The Chair Show – Call for Entry!

Overhaul those leftover, forgotten, broken, out-dated or just plain ugly chairs into works of art, as The Other Side Arts (TOSA) turns the gallery into a giant sitting parlor this August. The Chair Show is an open-entry art exhibition highlighting the “chair” in its many artistic forms, concepts, and meanings. What does the Chair mean to you? Transform your seat and help us cherish the chair in our August exhibition at TOSA Denver.

Exhibition is open to all artists over 18. Works should fit the theme and be made out of, resemble, or pertain to the concept of the “chair”.

Work drop-off dates are Aug 2nd & 3rd, 9:30 am – 5 pm at TOSA Denver, 1644 Platte St.
There is a $10 entry fee per piece, and up to 3 pieces may be submitted.
Opening Reception, Friday, August 5th, 6-9pm.  Show runs through August 26th.

To receive an entry form, please email tosa@theothersidearts.org.

F2: Fashion & Fiber – Call for Entries!

Announcing a Call for Entries for our July 2011 exhibition now to be held at our Denver Location:
F2: Fashion & Fiber
An exhibition showcasing original fashion, fiber and textile art. 
All work having a fiber or fashion component, including original clothing design and fashion drawings will be accepted.
Submit your pieces to TOSA Denver through Wed, July 6 , 9:30 am – 5 pm.
$10 entry fee per piece/ $30 for four pieces.
Show opens second Friday, July 8, 6-9 pm at TOSA Denver, 1644 Platte St.
Download entry form here: TOSA Fiber Show Entry Form
Call 303.561.3000 or email tosa@theothersidearts.org with questions.

Artist Inc. Class 5 – Real Estate Concerns for Artists

The afternoon session of Class 5 focused on Real Estate topics. Led by Matt Hanson and Laura Cowperthwaite of the Thriving Artist Alliance. Based in Denver, TAA works directly with those in the arts, entertainment and related fields and creates strategic alliances between arts & cultural organizations and the businesses that support them, philanthropic foundations, city planners, developers and those who work in our artistic community to invest in ourselves and our city.

Here’s a brief recap from their session:

Matt Hanson started by telling the artists that we are part of a billon dollar industry. He briefly described Richard Florida’s findings in his book “Rise of the Creative Class” which discusses the important influence artists and other ‘creatives’ have on lifestyle and other trends.

A discussion about budgeting followed. Matt encouraged the group to find and fill in the gaps in their financial world. Where does money come into your life, what do you do with it and how do you protect it? Think about yourself in terms of “You, Inc.”

Tips for building wealth:
– Prepare a monthly budget
– Analyze and start to see the patterns in your spending and income generation
– Pay yourself first – the goal is to have 6 months of bills set aside in the bank.
– Check your credit reports
– 35% of your score is based on timely payment; 30% based on credit card balance (stay w/in 10% of your
credit card limit); The rest is determined by how old/recent you’ve had accounts open. Keep your old
accounts in use (even if only once a year)
– Don’t consolidate your credit cards – instead have your credit limits increased
– If you find errors on your credit report, can do Credit Repair which will work to remove erroneous debts.
You can also dispute with the three credit reporters. Be sure to follow up!
– If you’ve had a bankruptcy, it can stay with you for 7-10 years, however you can still qualify for a loan w/in 2 years. Student loans can’t be included in a bankruptcy, and can follow you for a while.

Thriving Artist Alliance programs of interest:
Co-op Program – for sharing commercial live/work space between several artists. TAA can help find property and negotiate the deal, etc.
Patron Program – where patrons assist artists purchase property.

Credit Score & Report Links:
myfico.com
experian.com
equifax.com
freecreditreport.com

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