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2015 July 28

Learn more from Fresh Paint Magazine!millions of
peaches for free

My friend accidentally discovered a peach tree in her yard.  I was puzzled too. See has a heavily wooded side yard through which she rarely traverses, and after a short walk yesterday, she came across a previously undiscovered peach tree full of ripe fruit.  Now, she has a summer-long supply of fresh peaches. I am so jealous.  But this next Call offers all the fresh you’ll need for a while.  Take a look…

Check out this Call for Entries from Fresh Paint Magazine (online) for 1st Int’l edition. This mag is delicious to see & hold.  They have a brand new London office, and we couldn’t be more proud for them.  Fresh Paint is a great sponsor & don’t forget that this call is open to more than PAINTING

*Editor’s Note: If you have read the personal portion of this post, CALL for ENTRIES: Fresh UK, anywhere other than by email subscription or on, it has been published without permission and is considered theft.

Learn more from Fresh Paint Magazine!CALL for ENTRIES:
Fresh UK


ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists 18+

MEDIA:  Open to all media with a focus on or reference to painting

DEADLINE:  August 31st, 2015

NOTIFICATION:  September 15, 2015

ENTRY FEE: £40 for up to 3 ($62 USD), £5 ea. add’l (approx. $7.76 USD).  *Note: Submission of an article, exhibition review or interview with an artist or art professional can be done with NO FEE.

AWARDS: Winning artists will be published in the next digital and print issue of FreshPaintMagazine (October 2015)One publication provides a winning artist with two pages of A4 size (two page spread) with 3 images & bio/statement printed in FreshPaintMagazine issue.  FreshPaintMagazine will be distributed internationally in print and over the internet.

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

Learn more from Fresh Paint Magazine!

We are PROUD to have Fresh Paint Magazine as a sponsor of AAAD!


CALL for ENTRIES: Tattoo Flash

2015 July 27

Learn more about the Tattoo Flash exhibit from the Las Laguna Gallery!APPLE
of my hip

I have a tattoo.  It is apple-shaped.  I know–food, again.  It was really meant to be about food, technically.  I went to New York City, aka the Big Apple, for my graduate school interview, and decided to get a little, nickel-sized apple tattoo to remind me of my trip to the Big Apple.  Yes, I was sober.  Turns out that I’m a bleeder, so it is my only tattoo.  But, I really love them.  This next Call wants your take on tattoos.  Take a look…

Check out this Call for Entries from the Las Laguna Gallery (Laguna Beach, CA) for Tattoo Flash–work depicting tattoos or that fits tattoo culture.  Great theme…

*Editor’s Note: If you have read the personal portion of this post, CALL for ENTRIES: Nocturne, anywhere other than by email subscription or on, it has been published without permission and is considered theft.

Learn more about the Tattoo Flash exhibit from the Las Laguna Gallery!CALL for ENTRIES:
Tattoo Flash


“My body is my journal, and my tattoos
are my story.” – J. Depp

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all artists

MEDIA:  All media considered except jewelry, video, or sculpture. Can be a single image, presented as a tattoo flash page, etc.

THEME:  Work designed to be tattoos, content including people with tattoos, or artwork that fits tattoo culture.

DEADLINE:  August 2, 2015

NOTIFICATION:  August 5, 2015

ENTRY FEE: $30 for 1, $5 ea. add’l up to 15

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

Learn more about the Tattoo Flash exhibit from the Las Laguna Gallery!

