Monday, May 8, 2017

I Am Home.


North Carolina's State Tree,
The Long Leaf Pine
Yesterday as I returned from a week away at our ReMe Retreat on Ocracoke Island, my heart began to fill as I passed the familiar farms and the beloved Long Leaf Pines of my hometown.

A small town whose city limits exist in the shape of a perfect circle, Vass, North Carolina, has been my home for thirteen years.  In Vass, we have two traffic lights, a Piggly Wiggly, and a precious old time hardware store.  Our population hovers at about a thousand people, and the areas that surround us have grown exponentially in recent years due to expansion on nearby Fort Bragg.

When I pulled into my driveway, I noticed that my husband, Ken, had been busy while I was away.  He'd cut and trimmed
our lawn multiple times, and unexpectedly arranged our yard art and planters.  He knows my heart and my quirky sense of humor in ways that still surprise me.

In the house, I was greeted by our geriatric dogs and cats... Penny, Coco, Gracie, Clark, and Patches.  We ate a light dinner on the couch, and I fell asleep soundly as soon as my head hit the pillow.

This morning I woke with the fondest memories of Ocracoke and the amazing individuals who graced me with their presence last week.  At the same time, I became keenly aware of a sense of comfort that had sunk into my bones.  This is Home.  At this moment, in this place, with the ones I love; I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be.



Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Marketing for Creative Entrepreneurs with Jean Skipper

With a fifteen year career in banking and financial services, five years as a gallery owner, and twelve years as a full time working artist, my background gives me a unique perspective on the business side of art and marketing.  In  many ways I'm self-taught by years of trial-and-error, and I've also benefited by the generous nature of others along the way.  I've learned from my mistakes...and I make them frequently and with abandon!  I love sharing my experiences with others, and I'm passionate about helping them reach their full potential as artists and as business people.

This casual *helping* through the years has evolved into a more formalized method of delivering my unique brand of assistance.  Officially titled as "Marketing for Creative Entrepreneurs with Jean Skipper", a few of the ways in which you can participate in this process follow.


Weekly Art Marketing Sessions at ReMe Retreats and Studios

Each week we gather in a group setting to discuss creatively marketing our businesses.  Participants in these groups act as a sounding board for each other as we discuss our progress, challenges, and successes.  We serve as each other's Board of Directors, and the most amazing things happen when we connect and harness the combined power, knowledge, and experience in the room.  Each week's meeting also includes a goal setting component and a relevant marketing lesson, based on the current needs of participants.
You can live the life that you're imagining!

At this time, we meet from 3:00 until 5:00 on Tuesdays.  Cost to join us is $20 per week, and I request that folks plan to attend regularly... be it weekly, every two weeks, or monthly.    

If you're a professional artist, or if you're longing to be one, Art Marketing needs to become a part of your daily routine.  There's no easy fix.  It's a process, and the goal of our weekly meetings is for each of us to develop a regular marketing practice.  

Guests with all levels of experience and interest are welcome to join our group.  And while we encourage attending once to see if this format is a good fit for you, we do ask participants to attend meetings regularly...at least once each month on an ongoing basis. 

To register for these sessions, or if you have questions about participation, please email me at jeanskipper@jeanskipper.com or call me at 910-528-1109.


Seminars and Group Work Sessions

By special engagement, I'm available to travel to your location to work with your group.  Past sessions have been conducted with community groups (Small business owners ARE Creative Entrepreneurs, and many of the practices that we discuss apply to them too.), arts organizations, and educational institutions.

The possibilities are endless.
During our time together, the format of my presentations is extremely interactive.  No lectures here!  I enjoy working in small group sessions so that each participant's individual needs are sure to be addressed.  These small group sessions also lay the groundwork for an ongoing marketing practice for individual participants and for the group's members collectively.

The topics that we address in these sessions cover a wide range of timely marketing concerns, and each session is tailored to address the unique needs of the participants and the community in which they live and work.

Cost for these sessions is based on the location of the event and the number of participants.  I'm happy to discuss scheduling and your group's unique needs, and I may be reached at jeanskipper@jeanskipper.com or 910-528-1109. 


One-on-One Private Marketing Sessions

Now is the time to pursue your dreams!
For those who desire a more intensive approach to their marketing efforts, I'm available to conduct One-on-One Private Marketing Sessions.  These will be designed to address your most pressing needs, and past topics have included intensives on Product Photography, Establishing an Online Presence, Social Media Marketing, Show Participation, and Designing Printed Marketing Materials.

Private Marketing Sessions are available at a cost of $50 per hour, with a three hour minimum commitment, and they may be scheduled by contacting me at jeanskipper@jeanskipper.com or 910-245-4129.


Design Service

Do you need product photos, a head-shot, business cards, brochures, banners, or other online or print design work AND do you have absolutely no desire to do it yourself?   If so, then this may be the service for you.  

After an initial meeting to set the course for your project, I'll proceed with designing and even ordering these items for you.  Cost is based on the scope of your project.  Please contact me at jeanskipper@jeanskipper.com or 910-528-1109 to discuss your specific needs.   

I am thankful.


In Gratitude

I'm thankful that I have the opportunity to be a full time working artist.  

I'm humbled daily by the love and support that I receive from family, friends, and so often from the most unexpected of people.  

And I'm grateful to be able to help others to achieve the satisfaction that comes from making their living doing what they love. 

Photos of the mixed media hearts in this post are part of the 
"When Hearts Take Flight" collection of collaborative artwork created with the talented, Jodi Ohl.

Monday, March 20, 2017

2016 Annual Holiday Tradition Wreath Making on The Farm

One of my all time favorite holiday traditions is that of making natural wreaths on The Farm.  Each year this event is generously hosted by my friends, Ronni, Lori, and MJ.  Photos tell the story more than words ever could, so please enjoy this visual narrative.

There are photos waiting to be captured at every turn
on The Farm.

A bounty of live greens awaits!

Our happy hosts.

Magnolia and other accent greens.

Eucalyptus and fresh fir smells delightful.




Daisy.









There's a new sheriff in town.



Ready and Waiting!

Craft Table - Before.











Tiger




Potluck Goodness



Jodi and Lori

Angela



Loving my new hat!

Young Artists at work.







MJ's famous hayride.





Craft Table - After

Mary






Barb

After

My Spray

My Wreath from 2017

For those who joined us at ReMe Retreat - The Sandhills in October 2016, yes.  This is