Linda Brotman-Evans
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April 25, 2013
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CONFERENCE: How to grow a successful art business in the Grand Valley

The Saturday, April 27, conference, "Grow Your Art Business," is the perfect intersection for opportunities and networking with sessions headed by professional artists from Boulder, Aspen and Grand Junction alongside seasoned business executives to learn new ideas, ask questions, and hone skills to build careers in the arts.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Alpine Bank, 225 N. Fifth St., room 205, artist entrepreneurs can focus on both the creative and management side of an art career. As the economy turns around, artists must be poised to propel their careers to the next level and expand their business opportunities and income.

To register, arrive early between 9 and 10 a.m. Fees are $5 for students with valid ID and $40 for established or emerging artists. Call 970-640-8177 or email for more information.

The one-day event sponsored by DREI will cover topics including: "How to Develop Public Art Projects: Expectations and Proposals" with Bill Vielehr; "Direct Sales and Private Commissions" with John Lintott; "Different Paths to Success" with Natasha Seedorf; "Qualifying Customers to Make More Sales" with Bill Vrettos; and "Funding and Grant Opportunities for Travel, Residencies, Materials, and Much More" with Nancy Lewis.

The conference's goal is to provide a setting for exchanging knowledge, hearing new perspectives and bringing innovative ideas to the forefront. Anyone who thinks about starting any kind of business has to grapple with questions: Is being an entrepreneur the right choice? What are the steps I should take? This event will help you identify key issues for your art business from experienced artist entrepreneurs with a history of success.

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