CALL for ENTRIES: Nocturne

2015 July 26

Learn more about the Nocturne exhibit at the Darkroom Gallery!a-maze-ingly

Popping corn is an art.  We consume bowls and bowls and bowls of popcorn at my house every night–organic, non-GMO cooked on the stove the same way it was done when I was little.  As a matter of fact, I believe my craving for popcorn is actually triggered by sunset.  I adore it toped by finely grated Parmesan & a sprinkle of chile powder.  My husband craves it with huge doses of freshly ground black pepper.  My son prefers it with just a sprinkle of sea salt.   That’s our nighttime popcorn trifecta.  This next Call is open to whole different kind of nighttime imagery.  Take a look…

Check out this Call for Entries from Darkroom Gallery (Essex Junction, VT) for Nocturne. $24 entry. We’re proud our readers have been both shown & awarded at Darkroom. Join their ranks

*Editor’s Note: If you have read the personal portion of this post, CALL for ENTRIES: Nocturne, anywhere other than by email subscription or on, it has been published without permission and is considered theft.

Learn more about the Nocturne exhibit at the Darkroom Gallery!CALL



“Photographers have long embraced the literary and artistic tradition of the night as theme and subject in their work. The romantic notions and sense of mystery associated with the night, and the transformation from the mundane world to the unknown provide ample material for photographers to explore through their work.

“Darkroom Gallery is calling for nighttime imagery that conveys mystery, surrealism, isolation, loneliness, and time/timelessness.” –

Open to all artists 18+

MEDIA: Photography

DEADLINE: August 12, 2015

NOTIFICATION: August 21, 2015

ENTRY FEE: 4 for $24 (online)/$29 (email)

*Editor’s Note: It is important to let Darkroom Gallery know you found their Call on They are friends & sponsors of AAAD, and I always want them to know they have our support…

Learn more about the Nocturne exhibit at the Darkroom Gallery!JUROR: Lance Keimig is best known for his night photographs–often made at the juncture of the built & natural environments.  Keimig has taught at the New England School of Photography in Boston since 2000, has also taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, The Houston Center for Photography & leads independent workshops across the country.

Keimig continues to teach night photography & light-painting workshops and leads photo tours to Iceland, Ireland, Scotland & Cuba. His photographs are held in numerous collections including The Art Complex Museum In Duxbury, Boston Athenaeum, Boston Public Library, and the Grace Museum in Abilene, TX.

AWARDS: Selected entries are included in a full color exhibit catalog & gallery exhibit. Plus: Juror’s Choice: 30×48″ image banner; People’s Choice – a free future entry; Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition.

SALES: Free matting & framing of accepted entries, subject to standard sizes. For commission details, go to the bottom of the Submissions page!

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

Learn more about the Nocturne exhibit at the Darkroom Gallery!

ARTIST to LOVE: Darcy Meeker

2015 July 21

We have a new Artist to Love!

Join us in saying “Welcome” to sculptor Darcy Meeker, our newest Artist to Love

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Darcy Meeker
Mineral Spirits, Italian Alabaster sculpture by Darcy Meeker
Mineral Spirits
Italian Alabaster sculpture
MEEKER tools copper, creates sculpture in stone, clay, silk, aluminum, and, well, pretty much anything she can get her hands on, and paints, collages and prints on a variety of materials with the same wide-ranging enthusiasm.

Meeker's work is all about flowing line, texture, opaque vs. translucent & figure-ground play. Whatever her medium at the moment, it asks to be touched. It's all about curves & texture, light & shadow. "I’m only interested in work that conveys that kind of sensuous pull."


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Are you an Artist to Love? Be sure to let us know!

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FEATURED ARTIST: Rachel Goldsmith

2015 July 19

Learn more about AAAD Featured Artist Rachel Goldsmith!HOT stuff

I like it spicy.  My favorite Indian restaurant offers mild, medium & hot levels of spice.  But, those with the inside track also know they offer the Indian version of mild, medium & hot.  I am pretty good with Indian medium.  On braver days I can handle Indian hot.  But, the actual heat this summer is wearing me out.  I’m not normally a heat whiner–until now.  Every degree over 90 results in my doing everything just a little slower–as though my shoes are melted to the ground.  But then, I received this fantastic Featured Artist contest entry that allowed me to shift focus and enjoy the beauty and brightness of summer–without all the hot sauce.

