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oil painting of the may queen in color sauntering down a gray drab city street by christine mitzuk
May Queen, 12"x16" oil painting

Come check out my art at the 25th Annual Women's Art Festival. ONE DAY ONLY.

I'll have originals, prints, and cards for sale. There will also be a few special holiday deals.

Over 130 Women Artists, Live Music, Food & Drink, Lots of fun!

Saturday, December 9th, 2017
9:30am - 4:30 pm
Colin Powell Center
2924 4th Ave S, Mpls
Plenty of free parking in the Wells Fargo ramp within 1 block!
(Street parking is limited and the No Parking signs are not very visible so parking in the ramp is strongly recommended).

Free admission/$1 per person donation suggested to musician's tip fund.
For more information: www.WomensArtFestival.com

25th Annual Women's Art Festival

12"x16" prints of the four elementals matted and framed and hanging on a wall at lodestone coffee and gamesGaming + Coffee + Art!

Starting this week some of my art will be on display at Lodestone Coffee and Games in Minnetonka, MN. Currently NEW large versions of the four elementals are available for viewing and purchase.

For this new limited edition print run of the elementals, I've made them about 12"x16". There will be 5 artist proofs, and 10 prints in the run for a total of 15 prints at this size. Each is printed on archival paper with archival inks. For the show the pieces are matted and framed to fit 16"x20" frames (outer dimensions are slightly larger). These pieces at this 12"x16" size will only be available at select shows, not online. Fear not, the 8"x10" limited edition prints are currently still available.

Lodestone Coffee and Games is a fun shop with a variety of games to purchase or try out. Plus they host gaming events. Check them out here http://www.lodestonecoffeeandgames.com/.

mitzuk-chilkoot-facebook-headerStarting November 4th, for the month of November a selection of my art will be shown at Chilkoot Café and Cyclery.

Artist Reception:
Friday November 4, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Hosted by Chilkoot Café & Cyclery
826 4th Street South
Stillwater, MN 55082

Join me for art and refreshments on Friday, November 4, 2016 in a cozy, relaxed setting. This show will feature a selection of my imaginative work and will include traditional paintings as well as limited edition prints of my digital paintings. There will be complimentary light finger food during the reception, and Chilkoot has a delicious dinner menu selection for sale in their cafe. Chilkoot is a cozy neighborhood cafe and cycle shop located in Stillwater, MN. I hope to see you there!

Artists for the Atelier: an Atelier Instructor Art Show and Fundraising Sale

pastel drawing of a pomegranate, dried calla lilies, and wheat by christine mitzuk
Persephone and Demeter

May 20, 21, 22 (In conjunction with The Atelier 2016 Student Show)

Enjoy and purchase prints, drawings, watercolors, oils, sculptures, etchings and prints of figurative, still life, landscape and imaginative artwork from our fundraising exhibit to help support The Atelier. The exhibit will be in several spaces, across and down the hall from The Atelier. 20% of all sales from the Instructor Show will be donated to The Atelier.

The Artists included in the exhibit are Judy Buckvold, Kim Monahan Dady, Ceile Harteib, David Ginsberg, Richard Lack, Brock Larson, Jeff Larson, Brian Lewis, Lynn Maderich, Christine Mitzuk, Dale Redpath, Pat Schu, Jim Shoop, Amber Tritabaugh, Laura Tundel and Cyd Wicker.

I will have many of my imaginative pieces, both prints and originals, for sale as well as several still life, watercolor works, and studies.

digital painting of a unicorn at the top of a hill on a winding path through the woods
Glimpse of the Unicorn

You may email (mail@theatelier.org) or call The Atelier at 612-362-8421 with questions.

1681 East Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Off-street parking is available

2016 Show Hours:
Friday, May 20, 2:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday, May 21, 12:00 - 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 22, 12:00 - 5:00 pm

logo for the robo show by light grey art labLast Friday I went to the opening night of The Robo Show at Light Grey Art Lab. I just can't stop thinking about it, I think it's one of the best shows they've put on. The range of types of robots portrayed is broad and each piece is a delight to look at.

There are personal robots, futuristic robots, war bots, silly and serious robots, organic bots, metal bots. They packed a ton of creativity into the space!

If you can take a look in person, please do. If not, they have also posted the images on their site https://lightgreyartlab.squarespace.com/the-robo-show and prints are available through their online shop.

I also really like how they display the art. None of it is framed. It's all printed on high quality Epson paper and gently attached to the wall with what look like tiny little magnets.

Edit: do NOT park on the street. It's not allowed and cars are being ticketed. There is FREE parking in the Wells Fargo ramp 1 block away.


Come check out the 23rd Annual Women's Art Festival. ONE DAY ONLY.
I will be selling holiday and birthday cards, prints, and originals. There will also be a few special holiday deals.

digital painting of earth elemental man with antlers surrounded by green flame playing the drum by christine mitzuk
Earth Elemental

Over 125 Women Artists, Live Music, Food & Drink, Lots of fun!

watercolor of a flamingo wearing a Santa hat and strutting his stuff while other flamingos look surprised by Christine Mitzuk
Christmas Flamingo

Saturday, December 12th, 2015
9:30am - 4:30 pm
Colin Powell Center
2924 4th Ave S, Mpls
Plenty of free parking in Wells Fargo ramp within 1 block!

