Monday, April 4, 2011

Call for Crafters : Mayfest - May 15

ARe you interested in being a part of the SOMA Guild booth? Contact Jo at

Mayfest : Maplewood NJ

WHEN : May 15th 11-5pm

DEADLINE: April 29th

WHERE: Springfield Avenue, Maplewood NJ

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Evening Meeting : April 20th 7:30-9:30pm

Due to a sudden raging thunder, hail and snow storm, last month's meeting was understandably cancelled.

So we are re-scheduling the critique session for this month.

Do you have a new product line you would like an opinion on? New marketing materials? New website?
Get feedback on your own creations and share your thoughts and opinions to help other group members

Bring your marketing materials, products, display, booth set-up, website, etsy shop - anything you need an opinion on

Saturday, April 2, 2011

New Morning Meetings : Wednesday 6 th April 10 - 12

Have you been unable to get to the evening meetings? We are now holding morning meetings 10-12 for networking and demos. Drop by to learn a new craft and catch up with what is new.

This month we will be assembling gift baskets to promote the group at local fundraisers. Bring things to include in the basket and some nimble fingers for bow tying

April 6th 10am-noon
Parteaz, 1860 Springfield Ave Maplewood NJ

If you would like to demonstrate your craft, a new product or share your marketing skills then contact Katie at

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

How to Critique Your Own Art

One of the greatest challenges of creating a painting is the process of self-critique. Not only is this process important for the work itself, it is an essential component to artistic growth. One of the advantages of
an academic setting is that college and graduate students sit through numerous critiques of their own and others work. If you haven't had the benefit of that type of experience, or still feel weak at self-critique, here are some guidelines to follow.

1.If you are going to critique or make judgments about the art, stop all work and step away from it.

2.When you are actively working on the art, don't worry overly about problems. If you find yourself hesitating about what to do next, stop, walk away and give the work a break. You can always start a new piece if you'd like to keep working.

3.It is important to have more than one work in progress at a time. Working on more than one painting at a time allows you to view the works comparatively and will help you stay consistent.

4.At a distance, use your hands like a frame to visually isolate quadrants of the painting. It is easier to find problems when they are separated from the whole.

5.If the painting gives you too many problems, don't be afraid to scrap the whole thing. Sometimes fixating on something will hold back your progress.

6.Become a scientist. Study the work of an artist whose style is similar. Compare their work to yours. Ask yourself what makes their painting so effective. To better understand their process, create a copy of the work, paying carefully attention to how the painting is layered.

7.If the painting has a focal point, does it capture the viewer's eye?

8.Use a sketchbook to create small studies before you paint and to keep notes of work in progress. Writing is an essential component to tracking and expanding your artistic growth.

9.Hold the painting in front of a mirror to see if it looks as good in reverse. This process will often reveal weak or flawed spots.

10.Turn the painting in different directions. Doing this will allow you to make more objective decisions about color and value.
11.View the painting from many distances to determine how compelling it will be from across the room.

12.If you have a digital camera, taking a photo of the painting can be helpful if your computer will allow you to manipulate the digital image. For instance, viewing the work in black and white might show that your
range of value is not great enough or if the work has problems with contrast.

Above all with self-critique, don't let anything hold you back.

Elizabeth McKeever, Yahoo! Contributor Network
Oct 29, 2009

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Call for artists- Maplewoodstock Tee-Shirt Design Contest


Maplewoodstock-logo Our community is so vibrant and rich with creative and passionate people, we again ask to rely on you to create the face of Maplewoodstock 2011. We had a great response last year in our Maplewoodstock Logo Contest. So, we’ve got our logo, and you can see it in use on some of our merch and also our Twitter and Facebook pages.

This year, we eagerly anticipate fresh t-shirt ideas for the Maplewoodstock 2011 Music & Arts Festival.

As you may know, Maplewoodstock t-shirts and merchandise are a staple tradition to this event — the sales of which significantly off-set the costs to host our two days of glorious sound and fun. Be a part of this tradition; provide the creative face of this year’s event!

Submit your design by Monday, April 4.

It must be a digitally-created (almost camera-ready) concept design in JPG or PNG format. If your design is chosen, you will then be asked to supply a final digital, layered, color-separated within the week of the winning decision.

* Must say “Maplewoodstock” and “July 9 & 10, 2011″ on it.
* Should convey a community music and art festival (we’re not a bowling tournament).
* Must work on a variety of backgrounds (e.g., white, black, pink, blue).
* Limited to 4 colors and 2 additional shades of the 4.
* Yes, you can submit more than one design.

There is a second t-shirt design chosen for kids and our “Kid Zone” . . . so youthful, playful designs welcome for the kids wear.

What do YOU get?

* The adoration and appreciation of the town.
* Named credit on the design / t-shirts and Program Booklet.
* Gift certificate to a local restaurant.
* Bragging rights for the rest of your life and a spot in Maplewoodstock history.

So, start designing; since we are no longer looking for something that works as a logo, your creative options are greater this year. Then, email your design to with the Subject “T-Shirt Contest” by April 4.

Friday, March 25, 2011

2011 Artist Studio Tour-

Call for SOMA Guild Artisan's

The SOMA Artisan's Guld will have their own venue for the Artist Studio Tour June 5 11am-5pm
we will be promoting the event with local banner adds, fliers, and a write up in the News Record.
the Artisan's Guild venue will be on the ticket map.
We will have live music though out the day and refreshments for the tourists.

If you want to show your work- but don't feel comfortable opening up your own home- then the SOMA Artisan's Guild venue is the place for you!

The event venue is located at 174 Village Rd in South Orange a large victorian with plenty of room.

You will need to get your applications and money in asap to 1978 Art Center
make sure you add that you will be showing at the SOMA Artisan's Guild Venue

Please let me know if you would like to join us....we would be happy to have you!

Katie Clayton
973 327 4488

Thursday, March 10, 2011

How to meet Museum Curators, Art Collectors and Gallery Owners in NJ

This weekend will be the last chance to see the superb Chakaia Booker exhibit at Gallery 1978 in Maplewood.
If you stop by on Sunday you can also participate in the panel discussion, where curators, collectors and artists will be discussing their roles in new art and the many opportunities for new artists

It will be a great opportunity to meet some movers and shakers in the local art scene and get some insights into their world - bring your business cards!

Sunday March 13, 2011 @ 3:00 pm FREE
Gallery 1978, 1978 Springfield Ave, Maplewood NJ

Participants on the Panel:

Patricia Selden of Selden Associates, Fine Art Advisor, Art Collector

Alexandra Schwartz, Curator of Contemporary Art, Montlcair Art Museum,

Toni Thomas, Proprietor of Yema Gallery, Located in the Valley Arts District

Anne Dushanko Dobek, Installation Artist

Onnie Strother, Moderator, Former Arts Administrator, 1978 Maplewood Arts Center Board Member.