Today's postings

  1. [Baren 28117] Subject: grant writing (Myron Turner)
  2. [Baren 28118] Re: grant writing (Sharri LaPierre)
  3. [Baren 28119] talk by Rebecca Salter (cucamongie #
  4. [Baren 28120] email art scam ("Maurice Fykes")
  5. [Baren 28121] Re: talk by Rebecca Salter ("Paul Mullowney")
  6. [Baren 28122] Re: email art scam ("Robert Canaga")
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Message 1
From: Myron Turner
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2005 09:22:18 -0500
Subject: [Baren 28117] Subject: grant writing
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I don't know about the presenter (Lynn Miner) but workshops like this are
usually a good investment, particularly for someone starting out, because
they will give you some ideas about the do's and don'ts and about what
juries are like and what they might look for.

Where did you get the idea that "an artist is rarely successful being his own
voice in applying for a grant"? First of all, I find that an astonishing
assumption and even more so if it's true. I am talking here about
individual artists, not artists' co-ops, groups, centers. etc. I've been
doing this art thing a long time, and I've been on various kinds of
juries--galleries, granting agencies, competitions--locally and nationally,
and I don't think I've ever come across an application from an individual
artist that was ever suspected of being ghost-written. And if ever such an
application were to come up, I am pretty sure that it would suffer because
of it.

I might be naive, of course. Or maybe things are done differently where
you are writing from. But before I hired someone to write an application
for me I'd at least check with the granting agency to see if that's an
acceptable practice.

In my experience, applications are not judged on how well they are written,
because if they were a lot of very good people would be turned down. They
are judged on how well the project fits the grant's criteria and on the
slides and other visuals. If I were to advise someone on how to spend a
limited budget, I'd say to hire a photographer and/or videographer and get
professional slides and tapes.


>I've got an opportunity to go to a grant writing seminar by a Dr. Lynn
>Is attending a full day seminar worth it to have this information
>in my back pocket?
>I know there are people who specialize in writing grants for artists,
>but, are the odds such that an artist is rarely successful being his own
>voice in applying for a grant...
>and hiring a "voice" is highly advisable?
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Message 2
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2005 09:38:16 -0700
Subject: [Baren 28118] Re: grant writing
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My experience has been that you definitely need a grant writing seminar
before attempting to write one. There are secrets to success that only
the pros know. Check with your local (State) Arts Commission and see
when they are giving one in Madison. They are usually a one day deal
and cost around $10. It is a lot cheaper than hiring someone to write
for you, and there is no reason you can't do it yourself. The one I
attended was all day one Sat., and then we went home and wrote a
fictitious grant and sent it to them. They "corrected it" and we met
about a month later and reviewed them and they gave us pointers and
examples of how we could have done it better. Ours was sponsored by
our local Arts Association, but put on by the State Arts Commission -
it was definitely worth the ten bucks - although that has probably gone
up by now - inflation hits everywhere!

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Message 3
From: cucamongie #
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2005 21:13:32 -0400
Subject: [Baren 28119] talk by Rebecca Salter
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Hi all, just wanted to let you know that Rebecca Salter, who wrote a book on Japanese woodblock printmaking (which several bareners have images in) will be giving a talk on June 23 at Yale. It appears to be a talk about being an artist in general, called "Drawing in Isolation". She's a wonderful artist and a delightful person. Here's the website for further info:

best wishes
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Message 4
From: "Maurice Fykes"
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2005 20:54:42 -0700
Subject: [Baren 28120] email art scam
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Dear Baren Forum,

Some time ago (several months), one of our members made comment about being solicited on line by someone who wanted to acquire his art work but wanted him to ship the art work and the buyer would "send" him payment for his work. I do remember this post from a Baren member in the UK. Well, my art work is being "admired" by a mystery Tommy Jones. I must admit, he is quite sharp at what he is attempting to do. His first email stated, in absolutely horrible grammar and punctuation, that he had seen my art at my "art shop" and wanted me to ship a number of pieces to him and he would send payment to me and that his shipping company would take care of the shipping. In my reply to his email I asked him at which art shop did he see my work, the Seattle shop or the Portland shop and which art piece was he referring to. (My studio is in Vancouver, Washington).

In his reply he skillfully side stepped the location and art work question but insisted that I ship my art work to him. I decided not to reply to the second request. Two weeks went by and you guessed it, a third email arrived stating the following:

"I'm still waiting for your response on the works u have at hand
wait to read from you ASAp."

In short, my reply to him was that I would not, under any circumstances, ship him any work without first receiving full payment and that I was aware of several scams which are being used to separate art work and money from artist.

Folks, stay sharp! These individuals will stop at nothing to pull one over on you. You get a hint something isn't right when you read the email. The spelling looks like a cave man wrote it.

Be well,

Maurice Fykes III
Vancouver, Washington
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Message 5
From: "Paul Mullowney"
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2005 18:59:18 -1000
Subject: [Baren 28121] Re: talk by Rebecca Salter
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Hi all,

Rebecca Salter will also be conducting a six day workshop in July in Maui, as well as giving a talk at the conference opening the exhibition Wood Skin Ink: The Japanese Aesthetic in Modern Tattooing. The exhibition examines the link between the worlds and iconography of Kabuki, Ukiyo-e printing and tattooing in Edo period Japan and how the iconography has influenced modern day tattoo masters working worldwide. Roger Keyes, Brown University; Yasu Shibata, Master Printer, Pace Editions; and Don Ed Hardy, Godfather of American tattooing, will also be on hand.

Full color catalog with essays by Rebecca Salter, Don Ed Hardy, Takahiro Kitamura and myself is also available. Please see the link below.

Warm regards,

Paul Mullowney
Core Faculty, Printmaking
Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center
2841 Baldwin Avenue
Makawao, Maui, Hawaii 96768
tel 808 572 6560 ext 31

Hui No' eau Visual Arts Center presents the exhibition
Wood Skin Ink: The Japanese Aesthetic in Modern Tattooing
August 1-September 25, 2005
Opening conference, July 29th, 30th, 31st, 2005
For details visit
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Message 6
From: "Robert Canaga"
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2005 21:40:37 -0700
Subject: [Baren 28122] Re: email art scam
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I had a great adventure with a "Prince" living in London. He said he had seen one of my works on the web and wanted 4 of the same series of paintings. He talked about materials, style, method, et al. He said he would have his shippers pick up the work and that he would send a check for the full amount but I had to send him the commission as his clients who wanted the art and he was just going to act as the gallery. I was to send him $3000 of the $1000 he would send me. He gave me an address in Atlanta where his company had an office. A Mapquest of the Atlanta office address told me it was a all night market....
What he did not know was the I had worked for 8 years in various military roles including Army Security Agency, Psychological Operations, and Security Intel. and was at once suspicious.
I was flattered as an artist, and fearful as a skeptic,
I contacted my bank, my lawyer, and a couple of friends in London.
The address he gave me was what amounted to a "mail drop" and was listed as an "office" He gave me addresses of the oil company he was working with and my friends helped track that down as a erroneous entity.
I had him send the check (with I still have). It was drawn on a bank in Michigan. I took it to my bank, and under the eye of the manager one of the tellers submitted it for passed! All the numbers were correct! We called the bank. They said they had lost thousands, were in suspension, were under FBI watch, and on and on due to this Nigerian scam.
I have the check framed.
He called me and ask if I had cashed the check and where was his money? I said I had cashed it, spent it on drugs, and would see him in hell:)
Never heard another word.