Author Archive

Selling Art Sucks

How Ann Rea Makes Both Art and Money

By Jack Hamann

Ann Rea was once one of those artists. Stuck in a cubicle. Staring at a screen. Collecting modest paychecks for work entirely unrelated to the five years it took her to earn an art degree. And hating every minute of it.

“I had to pay back a student loan,” Rea recalls. “I had to pay a mortgage. I had to pay for adult life.... | Read More

Point Man

Jonathan Brender finds inspiration for his signature style in the pointillist artwork of Aborigines

By Lee Mergner

Venezuelan-born painter Jonathan Brender’s bright pointillism pieces have made him popular with collectors in the United States and Europe. The South Florida resident, who first received his artistic education in ceramics and sculpture, spoke with ABN contributor Lee... | Read More

Artexpo New York 2016: A Don’t-Miss Event

Photos by Robert J. Hibbs

For 38 years and counting, Artexpo New York has been changing the way people buy and sell art. An annual juried art show, Artexpo brings the biggest publishers, galleries, and collectors face-to-face with hundreds of established and emerging artists. It is exactly what it claims to be: the world’s largest fine-art marketplace. There, many of the world’s... | Read More

The Season’s Best Sculpture Exhibits

Mammoth, miniature & one-of-a-kind

By Melissa Hart

Sculptors this season promise whimsy, color, and endless surprises in the form of a giant metal sculpture of a rock topped by a sheet of paper and bisected by red-handled scissors, a 6-foot leopard-print stiletto trimmed in red fur, or a couple of professional tennis players forged from a family’s heirloom silverware.

This... | Read More

The Cost of Conservation and Restoration

How do conservators restore damaged art works, what does it cost, and how does it impact value?

By Isabel Thottam

Imagine walking through a beautiful exhibit of famous paintings at a museum. You look closely at a Picasso and lean forward in admiration. Suddenly, you lose your balance and, without thinking, latch onto the painting to catch your fall. Whoops. You’ve left a fist-sized... | Read More

Full Service

Artblend owners Michael and Elaine Joseph cover all the bases of art management and consulting, offering their clients a path to success

By Isabel Thottam

A team of award-winning professionals, Michael and Elaine Joseph focus on current trends and technology to assist artists worldwide through their company, Artblend Inc. They use Artblend as a way to examine and redefine the... | Read More

Paying Forward the Gift of Art

Lisa Schuster had graduated from business school and was running an art publishing business before she ever tried her hand at painting. Someone who had always appreciated art, she’d never considered herself an artist, and, when she finally allowed herself the freedom to test out her skills at age 30, she found that she had considerable talent. Today, though best-known for her abstract... | Read More

Must-See Miami

Check out ABN’s curated list of events and shows you won’t want to miss during Miami Art Week

Miami Art Week has exploded into a well-known destination that attracts some of the top artists and galleries in the world. From the sophisticated Art Basel for the cultural connoisseur to a host of Wynwood venues with an international collection of galleries and emerging artists, Miami... | Read More

Goods for Good

Christina Eldridge, co-founder of Red Dirt Shop, successfully combines business, art, and charity

By Nicki Porter

It’s one thing to create art with good intentions: to raise awareness for a cause, grant a voice to the oppressed, or just bring a little light into the world. But acting on those good intentions is another thing entirely.

For Kansas City natives Christina Eldridge... | Read More

Educator & Creator

High school art teacher Melanie Blood inspires students, who in turn inspire her own work

By Meredith Quinn

Melanie Blood and her students hard at work

Art is often one of the first programs on the chopping block for many public school districts. But four-year high school art teacher Melanie Blood reveals that the skills students acquire while talking... | Read More

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