Tuesday Tip! Make a Video to Send to Your Followers!

 Tuesday Tip!
Make a Video to Send to Your Followers!

Set up a camera or smart phone in your studio and record yourself making a piece of art!

Here are some things you may need:
A “tri-pod” is a device to hold your camera steady so you can be hands-free to create your art! You can get inexpensive tri-pods online or at a local department store.

If your art takes a long time to create, you can convert the video into a “time lapse” video. “Time lapse” videos take your long video and speed it up so that it’s only a few minutes long. This is important because if your video is longer than 3 minutes, you will lose viewers. Some new phones have this feature on the video setting already. For more, search online “how to create a time lapse video” for some programs to help you!

Why Video?
Videos are so powerful. First, they reinforce that you are the artist and maker of your work without a doubt! Second, they substantiate the complexity of your process. Third, people love watching videos and seeing the magic of creation. Finally, they keep the attention of your followers which is incredibly hard to do.

Videos are useful in so many ways and time well-spent! You can use these videos in your social media, in your email blasts, and on your web site, too!

Happy creating!

Great Video Example

Karina Llergo, Painter

Great Gifts for the Holidays!

Jewelry makes the perfect gift! From fun earrings & necklaces, to cuffs & rings… jewelry is the answer. 

Coffee lovers will smile.  Hand made ceramic mugs will get your coffee lover’s day off to a great start. 

No more naked walls! Oil paintings are a timeless gift.  From contemporary to traditional, small to large…bring life to empty walls. 

Free Art Fest Boot Camp

Hosted by TAC

When: January 13, 2018 from 10AM to 12PM

Where: Highland Park Country Club | 1201 Park Avenue West, Highland Park, IL 60035

Who: Any and all artists are invite!

What: Please join us for a special FREE admission Workshop that will cover key topics for Artists’ success at Art Festivals.  Amy Amdur, of Amdur Productions will be the featured speaker.  Amy is the producer of over thirty annual Art Festivals across the country.  Amy will lead an overview session where she will cover:

  • Selecting your shows
  • How to select your jury images
  • Planning your booth display
  • Mock jury (deadlines apply*)

*If you wish to participate in the mock jury, please send 4 art images & 1 booth image to Caitlin@amdurproductions.com by January 1.*

Click Here to Save Your Seat!

We hope you can join us for this fun and educational session of how to grow your art business!


Tuesday Tip!

Keep it Fresh!
Update Your ArtZipper.com Pages with New Art Today!

Make the most of selling your art online… and have a selling page on ArtZipper.com. Already on ArtZipper.com?  Keep it fresh and upload more of your art images to ArtZipper.com. Then, share with your customers.
This will… 

  • Give your customers a reason to stay engaged with your selling pages
  • Offer more selection to your customers to buy
  • .New art images on ArtZipper.com appear first in the category when viewed!

Wish You Had and ArtZipper.com Account?

Sign Up Today! It’s Free, Fast and Easy!

Click Here to Create an Account Now

Tuesday Tip: Review 2017 Season to Prepare for 2018!

review your schedule.

 Tuesday Tip!

 Review Your 2017 Season

Take Out Your Show Notes and See Which Festivals You Want to Apply to Again

It’s time to review your year and plan for 2018!
For each show you were in, ask yourself…

  • How were my sales? What price range sold best?
  • Were customers engaged and interested in my work? (Keep in mind, often the public needs to see you a couple of years before they purchase.)
  • How was the weather that weekend and did it affect show attendance? If it rained, should I give in another chance?
  • Did I promote to my clients?
  • Is there a way I can reduce my expenses to make this show more profitable for me?

Once you have reviewed each show, you can make a better decision on whether to apply again or not.

TIP: If you didn’t take notes on your shows in 2017, get a designated notebook for all your 2018 shows and start then!

