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Could you be the next Featured Artist?

As we are about to transition to our next Featured Artist, we want to let you know that…Oak Creek Printworks is always searching for future Featured Artists!

At Oak Creek Printworks we assist artists in promoting and marketing themselves by providing packaging and displays for greeting cards, as well as presentation products for a range of artistic formats.

Featured Artists are chosen quarterly, and their work is presented on the cover and in the center spread of our catalog. The Featured Artist’s work is also displayed in our website banner, and in a blog article, where they have the opportunity to talk about their featured artwork. We link to the artist’s website to drive traffic there, and award each Featured Artist a $100 credit in products and services (including printing services).

In choosing each Featured Artist, we look for an artist whose images are strong enough to stand alone, while also working in sets, demonstrating their ability to focus on a theme that can then translate to a set of greeting cards. We review digital portfolios on an ongoing basis. There is no application to complete—just put “Featured Artist” in the subject line of an email, and let us know that you would like to be considered. Include all of your contact information, as well as your artist biography and any articles and images you’d like to see published in our catalog. If you have a website, we can review your work online, otherwise you can send us jpegs or pdf files to review. We do not return any material we receive by mail.

If you are chosen, you will be asked to sign a digital release allowing us to reproduce your images and written statements in digital and print format. We will also ask you for your artist’s statement, a biography, one or two photos of yourself, and at least 12 images of your work (ideally in 3 sets of 4). All images should be in jpeg format, 300 dpi (at least 10 megabytes each).

Check out our previous featured artists:

Niamh Slack
Elizabeth Vanduine
David Southern
Klaus Lange
Angela Sharkey
Georgia Lange

Call for photographers & digital artists

2011 WIDE OPEN Photography & Digital Open Juried Art Show

Open to all photographers and artists who create works derived from photographic processes, the third annual Conejo Valley WIDE OPEN Photography & Digital Art Show will be held during the month of June at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, 2331-A Borchard Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320.

Entry forms are available at www.wideopenphotoshow.com and at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery. Entry fees are dependent upon entry date. Applications postmarked by February 28 will enjoy the lowest entry fees. Postmark deadline for entry is April 15, 2011 with acceptance notifications announced on or before May 1, 2011. Take-in of accepted works will be June 1, 2011.

As a juried show, only the strongest entries, as determined by the jury based upon digital images submitted, will be invited to hang at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery in June 2011. At that time, the Show will be judged and the Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2011.

This Show is made possible by the cooperative efforts of representatives from the Ventura County Camera Club, the TOPCC – Photo SIG, and the Westlake Village Art Guild. For more information, visit the Show’s website www.wideopenphotoshow.com or contact Craig Morton, Show Coordinator, at (818) 991-6158 or E-Mail to craignmorton@sbcglobal.net.

Image of the Week

High resolution photos are hard to find without purchasing. If you are looking for photos to use as backgrounds in your artwork, look no further. To download this week’s image, click on it. When the high resolution copy appears, right click on it to copy or save it.

“Coffee Plantation Wall”  –  Photo courtesy of Nancy Haberman
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If you use our images, we would love to hear from you and see a sample of what you did with it. Who knows, we might just post your creation in a future blog…with your permission, of course! Contact us at admin@oakcreekprintworks.com.
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Terms of Use: You can use this image for anything you wish (e.g. advertising, printed materials, product packaging, presentations, brochures, greeting cards, postcards, book covers, etc.) as long as you do not copyright it or resell it. Oak Creek Printworks and Oak Creek Marketplace, Inc. are not liable for any damages incurred by your use of the image. ©2010 Oak Creek Printworks

Always searching for our next Featured Artist

As we get ready to transition to our next Featured Artist, we want you to know that…

Oak Creek Printworks is always searching for our next Featured Artist!

At Oak Creek Printworks we assist artists in promoting and marketing themselves by providing packaging and displays for greeting cards, as well as presentation products for a range of artistic formats. In choosing each Featured Artist, we look for an artist whose images are strong enough to stand alone, while also working in sets, demonstrating their ability to focus on a theme that can then translate to a set of greeting cards.

