The Box Gallery Calls To Professional Printmakers For Upcoming “IMPRESS” Exhibition

Rolando Chang Barrero shares a new Call For Art at The Box Gallery for Professional Printmakers. The Application Deadline is April 26th for “IMPRESS“.  The Exhibit opens to the public from May 12-June 1, 2018.  The Rickie Report shares this call to artists and urges art lovers and art patrons to mark their calendars for what promises to be another blockbuster show!

The Box Gallery

811 Belvedere Road   West Palm Beach, Florida 33405



Art Call Deadline:  April 26, 2018

Exhibition Dates:   May 12-June 1, 2018

Linda Behar “Series Retablos Altarpiece” 2017 Woodblock Print


The non-refundable processing fee for the online application is $40, payable online when you fill out the application on, or before
811 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405


IMPRESS Exhibition is open to all professional printmakers. All work to be exhibited must be well conceived, expertly executed, and arrive ready to hang. If your work requires a pedestal or has any special display requirements, please note.

All work should reflect the individuality 

The exhibition is open to all professional artists.

The images submitted must fully reflect the work to be exhibited. 
Include: Images, description of process, size of work, artist statement, and artist curriculum.

Applicant may submit (1) one image of each work to be shown for consideration. A minimum of two (2) works and a maximum of three (3).

April 26, 2018.
The late application deadline is April 30, 2018. A non-refundable $20 late fee in addition to the regular application fee (total $60) will apply.

Payment of Application Fee
Via payee:
or  Send check or money order to Payee: The Box Gallery 811 Belvedere Road   West Palm Beach, Florida 33405
Submissions must be sent via dropbox to
Applicant may submit (1) one image of each work to be shown for consideration. A minimum of two (2) works and a maximum of three (3).
File format: JPEG only
File dimensions: No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side
File resolution: 300 dpi (standard web resolution)
File size: 5 MB maximum
Notification of accepted works on May 1, 2018. 
A contract and other forms will be sent to those accepted into the May 2018 exhibition which opens on May 12, 2018 and continues through June 1, 2018.
You must provide a Certified Certificate of Authenticity for each work accepted.
Please double check to make sure you have entered an up-to-date email address included with your submission.

 Print by Ronald Pacacha



For more information contact Rolando Chang Barrero

The Box Gallery
811 Belvedere Road  West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

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What Are Your Next Steps When Your Work Is Being Exhibited?

Congratulations! You’ve been accepted to a Gallery, Art Festival, Art Exhibit, SOLO Exhibit or you are making a presentation or doing a demo!  When you show your work anywhere, what should you do next?  The Rickie Report discusses next steps to increase public awareness, viewings and sales.



You’ve Been Accepted!  Now What?



Congratulations!  You’ve just been accepted to:


__          A Juried Art Exhibit/Art Show

__          A Coop Gallery

__          A Vanity Gallery

__          A Traditional Gallery

__          A Publication

__           Other  ( Presenting, Giving a Demo)




Tell everyone you know!  Your passion and excitement is infectious!  

You are THE BEST person to tell others about your artwork.


  • Social Media
  • Print Media
  • Web Media ( like The Rickie Report)
  • Radio ( some stations include local events, especially if there is a Charity involved)
  • Television ( see comment above)
  • YOUR WEBSITE  (Have you updated it to include the new event?)
  • People you meet in your daily life (Seriously, if other people overhear your conversation in the grocery line, they might want to attend!)   Have your business cards ready!


Once you receive your acceptance, it is time to send out a press release!  


Brief Artist Statement which can be used as a quote from you.

Brief overview of the highlights of your art career.  

Who ( you)

What (the Exhibit, Festival, Organization or Gallery)

When ( When does the exhibit or show run? Is there a special Opening Reception?)

How Much (Is there a charge to attend?)

Where ( Exact street address.  If it’s a tough-to-find locale, include GPS information)

Why ( Is this a benefit for a Charity, A special Commemorative Event?)

At least 3 good quality jpegs  ( sending low resolution for web and higher resolution for print makes the life of an editor much easier – we’ll talk about this later)

Title your jpegs AND include your name!  

Include: medium, size and price

Your Website address.

Links to Facebook and any other Social Media you are involved with.

Your phone number  (Really!  Some of us still call people to confirm pieces of information)

Kill Date – What is the latest date a publication can use your material?

An overview of the exhibit ( Does it have a theme, how many pieces were accepted, what do the Exhibit or Gallery Coordinators want the public to know?)

Email address and phone number



Making It Easy For The Editor

Include all of the information in one email or one snail mail 

Send  jpegs 

For each jpeg, please include Your Name, Title, Medium, Size and Price

No handwritten notes

Send a cohesive Press Release ( If you need help with this, we can suggest a template to get you started)

Follow up – with an email or a phone call to see if there is anything else you need to send

Other Points to Consider:

Ask the gallery or Exhibit Coordinator where their Press Releases were sent.

