Chris Cantele on Leading the Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists

podcast Oct 20, 2022

Meet Chris Cantele, president of the Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists. Chris has led CAVA from 70 Members in 2011 to over 240 today. CAVA is a volunteer not-for-profit organization founded to serve nationwide artists aged 50 and over.

About Chris Cantele

Chris Cantele spent over 25 years continuously challenging and expanding his expertise in the client communication, advertising and sales promotion arena. In 1996, he founded Cantele, Sedivy & Associates Advertising, Inc.. The agency was known for employing unique and targeted marketing strategies to help clients build sales, customer traffic and brand awareness.

Since selling the agency in 2011, Chris has been Volunteering within his passion areas over the past 11 years. He is President of the Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists, Project Onward Executive Board Member, as well as a Studio and Event Volunteer, a Professional Scuba Diver and Presenter in the Caribbean Reef and Shark Exhibits...

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Our Inner World with Artist Sara Gallagher

podcast Oct 14, 2022

In this episode, Sergio Gomez chats with artist Sara Gallagher about her current online show Our Inner World with 33 Contemporary Gallery. 

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Sara Gallagher
Outside, 2020
Graphite on paper
24 × 22 in

About Sara Gallagher

Sara Gallagher (b.1990, Vallejo, CA) is passionate about breaking the taboos that surround mental health in the United States. She harnesses her experience of working with houseless youth and people with disabilities to bring about an empathetic lens into the complex experience of what it is to be human. 

Through her hyperrealistic graphite and mixed media works, Sara provokes dialogue around the inner landscape of the human experience. Shaped in collaboration, she engages with her models personally by allowing a vulnerable, authentic discussion to set the direction of each piece. Detailed, emotive imagery and subtle surreal qualities provide a brave and beautiful space for our...

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Invigorating Your Studio Practice with Drew Harris

podcast Sep 02, 2022

Do you want to invigorate your studio practice? In this episode, we chat with internationally acclaimed artist Drew Harris about how to maintain excitement in your art studio. 

Join Drew in Chicago for the WEVOLVE artists retreat from Sept 17-18.

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Do not miss Drew's solo show at 33 Contemporary Gallery opening Friday, September 16th.

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Four Power Tips for Emerging Artists with Victoria J. Fry

podcast Aug 30, 2022

What does it take to succeed as an emerging artist in 2022? In this episode, Victoria J. Fry, founder of Visionary Art Collective shares 4 powerful tips to thrive as an artist. Do not miss the bonus power tip shared at the end of our chat.

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Over 100 Artists Share the Best Advice They've Ever Received

anl community Aug 23, 2022

On March 10, 2015, I asked this simple question on my Facebook wall “When it comes to art, WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?”

Below are the answers of over 100 artists that shared their advice. Enjoy!!

John McLaughlin 
Just make it, dont worry about anyone liking it.

Gregg Hertzlieb
“Don’t make the work something it isn’t.”

Judith Peck Price
Your work reasonably so you can be in a lot of collections.

Michael Jantzen
Make art because you love making it, not because you expect to sell it!

Marie Vartenberg
Just continue to make it! We are going to continue to buy it! It gave me a kind of confidence.

Eulalio Fabie de Silva
The ole cliche’—just be yourself.

Frank Juarez
Walk to the beat of your own drum.

Jia Zhou Artist
Why you cannot use your imagination?

Diana Leviton Gondek 
Have it be your work not others. Immediate acceptance doesn’t mean lasting art.

Renee LaVerne Rose 
1) Become very proficient in...

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Intersection of Creativity, Dialogue, & Technology with Narimon Safavi

podcast Jul 04, 2022

In today's episode, have the pleasure of talking with Narimon Safavi, CEO of Generative Multilogue. We discuss the intersection of creativity, dialogue and technology in the world today.

Generative Multilogue  is a social enterprise at the intersection of art and technology, which aims to be a platform to support art that is about dialogue and inducing empathy in the audience.

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Facing Your Inner Critic with Dr. Yanina Gomez

podcast Jun 17, 2022

You want to be confident about the decisions you make for your art career and feel positive about your progress. But, your inner critic is often making you second-guess yourself. Therefore, you must listen to my conversation with Dr. Yanina Gomez about facing our inner critic. In our upcoming book, Crush Self-Sabotage and Live Fully! The Artist's Wellness Journey to Confidence and Success, we go deeper into this challenge that most of us experience in our art career.

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How the Online Art World Has Changed in 15 Years with Alex Farkas of UGallery

podcast Jun 14, 2022

In today's episode, I chat with Alex Farkas about how the online art market has changed in the last 15 years with. Founded by Gallery Director Alex Farkas in 2006, UGallery has developed a loyal following of art collectors, artists, and interior designers in all 50 states and over 50 countries. 

About Alex Farkas

Alex enjoyed a small town childhood in the old mining town of Jerome, Arizona - there were more ghosts than residents and the arts community thrived. It was his mother’s ceramic studio and gallery that first nurtured Alex’s taste in art. He spent his early years carving wood sculptures, exploring abandoned buildings, and avoiding the rattlesnakes and centipedes under every rock.

At the University of Arizona, Alex loved studying art history and sculpture, and he also enrolled in the Entrepreneurship program. It was here he realized he could combine the two worlds of art and business. Graduating in 2006, Alex launched UGallery using his entire savings. After...

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DISRUPTED Artist Feature: Sugery Reveron

anl community Apr 15, 2022

DISRUPTED: An online exhibition in collaboration with WO Foundation exploring aspects of disruption and interference in our everyday life. From social and political unrest, technological innovation, to psychological trauma, we have experienced a disturbance in the way we experience life. Disruptions come when we less expect them and often have a way of awakening new ways of looking at the world. WO Foundation artists were invited to interpret the idea of disruption in their own context and submit to this exhibition artworks that explore this concept.

Art Nxt Level wants to feature some of the talented artists that created meaningful and timely work for this show. Sugery Reveron discusses the unique difficulties of women in art and the how the pandemic allowed her to delve deeper into her art practice in new ways. 

Can you speak a bit about your experience as a female artist? 

Sugery: As a female artist I have felt the struggle of being in a field...

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