Featured Artists are chosen quarterly, and their work is presented on the cover and in the center spread of our catalog. The Featured Artist’s work is also displayed in our website banner, and in a blog article, where they have the opportunity to talk about their featured artwork. Of course we link to the artist’s website, to drive traffic there as well. As a bonus, Oak Creek Printworks awards the Featured Artist a $100 credit in products and services (including printing services).

We review digital portfolios on an ongoing basis. To apply, please contact us at

nancy@oakcreekprintworks.com

There is no application to fill out. Put “Featured Artist” in the subject line, and let us know that you would like to be considered. With this email please send us the web address where we can review your work. If your work is not online, you can send us jpegs or pdf files to review.

Artists are chosen at the beginning of September, December, March and June. If you are chosen, you will be asked to sign a release allowing us to reproduce your images and written statements in digital and print format. We will also ask you for your artist’s statement, a biography, one or two photos of yourself, and at least 12 images of your work (ideally in 3 sets of 4). All images should be in jpeg format, 300 dpi (at least 10 megabytes each).

Check out our previous featured artists. Just click on their picture:

Elizabeth Van Duine

David Southern

Klaus Lange

Angela Sharkey

Georgia Lange

Image of the Week

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High resolution photos are hard to find without purchasing. If you are looking for photos to use as backgrounds in your artwork, look no further. To download this week’s image, click on it. When the high resolution copy appears, right click on it to copy or save it.

Terms of Use: You can use this image for anything you wish (e.g. advertising, printed materials, product packaging, presentations, brochures, greeting cards, postcards, book covers, etc.) as long as you do not copyright it or resell it. Oak Creek Printworks and Oak Creek Marketplace, Inc. are not liable for any damages incurred by your use of the image. ©2010 Oak Creek Printworks

First-timer’s impression: Metropolitan Museum of Art

by David Heyman

Being an artist and avid art lover, as well as working with the presentation, matting and preservation of artistic creations in my capacity at Oak Creek Printworks, it was with great anticipation that I planned my first trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

A great way to gauge the size and artistic importance of any city is by the quality of its art museums. With New York being not only the largest city in the US, but also arguably the most “artistically inclined” metropolis, my expectations for this premier museum were set very high. I was not disappointed.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is monumental in every way. From the massive façade seen when ascending its front staircases, the football field sized vaulted room dedicated to housing a genuine Egyptian temple, and the seemingly endless masterpieces in its carefully segmented collections, every aspect of the Met experience is on a grand scale.

For the first time visitor, it can be a bit overwhelming. I would definitely recommend taking two days to see everything. Rather than running from room to room and glancing at each work, this will give you enough time to savor, stroll and study some of the greatest art from all of human history.

As with so much of New York City, part of the charm of this museum lies in it’s age. The present building was first built in 1880, and while there are many additions and renovations since then, it still retains the eloquence and grandeur of any architectural structure from that age.

The same can be said for the works housed inside. This is a world class collection of art and sculpture that has taken over 100 years to accquire, and is still growing every year. Major works from all the great European masters, in addition to objects and artifacts from the worlds different cultures, civilizations and periods in history all compete for your attention.

I was particularly impressed by their selection of Medieval art and sculpture, which includes huge hanging tapestries, suits of armor and illuminated manuscripts. Their Egyptian display is equally eye-catching, as they actually have a reconstructed stone temple that you can walk up to in one particularly large display room.

As for paintings, their “Rembrandt Room” delighted me the most. Lining all four walls were numerous major works, all portraits by Rembrandt. Every single one was stunning. The effect being that when you take a seat in the middle of the room, all of these haunting figures invite introspection and contemplation. This is not an area to rush through, as time seems to stand still.

The Metropolitan Museum has a back room of framed paintings by many masters that are not currently on display in the museum itself. They call it “visible storage”, giving visitors a chance to see more of the collection that is up on the walls.

