It ’tis the season for spreading the joy. There are many ways to support your fellow artist. We have a number of artists that have items in shows, sales, and ongoing exhibits. Please consider art for your gift giving this year.
Annual Holiday Show and Sale at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood, CO. November 15 – December 23. Artist Reception 5-7 PM Friday, December 6. See link for other hours.
Our World Art Show, Philip S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox, Castle Rock, CO. November 14 – January 4, 2014, closing reception January 4, 1-3 PM. For more information contact Margaret Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the previous posts for complete information about the following ongoing exhibits:
Ayn Hanna’s Linescapes is at The Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, Co. through December 2nd. The Dairy’s galleries are free and open to the public seven days a week, Mondays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and week-ends from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Gay E. Lasher’s Transformations at the aBuzz Gallery, Denver, Co December 6, 6-9 PM, First Friday; December 7, 3-4 PM, Artist Talk; and Dec. 14, 12-5, Closing Reception.
It seems on a regular basis I read postings by individuals who have had their artwork taken by a corporation, through social media or even by other artists who have taken classes or studied under an artist. We all have been in the position of either knowing that artist or wondering if what we are creating can be perceived as taking ideas or photos that legally belong to someone else.
Think collage artists who use magazine pictures to create images. Think photos out of books that we may use for inspiration for painting or drawing. Think the number of times we’ve passed on images on FB or Pinterest that wasn’t accompanied by an artist signature or authorization to use.
The internet has certainly created a new level of complexity and access to photos, music, design that hasn’t been there before. It is both a powerful tool for information access but it can also be a way for others to take artwork that doesn’t belong to them for profit.
So, where do we, as artists, draw the line? What protections do we have for art that we create? I reached out to SDA members online to see what they had to say about the subject. I found it very eye-opening to read what they had to say so am including a few of the responses I received.
Arlee Barr I have pretty much given up, after filing 100′s of DMCA notices. If I find one of my images appropriated without my permission, I deal with it but I don’t actively seek it out anymore. I have noticed a hell of a lot less stealing now that I watermark very visibly. Google “owns” certain platforms and they will remove the content if you file correctly, but of course their own weak copyright disclaimer does no service to any artist either in image searches. What continues to piss me off is the idea that a lot of pinners, image-scrapers and blog content thieves who try to justify their theft with “If a work is on the Internet, it is in the public domain and can be freely copied and distributed.” MYTH MYTH MYTH FACT The internet may be a new phenomenon and developed long after U.S. copyright laws were enacted, but it is not exempt from copyright law. Courts do not have any difficulty applying traditional copyright laws to web sites and the internet. The owner of a copyright enjoys certain exclusive benefits, which include the rights to reproduce, distribute and display a work. Without the consent of the owner of a copyright, it is copyright infringement to place the work on the internet or to download/copy it from the internet. 17 U.S.C. § 106; see A&M Records vs. Napster, Inc.
Leisa Rich I have had several instances in which I have been copied EXACTLY. The one time I consulted a lawyer, he wanted $10,000 upfront just to BEGIN the case. It was one of the contract sewers I had working when I had my hat business! She made exact copies of my patterns and produced exact replicas after I left Canada and even had the audacity to approach- and sell to- many of my clients, shops and galleries! Of course, I didn’t sue. I didn’t have the money! It is my understanding that it is rarely financially feasible for artists to sue, which is why we are oft copied; the copiers know it is easy to get away with it, especially if they are in another country. In addition, one can certainly sue someone for copying, but if one has not filed a copyright legally, there is less chance of making a solid case stick- not NO chance, just less- and one will incur many bills, and spend a tremendous amount of time and effort in doing so! Just today I was alerted to work quite similar to older work of mine. Oh, well. I approached it, got some feedback, got a nasty message from the perpetrator, and decided who cares…really? One moves on, one does even better new work that is difficult to copy. The pieces she did like mine were done THIS year, but were my works from several years ago. Enough different to not be exact copies. The copyright office will probably NOT tighten the laws up that much, because it will cause them so very many extra headaches and additional workload….our whole world is now made up of layer upon layer of rip offs, mass appropriations and shameless borrowing. It would be a logistical nightmare for them.
