A boost for artists

A boost for artists

Corporations may or may not be people, but they can certainly be patrons of the arts.

Getting them to see that is the primary goal of an art market, Dane Arts Buy Local (DABL), now in its fifth year. The next event takes place Oct. 18-19 at Yahara Bay Distillers in Verona.

The market was created as a business-to-business event, but it is open to the public. More than 400 people attended last year. The event also includes workshops for artists, focusing on marketing.

“I’m trying to show how art is impacting in every arena, and visual arts particularly in the business arena,” says Mark Fraire, director of Dane Arts, the county’s cultural affairs commission.

Dane Arts Buy Local was created after Fraire met with curators at Epic Systems Corp., well-known for its extensive art collection. The Verona-based healthcare information technology company annually makes large purchases at Madison’s art fairs, on and off the Square.

“I’m excited because I don’t have as many business-to-business connections as I would like, and that is what this event is all about,” says woodcut artist Sara Meredith, who will be exhibiting at the DABL market for her first time. She’s previously taken many of the accompanying classes. She says the classes helped her learn what artists need to do to thrive as small business owners. Classes this year include Demystifying the Grant Writing process, “Artpreneurs” Selling Business to Business, and Business Planning for Artists.

In addition to Epic, Fraire notes that Promega Corp., a global biotechnical manufacturer based in Fitchburg, hosts regular exhibits and purchases artworks.

Yahara Bay To Host 5th Annual DABL Market

Yahara Bay To Host 5th Annual DABL Market

Dane Arts Buy Local (DABL) is a program within Dane Arts that connects local artists and businesses through a series of pop-up art markets. By combining unique vending opportunities with professional development workshops, DABL directly supports the work of Dane County artists in recognition of their impact on the local economy. More than $100K in sales and commissions has been reported by artists to-date.

The 2019 Fifth Annual DABL Art Market will be held at Yahara Bay Distillers on Friday October 18th from 5:00pm-9:00pm, and October 19th from 11:00am-4:00pm. Click here for a list of participating artists!

By bringing business influencers and arts appreciators together in the same space, DABL aids in driving cumulative sales at local pop-up art markets. All dollars stay in Dane County to enhance the local creative economy.

DABL draws interest from across Dane County. Between 2015 & 2018, the events have attracted more than 1,300 attendees, including artists, patrons, entrepreneurs, and representatives from and businesses big and small!

Philip Salamone: Set same standards for arts as we do for food and beer

Philip Salamone: Set same standards for arts as we do for food and beer

Corporations may or may not be people, but they can certainly be patrons of the arts.

Getting them to see that is the primary goal of an art market, Dane Arts Buy Local (DABL), now in its fifth year. The next event takes place Oct. 18-19 at Yahara Bay Distillers in Verona.

The market was created as a business-to-business event, but it is open to the public. More than 400 people attended last year. The event also includes workshops for artists, focusing on marketing.

“I’m trying to show how art is impacting in every arena, and visual arts particularly in the business arena,” says Mark Fraire, director of Dane Arts, the county’s cultural affairs commission.

Dane Arts Buy Local was created after Fraire met with curators at Epic Systems Corp., well-known for its extensive art collection. The Verona-based healthcare information technology company annually makes large purchases at Madison’s art fairs, on and off the Square.

“I’m excited because I don’t have as many business-to-business connections as I would like, and that is what this event is all about,” says woodcut artist Sara Meredith, who will be exhibiting at the DABL market for her first time. She’s previously taken many of the accompanying classes. She says the classes helped her learn what artists need to do to thrive as small business owners. Classes this year include Demystifying the Grant Writing process, “Artpreneurs” Selling Business to Business, and Business Planning for Artists.

In addition to Epic, Fraire notes that Promega Corp., a global biotechnical manufacturer based in Fitchburg, hosts regular exhibits and purchases artworks.

The art of the sale: Madison's art scene finds new ways to connect with businesses and collectors

The art of the sale: Madison's art scene finds new ways to connect with businesses and collectors

“For the commission pieces, people who are going to be spending $10,000 on a piece of art want to make sure you know how to work with subcontractors and can get it done on time and on budget,” Westfall said.

Westfall has gotten commissions through Dane Arts Buy Local, including one from the software company WIDEN to make a rendering of the Milwaukee skyline in glass, metal and willow branches.