Here is what is perhaps the greatest compliment that could be given to the quality of any museum’s collection: this “storage” area has so many masterpieces in it, any one of them could be the highlight of a lesser museums display!

If I had any criticism of the Met, it would be that there is so much quality work up on display, each piece tends to get drowned out by the overall collection, so it is hard to truly appreciate any single piece of art. This is an instance where a smaller museum is superior, having studies and minor works, with a few masterpieces that really shine.

Also plan on wearing comfortable shoes for your visit, as you will be doing a lot of walking and standing. Even a shorter trip here is an major event.

It seems then, that the trick to getting the most out of your visit, instead of leaving with your head spinning, would be to concentrate on one or two sections of study, say ancient Egyptian art or American photography, and take your time examining and enjoying all of the work on display in that section. That will give you a chance to really experience and learn from this museum, without giving your mind, or your shoes, too much of a workout.

Image of the Week

High resolution photos are hard to find without purchasing. If you are looking for photos to use as backgrounds in your artwork, look no further. To download this week’s image, click on it. When the high resolution copy appears, right click on it to copy or save it.

Terms of Use: You can use this image for anything you wish (e.g. advertising, printed materials, product packaging, presentations, brochures, greeting cards, postcards, book covers, etc.) as long as you do not copyright it or resell it. Oak Creek Printworks and Oak Creek Marketplace, Inc. are not liable for any damages incurred by your use of the image. ©2010 Oak Creek Printworks

Display greeting cards on 3-tier rack

A7 card rackMore card and print displays are arriving here at Oak Creek Printworks weekly. We recently added a 3-tier clear acrylic card rack to our existing displays in order to provide an alternative to the larger, more expensive greeting card spinners. The 3-tier rack provides pockets that measure 5-5/8″ wide, and are 1-1/2″ deep.

If you want to display standard A7 greeting cards and an A7 envelope packaged in a clear plastic sleeve, each pocket comfortably holds 18 individually packaged cards, for a total of 54 cards in the entire rack. With an outside dimension of only 10-3/4″ high, 6-5/8″ deep and 5-3/4″ wide, the card display occupies only a small area of counter or table space. Its modular shape invites a companion rack. Place two, three or more racks side by side for more display space. Because of its versatile sizing, the display works equally well for 5″ x 7″ or 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ postcards, booklet, books, brochures, DVDs and more.

During this holiday season, artists and crafters are preparing greeting cards, note cards and a wide range of stationery items for boutiques, craft fairs and art shows.  Selling small prints, greeting cards and bookmarks gives artists and crafters a way to market their work and provide visibility to a select audience of people, and a lightweight, compact display is a great way to show your cards.

Glass and Plexiglass – A primer

by David Heyman

Many artists, photographers and creative people choose to frame their own artwork, saving lots of money over the costs of taking pieces into a frame store and maintaing a greater degree of control over the finished work. When framing a work on paper or any more fragile items, a glazing is needed to protect the work from damage and the effects of dust, sunlight and humidity.

Nowadays, there are so many glazing options to choose from, it is easy to get confused on which type is appropriate for your needs. Here is a Continue reading

Image of the Week

High resolution photos are hard to find without purchasing. If you are looking for photos to use as backgrounds in your artwork, look no further. To download this week’s image, click on it. When the high resolution copy appears, right click on it to copy or save it.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Haberman
If you use our images, we would love to hear from you and see a sample of what you did with it. Who knows, we might just post your creation in a future blog…with your permission, of course! Contact us at admin@oakcreekprintworks.com.

Terms of Use: You can use this image for anything you wish (e.g. advertising, printed materials, product packaging, presentations, brochures, greeting cards, postcards, book covers, etc.) as long as you do not copyright it or resell it. Oak Creek Printworks and Oak Creek Marketplace, Inc. are not liable for any damages incurred by your use of the image. ©2010 Oak Creek Printworks