Monday, February 28, 2011

Phil Boswell to Speak to FAACE on Insurance Needs for Artists and Crafters

Tomorrow night (Tuesday, March 1) Phil Boswell is going to attempt to answer all questions regarding the specific needs of artists and crafters insurance.

Many "assume" that their home owners insurance will cover their art, their studio, their students... That isn't necessarily true. If someone stops by your house to look at your paintings and has a fall, will insurance cover the accident? what happens if they sue? When they tell the insurance company they came by to purchase something from you as an artist, will your insurance company deny the claim and say they don't cover a business?

What happens if you're at a show and a shelf falls on a visitor? what happens if lightening strikes your studio and you lose not only your irreplaceable work, but all your tools, paints, glazes, etc.?

Should you get a rider on your homeowners insurance or get separate business insurance?

In addition to discussing insurance needs we'll be sharing information on a few upcoming shows the club will either be participating in or be responsible for.

We meet the first Tuesday of each month at the Towne Club Center in Peachtree City. 7 p.m. For more info, or to find out how to join, visit

Hope to see you there! You don't have to be a member to join us for your first meeting.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

How do I know when it's time to make my craft business into a legal entity?

This article originally appeared on Hello Craft in their Ask a Lawyer feature column.
Question: How do I know when it's time to make my craft business into a legal entity?
Answer: This is one of the most common questions I get from small business owners and I always give the same answer: If you are making and selling products, you want to be sure, from the outset, that you are running your business in accordance with your state's laws.

FAACE Member to Sign Books

Carla Cook Smith, author of six local history books, will be signing her books at Artworks on the Square in Fayetteville on Friday, February 18th at 7 p.m. She will have copies of all six books on-hand: "Senoia Perspectives", "Turin Perspectives", "Peachtree City, a 50 Year Perspective", "Holiday Perspectives in Senoia", "Fayetteville Perspectives", and "Newnan Perspectives". The books offer a collection of uplifting stories, vintage photographs, local history and recipes from the local community.

Artworks on the Square
107 Stonewall Avenue
Fayetteville, GA 30214

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Thanks to everyone for support of Art with Heart

We had a great time at Art with Heart yesterday! We weren't sure what the attendance might be given the new location, but it was very good... We were able to sell, sell, sell and talk, talk, talk. Plus, and this is very important, we raised money to support The Children's Village at Christian City.

Given the fact that we put this show together in under a month it was especially sweet... lots of giving people, great artists, wonderful support from the media and all of our friends and supporters. Special thanks to the Harvest Community Center for their support --- they donated the use of their building (the original Fayetteville theater from way back when). They cleaned up after us, too!

Andrea Boswell, potter extraordinaire, decided the night before the show to put together some pottery packages. She donated the packages to be sold to benefit The Children's Village. 100% of the money from their sale went into the bowl for the Village. Artists are such generous people, aren't they? A large number of artists at the show donated a portion of their sales to the cause, too.

We're going to make this an annual event, expect next year to be even bigger and better (we'll have more than a month to work on it!).

I'm working on a slide show of the art, will pop it on the blog later. I'm kind of in 'decompress' mode at the moment, always need a day after a show just to chill.

We're already working on two more shows so subscribe, follow, watch us!

Interested in joining FAACE (Fine Arts And Crafts Entrepreneurs)? Check out our website for info,

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

First meeting last night...

We held our first official open meeting last night. We were all pleased with the number of great artists and crafters who showed up to help us kick off the new group.

We decided that next month our first speaker would be Phil Boswell on the topic of insurance for artists.

Insurance is a biggie for most of us --- especially since the vast majority of artists may not even think about it.

Are you covered if one of your shelves topples on someone in your booth at a show? What happens if a storm whips through and destroys your art... would your home owners insurance cover the loss despite the fact that you are a business? Do you teach? Are you covered if someone trips? cuts themselves?

It's a big topic. Most don't even know where to start to find insurance that covers our special needs as artists.

Phil is doing his research and will be speaking specifically on options for artists.

