Art Day 2005 Mail Art Call: Art in the Streets

The theme for the Art Day 2005 mail art call was “Art in the Streets.” These 18 entries were diverse and fabulous.

In 2005, Art Day was under different management than in the years that followed. So, this was the only year I was the organizer for that event’s mailart celebration.

I received the art in Houston, Texas, and scanned. Then, I forwarded it to Los Angeles, Calfornia, and from there it was placed on public display as part of a large Art Day celebration in nearby Glendale.

The scans include postcards, envelopes, and any enclosures in them. If the return address was clearly part of the art, it is displayed. If I wasn’t certain, I omitted it or blurred it.

THE ARTISTS: The participants were, alphabetically by last name: Vycki Angel (Pinson, AL), Julia Cardia (Vinhedo, Brazil), Sylvia Cunha (Campinos, Brasil), Michel Della Vedova (Limoges, France) Dante Erbolato Neto (Sao Paolo, Brazil), Sandoval LeFebure (Austin, TX), Suzlee Ibrahim (Shah Alam, Malaysia), Joe Messiah (Portland, OR), George Rivera (Denver, CO), Ashley Schick (Clearwater, FL), Shmuel (Brattleboro, VT), Pablo Wright (Cincinnati, OH),


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Be a successful renegade artist/writer

Have you wanted to see your own article published in Expression, The Artist, Somerset Studio, or Art Doll Quarterly?

Do you dream of someday writing a successful book about the art that you love?

Renegade Writer book One day in 2005, I had coffee with NJ writer Mary Beth McCabe Temple.

She & I discussed what we have in common, which includes writing. And, she’s far more successful than I am, by a lot. She’s making connections at light speed and landing some amazing deals.

Of course, I wanted to know her secret. She generously provided me with some great contacts, but repeatedly emphasized the book, The Renegade Writer. Well, all of the local bookstores had sold every copy they’d had. So, I ordered it from Amazon.

A few days later, the book arrived. My first reaction was, “This is it? This is a skinny little paperback!”

Then, I started reading it. WOW! This is one of those books that is utterly jam-packed with one very practical idea after another, and many of these are… well, renegade ideas. After reading maybe five or six pages of this book, no wonder Mary Beth is doing so well!

See, I’ve been writing professionally–off and on–for over 20 years. I thought that I pretty much knew the routine: Ideas, queries, proposals, editors, contracts… everything.

I was really, really wrong.

If you’ve been thinking that it’d be fun to be published, either with a self-promoting article in Somerset Studio or in a best-selling book, buy this book.

I don’t say this often about writing books, because many of them just repeat the same stuff over & over again, and you can get all the info you need by reading a copy from the public library. Or, you can get the high points in a single issue of The Writer or Writer’s Digest magazines… which your public library probably subscribes to.

But, this book is VERY different. It’s a must-own if you’ve thought about getting published. You’ll refer to it often for advice and when you need a common-sense pep talk. You’ll highlight it, make notes in the margins…

Really, buy a copy. Right now.

Your first article sale will probably more than cover the price.

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