Free admission/$1 per person donation suggested to musician's tip fund.

candy cane oil painting front of greeting card
Holiday cards featuring my candy cane painting. Cards are approximately 4 3/4" x 7" with 5"x7" envelope. Sold in packs of 5 for $15 or singles for $4.

For more information: www.WomensArtFestival.com

Candy Cane holiday cards available here > shop now
Christmas Flamingo holiday cards available here > shop now

Coffee Hour, Artist Meet and Greet

pastel drawing of a pomegranate, dried calla lilies, and wheat by christine mitzuk
Persephone and Demeter

This Friday, November 6, 2015
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Cheryl Hawkins Tax and Accounting will be hosting a Coffee Hour and Artist Reception.
700 Seville Dr. #204 Jordan, MN 55352
(952) 222-8272

Several of my paintings, including the rare pastel "Persephone and Demeter", are on display and available for purchase. The show will be up till the end of November. Stop by for a visit, it's a lovely drive. If you have time you might also like to stop at the local apple orchard.

If you would like to view the art at another time, please contact Cheryl for viewing hours.

Art Show in Jordan, Minnesota

Art Show at Cheryl Hawkins Tax and Accounting in Jordan Minnesota
A sampling of art by Christine Mitzuk on display August 5 - November 30 2015
Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
700 Seville Dr #204, Jordan, MN 55352

I'm pleased to announce that a selection of my art will be on display August 5 through November 30, 2015 at Cheryl Hawkins Tax and Accounting. The show features eight still life and imaginative works, including a rare pastel painting. All pieces are available for purchase.

The office is located at 700 Seville Dr #204, Jordan, MN 55352.

The display is generally open to the public weekdays 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. You are encouraged to call ahead to confirm that there are no conflicts at that time. If you wish to view the pieces outside of these times please contact Cheryl at 952-222-8272.

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 4
May 22-24 in Kansas City, MO

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live is only a few days away. This year I'll be set up in Artist Alley. You can find me at table 31. I'll have original paintings, drawings, and prints on display and for sale. The latest painting, Bear Falls, will be there too. Stop by and say, "Hi!"

I'll be at table 31.
I'll be at table 31.

Look for Aries.

aries image created by christine mitzuk for llewellyn's 2015 astrological calendar

You can details about the show here: https://spectrumfantasticartlive.com/


I only actually attend a few shows, the rest I just mail art in. For the past 2 years Gen Con has been one of those shows I do in person. What follows is my experience with it. Perhaps it will be helpful to some folks,

Getting there: I drive. Last year I picked a buddy up from Chicago and she helped load and unload. This year I pack everything I need and took it there myself. It's manageable.

What to pack and how move it: I have a check list of things to bring. Having a checklist helps me stay organized. I have a handcart that folds down so I can wheel my stuff in and out of the show and store it under my table when not in use. Last year my booth buddy and I carried everything from the car. Ugh. Using the cart this year was a HUGE help. This handcart, actually. Don't rely solely on bungee cords. More on that later.

I packed several arty things to do while I was there. Next time I'm just going to bring my sketchbook and my pencil box.

Staying there: shop around for cheap rooms, they do exist. There are more options for staying if you have a vehicle to drive in every morning. There's also relatively inexpensive parking if you're willing to walk some blocks. There are also many hotels available downtown and Gen Con has some special rates through their housing department. Though in my experience it has been cheaper to find a hotel in the burbs and drive in.

Art: I have some canvas prints, originals, and matted prints that I hang on the display panels. These are mainly for getting people's attention. Next to the display art I made little title cards with prices. I printed out little Avery labels and stuck them on black foam core which I bevel cut so the foam edge wasn't visible. I attached them to the panels with Velcro.

Hanging with binder clips. Just clip one to the top of the print mat and place the loop over the drapery hook. It does make a little indent on the mat though.
Hanging with binder clips. Just clip one to the top of the print mat and place the loop over the drapery hook. It does make a little indent on the mat though.

On the table I displayed 2 portfolios with available prints. One has labels on the sleeves with piece name and price of print. The other is my actual portfolio that I show clients. I'll be replacing that one with a cheaper version so I can put labels on the sleeves. Plus then if I leave the table to walk my work around to companies, there will still be art samples for shoppers to peruse. I don't sell the prints that are in the portfolios. I have a Rubbermaid bin with copies of the prints in sleeves with backing board. Each section of prints is defined by a sticky note tab so I can easily flip to what I need. The prints are not matted.

Print bin for inventory with my sticky note labels for sections of prints.
Print bin for inventory with my sticky note labels for sections of prints.

I also have a sheet that lists inventory for the show and prices of pieces. Then when something sells I keep a tally on the same sheet.

