Our goal at Oak Creek Printworks is to provide resources and services for artists who want to market their art. We transform art into matted prints, greeting cards, note cards, bookmarks and other items that can be sold at fairs, exhibits, boutiques, fund raisers, and retail locations. Packaging and presentation materials are available in our online store.
The idea for Oak Creek Printworks began in the late 1980s as a graphics cooperative, with the goal of educating and preparing artists for the transition into the digital age, and providing them with access to prohibitively pricey digital tools. By the mid- to late-90s, the internet offered a practical way to reach artists and an audience worldwide. We continue to strive to help artists understand and function productively in the digital age in an ever-changing and growing global environment.
To that end Oak Creek Printworks offers the following:
The Oak Creek Printworks blog is a place where artists of all types can interact with our staff and other readers of the blog. We encourage you to participate by sharing your card-making, printmaking, and art blogging passions with each other and our readers at large. Use it as a forum for discussion and information exchange, or for just plain showing off!
The blog is a place where you can get useful information, follow along with tutorials, and hopefully pick up some card-making, printing, presentation and packaging tips so that you don’t have to reinvent the marketing wheel. We encourage you to submit your artwork and share your presentation and packaging ideas.
The Gallery is a creative community environment where artists can organize and present their portfolios to a global audience. Artists share this creative space with others from all over the world who are participating in online exhibits, contests, and fund raising opportunities. Link from your gallery back to your website to reap all the benefits of new traffic visiting your site.
Anxious to start selling online? Oak Creek Marketplace Mall provides a portal to your website, along with a blog to promote your store. You’ll reap the benefits of increased traffic because we’re continuously optimizing our pages for hundreds of the top search engines. Don’t have a store, but want one? We can help with that, too.
Keeping up with each new technological advance and learning the new software can be a daunting task for anyone, let alone those of us who are right-brainers. That’s what prompted us to help artists with the transition. We’ve been conducting training and workshops since 1986, and we’ll soon be expanding to “take the show on the road.” Watch for notifications of classes and events in our blog.
All Oak Creek Gallery artists with an active and updated portfolio are considered as Featured Artist applicants. To choose the quarterly Featured Artist, we look for images that are strong enough to stand alone, while also working in sets, demonstrating the artist’s ability to focus on a theme that can translate to a set of greeting cards.
Featured Artist’s are chosen quarterly and have their work presented on the cover and center spread of our catalog, both print and electronic. The Featured Artist also gets a spot on our website, as well as the Printworks Blog, where they have the opportunity to talk about their featured artwork. We also provide a link to the artist’s choice of URL. As a bonus, Oak Creek Printworks awards the Featured Artist a $100 credit in products and services (including printing services).
Artists will find a variety of packaging, presentation, and marketing solutions for selling artwork at the Oak Creek Printworks store. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, let us help, and we’ll make every attempt to locate a source and send your products in time for your important event.
We print in house with high-end digital lasers and work with outside vendors on a multitude of different printing and reproduction solutions. If we can’t do the job for you, we’ll refer you to someone who can!