Ask if it is OK for you to send out a Press Release on your own behalf?

Do they want you to only use their press release or can you add some personalization to theirs?

How many exhibit or gallery cards will you be given to distribute?

While it is lots of fun to have your family and friends come to the Opening,  you also need to contact previous clients. Even if they don’t live nearby, this will pique their interest and remind them about your work.  The goal is to help bring in sales!


The Rickie Report is here to help you network.  We are read by artists and art patrons around the world. We look forward to hearing from you when you get accepted into an Art Show, Gallery or Exhibit and are giving a presentation or demonstration.  Please give us at least 3-4 weeks advance notice so we can place your article in our publication in a timely manner.  (There are times when we do have openings at the last minute, so it is always good to check…but it is best for YOU to be in touch as soon as you get your acceptance).


Your involvement in any Art Show, Exhibit or Gallery is a partnership.  

Be sure you are doing your part in making it successful! 


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A Personalized Approach to Marketing

There are any number of ways artists or other professionals can choose to market themselves.  Let’s be honest:  if you want to be in business, you have to consider your marketing strategies.  The Rickie Report shares some ideas and observations in this article.



A Personalized Approach to Marketing



We all market something, even when it is not of our own making.  The clothing we wear tells our surrounding society a lot, especially items with logos, the name of your favorite bar or the latest place you’ve been on a vacation.  Let’s take that a step further.  What do you really want and need to market to be a professional artist or creative?




MARKETING  is an extension of your creative output, be it jewelry, paintings, sculpture, ceramics or decorative art.  Within the word itself is “MAKE” and we believe that hitting your “MARK” intensifies the word’s meaning even more.


 Have you looked at your website lately?


  • This is your face to the public.
  • Is it time to spruce it up?
  • Have you ever asked anyone to proof read it for you?
  • Let us be clear:  A “website” can be a landing page with your business information and a contact email and phone number.  It does NOT have to be complicated.


 Are you public relations monster?  


  • You can be effective and lovable without being overbearing.
  • Ten messages on Facebook in one day is overload.
  • Use different modalities to get the word out ( Facebook, Twitter, e-newsletter, The Rickie Report, print media, radio)
  • Once you are accepted to an exhibit or show, THAT is the time to contact the media.  Most media outlets need 6-8 weeks lead time, especially print.  The Rickie Report needs 3-4 weeks notice but you can always check with us in case we have an opening.
  • Have a general press release prepared. Include Who, What, When, Where,Why as well as How people can reach you.  Always include your website, Facebook page address, email and phone number.


WIIFM: What’s In It For Me?


  • Appreciate your supporters ( buyers and fans)
  • Send a thank you email to your clients when they make a purchase
  • Send an art card for Holiday wishes, birthdays and special sales
  • Give returning patrons a discount on their next purchase.



How does your creative work transform other people?


  • Know who your audience is
  • Who are your ideal clients?
  • Accept that you cannot meet everyone’s interests
  • How are you reaching out to your clients and potential patrons ?


Share something about yourself that goes beyond your art


  • In your Artist Statement, do you share the feelings that drive you to create?
  • Art patrons make purchases that touch their emotions.   This is an opportunity to connect with them.  Tell them the story behind your necklaces, how you began making mugs, why you chose the subject matter in a painting.
  • Do you have a favorite charity?  Tell that story.  Offer to donate a % of that day’s sales to a charity.
  • Offer to do a trunk show or exhibit for a charity.  If they receive a % of all sales, you can be sure they will let their supporters know about the event!
  • Be a little off-beat.  Have an unusual give-away which costs you minimally but will remind passersby about your artwork.  (We still use a fragment of wood as a paperweight from an artist who cut up his unusual frames into small pieces.  He took the time to sign it.  Every time we move it, his artwork comes to mind.)




A more personalized approach to marketing will help you connect with your audience.  It helps your audience become fans.  

For you to succeed in the business of art, you need both.





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Being “Top Dog” is Bigger Than You Imagined!

On November 9, 2013, the first annual “America’s Top Dog Model®  Golden Paw Awards ™” took place at Dynamic TV Studio in Boynton Beach.  Fifteen of America’s Top Dog Models ®  National winners and finalists were selected to receive a Golden Paw Award ™.   People and pups travelled from different parts of the country.  Now, you have a chance to see that event on local television station WPTV-5 this Sunday.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks at the winners.  We know so many pet-lovers will thank Jo Jo Harder, the creative behind this!  While her book and career are inspiring,  the dogs have made such a difference in peoples’ lives.  Photographers, take note!

America’s Top Dog Models®

This event will air on WPTV-5 (West Palm Beach) Sunday February 9, 2014 at  1 – 1: 30 PM to coincide with America’s Top Dog Model ® 2014 Contest.

