NIA Video Update

We’re almost a week into our NIA Fine Art Friday Fundraiser, and some early donations have gotten us off to a great start! If you have just $5 to spare, we would ask you to help us get closer to our goal; and if you cannot make a contribution at this time, we understand. You can still do your part by sharing our fundraiser on your favorite social media. Just use this link: https://igg.me/at/nia-fine-art-friday/x/13761437

We have uploaded a slightly updated video to our campaign. It features a few new and improved photos, and some much-needed background music. Altogether, this makes for a stronger presentation than the original. If you haven’t watched our video yet, now is the perfect time! You will learn not only about our fundraiser, but about the history of NIA itself. Enjoy!

New Video

NIA Fine Art Friday Fundraiser

Our Video

Who We Are
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NIA stands for Northside Independent Artists. We all live and work on the north side of Chicago, and we give back to the city that inspires us with our art shows. For more information about our organization, you may view our website here.
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NIA Fine Art Friday, on December 2nd, will be our fourth show. It is not represented by a gallery or any big arts organization. Like all our shows, it is a grassroots effort created entirely by us. We are designing it, we will promote it, and we will pay for the event costs.
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What We Need
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Because we’ve done this so many times, we can now anticipate what the costs will be. They include space rental; food and beverages for our guests; print materials, including posters, flyers and postcards; hardware for hanging art; and event décor.
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We always sell art at our shows, but we also spend at least as much as we earn on event costs. This is not a sustainable model, and we will not be able to continue doing shows at a loss.
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We are asking you to help us pay for NIA Fine Art Friday event costs. Any contribution is welcome – even a $5 donation will help us get closer to our goal.
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Why It Matters
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For some of us, the NIA shows represent our only opportunity to present our work to the public, interact with fans, and earn any money from our art. This also means that fans will only get the chance to see most of this work at a NIA show. Your donation literally affects dozens of people.
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For all of us, the shows present valuable learning experiences, as we expand our knowledge of event planning, organization, marketing and promotion. The NIA shows make us better equipped to contribute our time and talents to any number of culturally enriching events. By supporting NIA today, you are “paying it forward”, helping to nurture all those future events we will create or enhance.
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Why You Should Help
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If you’re a friend or family member of a NIA artist, you know how much this show means to us. Help us realize our dream.
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Maybe you’re someone who plans to attend the show in December. You can ensure that it actually happens by making a donation today.
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If you would like to attend the show, but know that you will be unable to, you can still make your presence felt with a donation. It is the next best thing to spending your money on a piece of artwork.
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Finally, if you’re simply someone who is moved and inspired by our story – the story of non-famous artists with a lot of ambition – please contribute to this fundraiser.
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If you can’t help monetarily at this time, then please help spread the word by sharing this campaign on your favorite social media. Maybe one of your friends will make the donation that causes us to hit our goal!
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Our Campaign

If you can help us, Thank You!
If you can’t contribute, please share our campaign!

Odds ‘N’ Ends 8

Dean and RamaYesterday, I was able to drop off my recently commissioned painting to its new owner, tennis super-fan Rama! (See photo at left.) She was thrilled with her portrait of Rafael Nadal.

If you have a commission to propose, e-mail your idea to: dean@deanjohnsonartstudio.com

I will carefully consider every proposal I receive, and I won’t take on your project if I know I can’t give you a good result.

In other news, I am looking ahead to future opportunities to show my work. Today, I submitted samples for possible inclusion in two exhibits. I am also hard at work with NIA, planning a big show for the end of the year.Dean shooting NIA video

I was recently at ChiPRC shooting a video for a NIA fundraiser. Since this group has previous shows under its belt, we know exactly how much our upcoming show will cost. This year, we plan to raise the funds we need to pay for all the event costs.

Stay tuned for all the details regarding our fundraiser!

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Update: this is the picture of “Rafa” hanging in Rama’s house!