There’s still time to get Ripped Off

Ripped Off '11

Looking for an unusual collaboration opportunity that comes with instant inspiration? Boy, have we got your covered! This month we’re hosting our 11th annual Ripped Off show! (Yup, we’re into our second decade! We can’t quite believe it either!)

If you haven’t done a Ripped show in the past, here’s how it works: you pair up with someone, and go through their portfolio and “rip off” a piece of their artwork. It can be one piece or a combination, your interpretation of their work, ideas, medium, technique. We invite you to check out past years’ exhibits to get an idea of the sort of things you can do. You must pair up with someone from EBSQ. Rip-Offs of non-EBSQ art, like redoing the Mona Lisa or ripping off Picasso, are NOT allowable for this show.

We’ve extended the deadline twice now (it’s been a weird summer, folks!) but this time is truly it. All entries must be in by 30 September 2011.

So, go ahead and pair up! If you’re looking for a partner, sign up in the EBSQ Forums, or feel free to contact someone privately and see if they’d like to partner with you, then post it in the sign-up thread to let us know you’re paired. Have at it!

Huge props to our sponsor who is offering the following awesome prize to the winner:

Aletta de Wal, Artist Career Training
“Balance: How to Make a Better Living Making Art & Still Have a Life” coaching-package for artists from Aletta de Wal of Artist Career Training, valued at $245
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Don’t forget: EBSQ Live returns TONIGHT!

EBSQ Live: Hand-tinted Photographs

hosted by EBSQ Self-Representing Artists and Sherry Key
Monday, May 17th at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific)
EBSQ Chat Room

Seein Blue – Sherry Key

Hand coloring photographs – These ain’t your Grandma’s photo oils.

I have been hand coloring black and white photos for some years. Working on hand coloring with pencil, ink, marker, oils, pastels… in other words, anything but the old standby’s like Marshall’s photo oils. “Art Photos” help combine the natural expressions of an artist like me that enjoys working in various media such as sculpture, jewelry making, painting, drawing and photography. I can promise that this presentation will take you beyond your Grandma’s use of photo oils to hand tint and color photographs.

About the Presenter:

I started out early in life with a passion for reading and art. My family will tell you I have experimented in just about every media there is. During the 70’s – like so very many in the 70’s, I worked in macramé, decoupage and tole painting. In the early 90′s I received scholarships for sculpture and ceramics. I concentrated on 3-dimensional work like sculpture, pottery and jewelry but in the last year and a half since my son moved out, I have been focusing on honing my drawing and painting skills – working mostly with colored pencils, oil pastels and hand coloring photos.

By day I run a computer maintenance database. I live in Texas, in the North Dallas area and when not at work, I am creating. – Sherry Key

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CANDY opens tonight!

If you’re in the Greater Pittsburgh area, we’d absolutely love to see you at The Chocolate Shoppe for the opening of CANDY, our very first brick-and-mortar curated exhibit.  There will be plenty of eats, libations, a sampling of some fantastic chocolates, and of course, some awesome artwork. C’mon down! We’re earlier in the evening than most First Friday Artwalk events, so make us your first stop of the night!

You can get the address and other pertinent details on our events page at Facebook

Plan to take pictures?  Please use the tag #ebsqcandy when you share on Flickr.

And now, a little music to get you in the mood:

New Art Gallery for Haiti Relief

Art: Faces of Faery #68 - Benefit For Haiti Earthquake Relief by Artist Jasmine Ann Becket-Griffith
Faces of Fairy #68 - Benefit for Haiti Earthquake Relief by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

 EBSQ Artists are some of the most generous people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Within hours of the earthquake in Haiti, many of you started creating new works of art for the soul purpose of aiding the victims of this massive tragedy. To support your efforts, we’ve created  an official Relief for Haiti Online Gallery.

Here’s how it works:

  • All items in the Relief for Haiti gallery MUST be for sale to benefit Haiti through a legitimate charity.
  • The charity must be explicitly stated.
  • The percentage of the donation must be explicitly stated.
  • If you’re selling it directly on EBSQ, you need to provide a way to pay for it (PayPal or Google checkout button)
  • If you’re selling it elsewhere, you need to state where specifically it’s being sold. (Links to where that item is for sale would be a bonus since that makes your sale more likely.)
  • Html challenged? Having problems linking? No worries. Just drop us a line and one of our staff would be happy to help you! This is definitely a labour of love for us.

(Members caught committing fraud WILL have their accounts terminated per our Terms of Service. This is non-negotiable.)

We anticipate keeping the gallery open through the end of February 2010.

Not yet a member? You can help Haiti just by joining! We’re donating $5 to the Red Cross for every new paid artist membership through Valentine’s Day 2010. So what are you waiting for? Join an awesome artist community and help us make a difference.