Business ‘boot camp’ for artists to be held April in West Virginia

Tamarack of West Virginia and the Arts Business Institute (ABI) will present a business “boot camp” for artists April 23 and 24. The two-day event, to be held at Tamarack in Beckley, West Virginia, will give artists the opportunity to develop business skills through discussions, workshops, and lectures led by artists, retailers, and business professionals.

Featured seminars and speakers are as follows:

* An Image Only a Jury Could Love Part 1– Bruce Baker

* An Image Only a Jury Could Love Part 2 — Bruce Baker

* Be A Dynamic Craft Seller– Bruce Baker

* Conquering the Unavoidable: Paperwork, Accounting and Taxes — Chuck Geser

* Don’t Sell Yourself Short! — Chuck Geser

* Individual Mentor Sessions/Critiques — Bruce Baker, Wendy Rosen, and Alisha Vincent

* More Time in the Studio, Less Time on the Road — Alisha Vincent

* Table Topics: Trends, Booth Display, Tax Deductions: Real and Imaginary, Exclusivity — Bruce Baker, Chuck Geser, Wendy Rosen, and Alisha Vincent

* Who Is Your Customer?– Wendy Rosen

The retreat is partially funded through grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Tamarack Foundation and the Benedum Foundation. For more information about the featured speakers and seminars, scholarships, and future ABI events, visit ABI’s Web site at www.artsbusinessinstitute.org or email Executive Director Marilyn Ulen at info@artsbusinessinstitute.org. Registration has begun and is available online.

Tamarack, a one-stop-shop for West Virginia culture, heritage, handcrafts, fine art, regional cuisine and music, employs a rigorous jurying process to ensure product quality and authenticity. Tamarack supports artists in the entire state of West Virginia, purchasing nearly $40 million in goods and services. Craft sales have totaled $44.7 million to date.

In 2001 the Crafts Business Institute (CBI), founded by The Rosen Group, an arts marketing and publishing firm based in Baltimore, Md., changed its status to a non-profit organization and was renamed the Arts Business Institute. Under the leadership of executive director Marilyn Ulen, the scope of ABI has been expanded to include artists other than craft makers, as well as others within the arts community, such as educators and suppliers. As a full-time, year-round organization, ABI is pursuing partnering opportunities with other arts organizations and schools.