Painting with plastic by Featured Artist Rachel GoldsmithThis month’s artist offers us an evolving view of process and how it informs content.   Her work explores the contrast between organic forms and the plasticity of production. is proud to claim Rachel Goldsmith as this month’s Featured Artist.  This work is intricate and soft, yet hard and industrial.  It is beautiful and thoughtful and puzzling.  And then there’s the dumplings and cereal…and hot sauce.

Rachel Goldsmith


Rachel Goldsmith is a NY-based artist who works primarily with PLA plastic, water-based paints on canvas & permanent ink on paper.  She received her Bachelor of Arts & Fine Arts Degrees from Univ. of Michigan & her Masters of Art & Design Education Degree from Pratt Institute.  Rachel taught middle school Visual Arts in NYC from 2007-2012.  In addition to several “Best in Show” awards, Goldsmith was commissioned by the inventors of the 3Doodler to create a piece for MoMA Design Store.  Her work, including her Fabergé Big Egg, is included in various private collections.

Learn more about Featured Artist Rachel Goldsmith!Has the 3-D pen been a trial & error process or have you had instruction from another artist, creator, or school?  “The 3Doodler has been 100% self-taught.  I received the pen in March 2014 –early in their production, a few weeks after completing Ova Obsessive for the Faberge Big Egg Hunt. I had been drawing 12-20 hours a day for 6 weeks.  I was done with drawing for a little while, so the timing was fortuitous.  I immediately used the 3Doodler on canvas—that is what seemed natural to me. And I was instantly obsessed with the possibilities.  The more I used it, the more I loved it – and still, to this day, I am discovering new techniques and developing new ideas for its use.

Textiles by Featured Artist Rachel Goldsmith--detail“I struggle with the term “trial and error”, as it has such a negative connotation. (*Noted and appreciated.  Words have meanings.)  I prefer to think of my work with the 3Doodler as experimenting…

…happy accidents
or Beautiful Oops.


“I love having to react to the material – to adjust what I’m doing based on what the material does. Any pieces that feel like “errors” just have to be worked further or in a different way – scissors, heat gun, iron, spray paint, wire, and/or more plastic. I titled one piece Frankenstein because of how many times it was cut apart and put back together in a different form.”

Why PLA over ABS plastic?  “Since day one I have preferred PLA.  It is corn-based as opposed to petroleum based, so it doesn’t smell noxious.  That’s my main reason.  Additionally, I find the PLA easier to work with because it sticks to itself very easily and it hardens a bit slower then the ABS, so you have a moment to adjust the extrusion with your fingers or other tools.”

Squares 1, 2 & 3 by Featured Artist Rachel Goldsmith!

Talk to me about the 3-D printing pen.  Does form inspire content or does content require that you figure out how to make the pen conform?  Again my answer is both–it depends. When 3Doodler asked me to create a lamp for their MoMA Design Store display, I had to figure out how to make the plastic into a lamp – before that, I’d been working on canvas or other flat surfaces – balance and strength were the key factors that I had to work around.  Most of the time however, my work is material driven. I gain inspiration from my environment – especially the contrasts between natural and man-made – and I often allow the materials drive my creating.

Painting with plastic by Featured Artist Rachel Goldsmith!I am fascinated by the contrast between the control I have over the materials and what the materials do on their own.  Again, this creates a situation for me to react and respond to my work. I think this is another reason that I fell in love with the original 3Doodler. The pen has a little bit of a mind of it’s own – so I constantly have to react to how the pen extrudes the plastics, even if it is not exactly what I thought I wanted it to do.  New possibilities of what I can do with plastics keep popping into my head and keep driving my creations – adding wire, or using an iron or using the heat-gun or layering like I’m weaving or painting or drawing on the plastic or moving very slowly or fast.  It is endless.  I need another set of hands to keep up with my brain.

