Happy Artist’s Day

If you ask yourself why ARTISTS (tattooists, painters, singers, dancers, musicians or anyone who falls under the artist category) charge “so much” for performances… We don’t get paid vacation, we don’t get paid sick days, we don’t get bonuses for outstanding performances nor for Christmas. We don’t have insurance plans. We sacrifice our family on special days so that we can bring happiness to others. Illness or personal affairs are not excuses for a bad performance. Next time you ask, remember that ARTISTS are ARTISTS because of the love of music & art but that love doesn’t pay debts.

Happy Artists Day!! 



Apiary Magazine’s Newest Visual Art Editor / Subscribe

Happy to be part of this magazine – any thing that gets me out in the community finding ART I LIKE – I’m doing it!

Subscribe to APIARY

Yeah, you can read APIARY for free in a coffee shop or on the internet. But if you really believe in what we’re doing, you can subscribe. You’ll get each issue mailed to your house and free admission to all APIARY-sponsored events.

Most importantly,  your subscription will help us to keep APIARY going.

Your subscription will help to print 20 other copies. Those copies will end up in the hands of readers young and old across Philadelphia, distributed to community centers, libraries, and participating classrooms.  And that’s $20 of advertising space we can use for poems, stories, and art instead.

Bartering for Health Care? No Thanks.


The idea of trading art work for medical coverage would just be a bandaid for sure and not meet the real problem. I thought about this many times during the last year while I was going through the whole breast cancer thing. I got amazing treatment at one of the best hospitals in the country. I didn’t have to make tough choices or know that there were medicines out there that I couldn’t afford. That is only because my husband was a university professor and I have the coverage from that. I have never had my own coverage as an artist or arts administrator. I couldn’t offer it, even with the successful Medicaid program. That needs to be fixed. Right now I’m looking for a dentist that will trade for paintings? Anyone know any.

We were just talking about this in another class!! Yes, I think a bartering system would work incredibly well for artists. That way, the artist buys their healthcare with their talent and the health care provider is rewarded (paid) with visual art.

I know that there are a few programs which do similar trades and would love to investigate more about them.

I dont mean to break up the “bartering is a wonderful idea” conversation, but if i have to pop out paintings just to get some antibiotics for a sinus infection or get wisdom teeth pulled out, i think I’d go crazy. I think it demeans the art making process.
Granted, it is a way for artists to get health insurance, but then you’ve got health professionals that might not want art, they want money, and artists who don’t want to be objectified just to get the same health care as everyone else.

It’s the equivalent to asking an actor to do a little skit in the middle of a silent auction (which i was recently told was a horrible idea).

The majority of rest of the working population doesn’t have to give up days/weeks/months of time and costly materials to create a piece of art that the recipient might not even like or want, to be provided with decent health care, they just have to do their jobs.

The more i think about it, the more wrong it is. It could never happen on a mass scale – shit like this can’t be regulated.
There is no way medical professionals as a whole would approve of this method. I’d like to see one Chief of Medicine take a painting over the thousands and thousands of dollars certain procedures cost. I realize some art is worth thousands and thousands of dollars, but not for the majority of artists out there. So would there be a cap on what operations are and aren’t covered by artistic product?

If visual art is accepted as payment, an uprise from non-artists who have to still pay the thousands of dollars would happen, no doubt. I know how much art is worth to me, but someone unassociated with art only sees themselves paying for procedures, and us as getting free health care.

And what about in emergency cases? Where the artist hasn’t the time or energy, in a coma or bed ridden, to paint something. Do hospital administrators raid the studio? Take what they want?

Good on you if you can find a dentist or an eye doctor to take a painting or photograph as payment, go for it, I’m just saying that there is no way a bartering system will work for everyone in any given situation.

America is built on money, not an appreciation for the value of art. Everyone knows that much.

Thoughts on Creative Connecting

After receiving the great honor of being nominated as one of Philadelphia’s Top 76 Creative Connectors, a little reflection is needed, if only in order to deflate the overly boosted ego I feel coming on…humility and “not needing the recognition to get things done” is of course one of the reasons why we were all nominated in the first place.