2017 October Brushstrokes

October 2017
Shop Now!
Artists, Click Here to Sell!
Save the Date!
The Jewelry & Gift Show
November 17, 18 and 19
Click to Join the Jewelry & Gift Show on Facebook


6 Tips For Buying Art Online

  1. Define your needs and wants. If you need art for your wall, measure the space(s) you have for art and refer to the dimensions of the pieces on line. 
  2. Do you have a budget for a new piece of art or jewelry? . If so, what is that budget? 
  3. Visit the online art gallery:  ArtZipper.com, and register by creating a user name and password.
  4. Click Shop Now to search for the type of art you are looking for.ArtZipper.com has categories to help you out! Art for the Wall, Sculpture, Jewelry, and more!
  5. Note what you love by pressing “Own It“. This will add the items you love into your shopping cart!
  6. Click on “Shopping Cart” on the top right of the web site to revisit your favorites. When you have your favorite(s), it’s time to buy!
Draw for the Troops
We’ve collected almost 1,000 drawings for the troops overseas!
Thank you to all our young artists who colored and drew for our Troops at festivals this past summer. 
This year, dozens of artists participated in the Green Ribbon Project and raised more than $2,000 benefiting these charities:

Bright Pink, Spinal Cord Injury, American Cancer Society, PADS Lake County, Autism Speaks, Face the Future, and the Art Center of Highland Park.

Thank you to the Artist Advisory Board who met October 17, reviewed the season and shared ideas for 2018. 

Artist Advisory Board Members in picture include left to right: Karina Llergo, Scott Fishman, James Cole, Diana Widman, Heather Hambrecht, Jill Scales, Dale Horn, Amy Manning, Candace Marsella, and David Dallison.
The Artist Advisory Board is a group of artists providing feedback on art festivals and related topics. 

Artist News and Announcements
Scott Fishman is busy planning his November trip to Cuba! He tours groups of people away from the over-crowded tourist areas and into the nearby streets, surrounding neighborhoods, and rural farmlands where the locals carry-on with their daily lives.

Click here to read more!

September Show Wrap-Up…

Third Ward Art Festival, Milwaukee
The Historic Third Ward, a group of wonderful artists, and our team came together for another successful year in Milwaukee’s Art District of Third Ward over Labor Day Weekend!
Deer Park Art Show
We had a group of very talented artists in a beautiful location and the support of the wonderful people of Deer Park and the surrounding cities! Not to mention the fantastic weather!
Highwood Starving Artists Show
This event was HOT! Hot deals on art, hot town, and some hot weather. See you next year!
Our 2018 Art Festival Season Schedule is Almost Here!
Keep a Look-Out for the Announcement Email

To receive the brochure by mail, please give us your postal address.

Why Go to an Art Show?

So many choices of what to do on a summer weekend….We try to pack it into 3 months in Chicago. Why go to an art festival this weekend? Specifically the Southport Art Festival? Well….let me count the reasons:
1. Art enriches the soul. Nothing like a vitamin shot for the spirit. 100 artists to take in.
2. Art has been proven to be healing and calming. This means looking at art is good for your health.
3. Free. Looking at art at the Southport Art Festival is free. There is NO ADMISSION. Free is good.
4. Wheel friendly…whether you are pushing a double or triple stroller (thanks fertility docs) or are moving around on wheels or in a scooter…this fest is for you. The fest is all flat, no curbs or stairs. Come on down and enjoy. Handicap portolets too.
5. Get your steps in! Walking a fest is a great way to get your steps in..all you fit bit wearers.
6. Love life. Art Festivals are one of the top recommended destinations for dates. Move from texting to meeting..and do it at the Southport Art Festival. One day when you are married, you will look back on where you met, and might possible name your child Art.
7. Music to the ears…That is David Dallison. Accomplished and totally cool David plays guitar flanked by his oh so talented fellow musicians from the Main Stage Saturday 10-7 and Sunday 10-5. And…btw…free.
8. Learn….Talk to artists about their process…how they Made It. There’s more than paint by number here.
9. Studio to you…kind of like farm to table…but this is buying art directly from the maker. No big box art from unknown sources here. When you buy art, you are directly supporting a person who has made something by hand. Very green too.
10. Real Job, real art. Now that you have a real job, live in a real apartment/house, it is time for real art. There’s something for every budget too.
So, now that you are full of reasons to come to the Southport Art Festival, here’s what you need to know:
Saturday 10-7, Sunday 10-5. On Southport north of Waveland.
Hosted by the Southport Neighbors Association.
Produced by Amdur Productions and Star Events.
For more, go to Amdurproductions.com