Tell me about the contrast between organic forms and synthetic materials.  “Contrasts, in general, fascinate to me.  I think it is a coincidence that I’m using plastic to create organic forms – though I love that a viewer can find meaning in my work based on this contrast. Or perhaps subconsciously I love the 3Doodler because of that contrast. I will point out though, that the PLA is corn-based.  Is it still considered synthetic? (*I think it is fair to call it synthesized, at least.)  Again, my work is hugely inspired by the contrasts between man-made and nature – working with plastic to create organic forms seems like a perfect way to represent that contrast.”

Painting with plastic by Featured Artist Rachel Goldsmith!Most artists have something to say—something they are trying to get across to viewers. I am fascinated by the contrast of the playful versus an almost robotic feel.  “I’ve discussed this a lot lately, with slight discomfort. For me the process of creating the work is the reason for creating the work.  The movement of my hand hypnotizes me, acting as a focus point for meditation–I use the same movements in drawing, 3Doodling and Painting. Also, the necessary reaction to the media engages me with ongoing challenges.  In the end I want the pieces to appeal to my aesthetic senses.  I want people to enjoy looking at the work as much as I do.  If the viewer sees a statement about contrasts, great; if the viewer sees a statement about the environment, great.  But, I’m not creating nor exhibiting with any agenda in mind.”  *Refreshingly, and shockingly honest. Bravo.

Talk to me about the two artists (one living, one dead) that have most influenced your work and why.  “Sorry, you are getting 3.  Dale Chihuly is my favorite contemporary artist. I am nearly obsessed with watching videos of him at work.  I am captivated by his process and inspired by his use of color and material, both glass and paint.  The forms he creates are direct results of the motion of his hand, arm and wrist, a motion over which he has impressive control.  His blown glass and drawings look as if they have grown from the ocean and are still suspended in the currents of the water.

Painting with plastic by Featured Artist Rachel Goldsmith!“Bill Komoski is one of many abstract painters that I could list as a favorite. He creates works that are just about looking. Like many of my pieces, his paintings are map-like—organized yet chaotic.  Similar to Chihuly, his work evokes a feeling of fluidity and weightlessness.  And, I draw a tremendous amount of inspiration from Ernst Haeckel.  His ‘Artforms in Nature’ documents my obsession with organic forms.  It illustrates the scientifically stringent aspects of nature that ordinarily seem disorganized and random.”

What is your favorite food addiction?  It IS a food-themed blog after all.  “Hot sauce–especially Cholula.  I am addicted to and allergic to cheese. I miss it everyday that I don’t make myself sick from it.  And I LOVE veggie dumplings, yum!  But, I will always choose sweet over savory.”  *Allergic to cheese would be the death of me. Truly.

What is your favorite snack food obsession?  “Cinnamon Toast Crunch with almond milk or soy milk and non-ice cream–stupid allergies force me to stick to sorbet, popsicles & non-dairy frozen treats.”

Painting with plastic by Featured Artist Rachel Goldsmith!What’s coming up next for you?  “I would like to learn more about textiles, as so much of what I’m creating looks like it is made from fabric not plastic. Also, I hope to create some mobiles as I love the shadows produced by the plastics and I love how light looks shining through the plastics – mobiles might be the perfect way to display this kind of work.  I’ve only just begun researching mobiles.  I can feel myself teetering on the edge of something amazing.  It is a really strange feeling because I’m not sure what’s coming down the pipeline, but I’m certain something big is going to burst out really soon.  It is exciting, bizarre, and a little embarrassing to admit. I think it involves mixing media. We will see.”

“I’ve never felt like this before.”


Rachel, don’t you dare be embarrassed.  Your honesty and openness have made my heart smile.  I sift through a lot of stock answers and standard bios and stagnant art-speak statements.  You have renewed my faith that I can still have exciting, insightful conversations about art.  Thank you for that–and the work…

Learn more about Rachel Goldsmith!

Learn more about Featured Artist Rachel Goldsmith! Are you Featured Artist material?  LET US KNOW!

