Art For Life Philly Honors Jane Golden, Judy Brodsky and James Brantley!

On Saturday, November 3rd,  Danny Simmons, and Rush Arts 

invite you to the inaugural Art For Life Philadelphia!

 Honoring Jane Golden of Mural Arts; artist, printmaker, professor, art activist Judy Brodsky, and artist James Brantley at this years’ Art For Life Philadelphia at The Painted BrideJoin us at #ArtForLifePhilly as we celebrate our honorees; showcase the #ArtForLifePhilly Art Auction featuring works by Derrick AdamsRashid JohnsonShepard Fairey & more; and continue to expand and highlight those central to our Rush Arts Philly mission: the youth & artists that bring our work to life!

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
The Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA
6p Arrivals & Cocktails
7p  Program

For additional information or to purchase tickets visit:  http://rushphilanthropic.org/artforlifephilly/.

Rush Arts Philadelphia (RAP), a project of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (RPAF), has announced the honorees for the 2018 ART FOR LIFE PHILLY benefit on November 3, 2018 at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia. It is the first time Art for Life is being held in Philadelphia. The honorees are Judith Brodsky, founder of the Brodsky Center which recently relocated to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art (PAFA) from Rutgers University; Philadelphia figure and portrait painter James Brantley; and Jane Golden, executive director of Mural Arts Philadelphia.

Artist, poet and philanthropist Danny Simmons founded RAP in 2016 after relocating his home to Philadelphia from Brooklyn, NY. Simmons decided to locate RAP in the Logan section of Philadelphia to spur a revitalization of the neighborhood through the arts. Since RAP’s founding the organization has offered visual and performing arts classes to children and adults, including free progressive, multi-week programs, and exhibitions that have provided exposure to emerging artists and curators of color, while also introducing the Logan residents to high-quality fine art. RAP has exhibition and programming partnerships with the Barnes Foundation, Art Sanctuary, PAFA, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AMMP), and Mural Arts Philadelphia (MAP), among others.

For Art for Life Philly, Danny Simmons hopes to create a new cannot miss event, with a more accessible ticket price starting at $150. Donors can further support the event by purchasing art donated by visual artists for the occasion.

ART FOR LIFE PHILLY’s hosts are Angela and Vanessa Simmons, nieces of Danny Simmons.  Angela and Vanessa were recently elected to the board of RPAF. Manayunk real estate development and entrepreneur, and Angela and Vanessa’s colleague on the PRAF board Lenny Bazemore serves as co-host andJo-Jo Simmons will serve as honorary co-host.

For additional information or to purchase tickets visit:  http://rushphilanthropic.org/artforlifephilly/.

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9 Tips to Create Your Own Publicity

Posted On July 10, 2015

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Great tips to gain exposure for your small business.

Kennedy Robinson, Public Relations

What is the easiest way to get publicity, build trust and gain visibility for your business? Promoting yourself is the answer. Yes paid PR can guarantee results but self-promotion never hurt anyone! If you don’t do anything, you won’t get anything.
So use one of these tips today,everyday if possible and you’ll see how easily you can create publicity for your company, both online and offline.

  1. Create your content usinggraphics and photos.Use websites likeCanva or PicMonkey to create graphics. Gather (or take) your best product photos or photos showing you in action with the services you provide. Use your content on social media to drive traffic to your website.
  2. Obtain testimonials from your customers or clients. This is pretty easy if you already have a website like Etsy, Amazon, Thumbtack or Fiverr where you sell your services or products. Most of the time websites such as these have a…

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Handmade at Amazon is Accepting Applications

Posted On June 26, 2015

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Latest News about Handmade at Amazon

Kennedy Robinson, Public Relations

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As promised, I am keeping up on Handmade at Amazon!

Well today I received an email encouraging me to apply to become a Handmade at Amazon Artisan.

“Handmade” is an invite only community so you have to complete an application. Right now, Handmade at Amazon is open to artisans who make Jewelry, Home products (Art, Baby Bedding, Bath, Bedding, Furniture, Home Décor, Kitchen & Dining, Lighting, Patio, Lawn & Garden, Storage & Organization), Party Supplies and Stationery.

