Pre-ARTzona Activities


With so many of you arriving early, whether to get settled in or just to join in the pre-ARTzona fun, we’re excited to spend the extra time with you.   Just a reminder that some of us will be heading up to Usery Park around 4:30 pm for a short little hike/walk and watch the sunset over the valley.   Then we plan to grab some dinner and head to Scottsdale for the Thursday Art Walk that runs from 7 – 9 pm.  If you would like to join us, please contact me (Trina) so I can make sure we have enough vehicles available to shuttle folks around.

And if for some reason you don’t get into town in time for the walk/hike, but would like to meet up for dinner and the art walk, then do let me know and we’ll make arrangements to meet back at the Hyatt Lobby around 5:30 – 6:00 pm to regroup and head out from there.

And let’s not forget all of the other fun and tasty places in the surrounding area if none of the above interest you.  If you want to take full advantage of the possibilities for your time here, then please visit the area information page for more possibilities.


Signature Cards


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For those of you that haven’t had the pleasure of attending a previous ARTzona event, you may be wondering what’s a signature card.  Signature cards are 2.5 in. by 3.5 in., same as a standard size ATC.  On the front design a self-portrait or a sample of your art style, and on the back include information about yourself and your art.  Just like one might collect baseball cards of their favorite ball players, you’ll have a collection of your favorite artists. They’re a fun way to get to know some of the artist that you trade with on AFA.

It’s a good idea to have enough for all the attendee’s.   However, signature cards are optional, so not everyone will have one to share.  This year there will be 40 artists at the January ARTzona event.  There’s no need to draw 40 cards.  Make one then make copies.  The original can be in any medium you are comfortable working in that illustrates your unique art style.  You can choose a new piece of art or one you did years ago.  Some artists use their avatars.  It can be a larger piece of artwork that is scanned and shrunk to ATC size.  

What to put on the back ~ here is a small list of possibilities:
Real name, site name
Location – Where you’re from
What medium(s) you work in, do you have a specific style
Likes, dislikes, addictions, favorite things
Strengths, weaknesses
Family- are you married, have a job outside of the house, do you have children, are you a stay at home mom, are you retired, do you have pets, … Web address and/or Blog address
Email address and/or sales address
Social media contact information (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
Schools you’ve attended

Anything you want to tell, but perhaps some things are better left unsaid.

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There are lots of options for printing.  They can be printed on cardstock on your home printer, or sent out to be printed professionally.  Last year some artists used for as little as $23.95 for 100. Or you may have a favorite local printing company in your area. 

Share our Blog Button


ARTzona Button For Your Blog!

 ARTzona blog button
I was asked if ARTzona had a blog button that could be added to other blogs to spread the word, and of course that prompted me to make a button, because ARTzona is moving on up to the big leagues now!
So as requested ~  here is the image you can use to link ARTzona to your personal blog or the like!  Please remember to include a link back to this page so the whole wide world will know how to find us!

Nametag Contest


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Nametag Contest For Most Creative

 ARTzona 2014 is going to be an enjoyable time for all. For those of you who this will be your first ARTzona, may I extend a warm welcome to you and I’m looking forward to meeting each of you.  I’m also excited to see friends from the last 2 years.  ARTzona is such a wonderful way to meet artists from around the US and hopefully this year we’ll have our first international attendee(s).
Most of us don’t look like our Avatars, thank goodness because my current Avatar is a troll. So to better determine who we’re meeting, a handmade name tag is fun.  Last year there were a few artists where I didn’t have to read the name, since their name tag showed their artist style so well.  If we’re making name tags, we might as well have a contest to award first, second, and third prizes.  As we get closer to January I’ll show you what you can win.  I think all 3 prizes will be very nice. Of course for every contest there must be some rules, so here they are.
Name tag rules:
  1. All name tags must be handmade by you.  Absolutely any media may be used, as well as any material.
  2. It must have your first name on it and if you are a member of AFA, it must have your site name as well.
Name tag suggestions that I’ve learned in the past 2 years:

Think size- Having a large or long name tag tends to get in the way, and you’re less likely to wear it because it’s in the way. Glitter, those that know me or my swaps know my total aversion to this product. But, others love it so please use glitter responsibly.  Remember, friends don’t let friends create with glitter.  Please never glitter and drive. There have been too many accidents when artists got glitter in their eyes.

 This is an optional contest, but if you don’t have a name somewhere on you, we will have sticky label name tags available for you to wear.   At least until we figure everyone out.
I know how talented you all are and I hope to see some fabulous name tags.  No matter what your media or design, your name tag will represent you, help others to remember your name, and could be the Most Creative Nametag of them all.