Throughout history animals have played a significant role in human’s lives. In early times, people found that human-animal relationships were important to their very survival. Today, pets are considered part of the family and often reflect people’s need for intimacy, nurturance and companionship.


“America’s Top Dog Model ® Golden Paw Awards ™” will air nationally on the Esquire Network (formerly the Style Network), Friday, February 28 at 5:30-6:00 AM.  The half-hour show is a “red carpet” event honoring these outstanding dogs that have made an extraordinary difference in people’s lives.  America’s Top Dog Model ® National Contest began in 2005 and included America’s Top Dog Model ® Golden Paw Award ™ recipients. 


Photos are available and you can view the preview by clicking this link:

America's Top Dog Model

America’s Top Dog Model Golden Paw Awards  Wendy Foskey (L) holding Penny and Jo Jo Harder (R)

The show describes how Jo Jo Harder’s new book, ” How to Become a Top Dog Model”,  can take your pet from your home into the international scene.    The book is available in an E-Book and soft cover:

America's Top Dog Model, Golden Paw Awards

Eileen Neuwirth holding America’s Top Dog Model, Golden Paw Award Recipient, Riley


On January 15, 2014, the tenth contest was launched in search of “top dogs that make a difference.”   This is a contest with a positive mission.  Those of us who have pets, know they make us happy. But scientific research has proven that animals, particularly dogs, also help promote psychological and physical health by providing companionship, reducing stress, promoting social interaction, encouraging exercise, and providing unconditional love.


Not all research is focused on humans. Recent studies have proven that dogs benefit from human interaction as well, thanks to the love, care, attention, exercise and socialization they get from their people. We want to know how your canine family member is benefiting from the exchange.  America’s Top Dog Model ® 2014 Contest theme is “Healthy Paws.” This competition will focus on how people and dogs keep each other healthy.

Winners and finalist are featured in an annual calendar, in Jo Jo Harder’s books, and they also win fabulous prizes. The contest runs until April 30, and the theme  is “Healthy Paws.” Contest information is available at:

During the many years of organizing America’s Top dog Model ® competition, Jo Jo Harder received numerous emails from around the world. The #1 question: How can I get my dog into modeling?   Seeing the need, Jo Jo combined her expertise as a fashion designer, stylist, writer, and former model to create “How to Become a Top Dog Model”, the “first” complete canine modeling guide.
Over the years, America’s Top Dog Model ® contests has collaborated and supported many community events and charities in South Florida and nationwideYou may listen to this recent interview on Paw Life Radio.  
America's Top Dog Model

Jo Jo Harder (L) Creator of America’s Top Dog Model and Chloe Dolandis, Show host (R)

 How to Become A Top Dog Model”  E-book is currently available at eBook retailers “worldwide,” including: Apple iBookstore, Amazon Kindle, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Copia, Gardners, Kobo, and Sony. The soft-cover is available on America’s Top Dog Model ® Website,, Baker & Taylor and selected stores nationwide.
This manual is packed with glamorous full-color photos and valuable information, including:
  • What it takes to be a top dog model
  • How to get started and stay on top
  • Expert advice on where to look for modeling job
  • Show to find an agent
  • How to create tools of the trade
  • Training information is provided so that prospective canine models can make a fabulous impression, whether strutting down a runway or being featured in a movie.
For self-respecting divas who would not think of turning down a day at the spa, a grooming section is devoted them. From a beauty parlor makeover to a pampering bath, stress relieving massage, and pedicure for pets, top dog models must always be well groomed.


Finally, America’s Top Dog Models ® share their career launching success stories about their journey to the top and why they are dogs that make a difference ™.


Readers will value the bonus section featuring 240 International resources, including: advertising agencies, model and talent agencies, canine couture, contests, training references, top dog designers, photographers, publications, spas, and organizations. 


Jo Jo and son, William at Top Dog Golden Paws Awards

Jo Jo and son, William at Top Dog Golden Paws Awards


Not only will this book benefit “aspiring” canine models, but also, advertising agencies, dog modeling agencies, dog groomers, dog trainers, pet retailers, canine fashion designers, print media and motion media producers.  

As a fashion designer, Jo Jo Harder’s clotting lines were sold in Nordstrom, Marshal Fields, Henri Bender, Fred Segal and other fine stores.  Author Jo Jo Harder has served as a consultant for many of America’s Top Dog Models ®. She has a passion for dogs and would love to hear from her readers and she will also make guest appearances. Contact the author at  

America’s Top Dog Models ® complete press file is available on line:
Like America’s Top Dog Model on Facebook:
Follow America’s Top Dog Model’s ® winning style on Pinterest:
Tweet Jo Jo Harder on Twitter:
Jo Jo Harder,  CEO/The Jo Jo Companies
Jo Jo Productions
Creator/America’s Top Dog Model ®     Boca Raton, FL
Tel: 561-212-2441

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