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Paul Dorrell Speaks About Living The Artists’ Life: How YOU Can Do It!

Being a full-time artist demands more than making art. You must be a production manager, stock inventory overseer, publicity agent, public relations representative, social media typist, accountant and also create art.  The Rickie Report agrees that the art world has become more complicated.  We’re happy to say that Paul Dorrell, author of “Living the Artist’s Life” will be speaking at the next meeting of the Boca Art Guild. The Rickie Report had a chance to ask Paul a few questions before this event and shares them in this post. This is a significant opportunity.  BE THERE!




Paul Dorrell tells The Rickie Report, “I try to make my message relevant to artists, and they seem to appreciate the sincerity of it.”  
TRR:  You spoke about the art scene in Kansas City where most galleries stayed open during the recession and how art patronage has crossed specific gallery boundaries.   Why do you think that happened?  How have you moved from a culture of competition to cooperation?  
PD: Well I’m sure about cooperation.  I send clients to other galleries when appropriate, and include other galleries in my massive art projects for office buildings and stadiums.  I think that attitude is shared here to a degree.  Also Kansas Citians have become insanely passionate about supporting regional artists, which I’ve been working to encourage for 22 years.  That attitude has brought us a long way.
TRR:   What plan of action do you suggest for an artist to gain access into the corporate world?  For example, I heard about a company taking out a building permit for $2 million.  I sent an email to an artist who I believe has the capability of growing his market and suggested he call the company, find out who the architect and interior design firm are for this project.    Is there anything else you  would suggest?  
PD: You’ve started him off well, contacting the company and the architect.  Even better if someone can make the contact for him, like a gallery or rep.  Please bear in mind, the “rep” can be his wife, partner, whomever.  It’s just normally best if someone else makes the contact for the artist.  $2 million is a decent budget; that should provide artistic opportunity.
TRR: What can we do to help drive a renaissance of art patronage in Palm Beach County? 
PD:   Involve all the corporations you can, as well as hospitals, families of influence, schools—and teenage artists from area high schools.  This is important for the energy of any such movement.  If people there are unsure of how it’s done, I can assist.  These movements always need some kind of structure.
TRR: Do you have a list of “must haves” for every artist who wants to sell their work? (business cards, website, good jpgs, etc).  
PD:  Indeed I have, and I cover that list at length in each talk—even greater length during my seminars.  Here are the first 6 points out of 21:
·         Is Your Work Ready–meaning, is it now mature?
·         Photography: is it high quality?
·         Resumes, Bios and Artists’ Statements: Have you drafted at least one of these?
·         Your Website: Do you have one up and is it sophisticated?  Do you know how to build one?
·         Social Media Sites: Are you engaged in this, as it has become critical.
·         Establishing Goals/Setting Deadlines:  Is this routine for you?  I explain how it’s done.
·         Business Cards and Postcards: I feel you need both.
And that is just scratching the surface…”
Paul will be speaking at venues all around FL, including:
The Art Center of South Florida, Wednesday, 1/9, 7 pm
800 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305.674.8278Art Serve, Thursday, 1/10, 6:30 pm
1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale, 954.462.8190

Key West Art Center, Friday, 1/11, 4pm
301 Front Street, Key West, 305.294.1241

The Artists Guild in Delray Beach, Sunday, 1/13, 7 pm
512 E Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561.278.7877

Alliance for the Arts, Monday, 1/14, Noon
10091 McGregor Boulevard, Ft. Meyers, 239.939.2787

The Von Liebig Art Center, Monday, 1/14, 6 pm
585 Park Street, Naples, 239.262.6517

The Morean Art Center, Tues 1/15, 7 pm
719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727.822.7872


PAUL DORRELL  Fine Art Advisor/President  LEOPOLDgallery  324 WEST 63RD STREET   KANSAS CITY, MO 64113    P 816 333 3111    F 816 333 3616                          FACEBOOK  Selling Great Art Since 1991      
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