The application is pretty straight forward and simple.  It asks the normal questions such as your business name, city, state, website, etc.  Then it gets into the nitty gritty asking questions such as:

  • What type of products do you sell?
  • How do you make them?
  • Are they indeed handmade or hand-altered?
  • How long have you been selling?
  • Where do you sell?
  • Do you sell at Craft Fairs?

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Your Pink Angels Pink Pop Up Boutique

Your Pink Angels Pink Pop Up Boutique

Come shop, network and listen to LIVE music while encouraging cancer survivors. Meet some of your Handmade Philly members who will be vending at this event.

Boutique featuring shoes, jewelry and custom made items, clothing and more.

Sun October 27, 2013 3-7 pm
Soup Factory Studio
6143 Germantown Avenue

A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to cancer focused organizations.

Indigo Bleu Design & Culture Center

In the Fall of 2013, Philadelphia-based marketing and management firm, Indigo Bleu Design Concepts will launch their most new brand project the Indigo Bleu Design & Culture Center (IBDCC).

IBDCC

IBDCC

Conveniently located in the Parkside section of West Philadelphia, IBDCC, will serve as a creative anchor for the shared use of established and up and coming artists, designers, and the surrounding community. Located at the tip of West Philadelphia’s Centennial district, IBDCC will be a centralized location for creation, social and professional networking and the celebration of the Arts and Culture.

As launch pad for creative professionals and independently operated entrepreneurial firms IBDCC will feature a shared co-op workspace, office suites, design studios, and an open layout gallery/event space.

Indigo Bleu Design Concepts provides business development services, professional coaching and mentoring, design and marketing services to start ups and non-profits.

By providing diverse leasing options on work and office space and networking and retailing opportunities for tenants, IBDCC hopes to serve as enriching resource to its tenants, enhance the vibrancy of the Parkside area by revitalizing the Arts scene and hosting public Arts & Culture events and activities and increase the revenues generated for and through Philadelphia’s creative sector.

Tenants will enjoy the following amenities:

  • Flexible and reasonable leasing options
  •  A secure work space with 24 hour access
  • A convenient location with access to public transportation just 15 minutes outside of Center City
  • Onsite event space and catering services
  • Discounted tenant-rates to event space rental
  • Free Wi Fi
  • Free lot and street parking

Please note: Spots in the co-working space start at 300/month (utilities included) and office spaces start at 500 + utilities.

Niesha Kennedy-Robinson is a lover of things handmade.  Besides being a wife and a mother, she is the owner and operator of Wee Bit Trendy, a small online shop that provides Handmade Faux Treats for Baby.  She loves DIY (why buy when you can DIY), and doing PR for Sharp with Art Group and West Park Arts Festival.

Artists’ Garage Sale At The Mt. Airy Art Garage!

Find Your Heart’s Delight At Our Upcoming Artists’ Garage Sale At The Mt. Airy Art Garage!

FINAL Garage Sale (new)

With the arrival of Spring, garage sale season is upon us and here at MAAG, it’s no exception. So, on Saturday, May 11, from 10 AM-3 PM at 11 West Mt. Airy Ave., we’re holding an Artists’ Garage Sale and inviting all of YOU!

Our artists are looking to lighten their loads and clean out their spaces—all to your advantage! There is something for everyone, art lovers, parents of budding young artists, schools, and artists alike. If you’re an artist, especially those working on a budget, this is the place for you. Perhaps you’d like to start an art collection, or maybe you’re a parent who needs to restock your kids’ crafts, or an art-lover looking for a good deal. Regardless of your incentive, these deals will not disappoint!