Amy Amdur Judges the Congressional Art Competition



Week of April 3, 2017       Special Edition for the Chicago Art and Design Show

This Weekend… April 8 and 9
The Chicago Art & Design Show at Navy Pier


Click on the Arrow Above to Watch a Video about the Show
April 8 & 9
10AM – 5PM

Amdur Productions is proud to announce the launch of The 2017 Chicago Art & Design Show, a new indoor art show at famous Navy Pier in the spectacular Exhibit Hall. This show offers many highlights including 100 artists in all medias from painting and photography to sculpture and jewelry, painting classes, the Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation, art demonstrations, and so much more!
Keep reading below for details on all the excitement…

Click Here for Directions to Chicago Art & Design Show at Navy Pier

Date: April 8 & 9
Time: 10AM – 5PM
Admission: FREE
Parking: Parking is easy at the Navy Pier garage! Click here and enter promo code ART10 for discounted parking.


If you’re receiving this Special Edition Brushstrokes, you’re already a member of our Art Lovers Club. Show this pass at the Chicago Art & Design Show to get into the Art Lovers Lounge!

Free Show Poster Saturday
Be one of the first 100 shoppers at the show on Saturday, April 8 and get a free show poster featuring the art work of featured show artist Jacob Sieg! (preview above)
Meet the Artist in Residence…
Michael Imes
Michael Imes, nationally renowned ceramic sculptor will be the Artist In Residence at the show. Michael will be working on his large sculptures throughout the show.
Artist Book Signing from…
Sondra Wampler
Purchase Sondra’s limited addition art book and get the book signed by Sondra at the show for a special show discount!
Regular Price: $250
Special Show Discount: $195!
$55 in Savings
See Live Art Demonstrations
Come see art being made by participating artists right in their booth!
Preview the Art Demo’s Here
Learn How to Paint with
Bottle and Botega
Grab your friends and sign up today! Click on the class name below to sign up today.
11-12 p  (cherry blossoms – flower 2)  – $15
1-2 p  (rainbow tree – landscape 2) – $20
3-4 p  (blue silhouette – chicago 2)  – $20
11-12 p (daisy – flower 1) – $15
1-2 p (black silhouette – chicago 1) – $20
3-4 p (sunset – landscape 1)– $20
Meet the Artists at the Show

Every artist has a different style, technique, and story. See contemporary paintings to abstract sculptures to fashionable handmade and designed accessories!

Preview the Artists Here!
Free Show Poster Sunday
Be one of the first 100 shoppers at the show on Sunday, April 9 and get a free show poster featuring the art work of featured show artist Karina Llergo! (preview above)
Presentation of the Steven L Amdur Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award
Join us at the show to congratulate Val Mazzenga with the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award for his amazing work as a photojournalist. Presentation will start at 1PM on Saturday, April 8 with a talk from Val to follow. RSVP to info@amdurproductions.com.
Artist Book Signing from…
Robin Samiljan
Purchase Robin’s limited addition art book and get the book signed by Robin at the show.
Get the Full Chicago Art & Design Show Experience! 
Purchase an Event Package through Groupon and get the full experience.
Click for Available Packages

Click for More on the Chicago Art & Design Show

The Chicago Art & Design Show is proudly sponsored by…

847-926-4300 | info@AmdurProductions.com | PO Box 550, Highland Park, IL 60035

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