I was recently forwarded a PDF sent out by a retail company, Avila Retail, in Phoenix. The PDF is an invitation to Arizona artists to sign up for an appointment and meet with the retailer's representative in Phoenix. The idea here is that artists can show their work and, maybe, their work will be accepted into one of the retail stores in the Phoenix area.
Here is my response to the retailer. I'll let you know if one of them will agree to come to Tucson.
My name is C.J. Shane and I'm an artist (cjshane.com) and editor/publisher of an online arts journal in southern Arizona, Sonoran Arts Network (sonoranartsnetwork.net)
This email to you is in response to your email and pdf regarding your invitation to attend a vendor day in Phoenix which was kindly forwarded to me.
I'd like to recommend that an Avila Retail representative travel to Tucson and meet with Tucson artists. It would be easy to put out the word here, find a venue to hold a meeting and invite artists.
Tucson metro area is over 1 million, and we have an especially large population of very excellent artists and fine arts craftspeople here. If you require individual artists to go to Phoenix, you are immediately limiting the number of artists who can be considered - that, despite the fact that you claim to be "Local First Arizona," not Local First Phoenix.
Second, requiring multiple individual artists to drive two hours (in July!!) means way more CO2 dumped into the Arizona atmosphere, not to mention the safety hazard of having all those extra cars and people on the highway. Doesn't it make more sense to you to send one person here to Tucson rather than require dozens of us to go to you?
I'll be happy to promote your event in Sonoran Arts Network if you hold it in Tucson. By the way, Tucson is now the only U.S. city designated by UNESCO as a world gastronomy center. What that means for your representative is that s/he can get a really great lunch here.
Looking forward to hearing good news from you,
Sonoran Arts Network began publishing in May 2013. That means that May 2018 marked the fifth full year of publication.
When I began publishing Sonoran Arts Network, it was my intention to provide a community service. The idea was to get the word out about art exhibits and books and about artists and writers that normally are ignored by the local media. The Arizona Daily Star almost never writes about visual arts, and it stopped publishing book reviews by local authors some time ago. The Tucson Weekly does write about local artists and art exhibits (thank you Margaret Regan!!!) but the emphasis is almost always on downtown Tucson. The rest of us are mostly overlooked. The two monthlies, Zocalo and Desert Leaf, provide some coverage but Zocalo also emphasizes downtown and The Desert Leaf is for Foothills residents. All these publications have extensive advertising to stay afloat.
I want to express my gratitude to those of you who have donated and supported this publication financially and in other ways, too. Thank you! However during the past five years, I have been unable to acquire sufficient funding through grants or donations to pay for the expenses associated with publishing Sonoran Arts Network. Advertising has not been an option either for several reasons.
The bottom line here is that people are accustomed now to getting a lot of free news on the internet. That includes most of the readers Sonoran Arts Network. But free news isn't really free.
In the future, Sonoran Arts Network will come to you at a more moderate pace. That means you’ll get an email newsletter less often and there will be fewer interviews and reviews to read. Also I will be deleting the Calls page soon. Take a look at it now to get links to three sources of Calls to Artists that you can rely on to find places to show your artwork.
Meanwhile, I invite you to subscribe to my personal email newsletter which covers three topics: art (mine but not just mine); books and film (not just my books), and the natural world – trees, bees and bugs, the monsoon, the desert, all that makes life worth living. Subscribe here: cjshane news
C.J. Shane is the publisher and editor of Sonoran Arts Network. She is an artist and writer. Visit her website at www.cjshane.com to learn more about her.