Why blog if you’re an artist? Same reasons as for anyone else: visibility, personal development, and/or community. These tend to flow together.
Today, the way we find people is on the web. No, you probably won’t sell much from a web site alone, but that’s how collectors, curators, and anyone interested can see what you do and contact you or come to your next show. If you’re marketing, be on the web. And what better way to promote your web site than from here?
Writing about your work or your artistic concerns, discussing them with others, are both ways to better understand what you’re about. Think sitting with friends at your favorite kitchen table, coffee shop, bar, laundromat, or wherever. Blogging is different for every blogger. Why not try it out here?
Would you like to form an art book club, start a landscape photography group, locate some potters to share a kiln? Say you want to have a one-night show at your place, or find someone else to do it with. Post a notice … here!
Did I mention I’m looking for regular authors, one time contributors, anybody who has something to post?
I tossed out the idea of a local art blog at Art and Perception to see what ideas or experiences that group had. Naturally, the question of promoting it at the beginning came up. Personally, I think I’ll be going around to contact potentially interested parties directly. But it will be interesting to see whether anyone finds the blog through web browsing or searching.
Another issue arising was the sometimes uneasy relationship of galleries and artists, or perhaps commercial vs. non-commercial concerns. How this might play out is anyone’s guess. It depends so much on the people involved and the direction the blog takes. I can certainly imagine that it might turn out most appropriate to have a separate artist authors only blog. But as Robert Frost knew, good fences don’t necessarily make good neighbors. In any case, all should realize that nothing is set in stone. Anybody so inclined can start their own blog free of charge, and hopefully that will happen down the line.
The blog doesn’t make the community, people do. The purpose of the blog is to lower some of the barriers to communication.
Welcome to Art Bozeman! If you’re an artist or art fan in the Bozeman area, I hope this blog will be of interest to you. There are many things it could include, some obvious ones being:
- openings and events
- calls for artists
- reviews and general opinions
- news affecting artists
A good example of a local arts resource along these general lines is Livingston’s artsmontana.com, recently established by Lynn Weaver. It’s a great place to look for ideas.
Ideally, I’d like to see a more social place with the focus on artists, who care about marketing but also have other concerns. Perhaps all topics would live on the same blog, but perhaps some conversations could better take place on a different one. You are the ones who can best say what your concerns are. And you can best provide the content. I’d like anyone who wishes to be able to write posts on this blog. And, naturally, anyone may comment on any post. Starting with this one. Any thoughts or reactions out there?