Thursday, January 17, 2008


i am going to give a short presentation during the professional development seminar the day before the annual snag (society of north american goldsmiths) conference. i am both freaked out and excited. normal. here are the details...

San Mateo: October 12, 2007 (650) 571-7726 studio

The 2008 Professional Development Seminar Open To All Artisans

The 2008 Professional Development Seminar “Crosscurrents: Navigating Toward New Markets” will address topics that are important to artists and crafts people. The afternoon will cover how photography plays a crucial role in establishing a visual identity and provide help in finding new marketing channels that yield better exposure and stronger financial return.

The speakers include Bobby Hansson who has 40 years of experience in photography and will discuss how to attain quality images of your work. Marthe Le Van, Editor of Lark Books, gives her unique perspective on which images are preferred by publishers when considering inclusion to a publication. Megan Auman will introduce us to blogs, Etsy and other inexpensive internet venues to market your artwork. Amy Tavern addresses new trends, trunk shows and nontraditional venues. Ivan Barnett, April Higashi and Heidi Lowe bring their experience and insight in opening their own galleries.

This is a rare opportunity to learn from our speakers who bring their expertise and unique perspectives for an afternoon of learning. The 2008 Professional Development Seminar will be held:

WHEN: Wednesday, March 5, 2008
TIME: 2:00 TO 6:00 PM
WHERE: The Savannah Marriott Riverfront, Savannah, GA (Conference Hotel)
COST: $10 covers the entire seminar afternoon
REGISTER: Either with your Conference Registration or at the PDS door in Savannah

The PDS (organized by Harriete Estel Berman, Andy Cooperman & Don Friedlich) is designed to offer information vital to establishing and maintaining an art career. Conference Registration is not required to attend the PDS. Updated information about the PDS program will be available at:

Questions and comments can be directed to:

i will talk about my experiences with trunk shows, selling at boutiques, indie shops and galleries, my website, and other ways i get my name out there. i love doing this kind of thing. (and i do get very nervous!) i have spoken a few other times - at my alma mater, uw seattle, and at the penland school of crafts. i like telling others about my experiences, both good and bad, regarding my work and business. it can be difficult to find this kind of information as an artist so if i can help others in this way, i am very willing. plus, i get to learn power point and i am very excited about that!

i guess this means i am a professional.

thanks for reading.


Robin Dreyer said...

Way to go, Amy. You'll be great.

amy tavern said...

thanks, robin! how nice!

Hillary said...

Have you seen Harriete's jewelry on It is truly amazing.

check it out!