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GENEROSITY: I SAY, AFI HAS IT! OTHER BLOGS SAY NAY

Recently, I read a blog on AFI about the perils of:

1) Donating your works for charity.

2) Giving a piece of your work for raffle at the Art Fair you are attending.

3) Well, let's not enumerate on… the post was against GIVING AWAY your ART for any reason because it lowers its value.

Why? The jist of the post was that it’s BAD for BUSINESS!

Yes, I have the concept correct, unfortunately. Artists need to be savvy business women/men with cost sheets of realistic pricing, trend analyses, web maximization, facebook advertising, search engines that keep you in the forefront, gadgets that slip on your iPhone to scan credit cards... and on and on and on.

The theme of the post was ANATHEMA to me (nothing personal to whoever wrote it.) and I feel honor bound to represent artists to the best of my ability. While I’m polite to a fault, truthful about costs, and I’ll avoid conflict at all costs - I’ve never told anyone this before and am reluctant to now - that post forces me to take a very public stand:

Every show I find a way to give a piece of my work… to a charming child, a harassed mother, someone with a light pocketbook but the right eyes, a lovely aging beauty…

Isn’t the greatest gift an Artist can give ONE that is personal, rare and God-given: your own art? I think generosity is a civility I see and read about here on this blog daily.

So I am asking YOU.

I am the Director of Global Outreach for the Rainbird Foundation, a non-profit committed to the end of all forms of child abuse with no child left out. If you would like to participate in an act of generosity that would delight the recipient and contribute to the financial stability of this great organization, join me in contributing a piece of your art to them. I’ve never met a more deserving group of people, and their work will go far with our support!

IF THIS APPEALS TO YOU, FIND OUT MORE @: www.Rainbirdfoundation.org

OR CONTRIBUTE A PIECE OF YOUR WORK AND MAIL IT TO: RAINBIRD FOUNDATION, W311S7433 Arbor Drive, Mukwonago, WI 53149

Please, price your work. It will be sold in the Global web store.

Starting sometime early next year, I am looking to feature an artist a month in the store. If you are interested, write me at AFI.

With gratitude,

Linda

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Comment by David Bjurstrom on June 19, 2012 at 8:57pm

BINGO, Carla.

Comment by Carla Bank on June 19, 2012 at 7:55pm
Wow Linda...every time somebody doesn't agree with you, you start offending and putting artist down. I help a lot of charities and causes, I do fundrasings all year but in my terms. Not your terms. I feel you are trying to make people feel guilty about abused kids so we help YOUR charity. Everybody has their own ways to do things or help. I will respect how others choose to help.
Comment by David Bjurstrom on June 19, 2012 at 7:07pm

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And it bugs the hell outta ya. :-)

Comment by Linda A Shields on June 19, 2012 at 6:53pm

Sorry, you need to keep chewing on the same ole' bone.

Comment by David Bjurstrom on June 19, 2012 at 6:04pm

Re-read the quote of your statement that I re-posted in quotes...especially the last two sentences.

If that's not a snarky attack on people who happen to think you crossed the line of solicitation, I don't know what is. Can you point out where anyone who commented on your original post came even close to implying anything that deserved that retort from you? Nope. I didn't think so.

"Please, don't make it bigger than that or more personal."

I believe you did that yourself with your closing statements in the post I quoted.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Nope. Not enough.)

Comment by Linda A Shields on June 19, 2012 at 5:41pm

"WOW!!!!!!", David

(Did I have enough exclamation points for a quote?)

As a charitable person, I get it.

As a struggling Artist, I get it.

As one who appreciates Munk's wit, I get it.

As a peerson who wants to end child abuse, I get it.

As one who asks for help from her fellowman, I get it.

As a creature who lives in this unniverse, I get it.

 

I nicely asked if anyone was interested in a cause.

I don't believe I need an attitude ajustment about that request.

Please, don't make it bigger than that or more personal.

Thanks,

Linda

Comment by David Bjurstrom on June 17, 2012 at 6:43pm
"You know, I really had no idea artists would not support good causes. Of course, everyone must have the right to determine what defines "good."
But isn't ending child abuse right up there?
I suppose you might need to be an abused child once in your life to think so."


WOW!!!!!!
Perhaps your doctor can replace your attitude while he's doing your hip, Linda.

You really don't get it, do you?
Comment by Linda A Shields on June 17, 2012 at 6:17pm

Sorry, I was locked out by my McAfee security and didn't know what was happening!

Connie and Larry set me straight.

If you would like to be feature as an artist, for a month; and your work displayed in the webstore

CONTACT ME.

To the rest of you:

I OFFER THIS QUOTE FROM WINSTON CHURCHILL,

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

HAVE A GREAT LIFE!

Thanks, geri. I get my new hip on June 29th at 11 am. I can not wait to dance. I have not been able to do a show all season because of the pain. I start in September with Amy's new show in Milwaukee: the Third Ward. It';s going to be great! I have three Amdur's that month to start, I think. So rehab had better be speedy and effective.

You know, I really had no idea artists would not support good causes. Of course, everyone must have the right to determine what defines "good."

But isn't ending child abuse right up there?

I suppose you might need to be an abused child once in your life to think so.

Comment by Carla Bank on June 12, 2012 at 5:39pm

Soliciting...definitely

Comment by Barbara Nelson on June 11, 2012 at 1:14pm

Wow...I totally missed the point! I took Linda's post as an opportunity for exposure. I checked out the website and the store immediately. My policy regarding donating work at an art fair is to say no and offer a check for an amount that I can afford to give to their cause. In 15 years of making this offer, doing 15-20 shows per year, only 2 shows have accepted. I do give small pieces for children’s purchase areas and if I really believe that it will bring me traffic (rare occasions) I will also give a small piece. Having watched an art organization auction off a $70 pair of my best selling earrings for $12, I think we would both have been better off had I given them a check instead! I was sorry I was not quick enough to purchase the earrings back at that price.

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