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Mixed media art by Vaughn Lowery in 360 MAGAZINE

Three Things You Should Know Before Starting an Art Career

A career in something you’re passionate about means every day at work can feel like an opportunity for self-satisfaction and personal growth. If you love being creative and artistic, then you may have considered a career in art before today and asked whether it was an opportunity for someone like you. The good news for would-be professional artists, is there are a multiple of fantastic ways to monetize your skills today. 

Everything from hand-drawn designs on Etsy to print-on-demand selling and custom art websites give you an opportunity to sell to people all over the world. You can even get hired by professional companies as an in-house artist for their branding and marketing campaigns. However, there are some important things to know before you jump in.

A Degree Does Help

While experience can go a long way in the art world, along with a strong portfolio, a degree can help you to unlock opportunities that other artists simply can’t access. With a degree, you can prove yourself to potential companies who might be willing to hire an up-and-coming artist to join their team. A degree also helps you to attract potential clients as a freelancer or business owner. Getting a degree might seem like a complex task, but with access to various forms of funding like Earnest student loans, you can find the cash you need and start your degree in no time. There’s even the option to learn online for some people.

Greatness Takes Time

The road to success for a lot of professionals can be very long, but for an artist, it often feels particularly complex. It takes a lifetime to build your craft, and there’s likely to be a lot of tears and headaches along the way. People can be cruel and unconstructive in the art world, and you’ll need to make sure you can achieve a positive mindset and that you are patient enough to move past it. If you really want to succeed in this complex space, you’ll need to focus on consistently working on your craft, looking for new opportunities, and building your network, so you can get your work in front of as many people as possible. 

Running Your Own Business Could Be Your Best Bet

Finally, while there are traditional hiring opportunities out there for artists, most find they get better opportunities in the freelance route. Today, countless platforms exist for different kinds of artists to offer their services with everything from custom portraits, to animation and logos. Running your own business could be the best way to make sure you’re constantly earning a source of income from different clients. However, there are pros and cons of being a small business owner, so this also means you’ll need to tackle the challenges that come with it, from learning how to market yourself, to making sure you keep an accurate inventory at all times. Becoming a professional artist won’t always be an easy road, but it could be worth it if it means you get to start a career in something you truly care about.

*Featured art by Vaughn Lowery

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Mon Laferte × District 13 International Art Fair

Artist Mon Laferte joins in at the District 13 International Art Fair in Paris this week amongst leading artists from the realms of street and pop art. The exhibition opens to the public from January 13 to 16.

Gracias,” the acrylic, mixed media piece of art created by Laferte will be auctioned off on Sunday, January 16 at 4:00 PM. (CET), by Drouot Group. To be eligible to bid on the auction day, make sure to register before Sunday, January 16 HERE.

Mon Laferte places her artwork on exhibit at the District 13 International Art Fair, represented by the Bahía Utópica Art Gallery in Valparaíso, at the Hôtel Drouot. The art fair brings together the edginess but energetic ambiances from galleries of street and pop art. An auction house showcased at the fair elevates the cohabitation of varying media forms to support urban artists.

Spanning from January 13 to 16 Laferte’s paintings will be available for sale, accompanied by a group of six other Chilean artists from Valparaíso, at Stand 10-B located at 9 Rue Drouot Paris. Her painting, “Gracias,” joins the special final auction with 27 other top artists from the world of street and pop art, on January 16. View the catalog HERE.

The piece “Gracias” is an Acrylic and mixed technique piece on canvas with dimensions of 122 x 91 centimeters. Laferte speaks about the piece, stating, “Some of these paintings I did while I was undergoing hormonal treatment to get pregnant. I have never heard anyone talk about the terror they feel, every day is an achievement. These have been the months in which I have felt the most fear in all my life. Never before did I take care of myself as much as I do now. Before I could drink and not sleep for many days and nothing mattered to me, now everything has changed for me. Every decision is critical to the successful end of my pregnancy. Also the hormones have been completely violent. Sometimes I go from happiness to deep depression. Pregnancy is not all tender and rosy. There are days when I feel like a black hole that lives in me is swallowing me.”

