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Here’s another chance to hear it.

From the Traditional Arts Indiana website

Webinar recording access: Social Networking for Artists and Performers

Social Networking for Artists and PerformersThe latest Traditional Arts Indiana webinar, “Social Networking for Artists and Performers: Developing and Maintaining an Online Presence”, is available as a video recording at: http://connect.iu.edu/p6upmf4ohax/.

When you click the link, you will be taken to a new window that shows everything exactly as it happened. You can watch this video at any time to see how social media can help professionalize your folk practice, whether it’s weaving, pottery, or – as it is with our friend and host, Geoff Davis – woodcarving.

WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, and Etsy: these are just a few of the topics Geoff covered in his roughly 50-minute talk. There’s plenty to learn and explore in this presentation, so be sure to take advantage.

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I’ve been working with Traditional Arts Indiana for many, many years–performing, running workshops and demonstrating.  This Thursday I will be joining my daughter, Hannah Davis and Traditional Arts Indiana intern, to talk about social networking.

My initial reaction, when approached to do this, is that I’m no expert in social media.  Upon reflection I do have something to talk about.  I’ve been networking with traditional artists since I began writing letters to wooden boatbuilders in the late 1970s.  The internet has made these kinds of interactions cheap and immediate.  I’m no expert, but I do have something to share.

From the Traditional Arts Indiana website:

Social Networking for Artists and Performers: Developing and Maintaining an Online Presence

Want to use social media — sign up for a Facebook page, begin to tweet, start a blog — to promote your work, but don’t quite know how? Feel like what you’re already doing isn’t quite enough? Join TAI and Hamilton County artist and social networking afficionado Geoff Davis online on April 5 at 4:30 p.m. EDT (UTC−04:00) for our next webinar.

Davis, a woodcarver, musician, and educator, will introduce sites and explain how to use them, describe the best methods for attracting more fans and followers, and explain new opportunities to sell work online. In addition to covering the basics, Davis will also introduce new tools to improve what artists are already doing.

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I’ve been absent from keeping up this blog over the last week and apologize.  I’ve been preparing for the Indiana Artisan Marketplace beginning in just a few hours at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.  I can’t take a lot of time for build-up, but this is the finest art/fine craft show that I’ve ever been involved with — as an artist or as a buyer.  This is not a show to be missed.

(Aside – This group really treats their artists right.  We pulled up the van yesterday and a volunteer loaded my stuff in for me!)

I’ll try to post images throughout the show from my iPhone.  If I am able to move around (I expect to be busy) I will try to share the work of other artists.

50 Little Birds has two booths this year — I hope that I am the plate spinner that I think I am — one will be my sales booth and a second bootht o teach and demonstrate bird carving and painting.  Please stop and chat a bit.

I would like to thank friend and woodcarver, Dennis Maddox, of Noblesville for his help yesterday.  There were a few construction glitches and he was the man to solve the problems fast.  Dennis has been carving at local golf coaurses.  It seems that golf course like to turn their dead trees into large carvings.  Recently Dennis carved a huge golf club for Crooked Stick Golf Course and a trio of Great Blue Heron for the golf course at Eagle Creek Park.

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The second Indiana Artisan Marketplace debuts March 31, 2012

The second Indiana Artisan Marketplace debuts March 31, 2012

Showcasing the creations of Indiana’s best artists and artisans, the Indiana Artisan Marketplace returns for a second year at the Expo Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds March 31 and April 1, 2012.  More than 125 artisans from Indiana and an additional 75 artisans from Kentucky will showcase art and food selected as being among the best in Indiana and Kentucky by food and art jury panels created by Indiana Artisan and Kentucky Crafted.

 

The Indiana Artisan Marketplace is a chance to buy one-of-a-kind artwork and artisan food directly from the Hoosiers who make it, to meet the artisans and to share their stories.  Visitors will be able to watch artisans create artwork, cultivate relationships with their favorite artisans and celebrate Indiana talent and creativity.

 

In addition to browsing the booths, visitors again will enjoy Indiana music, live art and craft demonstration  and food and drink tasting.

