Surviving as An Artist During Festival Season Part 1: For Newbies

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by Joey Phoenix Festival season usually runs from May to October, plus the sprinkling of winter markets in late November and December, and most artists, makers, and creators are starting to consider which ones they want to participate in throughout the year.* For new artists, the idea of starting to participate in these kinds of [….]

You Are Worthy of Your Time: Holding Space for Creativity in a World of Busy

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By Joey Phoenix Life is full of things which demand our attention. We have to pay bills, file taxes, run errands, wash our clothes, feed ourselves. We also need to work enough so that we can pay rent and buy food, be social enough that we don’t become hermits, and make enough art so that [….]

If I’m Not Making Art, Am I Still an Artist?

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By Joey Phoenix We all feel like imposters at some point in our journeys. It’s entirely reasonable to question everything, as crippling self-doubt is unequivocally married to the creative process. The important thing is learning how to move through it. I upended my life a few months ago. I had recently finished a number of ongoing photography [….]

Loneliness and Creativity: Embracing Silence, Finding Community

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(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); By Joey Phoenix Images by Timothy Donovan Photography unless otherwise marked  “The impulse to create begins — often terribly and fearfully — in a tunnel of silence.” – Adrienne Rich Why is it that creative people often have such intimate relationships with feelings of isolation and loneliness? It’s probably because [….]

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Honored to present a check from the bulb decorating fundraiser we did with @frontstreetcoffeehouse to the Salem Children’s Charity for over $300! Extra thanks to @elisefordays for really running with this and to @griffinsista and @heatherfamico (board members for the charity) for coming down today to pick it up! @massvwnut @socialpalates and thanks to @illflyaway12 [….]