About Mon Laferte

Singer, songwriter and visual artist Mon Laferte has a unique artistic point-of-view that spans over a range of creative branches. The Chilean artist generates modern and stylish Latin music that captivates her audiences. Her personal songwriting charm snatched Laferte the Best Singer-Songwriter Album for Seis at the 2021 Latin GRAMMY’s. Recently, the album also received a GRAMMY nomination for “Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Includes Tejano).”

Amidst her career in the music industry, Laferte is a fully fledged artist with artwork notarized in differing countries. Laferte’s work continues to be established in exhibitions throughout numerous cities, including “Gestos” at the Museum of Mexico City. Her unique murals stand out amongst street art in Chile, Mexico and Los Angeles.

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BOMBAY SAPPHIRE HOLIDAY DISPLAYS LIGHT UP NYC

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE hosted its inaugural holiday window display to honor and rejuvenate imagination and creativity in New York City. The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE holiday windows gain inspiration from the traditional 5th Avenue holiday window displays while serving a greater purpose. The intention of the displays is to revive the creativity that has been deprived of downtown Manhattan since the beginning of the pandemic.

The storefront series was held in SoHo through December 19, in partnership with artist Shavanté Royster, fashion designer Romeo Hunte and NYC dancer Nicole von Arx.

Shavanté Royster

The Brooklyn-based Shavanté Royster is a graphic designer and illustrator, working in the creative industry since 2009. Growing up in a military family, often having to travel during her life motivated Shavanté’s innovation. Through her art, Shavanté often takes inspiration from travel, expressing this through shapes and rich colors. Shavanté’s work is comprised of digital illustration, painting and mixed media.

Romeo Hunte

Romeo Hunte New York is a lifestyle apparel brand designed in NYC for consumers who appreciate sophisticated details. The edgy aesthetic that the collection radiates mixes both feminine and masculine characteristics. Romeo Hunte pieces blend lavish outerwear with contemporary apparel. The Romeo Hunte woman and man can be described as a “dynamic duo” that appreciates the arts and pop culture with a modern flare.

Nicole von Arx

Nicole von Arx (NVA) studied Ballet, Contemporary and Hip Hop in Geneva, Switzerland at Dance Area, shortly after traveling to New York in 2008 to attend school at the Alvin Ailey School, graduating in 2011. Currently based among NYC and Geneva, NVA is a dancer and choreographer in both dance scenes. NVA has collaborated with the most notable choreographers in New York as a creator, dancer and teacher. Continuing her career, NVA has also worked independently as a choreographer with musicians, film directors and photographers.

The visionaries that were created through the course of the display aimed to fill the empty storefronts with avant-garde ‘windows of art.’ The pandemic has transformed the lives of creatives, small businesses and retail in New York and all over the world. BOMBAY SAPPHIRE worked to ensure that the artistic society would be celebrated and uplifted this holiday season with their holiday displays.

Each window highlighted a winter dreamscape created by artist Shavanté Royster. Both Shavanté and Romeo Hunte’s creative point-of-views joined forces to emulate the holiday magic of 5th avenue. Live models were seen wearing Romeo’s winter apparel upon Shavanté’s backdrops, with performances by NYC dancers.

Romeo’s devoted window showcased people draped in his designs that were created personally for the display. Romeo set the scene of a holiday celebration before a show over cocktails. The garments were designed with inspiration from Shavanté, with the backdrop and fashion coinciding throughout the display.

Romeo spoke on the experience of designing for the holiday displays, stating, “It’s been a joy to work on BOMBAY SAPPHIRE’s Holiday Storefront Series which pays homage to exciting young creative talents everywhere and the tenacity of New York City coming back after the pandemic. It was refreshing to collaborate with artist Shavanté Royster and the dancers as mixed media has always been an important part of my work, so it was cool to build and see the narrative of the holiday windows come to life with them through different facets, such as the dancers wearing some of my designs. I hope everyone can leave the windows feeling a burst of creativity and inspiration for the holidays, and hope for the year ahead!”