Most items will be priced to sell, ranging from only $1-$30 (for that extra special original piece), so be sure to stop by. Just look at the array of items that have already come in:

  • Original artwork/Original glass work
  • Paints
  • Tins and storage boxes/ Art containers and display boxes
  • Sculpture stands
  • Art magazines and books
  • Tools
  • Drawing materials, inks, sketchpads
  • Frames/Canvas
  • Letterpress supplies
  • Handmade paper
  • And much more…

They say, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and, in this case, it truly applies! With materials and supplies priced this low, it would be foolish to miss out. So, bring your appetite for an aesthetic deal and get ready to find a deal that’s bound to please!

The Mt. Airy Art Garage’s Artists’ Garage Sale runs from 10 AM – 3 PM on Saturday, May 11 at 11 West Mt. Airy Ave., Philadelphia PA 19119. Admission is FREE and all proceeds will support the Mt. Airy Art Garage. All leftover art/supplies will be donated to schools in need that are participating in our current Rain Barrel Project.

Why I Love Craftybase

Posted On April 4, 2013

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I stumbled across Craftybase while surfing Etsy apps looking for an inventory management system for crafters.  I often found myself overbuying supplies that I didn’t really need.  On top of that, I found myself just breaking even when it came to profit on some of my best selling items.  Something had to give. I’d get an email from a customer asking for a certain quantity and would have to count each item needed, each and every time.how-much-to-charge-for-my-handmade-products

A couple of weeks ago, I took a few days off and anally organized my inventory. I then entered my inventory into Craftybase.  Since then, my life has been easier and I actually saved money.  When I visit the local craft stores, even if something is on sale, I can easily check my stock from Craftybase right on my iPhone  If I have enough, I don’t buy.  If a customer requests a specific item, I don’t have to travel to my “stock room”, I can just look it up online from any computer.

Craftybase even calculates my expenses from Etsy, Ebay and Paypal.  It helps me set prices for my items that are fair but cover my materials and even my labor.  I can even run reports to sehow-to-track-craft-expensese who my best customers are, what items are top sellers and what items are out of stock or low in stock.  As you can tell I really love Craftybase.

I just wanted to share this website with you.  Craftybase gives you a free trial to check out all they have to offer. This is a no-payment required trial.  You only pay and continue if you like it and if you don’t think you have enough time to really try it out, they extend your trial for free!  Craftybase also has a Etsy Team. I included the links to the website and team below:

CraftyBase Website  |   Craftybase Etsy Team

Top Reasons why you should join Craftybase:

  • Inventory management doesn’t have to be chore! Craftybase takes away the time-wasting, making it super simple to track your materials & products so you can concentrate on what you do best.
  • Say goodbye to battling with fiddly Excel spreadsheets – forever!
  • Keep track of where you buy and what you buy – Link purchases and vendors directly to your materials
  • Craftybase will help you discover what prices you need to charge for your products.
  • Never run out of materials again!  Keep sortable, searchable lists of all your materials – accessible anywhere!
  • Create material recipes for the products you make
  • Track your stock with QR codes
  • Keep track of all your expenses  – Craftybase can show you exactly how much each of your items cost to make.
  • Stop undercharging for your handmade products!
  • Keep track of your labor and time
  • Customer and vendor management
  • Sales and invoicing
  • Powerful searching – Finding your records a breeze.
  • Fast & easy to use
  • Industry standard technology to keep your data safe.
  • Daily offsite secure backups , plus you can download your data at anytime for your own records.
  • Personalized, friendly and fast support from the founders.

I was not paid for this post and did not receive anything free in return.  I am a paying Craftybase customer and just wanted to share some helpful software with fellow crafters. The term ‘Etsy’ is a trademark of Etsy, Inc. This blog post is not endorsed or certified by Etsy, Inc. The term ‘Craftybase’ is a trademark of Craftybase. This blog post uses the the name and information from the Craftybase website, but its not certified or endorsed by the company. All images are property of Craftybase.com

Niesha Kennedy-Robinson is a lover of things handmade.  Besides being a wife and a mother, she is the owner and operator of Wee Bit Trendy, a small online shop that provides Handmade Faux Treats for Baby.  She loves DIY (why buy when you can DIY), and doing PR for Sharp with Art Group and West Park Arts Festival.

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