CALL for ENTRIES: Violet

2015 July 18

Learn more about the Violet edition from ArtAscent!eat my

Are you eating flowers?  I do occasionally, but only when I can buy them directly from the grower or grow them myself due to pesticides.  One of my favorite edible blooms, second only to zucchini blossoms, may be sweet violets.  I like to make a simple syrup infused with violets then make a subtle glaze for sugar cookies or a vinegar for a salad of bitter greens.  The next time you’re at the Farmer’s Market, consider the flowers edible too. This next Call want YOUR view on all things violet–not just the flowers.  Take a look…

Check out this Call for Entries from ArtAscent (online) for Violet. Only $25 to enter. Our Featured Artist Sima Schloss, was featured in a past exhibit.  YOU could be next!

*Editor’s Note: If you have read the personal portion of this post, CALL for ENTRIES: Violet, anywhere other than by email subscription or on, it has been published without permission and is considered theft.

Learn more about the Violet edition from ArtAscent!CALL for ENTRIES:

A bluish-purple shade, a flowering plant, the name of a woman. Violet is even associated with royalty, the unconventional, and ambiguity. Violet can be expressed in a symbolic, literal, modern, traditional, abstract, or other way. Colour your canvas & notepad with violet, and share your vision with the world.

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all artists 18+

MEDIA:   Writing & visual art including: paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, digital, printmaking, installations, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture and other 2 & 3-D media and written art – fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words).

DEADLINE:  August 31, 2015

ENTRY FEE: $25 for up to 3, $45 for up to 8 or $10 for one article

Learn more about the Violet edition from ArtAscent!AWARDS:  One each:  Gold Artist, Gold Writer, Silver Artist, Bronze Artist will be featured in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal with an accompanying professional review and profile written by ArtAscent by art writer discussing you & your art, and selected work.

Distinguished Artists (17-27) & Writers (2-6): Featured in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal with selected piece(s) of your artwork. (At least 17 distinguished artists will be published, but depending on entries, ArtAcent may select & publish the work of up to 27. At least 2 distinguished writers will be published, but depending on entries, they may select and publish up to 6.)

SALES: No commission. Any purchase inquiries will be referred directly to the artist.

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

Learn more from ArtAscent!


2015 July 13

Learn more about the At Home exhibit from Don't Take Pictures!your
or mine?

Home is where the kitchen is.  Yes, I know–where the heart is; I simply disagree.  Anyone can leave, move & travel, but we all have to eat.  Whether it is a hotel kitchenette where a sandwich is a welcome relief from fast food or a pop-up camper where popcorn made has never tasted better, they are all home.  This next Call wants your thoughts on being at home.  Take a look…

Check out this Call for Entries from Don’t Take Pictures (art publication) for At Home.  NO entry fee & they are a AAAD sponsor, too.  Make us proud & enter today…

*Editor’s Note: If you have read the personal portion of this post, CALL for ENTRIES: At Home, anywhere other than by email subscription or on, it has been published without permission and is considered theft.

Learn more about the At Home exhibit from Don't Take Pictures!CALL for ENTRIES:
At Home


Don’t Take Pictures exists to showcase the work of emerging photographers.  In addition to publishing photographers in print & online in their monthly columns, they are now publishing online quarterly exhibitions.

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all artists

MEDIA:  Photography

THEME:  “The meanings associated with the word ‘home’ are as varied as dwellings themselves.  For some, home is a place to put down roots, a place of safety and comfort; for others, it is simply a place to hang their hat.  A home can extend beyond structural walls to include yards, streets, and the culture of a whole town.  Everyone, for better or for worse, has a place they think of as home, a place where personal histories are shaped and life is lived.  For ‘At Home,’ Don’t Take Pictures seeks photographs that explore the wide array of environments that people call home.” –

DEADLINE:  August 23, 2015

PUBLICATION:  August 26 – November 24, 2015


AWARDS:  Inclusion in the upcoming At Home exhibition

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

Learn more about the At Home exhibit from Don't Take Pictures!