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Inspiration

Crista Cloutier looking through camera

Do They Like Your Art?

My favorite college professor taught art history. He’d started out life as a photographer, a lifelong dream since he’d mixed his own chemicals in a homemade darkroom under his parents’ stairway. As a young man he’d had an opportunity to show his portfolio to a big shot, an established and highly celebrated photographer whom he …

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Ittakesavillage

It Takes A Village

As this extraordinary year draws to a close, every artist I know is looking forward in hopes that 2021 will bring happier surprises than 2020. But I want to take this moment to cast my gaze back, and I invite you to do the same. Because no artist stands alone. Instead, we stand on the …

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Portrait of Art Framer Bill Fielders

Framer to the Stars

Though he called himself “Framer to the Stars,” I never saw any stars in Bill’s Custom Frames. But I did see plenty of artists. Every artist has their favorite framers, and ever since I was in art school Bill has been one of mine. When I later worked as an art dealer, Bill helped me to …

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Two artists dancing in the studio

The Artist’s Dance

We all know artists who do incredible work, but fail to achieve their professional goals. It’s tragic and feels unfair. At the same time, I’ll bet you can also name several artists who enjoy great commercial success, they’re achieving professional goals – yet their work leaves you scratching your head and wondering why? Why them? …

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Can You Hear Me Now?

When I worked in the art business I talked on the telephone constantly.  So much for the glamorous life, who knew that cauliflower ear was an occupational hazard for art dealers? But I was moving and shaking baby! I needed to be on that phone. I couldn’t be disconnected! My phone defined my life. I …

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