We meet the first Tuesday of each month at the Towne Club Center in Peachtree City at 7 p.m.

If you'd like to find out more about joining, check out our website,

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Artists Form New Group Designed to Encourage Business Growth

Stained glass by Cathy Spitz
Fayette and Coweta artists recently formed Fine Arts and Crafts Entrepreneurs (FAACE). The group focuses on the business of art.

The FAACE mission is to provide a forum for artists to develop their business and marketing strategies while also encouraging their talents and supporting local charities. The impetus for the group came out of a desire by the founders to better balance their creativity with business know-how.

Fine artists and fine crafters from all southern crescent counties are welcome to join FAACE. Speakers at the monthly meetings will include specialists in fields such as insurance, business development, web design and related. They also plan to invite gallery owners to share tips on getting into galleries, festival judges to explain what they look for when selecting entries or judging contests, and other experts in the field of arts promotion.

FAACE members are also members of other local arts groups and are active in their local communities.

Domino pendant by Kathy Schultz
“Our intention is to work in tandem and to hopefully collaborate with the many other great local art groups already in existence,” said Janet McGregor Dunn, FAACE Chair. “We hope our focus on the business of art will complement their efforts to assist artists in the Southern Crescent of Atlanta.”

To introduce themselves and their artistic talents, members and friends of FAACE will hold their first exhibit and sale, “Art With Heart,” February 5th at the Harvest Community Center in downtown Fayetteville.

Art With Heart will showcase fine arts and crafts by numerous local artists including paintings by Angela White, Pat Sams, and Carla Cook, sculptured watercolors by Patsy Gullet, pottery by Janet McGregor Dunn of Hummingbird Hollow Pottery, Andrea Boswell and other local potters, stained glass by Cathy Spitz, and mixed media fiber and quilt art by Claudia Wood of Rosewood Cottage Studio, Susan Norton (The Painted Thread), and Kathy Schultz.

The selection is sure to be the perfect mix of gifts for Valentine’s Day. The show will also benefit Christian City Children’s Village through donations at the door.

Dessert First by Pat Sams

The Harvest Community Center, 383 Fayetteville Place / N. Glynn Street, is located in the original, now closed, Fayetteville Theater. The Center is just north of the Old Courthouse (Hwy. 85 and 54 intersection) in Fayetteville, between La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant and Wings and Things.

FAACE meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Towne Club Center, 201 Crosstown Road, in Peachtree City. For more information and directions, please visit the website at or call Janet McGregor Dunn at 404-290-3638.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Meeting Feb 1st

We'll be holding our first open meeting on Tuesday, February 1st at the Towne Club Center in Peachtree City. 7 p.m.

Fine artists and crafters are welcome to join us to see what we're all about. We'll talk a little about Art with Heart, our first show, but given that some who'll be attending won't be able to participate we'll try not to focus too much on it!

Membership information is on our website, You'll also find info on where we're meeting and the focus of our arts group.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Art with Heart February 5th

We're excited about our new fine arts and crafts show, Art with Heart! It's going to be held in the Harvest Community Center in downtown Fayetteville on Saturday, February 5th. 10 - 4 p.m.

We have some extremely talented artists signed up to show, and sell, their fantastic art. Jewelry, fiber art, pottery, paintings, ornaments, stained glass and much, much more.

We're going to be collecting money to help support the children at The Children's Village at Christian City also. We'll have donation bins around the area with information for those who would like to give. It's entirely voluntary and no pressure at all.

If you'd like more information visit our website, or give me (Janet) a call at 404-290-3638.

Harvest Community Center
383 Fayetteville Place / Hwy 85 / Glynn Street
Fayetteville, GA 3021
The Harvest Community Center is located in downtown Fayetteville in the original Fayetteville movie theater in the shopping center with La Hacienda. Enter the strip mall between La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant and the Dairy Queen. The Center will be right in front of you! Call 404-290-3638 if better directions are needed or visit

Here's what our flyer looks like:

If you're an artist who's interested in joining our growing group we meet the first Tuesday of each month at the Towne Club Center in Peachtree City at 7 p.m.