As part of continuing efforts to serve its membership, the Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present professional development seminars for artists!

Wednesday, August 20, 12:00 PM: All About Etsy for Artists
The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a professional development seminar for artists and other creative people at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville. Attendees will learn what Etsy is and how the site provides a direct selling opportunity for artists and vintage vendors. Artists and vendors can transition easily from local exposure to national and international markets. Workshop host Jane Costello will discuss some of the basics of how Etsy works, and attendees will explore the inside workings of an active, successful Etsy shop. Attendees will leave the workshop with an overview of what Etsy is as a marketplace and with knowledge about the potential it offers artists and vendors.

Jane Costello is the owner of two Etsy shops: Forget Me Not Vintage TN, Inc., and Belle Rosa Bridal. For the first three years in business, she did the craft show circuit but knew that there had to be a better way to sell her vintage items. Two years ago, she opened her first Etsy shop with her daughter, Isabelle, and together, they recently celebrated their 685th sale. Bringing a love of jewelry together with a love of vintage, Etsy provides the perfect marketplace for this mother-daughter team.

The presentation is $3 for individual members of the Arts & Culture Alliance and $5 for non-members. Please register in advance via PayPal, by phone at 865-523-7543, or by e-mail to

Aug 20 / All About Etsy

September 3-24: How to Start an Etsy Business
Four Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30 PM with Jane Costello.

In adddition to her one-day workshop on August 20, Jane Costello will offer a more in-depth Etsy workshop series at the Emporium Center. Both Costello and her daughter will work with attendees to open/launch their own Etsy shop and have it up and running by the end of the workshop series. Participants will have "homework" as each Etsy shop will be considered an individual business. Maximum of eight participants.

Sept 3-24 / Etsy Business Series

Wednesday, October 8, 6:00 PM: How to get a Gallery Show
With Marga Hayes McBride. Details TBA.

Wednesday, November 12, 6:00 PM: How to Mat and Frame Your Work
With Mike C. Berry. Details TBA.

March 2015: Shipping Art Workshop
With Lauren Patton of ZaPow! Gallery in Asheville, NC. Details TBA.


Parking is plentiful! Visit to better understand where and how to park downtown. There is back-in angled metered parking on the Gay Street bridge between Depot Street and Jackson Avenue ($0.25 = 100 minutes). Parking is also available in the 180-space Jackson Avenue Parking Lot (caddy corner from the Emporium) for $0.50 an hour (max daily rate of $4) via coins, bills, and credit cards.

Previous sessions

July 16, 2014: Facebook for Artists and Creatives | Lisa Gifford Mueller

June 11, 2014: Funding your Art: Finding Cash | R. L. Gibson

May 27, 2014: Working with Non-Artists Panel Discussion

May 2, 2014: Juror Talk/Discussion with Joe Longobardi, juror for Knoxville Photo 2014

April 22, 2014: Techniques for Submitting to Juried Shows | Denise Stewart-Sanabria

March 19, 2014: Social Media Marketing for Artists and Creatives
| Lisa Gifford Mueller

February 21, 2014: Panel Discussion with Knox County Art Teachers |
Heather Casteel, Stan Hillard, Allison Pickett, Jessica Stewart, and Carol Vinson

December 18, 2013: Panel Discussion on Artist Collectives and Co-ops | Sherry Disney, Barron Hall, William Isom, Beth Meadows, and Jessie Van der Laan

April 17, 2013: Techniques for Submitting to Juried Shows | Denise Stewart-Sanabria

March 20, 2013: How to get a Show | R. L. Gibson

January 24, 2013: Gallery Trends | Lain York

July 19, 2012: Intellectual Property for the Visual Artist | Peter L. Brewer

May 16, 2012: Pricing Your Art | Marga McBride, George Rothery, Jered Sprecher, and Bart Watkins


For more information, please contact Suzanne at 865-523-7543 or

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