For most of us in the arts and culture sector, creative connecting is how we survive. Not one arts-centric non-profit organization that I know of would be able to stay afloat in this economy without forming partnerships within local community organizations, local government and neighboring businesses.

Sharing is in our nature…. It may have taken us a while to feel totally comfortable in doing so (and I as a child begrudged every instance where I had to share my toys with my older sister), but with time and the most faithful of supporters, any organization will come to realize the importance of sharing audiences, information and talent.

It’s nice to be recognized for acheiving something in the community that you feel is your inherent duty, as an arts advocate, to do. Becoming labeled “a hub of trust” will do all 76 of us very well for our future endeavors. Based on all the conversations I had with my fellow Connectors, we all love what we do, we love the people we get to do it and share it with (for the most part) and we’re devoted to the progress of our choosen fields.

Thank you, Leadership Philadelphia, for all your hard work in putting lil-ole-arts-folks up on a pedestal for a while 🙂

Artistic Rebuttal Heads to the South

Hello you Lucky People!

The Artistic Rebuttal Book Project is going places – here’s an amazing update to all of our ARBP supporters:

The little sister of Director Amy Scheidegger’s long-time friend Neil Loughlin (of Lone Leaf Gallery, Washington, NC), Dianna Loughlin, is bringing the Artistic Rebuttal Book Project to the mountains of North Carolina, in a BIG WAY.

She’s putting out a call for submissions around all of the Appalachian State University campus. She’ll be contacting members of multiple departments, including art, tech, literature, music, and theater, as well as the Arts Management Organization (AMO), the Student Art League (SAL), American Institute for Graphic Arts (AIGA), F-Stop (photography club in the technical dept), among others that correspond to literature, music, and theater.

Dianna even has the ASU Bookstore and Library willing to print the ARBP books in house and then wants to purchase copies of the final book product to keep on circulation in the library.


In her efforts to energize her city, Boone, NC about the project, not everyone is as enthusiastic … but there is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel:

A brief summary of her struggles and successes: “The campus aspect of the project has been fairly easy to plan and handle. The downtown part, however, has been a challenge for me, but I can tell you this: we are having an Artistic Rebuttal Art Crawl!! 🙂 I have contacted multiple organizations downtown, and we have 4 alternative exhibition spaces that will be showing rebuttals made by local artists. I have also made friends with the Watauga County Arts Council (WCAC), and they will be assisting me with keeping in touch with organizations downtown that are not able to exhibit work but want to be involved.”


So there you go Ladies and Gents – the Artistic Rebuttal Book Project is taking western North Carolina by storm next year, and NONE of it would be possible without the tireless efforts and passion of Miss Dianna Loughlin … She is making her way, WORLD, Look Out!! I’m So PROUD!

Dianna Loughlin is an Appalachian State senior from Greensboro, NC, double majoring in Studio Art and Art Management with a minor in Statistics.  She is the current curator of the Looking Glass Gallery in the Plemmons Student Union, and also works as a Gallery Assistant for the Catherine J. Smith Gallery in Farthing Auditorium. In the past, she has completed internships at both the Green Hill Center for NC Art and the Elsewhere Artist Collaborative in Greensboro, NC and worked as a Gallery Assistant at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, NC.  Along with being an artist and student, Loughlin serves as Vice-President of the Arts Management Organization and assists with Life Drawing sessions offered by the Art Department.  After acquiring a BFA and BS at Appalachian, she aspires to attend graduate school to pursue a Masters in Fine Art.

Exciting Times to be part of this project!


– Artistic Rebuttal Team


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Pics of the Anne Frank Set in Progress

Painting this set was the most stressful thing ever (well….perhaps less stressful than hiding from the Nazis, though the venue supervisor was a bit of a tyrant…ok….I’ll stop with the Hitler comparisons. Inappropriate.)

Good thing I had an awesome crew! Doing touch ups today, then previews start tomorrow!