SUMMERHOUSE image provided by Lainya Magaña and A&O PR for use by 360 MAGAZINE.

HOT•BED × SUMMERHOUSE

HOT•BED is pleased to present SUMMERHOUSE, an open call exhibition curated around the idea of escapism. Featuring 58 contemporary artists working in sculpture, painting, photography and mixed media, curator Bryan Hoffman invites visitors who seek a distraction from daily life to engage in a fantasy. After a year of upheaval and transformational cultural shifts, this artistic oasis is designed to let people take a beat, reconnect and prepare to emerge into a new world. SUMMERHOUSE will be on view from June 19 – August 21, 2021 with an opening event on June 19, 2021 at 6-9pm. To RSVP, please visit our website.

In the last year of social distancing, the natural world has become an even more necessary part of the lives of urban dwellers. HOT•BED is creating an inner-city summer escape teeming with horticulture — bringing the essence of the outdoors inside, and honoring the offerings and delicate ecosystems of nature. This is a place to explore, relax, and forget the bustle of the city amid lush greenery and art. The immersive gallery experience will include towering trees and palms — nature’s original shade structures — as well as additional covered spaces designed as cool, shady places to relax and unwind.

The artists featured in the show employ a wide variety of mediums and styles to evoke an aesthetically bold sense of the season. Among those represented are fiber artist Caitlin McCormick, whose intricate mixed media pieces combine embroidery with sculptural elements; Tom McFarland, who is best known for his textured string sculptures and geometric compositions; photographer Don Bell whose Aerial Isolation series captures extreme social distancing through aerial landscape photographs; Kay Seohyung Lee’s Hellscapes series consisting of hyper-detailed illustrations and painting; and many more.

Each nature-inspired work provides a unique take on escapism, evoking the ambiance of summertime spent in the outdoors. Together they present a luminous and playful immersive experience that replicates a temporary departure from urban living and builds a deeper sense of community. The exhibition also sparks the nostalgic feeling that comes with the end of the season. A gathering place of respite, reconnection, and joy, SUMMERHOUSE encourages visitors to eat, drink, and be merry. As the days get longer and more leisurely, this exhibition is the perfect seasonal reprieve.

SUMMERHOUSE will have conjunctive event programming throughout the course of the exhibition, including a residency by Lino Kino, a Philadelphia-based media arts collective, in MICRO•GALLERY. Lino Kino will transform the space into the home of their internet art TV channel, LKTV, hosted on Twitch. MICRO•GALLERY will become a multi-use production and broadcast studio that serves as the focal point to spontaneous broadcasts including live music, DJ sets, current events, cultural commentary, performance art, dance, comedy, and the strange and uncategorizable. LKTV will be open to the public for viewing during gallery hours beginning on July 24 until the end of the exhibition. For more information and additional updates on SUMMERHOUSE events, please visit our website’s current events page.

Featured Artists:

Albo Jeavons, Alex Spragens, Alicia Finger, Alissa Eberle, Andre Rubin, Anastasia Vasiliadis, Ashley Catharine Smith, Barbara Handler, Barbara Sosson, Bernadette Calnon-Buote, Bradford Carmichael, Brandon Fisher, Caitlin McCormack, Chau Nguyen, Christl Stringer, Christopher Richards, Colleen Rudolf, Connor McCabe, Don Bell, Drew Austin, Emilio Maldonado, Emma Keller, Frank DePietro, Isabella Akhtarshenas, Jason Koons, Jennye Stubblefield, Jill Allen, Julia Hyun Bin Kim, Julie Waltz-Stalker, Karen Kieser, Kay Seohyung Lee, Keith R Breitfeller, Kriss Olsen, Lauren Whearty, Lenna Keshishian, Linda Dubin Garfield, Lori Thomson, Marguerita Hagan, Mär Martinez, Maureen Drdak, Megan McManus, Michael DeLuca, Mikhail Haramati, Nancy Agati, Orlando Saverino-Loeb, Timothy Gierschick II, Paula Cahill, Peter Frantz, Phyllis Anderson, Rebecca Saylor Sack, Sally Richards, Samuel Solomon, Sophie Najjar, Stan Smokler, Susan Stefanski, Timothy Magenta, Tom McFarland and Tyler Kline.