Lisa Call Mary – interesting conversation and I think it brings up the complexity of the issues. What I can do as an instructor – teaching online classes where the written content can be easily stolen is different than what one can do to stop someone from overseas from stealing our art.
Here’s what I do in my online classes:
1) In my written material I include a thank you for them for honoring my copyright.
2) I try to thank them in my first lecture for the same and I mention that so far everyone has honored it.
3) In my final notes I include the same thank you.
Why this way?
1) Social psychology studies show that people that are reminded they should not cheat BEFORE tests are less likely to cheat.
2) The science of persuasion tells us that people like to be part of the majority – so pointing out what everyone else is doing (if it is what you want) can be persuasive. (this is why in hotels they tell you the majority of people are saving the environment by not requesting a towel wash daily and that you can join them).
Thanks to those who responded to my questions on this issue. What I am hearing is that all of us need to be mindful about what artwork we wish to put up on the web and safeguard anything that we believe has potential to be misappropriated. That said, while we may be in the right with copyright infringement, going after a large corporation, and international entity or the likes of the stock-photo outlets will depend on how much we wish to pay in time and money to protect our work.
In summary – pearls of wisdom picked up from those who contributed:
1) Protect your images with watermarks and legitimate copyright filings
2) Pick your battles. Learn how and where your images were misappropriated and see what you can do that doesn’t decimate your budget, time or health to fight.
3) If using on-line videos, educate your viewers regarding what you are considering your copyrighted materials. On another note – just because you teach it doesn’t mean it’s copyrighted. This applies to anyone teaching courses.
4) Good rule of thumb – when using photos, images, other people’s artwork as inspiration if it feels like you are copying or feel the least twinge in your gut that this might be a copy – then heed it and stop.
5) As you pass along images and such over the internet stop to look and see if there is any artist name attached or other indication that the artist wishes this image to go forward. If you feel as though it isn’t quite right – then don’t pass it on.
6) Educate, educate, educate. When teaching a course, let the students know what they can do with the information you are providing. More importantly, don’t teach anything that you are currently producing for income. Teach what you used to do, not what you are doing right now.
7) Use the internet to fight corporations and overseas companies who steal artwork outright. If you are in the right and can show proof – then spread the word with the company name and where they are selling. You can bet that other artists want to know and support you.
8) Know your laws and your rights as best you can. When armed with education you have more options.
You can listen to Mary’s radio program Wednesday, November 20, 12:30-1 pm KAFM Radio 88.1. You will need to stream it over your computer since the signal doesn’t actually go much beyond Palisade, Colorado.
Innovators & Legends: Generations in Textiles & Fibers
January 24–April 4, 2014
Traveling exhibition organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art features 50 artists.
University Art Museum
University Center for the Arts
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523
Friday, January 24. The show opens with a preview for the museum’s annual fundraiser VISUALIZE, A Winter’s Evening of Visual Arts, benefiting the University Art Museum at Colorado State University. Main event is $50 per person. Sponsorships are also available.
MAIN EVENT: The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Griffin Concert Hall for an exclusive showing of Fiber on Film, a montage of films on legendary artists who work with textile art and a talk-back with guest Elissa Auther. The program will continue at 7:45 p.m. in the University Art Museum for a preview of the exhibition Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber, and a vibrant party with fine wines, craft beer, and delicious appetizers.
VISUALIZE VIP CHAMPAGNE EVENT: Champagne Pre-Party Reception,
University Art Museum, 6:00 p.m. (special ticket required).
Join Elissa Auther for champagne and a special introduction to the exhibition Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber.
