’m determined to see it through. I’m finding that I’m producing some of my most creative works!

EBSQ Friday Five

Circle Play by Cyndi Agathocleous

1. Circle Play – I’ve been watching artist, Cyndi Agathocleous’ art evolve over the last two years. Her latest geometric abstracts are some of my favorites.

2. With a thankful heart – Congratulations to Teresa Cowley!! Her portrait, Angela, was accepted into the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, “Faces of Winter 2012” Exhibition!

3. The Artist’s Magazine Honorable Mention – More congratulations are in order for scratchboard artist, Sandra Willard!!

4. A boatload of greeting cards – Carmen Medlin has been busy on Zazzle!

5. Facebook Fan Page for your Business – Stacey Zimmerman has some great tips for optimizing your page for your art business.

Have a great weekend!

EBSQ Friday Five

1. New Year, New Art – Anyone for some Strawberry Tea? I love Terry McClary’s newest illustration for 2012!

2. 2012 Color of the Year – It’s named after a fruit and Miriam Schulman has all the details!

3. MotM: Make it So – January’s Mandala of the Month, Make it So, it perfect for starting the New Year on a good note. Thank you, Maureen Frank!

4. Coming Full Circle with Social Networking – Haven’t tackled the world of social networking yet?  Stacey Zimmerman has some great tips for newbies to make social networking work for you art business in 2012.

5. 2012/365: Day 1 – Took Gallagher doesn’t miss a beat. Her 365 project starts off with a bang and a lot of plaster!

Best wishes to you in 2012!

Free Watercolor Workshop with Cathy Johnson

Cathy JohnsonEBSQ’s very own Cathy Johnson will be hosting a free 4-week workshop on Watercolor Sketching in March 2012. I know March is a little ways off and you’re probably focused on the holidays right now, but sign-ups have already begun and Cathy will be sharing the class supply list on January 23rd! Cathy’s workshop is a part of Strathmore’s 2012 Online Workshop Series. Here’s what Cathy had to say about her workshop on her blog:

I’ve been asked to do a 4-week workshop as part of  Strathmore’s free workshop series, and I was delighted to say yes!  It will focus on watercolor, but we’ll also cover mixed media and journaling.

Register Now

Follow the link above to register for Cathy’s workshop or all three of the free Strathmore workshops. Then they will send you a link where you can sign-up for the class via their Strathmore Online Workshops community. You get your own page where you can upload some of your art, meet other classmates, etc.

Cathy Johnson Strathemore Workshop

I’ve already joined and can’t wait to start Cathy’s workshop. If you decided to join, come sit by me (a.k.a be my friend) and we’ll take the workshop together!

EBSQ Friday Five

Fabric Art Necklace by Sue Young

1. Fabric Art Necklace – Check out the latest fabric art from EBSQ artist Sue Young!

2. Time to Refuel the Creative Well – Taking time out from creating is vital in keeping those creative juices flowing. Miriam Schulman shares how she spent her time off and invites you to share how you spend yours.

3. Sandra Willard Solo Show – Scratchboard artist, Sandra Willard, is having her first solo show! It opens today at Illini Union Art Gallery at the University of Illinois (Urbana). Check her blog for full details.

4. Has the art world turned it’s back on you – There’s no denying these are hard times for many visual artists. Delilah Smith shares some ideas for staying afloat (creatively) through the rough times.

5. Something New: WibbleyWare! – Hand-painted pendants and cameo necklaces have made their debut in the World of Wibble. Check it out!!

Have a wonderful weekend!