 

The Marketplace is modeled after the extremely successful Kentucky Crafted: The Market, which is in its 30th year and attracts approximately 8,000 visitors and 600 wholesale buyers to its annual event that will move from Lexington to Louisville in 2012.

 

The work of more than 180 artisans in more than 50 Indiana counties has been juried into the organization and is part of the Indiana Artisan brand.  The work of additional artisans will be selected during jury panel sessions for both art and food in November 2011.  Artisans whose work is selected for the organization will be invited to participate in the 2012 Marketplace.  The application deadline is October 19, 2011, and guidelines can be found at www.IndianaArtisan.org.

 

Indiana Artisans include painters, woodworkers, winemakers, jewelry designers, weavers, makers of specialty cheeses and more.  Program manager Eric Freeman says, “An Indiana Artisan is a Hoosier recognized for careful attention to detail, knowledge of a craft and an entrepreneurial spirit.  His or her talent contributes to Indiana’s reputation for quality work.”

 

WHAT:                 Indiana Artisan Marketplace

WHEN:                 Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE:                Indiana State Fairgrounds, Expo Hall, Indianapolis

COST:                  $10 admission (free for children 7 and under) and $3 parking

Featured Artists include:

Allen County
Joe Pelka, Fort Wayne, pottery
Kristy Beber, Lee, stoneware pottery
Jennifer Cameron, Fort Wayne, jewelry
Wayne Shive, Fort Wayne, chile and espresso fudge sauces

Bartholomew County
Alexa Lemley, Columbus, marshmallows

Boone County
Jennifer Berger, Zionsville, hand-designed and constructed felted creatures, using hand-dyed yarns
Janet Boettcher, Thorntown, Norwegian Rosemaling folk art painted in oils on wood
Joyce Jensen, Zionsville, watercolors
Dusky Loebel, Zionsville, handcrafted sterling silver jewelry, using metal smithing and glass fusing

Brown County
Rosemary Bolte, Nashville, painted gourds
Amy Greely, Nashville, jewelry
Chris Gustin, Columbus, rugs and fiber arts
Anabel Hopkins, Nashville, notecards and original art
Michele Pollock, Columbus, mixed media paper art
Judy Prichard, Nashville, pottery
Tom Prichard, Nashville, pottery
Kyle Spears, Nashville, photography
Larry Spears, Nashville, pottery

Carroll County
Rena Brouwer, Delphi, watercolors

Cass County
Mercedes Brugh, Logansport, glass jewelry
Toney Robertson, Galveston, wooden bowls, hand-turned wooden pendants, roses made of wood and metals

Clark County
Huber’s Winery and Orchard, Borden, wine and brandy
Diane and Dan Wibbels, Clarksville, hand-woven fiber used to create garments and household items

Daviess County
Larry Green, Washington, basswood carvings

DeKalb County
Kalista Johnston, Garrett, cheese crisps

Delaware County
David Calvin, Muncie, woodwork

Dubois County
Sisters of St. Benedict, Ferdinand, cookies

Floyd County
Robert Capshew, Lanesville, black cheery, pear and red wine vinegar

Franklin County
Carrie Miller, Batesville, sauces and jams

Hamilton County
Linda Adamson, Arcadia, fiber art
Carol Bell, Noblesville, stoneware
Jennifer Cheezum, Carmel, pierogis
Christine Davis, Fishers, raku fired ceramics
Geoffrey Davis, Noblesville, Indiana songbirds carved from wood
Charles Ferguson, Noblesville, Crazy Charlie’s Gourmet salsas
Sylvia Gray, Westfield, surface design, hand painted silk scarves
Tim Kennedy, Fishers, wood turned bowls, vessels, lidded boxes, spheres
Pam Newell, Fishers, pastels and oils
Brian Paffen, Fishers, soaps and bath products
Lori Shreve, Westfield, fudge

Harrison County
Laura Pfeiffer, Corydon, 24 wines from Turtle Run Winery

Jackson County
Pete Baxter, Seymour, wood, Shaker boxes and carriers
Burton’s Maplewood Farm, Medora, maple syrup