Elissa Auther is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and Co-Director of Feminism & Co.: Art, Sex, Politics at MCA, Denver. A prolific writer, Auther has written String, Felt, Thread and the Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art and West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America.
Ticket reservations will be available in the near future at: https://advancing.colostate.edu/visualize
or call the Office of CSU Events at (877) 498-7787.
The show opens to the public the next day and remains up through April 4th.
Monday, February 3, 5 p.m.
Griffin Concert Hall, Critic and Artist Residency Series visiting-artist lecture with Mark Newport, artist in residence and head of fiber at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. A reception will follow the lecture.
Wednesday, February 5, 4 p.m.
Gallery talk in University Art Museum with Mark Newport.
Wednesday, February 26, 4 p.m.
Gallery talk will include exhibition artists Sara Rockinger and Carol Shinn.
Wednesday, March 26, 4 p.m.
Gallery talk will include exhibition artist Amy Clarke Moore.
A calendar of programs will be found later this year at https://advancing.colostate.edu/visualize.
We hope that you can join us!
Linda (Linny) Frickman
Director, University Art Museum
University Center for the Arts, Campus Box 1778
School of the Arts
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523
Fibers Area Coordinator
Department of Art, Campus Box 1770
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523
PJ Bergin’s “Connections,” 66″h x 200″w, was recently installed in a bright room at a center for medical patients. She designed and created this Network Tapestrytm to remind us that “No matter how brief our interactions, the quality of our connection to others flows forward, affecting our lives and the lives of those around us.” This contemporary piece was created through the traditional method of wet feltmaking in Salida, Colorado.
Learn more about PJ Bergin at her website: www.FeltInHand.com
Gay E. Lasher’s show, Transformations, opens at aBuzz Gallery this Friday, November 15, with a reception from 6-9 PM. Included in the show are examples of Gay’s digital textiles, brightly colored abstract compositions. Other opportunities to see the show are: December 6, 6-9 PM, First Friday; December 7, 3-4 PM, Artist Talk; and Dec. 14, 12-5, Closing Reception. Hope to see you there!
Visit her website to learn more about Gay. gayelasher.com
The Greenwood Community Church has a light and lovely gallery where twenty-two of Geri deGruy’s fiber and mixed media artworks are displayed for the month of November, 2013.
Monday-Thursday 9:00 – 5:00
Sunday 7:30 – 2:00
Call the church for other open hours at 303- 843- 0281.
Greenwood Community Church
5600 E. Belleview Avenue
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Who: SDA members and people who may want to join SDA.
When: The second Saturday of the month. November 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Where: Hearthstone Cohousing Common House
Laurie Gibb: resident
4700 W. 37th Ave (Address for the Common House)
Laurie’s phones: Cell: 303-455-1612 Home 303-455-9324
General location: Between Federal Blvd and Sheridan Blvd in Northwest Denver.
Specific directions: We are on the old Elitch Garden’s Amusement Park site. We are in the middle of this urban infill development so imagine us inside!
From the East part of Denver: Take 38th Ave West. Main streets you will pass are Federal Blvd., Tennyson Blvd (the old entrance to Elitch Gardens). Go to Winona St. Turn left (south) on Winona St. (it runs in front of Sprouts Market). Winona St. dead ends on 37th Ave. (Winona is only two blocks long here). You will see a larger building which has a cupola on top right at the end of Winona. It is robin egg blue building and has white trim and a white porch running across the front. This is the Common House, our meeting place. Park anywhere you can find a place on 37th or on Winona. Go to the porch. The door should be unlocked. If not, come to the courtyard side of the building. There are 2 entrances. Take the stairs inside that lead to the basement. IF YOU ARRIVE LATE: PLEASE GO TO THE OUTSIDE STAIRWAY LEADING TO THE BASEMENT ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE COMMON HOUSE.
A clue: If you get to the townhouse area where there are homes in one of four colors (red, blue, yellow, or green) then you have found Hearthstone Cohousing. You can ask anyone where the Common House is and they can direct you.