To sell art at Gen Con you have to fill out a carbon copy slip (supplied by them). The customer brings the slip to the Art Show pay area. The Art Show staff handles the sale and sales tax. Then the customer brings the slip back with a paid stamp on it to exchange for the art. It works pretty well. I think only 2 people changed their minds about buying something after they found out they had to go wait in line instead of just pay me and walk.

Having a range of prices helps too. I have items ranging from $2 up to about $2000. Of course the $2000 one didn't sell, I use it mainly for display. A $175 original did sell (a pleasant surprise).

I don't do at-Con commissions (maybe someday). I did see other artists doing it. One artist said she would take the orders during the show and draw them at night. Then she would have people pay and pick up during the next day. Having to ship things to people afterward would take more of her time. As we know, time is precious.

Observations: There was a variety of work again this year. Lots of great art to appeal to lots of different people. People visit the Art Show for many reasons it seems: to shop; to kill time between events; just to look at cool stuff; to get game cards signed; to buy from a specific artist who will be there.

The setup:  I opted for the 2-panel, one table setup again. That seemed to work well with the amount of work I had to display. Gen Con Art Show supplies the panels, table, 2 chairs, garbage bucket. The 2-panel table setup is $327. Th 4-panel table setup is $419. Electrical is extra. To hang art they recommend drapery hooks. That's if you're hanging framed art with wire. Or you can use binder clips to attach to matted prints and then hang the clip off the drapery hook. Velcro works for some things. More on that later.

Me at my 2-panel table setup.
Me at my 2-panel table setup.

Next year: the Gen Con Art Show will be doing things differently. Getting space will no longer be on a first come first serve basis. There will be a jury process that will start in January/February. There will be a $25 non-refundable application fee. They had a memo in our packet about it this year. So if you want more information, watch the Gen Con Website, the Art Show Facebook page, and try to get on their mailing list.

If I end up doing Gen Con again, I'd like to make some changes to my setup.

  • Design and print a price list that's legible from 3-5 feet away. Along with that I'm going to streamline the note cards I sell – make them all the same size and price.
  • Design a sign with my name that reflects my artist brand.
  • Display more art on the panels. Practically fill the space. Instead of the framed originals and canvas prints, I'm considering doing what I saw other folks do. They displayed prints. I especially liked the ones that were matted all the same. Charles Urbach has a nice display. He printed his pictures with faux mats so it's all one image/one piece of paper. He mounted these prints on foam core. Then used Velcro to attach the display pieces to the panels. It looked quite nice. Plus it acted as an immediate portfolio for those wandering around looking for artists. I might have a few originals but at the $175 or lower range.
  • Have everything displayed as a designed whole. I thought I did. I even layed everything out on my living room floor. Not so. I had one piece that had a light mat while everything else had a middle value mat or darker frame. That one piece looked fine at the last convention I was at. There it was hung among other matted pieces of similar value on metal grid walls. At Gen Con on the dark panels it stuck out too much and distracted from the pictures.
  • Lights...maybe. A few people brought lights to shine down on their panel displays. I think this helped counteract the strong convention center lights and gave a professional looking presence.
  • This year I held a drawing for chance to win a print or 20% off a purchase. It got people a little excited but not many. I think if I had a larger following it would have created more of a buzz. If anything, it got people into my art if they didn't have money enough to buy a print. Or, maybe next time I'll do some other kind of small, very limited number giveaway.
  • I need to practice getting people's information. This year I had a sign-up sheet to collect email addresses for future mailings. The drawing also allowed me to collect email addresses. I made sure to get cards from art directors that stopped by who were interested in my work. But when it comes to individuals asking about personal commissions, I need practice. I made sure they took cards but I didn't get their information so I could follow up with them after the show.
  • Not having a booth buddy this year wasn't too bad. My neighbors watched my stuff and handled a sale or two while I was away. However, being gone for long-ish periods of time (showing the portfolio around) was kind of tricky because that was one less display book of prints to buy at my booth. Also, I wasn't at the table to talk to folks. So next year I think I'll find someone to help.
  • Show the portfolio around Thursday - Friday and maybe Saturday. Save Sunday as the day to be at the table. That's when most of the sales seem to happen. People are watching their wallets and deciding which of the many cool things they found during the con they can't live without.
  • I need to get packing straps. Bungee cords worked well when wheeling the cart to the convention center. On the way back they gave way when I didn't clear the lip to the parking lot. I thought I'd make it. Major fail there. Ouch.

All in all year 2 in the Gen Con Art Show was better than the first. I was more social this year. I went out to dinner with many folks. I had enjoyed talking to my Art Show neighbors. Plus I went to the Artist Reception and had good conversations. I was a bit more comfortable with the drive to and from Minnesota and the process of setup and tear down. More people bought prints and one original sold. However, financially speaking, the investment (so far) has been more than the sales.

Right now I look at the whole experience as part of a long term game plan. I'm getting my art and myself out in front of many eyeballs. I'm meeting people and making some new friends. I'm hoping it's a cumulative effect. I'm not going to judge right now whether this will be a good idea next year or not. I'm going to wait till at least December to see what happens.