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Possibility of a New Advertising Opportunity for Individual Artists at Carolina Arts

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

The key word here is “possibility” – this is not a new offer.

I have gotten a request from an individual artist who asked if I could offer a page for ads by individual artists in the Carolinas in Carolina Arts. I said we already have such a program – it’s our regular ads and individual artists have been using them for years. But, what they wanted was something different and something cheaper than what we now offer. I think we’re pretty cheap already. Plus, I’m not keen on undercutting our regular advertisers. But, this person insisted individual artists need a break on advertising, and, also thinks it would be good to have their ads grouped together.

After some discussion back and forth I got the feeling that this person didn’t think I was being very flexible. I explained that what they were asking for would be a big pain in the rear for us to manage and maintain, but not wanting to be inflexible I came up with an offer and this person claims that artists will “jump” on this offer. My 25 years of experience tells me differently, but I have been proven wrong before. I don’t usually admit it – ask Linda, but it has happened.

After thinking about the request and the work it would mean on our part I came up with an offer that we could maybe live with. I took a look at a page and made three columns. Leaving some space to give the page a name, the page gives 12 spaces – three rows by four spaces which are about 3 1/4″ wide by 3 3/4″ tall (not set in stone yet). We would offer this special opportunity to artists (individual artists only) and charge $20 a month. We would require them to pay six months ahead – to keep them from pulling out after two months. And, we will only run this page while all 12 slots are full. After one page is full – we’ll only add another page after 12 more artists are signed up and paid. We’ll have a standby list for people waiting for any individual who wants to stop after six months to replace them.

If artists are supplying their ads “copy ready” (to our specs) they can change their ad each month as long as they submit the change before our monthly deadline. If we are putting the ad together for the artists, we will only make slight changes – every other month – if needed, and only if requests for changes are made well before each deadline. The best thing is for the ads to stay the same over the six month period.

In my opinion this could be like trying to herd cats. So, at any point when managing this becomes a major hassle – we would stop the program – if it even starts.

If you look at our regular ad sizes and prices on our website, for $15 more you could have a 1/4 page ad $5. more for an 1/8 page ad. But, I’m just trying to be flexible.

If you want to “jump” on this opportunity to be one of The Twelve – possibly a name for the page, but then I guess we would have to call the second page – The Next Twelve – contact us by e-mail at (info@carolinaarts.com) or call 843/825-3408.

This is a limited time offer, which means if we don’t hear from 12 people in a reasonable amount of time, this offer will no longer be available.

Artisans of the South Carolina Tobacco Trail Accepting Applications for Membership

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

A guild for the artisans that live and create throughout the counties that lie along the South Carolina Tobacco Trail has formed the Artisans of the South Carolina Tobacco Trail. The Tobacco Trail runs through the counties of Horry, Darlington, Dillon, Marion, Williamsburg, Georgetown, and Florence.

ASCTT is now accepting applications for membership. If you are interested in becoming a juried member of the Artisans of the South Carolina Tobacco Trail, read the guidelines below.

All potential members are selected through a two-part jury process to ensure their craft is of a good standard. For the first stage, works will be reviewed by e-mailed jpeg photographs.  Five images should be e-mailed to (popsglass@aol.com) on or before Mar. 26, 2011. These photos will then be distributed to the jury. Those meeting basic standards are then asked to present their work in person for the final jury stage. This will take place at Conway Glass Center in Conway, SC, on Apr. 8, 2011. Notification will be sent by e-mail within a week of jurying.

Accepted media for jury are: clay, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, painting, paper, photography, sculpture, handmade books, and wood. Specialty foods made in the area will also be considered for jurying. The following forms of production are prohibited: crafts produced from commercial kits; commercial patterns, molds and forms; any item violating copyrights; plants (except Bonsai), polished rocks, decoupage and similar items;  hobby crafts, shell crafts, country crafts, decal crafts, silk or dried floral arrangements, mass-produced items, commercial re-sales. No work made from commercial stencils or prefabricated forms. No copies of masters, advertisements or widely distributed photos. Work produced in a class or workshop is not eligible to be juried or shown.

Applications for Membership can be obtained by calling or e-mailing Barbara Streeter at (PopsGlass@aol.com) or 843/248-4527.

More information about the live jury phase and the exhibiting opportunity will be sent out when the jpeg images are received.

The mission of the Artisans of the South Carolina Tobacco Trail is to bring together artists, artisans, and retailers for the benefits of marketing, tourism, education, and shared resources.

The Artisans of the South Carolina Tobacco Trail promotes the tradition of fine visual arts and fine crafts. It serves the professional artists, craftspeople and retailers of the South Carolina Tobacco Trail area, and work representing the area. It is run by and for its members; volunteers do most of the work. A board of directors is elected from the membership.

Dedicated to excellence in craftsmanship, ASCTT promotes the career development of its members through marketing, by operating wholesale/retail shows, maintaining a website, and by publishing a newsletter and an annual brochure which will be placed at interstate welcome centers, local hotels, chambers of commerce, arts groups, etc.

Shows are known for their consistent high-quality standards. This is achieved by a comprehensive jury system for professional membership. The guild also serves as a liaison between its membership and other cultural and educational organizations within the state.

The Black Creek Arts Council of Darlington County made the formation of the Artisans of the South Carolina Tobacco Trail possible through a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

The exhibit, A Celebration of Many Talents: Artisans of the Cotton Trail & the Tobacco Trail, featuring works by members of the ASCTT are currently on view through Mar. 4, 2011, at The Art Trail Gallery in Florence, SC.