Jay County
Zach Medler, Portland, ceramics and relief printing

Kosciusko County
Terry Armstrong, Warsaw, watercolors

LaPorte County
Steven Skinner, New Carlisle, pottery

Lawrence County
Charlotte Waltz, Norman, persimmons
Carousel Winery, Mitchell, wine

Madison County
Greg Adams, Lapel, rustic willow furniture

Marion County
Teri Barnett, Indianapolis, acrylics
Chuck Bruce, Indianapolis, silver inlay jewelry with lapidary gems and minerals
James Dupler, Indianapolis, woodworking
Allison Ford, Indianapolis, wooden jewelry
Elizabeth Garber, Indianapolis, truffles
Rick Greiner, Indianapolis, pottery pears
Jayne Hoadley, Indianapolis, sea salt pecan chews
Anita Hopper, Indianapolis, recycled leather purses and accessories
Erin Jones-Edds, Indianapolis, dressings and drink mixes
Nancy Lee, Indianapolis, jewelry
Nancy Miller, Indianapolis, gourd art
Peg Neal, Indianapolis, pottery
Donna Shortt, Indianapolis, oils and pastels
Carrie Wild, Indianapolis, watercolors

Miami County
Rose Brown, Peru, goat’s milk soap
Susan Kline, Peru, paper collage

Monroe County
Jan Arbogast, Bloomington, pottery
John Bower, Bloomington, photography
Kris Busch, Heltonville, pottery
Jim Butler, Bloomington, wine from Butler Winery
Maria Dawson, Ellettsville, fiber art
Suzanne Halvorson, Bloomington, fiber art/scarves
Thomas Harris, Bloomington, ceramics/pottery
Carolyn and Don Madvig, Bloomington, paper/found material notecards
Marcy Neiditz, Bloomington, pottery
Cappi Phillips, Bloomington, mixed media mosaic sculpture
Sheryl Woodhouse-Keese, Bloomington, handmade papers

Morgan County
Donna Jo Copeland, Mooresville, fiber art

Ohio County
Kendal Miller, Dillsboro, fine art photography

Orange County
French Lick Winery, French Lick, wine

Perry County
Winzerwald Winery, Bristow, wine
Nita Claise, Tell City, raku pottery
Brad Smith, Tell City, hand twisted Tell City Pretzel

Porter County
Lynn Retson, Porter, graphite drawings

Posey County
Laine Benthall, Mt. Vernon, jewelry
Tom Wintczak, Wadesville, pottery

Randolph County
Judy Coe, Lynn, homemade noodles
Wayne Gaydos, Farmland, stringed instruments

Ripley County
Robin Dyer, Friendship, leather moccasins and textiles

Shelby County
Julie Bolejack, Shelbyville, chocolates

St. Joseph County
Laurel Isle, Winona Lake, soaps and bath products

Tippecanoe County
Mary Firestone, Lafayette, stoneware
Lisa Hopkins, West Lafayette, sterling silver jewelry
Aldis Knight, Lafayette, photography
Sara Vanderkleed, Lafayette, fine art, including acrylic and watercolor combined with recycled envelopes

Vanderburgh County
Karen Hampton, Evansville, fiber art
Larry Hampton, Evansville, color pencil drawings

Vermillion County
Brooke Schmidt, Dana, toffees

Washington County
Carrie Strange, Salem, letterpress greeting cards

Wayne County
Nathan and Linda Jones, Richmond, sterling silver jewelry
Daniel Sims, Richmond, stained glass

 

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As a “folkie” I’m really interested in folks, their skills and talents and the communities that develop form them.  Yesterday I had an opportunity to celebrate and share much of my circle of talented and sharing friends.

For the third year Blue Stone Folk School was featured on the stage of the Pioneer Village.  It was a day of great music, traditional arts and sharing.  My daughter, a fine performer in her own right, represented us and all of Hamilton County as our 4H Fair Queen.  She is our designated county representative at the fair and she made the most of it.

I want to introduce you to these folks.  I’m sure there are others.  I didn’t get photos of all of the members of Alice Chalmers and the Stick a Cork in It Jug Band.  I regret this and apologize.

(Note: I cannot get captions to show.  Check back later for captions.)

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