Arts in the Plaza illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Arts In The Plaza

Long Beach Local Arts Festival Arts In The Plaza Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Beginning May 29th through October 30th in Kennedy Plaza

This year on opening day, Saturday, May 29th, 2021 (rain date June 5, 2021), marks the 10th anniversary of Arts In The Plaza, a weekly arts festival located at Kennedy Plaza in Long Beach, NY.

“With regulations lifting, we are excited to continue our 10th full season of Arts In The Plaza,” says Arts In The Plaza Director Sammi Metzger. “It is so important now more than ever to shop local and support small businesses, and we look forward to having that opportunity this year.”

Beginning at 10am until 3pm, attendees can shop from over 30 different local artisans. Of special note, Long Beach city officials will have a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30am and former American Idol contestant Evan Kuriga will perform live on opening day at noon. Additionally, the Long Beach Photo Bus, 1971 VW bus that has been converted into a traveling photo booth, will serve as a photo opportunity for attendees to capture and share their experiences on opening day through social media using the hashtag #AITPturns10.

Who: Arts in the Plaza

What: 10th Anniversary Celebration

When: Saturday, May 29th from 10am-3pm (rain date Sat, June 5th)

*10:30am Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Long Beach City Officials

Where: Kennedy Plaza, Long Beach, NY

Conveniently located an hour from New York City by car or train and within walking distance of the public beach, Arts In The Plaza is a weekly outdoors festival that features local handcrafted art including photography, jewelry, fine art, mixed media, clothing, accessories, home décor and live music.

About Arts In The Plaza

Arts In The Plaza is a weekly, outdoor arts festival in Long Beach, NY that features handcrafted art by Long Island artists, live music and cultural performances. Located in the center of town at Kennedy Plaza, Arts In The Plaza takes place every Saturday from 10am to 3pm beginning Memorial Day weekend through Halloween. Each week, local artists showcase a diverse assortment of products and services in various mediums including photography, jewelry, fine art, mixed media, clothing, accessories and home decor.  All artists involved in Arts In The Plaza are also members of local arts organizations including the Artists in Partnership, West End Arts Visual Artists Guild, and the Long Beach Art League. Arts In The Plaza is built on love – love of art, love of music, love of community, love of Long Beach. Follow Arts In The Plaza on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Art illustration by Gabrielle Marchan for 360 Magazine

Taby Launches The Digital Street 

The traditionally physical medium comes to an online platform, featuring cutting edge artists from around the world.

Taby, a powerful new digital player in the art gallery scene, is proud to announce the launch of its second exhibition, The Digital Street. Conceived with the pandemic as a backdrop, Taby’s curator Emerson Radisich has carefully selected works from an international group of artists that are vibrant representations of our times. The new exhibition touches on several themes: the emotional reflections of dealing with the post-COVID era, the blending of our everyday lives with the digital realm, and thoughtful geo-political commentary, to name a few surface points.

The Digital Street engages the viewer on several levels, whether it’s the symbols of the collective unconscious tapped into by Polish artist Karifurava, representing our inner world, or the brutal honesty of Judy Rhum’s quarantine series, demonstrating the outward reality of how the structure of our daily lives has changed.

In keeping with Taby’s tradition of exhibitions benefiting charities associated with the theme of each show, CEO Mo Al Khater has selected Street Art For Mankind (SAM) as this exhibit’s recipient. SAM produces large murals, interactive exhibitions and live performances to support human rights and bond communities across the planet. The charity primarily focuses on fighting against child labor & trafficking and funding raid and rescue programs through the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation.

Show Description

Graffiti and street art is an ever-expanding and popular genre of artmaking that has found an increased role and dedicated significance during the coronavirus pandemic. It is a practice that has evolved entirely within the public realm, and often comes with the capacity to challenge, critique and contort both public places and public knowledge. At a time where museums, galleries and institutions have closed their doors, street artists have remained steadfast in their craft, and many artists from other genres have migrated to the medium to be able to continue to share work publicly.

