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THE NAKED BRUSH
ORIGINALLY A THRILLING RIDE IN WHICH THE ARTIST, TERRE RYBOVICH, GAMBLED HER OWN TIME, MONEY AND GOOD NAME TO VISIT DOZENS OF GALLERIES IN NORTH AMERICA WITH THE AIM OF EXHIBITING AND SELLING HER LARGE CHARCOAL DRAWINGS. NOW THE RIDE TAKES US EVEN DEEPER, INTO THE HEART OF THE ARTIST'S CREATIVE PROCESS, INCLUDING ART-MAKING, WINE AND MUSIC.

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January 2011 Naked Brush Blog Posts

Thu, Jan 13th, 2011
NAKED BRUSH LIVES!

It feels like New Year’s arrived last night. It was the opening of an exhibition (details below) for several artists, including me, who took the Artist as Entrepreneur course in Ft. Lauderdale. That’s the course that sparked my 2008 Naked Brush Tour to find galleries in North America that want to show my drawings. The tour that I completed just as the economy hit bottom.

Last night was a buoyant evening, all of us artists were bubbly. And for me, reconnecting with the source of my inspiration was the nudge I needed. Finding my way back into Naked Brush is overdue. And, partly because I willed it to be so, the evening and the exhibition opened a door.

Then, toward the end of the opening, I was chatting with a couple I know from Palm Beach County, about our efforts to sell our artwork in South Florida and beyond. When I described The Naked Brush Tour and its stops in Montreal, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Scottsdale and Atlanta, they perked up at the mention of Atlanta. “We know galleries in Atlanta—we used to live there!” And they offered to help me find the right galleries for my work.

It’s a good start. It’s a very good start. And it dovetails divinely with the roadmap for the new year that I made last week, which I’ll share shortly.

But today I wanted to focus on the exhibition…and how it brought me back here.

The Third Annual Doing Business As… Artist Entrepreneurs exhibition features Timothy Leistner, Bonnie Orbach, Lori Pratico, Elizabeth Reed, Terre Rybovich, Jennyfer Toplak, and the curators Liora Davis and Georgeta Fondos. The show can be seen at Gallery 6, Broward County Main Library in Fort Lauderdale. Visit the site

There will be a closing forum on February 23, from 5:00 to 7:30 pm, where we artists will speak on our experiences as artist-entrepreneurs.

I’m looking forward to that.

Sat, Jan 15th, 2011
NAKED BRUSH PLANS!

To begin...again...I made myself a roadmap.

Being a visual artist, I commit to things I've written down. Early one morning last week, I took a large sheet of brown paper that had been wrapped around a framed drawing and methodically traced out a roadmap. In this case, I made what looks like an all-roads-lead-to-Rome kind of roadmap. At the center is my goal: to be fulfilled and satisfied by creating my art. To share my art with the public and to be supported in exchange.

Radiating out from that lovely goal are six waypoints. These are the steps I imagine will take me to my goal. The first tells me to follow through on the promise of The Naked Brush Tour. That is, to find galleries that will show and sell my charcoal drawings. According to Mary Woerner, the gallery owner who represents me locally, artists need at least 10 galleries representing them before their art can support them. So--thank you, Mary--that's my first stop.
Altogether there are six waypoints radiating out from my goal. This is the journey I’ve mapped for myself, and I look forward to sharing it.

Tue, Jan 25th, 2011
MORE THAN I IMAGINED

Traveling with my roadmap these days. The brown paper original hangs in my home. A virtual copy is out there in the ether, always available. Six “waypoints” or objectives get me to my goal—to share my art with the public and to be supported in exchange. I can point to concrete progress on at least three and a half.

I mentioned the first waypoint, to follow through on the promise of The Naked Brush Tour and find galleries that will show and sell my charcoal drawings. Originally I meant to begin again in 2010. Then, unexpectedly, there were new opportunities to exhibit my work. And of the five opportunities, three were outside of the Palm Beaches, in communities where I’d never exhibited. The whole point of The Naked Brush Tour is to get my work out into new territory. 2010 was a good year.

2011 looks good so far. I had been reluctant to go back over my email exchanges with the dozens of galleries I visited in 2008. In the end it had seemed like a lot of effort for little result. And yet, when I reread the emails I made an interesting discovery. Focusing on the 3 or 4 galleries in each city that I had followed up with (submitting images of my drawings after my visit), I found that only a couple of the 20 or so had turned me down outright. The rest said they weren't taking new artists at that moment. Sure, it could be just a nicer way to say no thanks, but it makes it easier to draft an email to them now.

Not only that—I found several galleries who had invited me to submit work at a later date. And I never did!

Granted, my focus shifted in late 2008. Not only was the economy careening downward, but my mom died and I was devastated. The point is that possibilities exist, even more than I imagined. Even more than I remembered.

2011 looks good.

This charcoal drawing looks pretty good too. Like the two drawings I included in the January 13 post, it's in the show in Ft. Lauderdale, the one for artists who took the Artist as Entrepreneur course.

Thu, Jan 27th, 2011
SPECIAL MENTION IN NEW TIMES

New Times critic Michael Mills wrote a brief and thoughtful piece on our show in Ft. Lauderdale.

http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/2011-01-27/culture/main-library-showcases-artist-entrepreneurs-art-exhibition

And I'm one of three artists he thinks, "stand out from the pack." Timothy Leistner and Georgeta Fondos join me in that honor.

Thank you, Michael!

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