Power of Persistence: Artist finds reaching out has rewards

Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Power of Persistence: Artist finds reaching out has rewards

 article by Brenna Weigand Power of persistence: Artist finds reaching out has rewards May 2012 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People By Brenna Wiegand “The Starving Artist” – a familiar term (often applied by artists to themselves) depicting the dire straits of one who devotes his or her life to pursuing this passion – at the expense of nearly all else. The multi-faceted approach of local painter Barbara Bassett, however, just might earn her a piece of the proverbial pie. She says what is done away from the easel is nearly as important as what comes off it. Bassett’s applied theory and persistence – even in the face of major family upsets – was affirmed, she said, through a recent series of events that haven’t ended yet. The organizers of this year’s Silverton’s Wine & Jazz Festival selected Bassett’s “Smokin’ Jazz” painting for this year’s poster publicizing the May 19 event. “It was my attempt to communicate the benefits to the community in that we have great wineries here and great music, too,” she said. “I wanted it to have a sense of vibrancy and action and fun.” Bassett’s landscape “Peaceful Path” won top prize at the Salem Mayor’s Art Gala in February and her painting becomes a permanent part of Keizer Civic Center’s art collection. Silverton Wine & Jazz Fest Saturday, May 19, noon to 9 p.m. Town Square Park and other downtown Silverton venues Bassett’s painting selected as the event’s poster image will be on display and up for bid at a silent auction.For a schedule including the jazz artists, venues, and wineries, visit www.silvertonwineandjazz.com or call 503-873-5615 The painting is near and dear to Bassett, for it is in keeping with her father’s visions before he passed away. He was a farmer, she said, who loved nothing more than to look upon and cherish the land. It was a comfort for him to recall such pastoral vistas, which he shared with his daughter, who translated them into a painted ode to his life. Portland’s Attic Gallery has again accepted her work after Bassett’s three-year hiatus caring for ailing parents. The trade at smaller galleries such as Lunaria Gallery in Silverton, of which Bassett is a member, tends toward prints, cards – less expensive ways to own and share art. Therefore, she works to get her larger pieces into the larger galleries, too. Being a perennially optimistic person doesn’t hurt, but being well schooled in the arts of marketing and communications has proven a big plus to the artist, who once managed the Utah State Bar Association and was later a senior partner for an international consulting firm in the health care industry. To her, the writing is on the wall: An online presence is key. She’s been learning to leverage “social media,” an outcropping of the World Wide Web and now has a facebook page, a new website and is improving her photography skills. “Artists need to be able to market their own work,” Bassett said. “(Through the internet) your art gets out there – and gallery owners are looking. Once they see you and know that you know how to cross-promote, you become more attractive to them.” The internet provides a platform, she said, for how-to videos and blogs that make possible a personal connection with somebody across the globe. Yet when it comes to her calling, Bassett is all business. “I start out with the attitude and intention that failure is not an option and this is going to work one way or another,” she said. And work it has: Three paintings destined...

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Barbara Bassett’s “Smokin’ Saxophone” ready for festival

Posted by on Apr 17, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Barbara Bassett’s “Smokin’ Saxophone” ready for festival

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$75 AWARD CERTIFICATE FOR CORRECT ANSWER TO UPCOMING ONLINE CONTEST!

Posted by on Mar 22, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

$75 AWARD CERTIFICATE FOR CORRECT ANSWER TO UPCOMING ONLINE CONTEST!

Ok, another art contest coming up sometime within the next week and a chance to win a $75. certificate toward the purchase of one of my oil paintings! Only two criteria to enter. You just need to “like” my Facebook page “Barbara Bassett Art”  and not be a previous winner this calendar year. So get ready to be the first to answer a question posted on Facebook (tick, tick, tick). You can either use this award by letting me know when you’d like to come to my art studio, or bring it to my upcoming show at Lunaria Gallery in Silverton beginning April 6th. I’ll also be posting some of my current work on my website sometime next week. Now back to the studio to finish up a few more...

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