Muralism today has seeped into many services throughout the art world; significant institutions regularly exhibit street art and graffiti shows, with artists such Banksy and KAWS­–now household names who routinely break sales records at auction houses, and the aesthetic of graffiti is embedded in our society and spans advertising through to technical inclusions in fine artist’s practices, a process often referred to as Post-Graffiti.

Digital artmaking is no exception – several highly stylized comics, illustrators, designers and artists have appropriated the specific aesthetic qualities of graffiti and mark making, as well as the pursuit’s capacity to critique and challenge norms. The Digital Street seeks to examine these qualities through the works of artists globally. It presents an array of artmaking which utilizes digital reproduction in a graffiti-influenced style, and demonstrates a range of artists who openly critique the world around them within this particular practice – ultimately showcasing the beauty and necessity for graffiti in today’s climate.

The Digital Street features 18 works from 6 artists working around the globe:

  • Karifurava, Poland: is a Polish graphic designer, illustrator and fine artist currently based in Warsaw. Influenced by contemporary Eastern graphic designers and illustrators such as Keiichi Tanaami, his bold and colorful works explore mysticism, neo-religion, and the magical. Karifurava has exhibited extensively across the globe at galleries including Backwoods Gallery, Australia, and venues including VIKTAC, Poland.
  • Judy Rhum, Milan: a graffiti artist, illustrator and lecturer currently based in Milan. Her works are lucid and ludic, combining a playful and illustrative feel into the monumental platform that is graffiti. They are slick: graffiti with layered breakdowns, expanded geometric shapes and purposeful abstraction. Rhum is also the co-founder of Drinchendro, a Milan-based arts program.
  • Tom Gerrard, Australia: a graphic designer cum fine artist currently based in Melbourne, Australia. His unique practice involves the painting of simple characters, architecture and nature through a minimal color palette, where his works are often inspired by people he has met and places he has visited. Gerrard has exhibited work extensively across the globe at galleries including Stolen Space, London, RVCA, Tokyo and 1xRUN, Detroit.
  • Morris Vogel, Switzerland: a self-taught fine artist and illustrator currently based in Basel, Switzerland. Vogel examines surreal manifestations of politics, existentialism, awareness and human nature through a highly stylized black and white drawing style. His works have been exhibited at Kunsthallekleinbasel, Switzerland, Cvijeta Zuzorić Art Pavilion, Serbia and YOPE project space, Mexico.
  • Indie184 is a New York-based artist who has been active in graffiti culture for over 2 decades. Influenced by abstract expressionism and pop art, her paintings are raptures of color and textures. Fused with her original graffiti and street art, imagery, and designs juxtaposed with personal messages, Indie’s art has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including El Museo del Barrio, New York and Völklingen Ironworks Museum, Saarbrücken, Germany.
  • Nini Sum is a mixed-media artist based in Shanghai, China. Her work depicts urban scenery and characters from everyday life in a captivating and surreal setting, which is strongly influenced by modern city life and eastern philosophy. The form of Nini’s work varies from silkscreen prints and mural paintings, to collage on canvas and album art. She is also the founder of IdleBeats, China’s first independent screen-printing studio.

About Taby

Taby is a premium digital art gallery specializing in contemporary art. We provide several rolling digital exhibitions throughout the year which bring together hand-selected quality artworks under a specific curatorial theme. Taby only exhibits exclusive, limited edition artworks, shipped to your door, which are designed and manufactured to the highest quality. Our objective is to provide every customer with an exceptional piece of art that is ready to hang as soon as it is unpacked. Alongside every digital exhibition, Taby also selects a charity related to the theme of that exhibition, which then receives a portion of our revenue.

Taby is a global team. We are artists, curators and seasoned collectors who have developed exhibitions and worked with galleries all over the world. Our mission is to make choosing and collecting contemporary art as simple as possible; this is why we provide ready to hang artworks through our premium printing, stretching and framing service, offering bespoke curatorial services so that every client is able to find an artist and artwork to match their collection, and partner with a range of specialists to select the best artists for each theme and series. We look forward to serving you.