Dane Arts Buy Local to host third annual night market event

Dane Arts Buy Local to host third annual night market event

Mark Fraire, Director of Cultural Affairs for Dane Arts, emphasized the value of supporting the art and culture industry in Dane County. In 2015, the industry generated $249.9 million in economic activity for the region, Fraire said.

Editorial: The art of business and the business of art

Editorial: The art of business and the business of art

Thursday is the annual Dane Arts Buy Local Night Market event at the U.S. Bank building downtown. Thirty-two artists were selected as vendors and there will be a panel discussion with five local leaders from the music industry talking about the importance of the relationship that is the event's theme: "The Art of Business and the Business of Art."

COLLECTIVE APPEAL (pg. 16)

COLLECTIVE APPEAL (pg. 16)

Enjoy an evening of artistic merriment at the 2017 Dane Arts/Buy Local Night Market. The annual event curated by Dane Arts provides painters, sculptors, photographers and printmakers a venue to directly connect with patrons and show off their talent to the city at large. This year’s event features dozens of local artists, including Jenie Gao, Christy Grace, Helen Klebesadel and Barbara Westfall. Come ready to shop, mingle and embrace Madison’s thriving arts scene. Oct. 12. US Bank, Downtown Madison.

Dane County Executive Parisi Announces Return of Dane Arts Buy Local Night Market

Dane County Executive Parisi Announces Return of Dane Arts Buy Local Night Market

The panel discussion “The Art of Business and the Business of Art” will focus on the growing local music industry. Panelists for the event will include Larry Frank from Frank Productions, Cathy Dethmers-O’Brien formerly from Hi-Noon Saloon, Grammy winning drummer Joey Banks, recording artist Zhalarina Saunders from the JVN Project, and Beth Kille from the MAMAs and the Beth Kille band.

The beauty of local art in the workplace

The beauty of local art in the workplace

In his role as director of Dane County Cultural Affairs, Mark Fraire says he pushes the practice of supporting local artists every chance he gets. At DCCA’s Dane Arts Buy Local event last fall, he suggested that Madison-area businesses decorate their offices with creations by local artists. He says that although some local companies, such as Epic Systems, have purchased a few pieces of local artwork to display, the concept has yet to catch on.

Unfortunately for local artists, Fraire says the buy-local philosophy tends to benefit storefront businesses rather than entrepreneurs who work from home. Pursuing commissioned work is another option for artists, but it doesn’t help them sell their existing work.

Dane Arts Announces Classes Offered This Fall Aimed At Helping Artists

Dane Arts Announces Classes Offered This Fall Aimed At Helping Artists

Dane Arts will be offering classes every Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. in September for artists looking to increase their business skills. The classes coincide with training offered to artist selected to participate in the Dane Arts By Local Night Market on October 13th. 

Beautiful mission

Beautiful mission

“Art on a mission” might be a cliché, but Mark Fraire makes it fresh and relevant...Several new initiatives involve reaching out to the community. One program connects patrons and businesses with local artists, building on the “buy local” movement.

Mark Fraire and Dane Arts Are Putting Art in  Dane County Communities

Mark Fraire and Dane Arts Are Putting Art in Dane County Communities

It’s like a craft fair, an arts fair on the square only we took it to a night time location with music and dance and a DJ, food and drink and visual artists. And we invited all businesses we could contact to come to this directly for the purpose of buying art from local artists. We have ‘Buy Local Farming’ and ‘Buy Local Products.’ I say ‘Buy Local Art.’ 

Dane Arts Holds Dane Arts Buy Local Night Market

Dane Arts Holds Dane Arts Buy Local Night Market

Today, Dane Arts announced its first ever Dane Arts Buy Local Night Market at the US Bank Building on Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 4:00-9:00 p.m.  The event will connect local artists and businesses to facilitate sales and commissions of original artwork from Dane County artists.

Dane Arts Buy Local Night Market looks at business of art

Dane Arts Buy Local Night Market looks at business of art

The first ever Dane Arts Buy Local Night Market will be held at the US Bank Building, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 from 4 to 9 p.m. The evening will feature 27 local artists work, a panel on the business of art featuring five Dane County business leaders, and will take place at US Bank on the Capitol Square.