Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Super offerings from Santa Barbara's finest

Thirteen artists are working in collaboration on a printing project to raise funds for the new organization Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative.

The idea was hatched by fund raising maven Tracey Morris as a means of, not only, raising money for direct-to-artist grants but also as a way to educate a growing audience that anyone can start a grand collection with limited funds.

Here are editioned prints {meaning limited to ONLY 25 of each image offered} at the affordable price of $50 each. They are hand made, hand pulled prints by our local and well loved artists. Half the money goes to the artist for the materials to make the edition, the other half goes to fund grants to help artists in our community stay in our community, realize a dream project or to purchase much needed materials.

The grants include all the arts, not just visual, but dance, theatre, music, literature .... I'm sure to be missing one, but you get the idea. The grants keep our community rich with culture, one reason why we all love it here.

How can this not be a win win for everyone! So far we have 7 prints available with a new print coming out the first of every month. There will be 13 in all, a good baker's dozen. You can get more information on the prints and their creators HERE as well as at the Arts Collaborative website.

Happy collecting! Let's get started!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Introducing Ms. Molly Hahn aka Mollycules

Molly extraordinaire, Molly the writer, Molly the illustrator, Molly the designer, Molly the techy gal, Molly the publisher... what does Molly NOT do, I ask you.

I met Molly Hahn through a dear friend Tom Stanley, who spoke of her wit and charm and amazing ability. I was first smitten after seeing her newly self published book All the Things I Can Do. Wow. I was impressed and paying attention. She told me stories of taking that inevitable leap off the cliff into entrepreneurship. I have great admiration for anyone willing to make that blind jump into the unknown.

Molly is currently enrolled in the Women's Economic Ventures Self Employment training to figure out her business and build her muscles so that she will grow to be a thriving artist entreprenuer. While all that growing takes place she also needs to keep everything fluid, rent paid, pets fed, belly full and creative juices flowing. Meaning.... she needs to keep working while her own business buds into the fullness she needs for it to support her.

To know about what she has to offer, you can scan her list of credits:

Graphic Design - business cards, brochures, layout, newsletters, logos
Web Design
Illustration - personal commissions, web graphics
Art/Graphics Production Assistant
Teaching - Illustration/Cartooning Workshops
Data Entry - I can type 90 wpm!

You can see her resume HERE
And know all about her amazing talent by perusing her website HERE

Don't forget to check out her books All the Things I Can Do and Under the Sneep Tree
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