Now that the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has existed for nearly two whole months, it’s timely to to answer some of the most common questions we’ve been hearing from creative professionals, specifically visual artists and crafters. So here are three of our favorite questions and answers, in no particular order.read more
So the tax changes are really here. The House and Senate bills have been reconciled and re-approved, so all that is needed is a presidential signature to make the law official. Now that we know what the final bill really entails, we thought it was worth sharing, particularly with those in the creative community we serve.read more
“You’d probably be more inclined to change the bag on the dust collector than involve yourself in this discussion!” Stick with furniture maker John Leko though, and he’ll try to convey the importance of the subject. “Maybe I can even make a case for the benefits you’ll derive from this exercise while you’re still on the top-side of the grass!”read more
Every catastrophe is unique, but all share the power to bring people together. Only two months have passed since Harvey, and our part of the world has already experienced three more deadly hurricanes, several earthquakes, ruinous wildfires and an evil act of domestic terrorism. I imagine that the solidarity and volunteerism seen in Houston, is playing out in similar fashion in all the places where these other recent disasters occurred.read more
When you’re cleaning out a flooded studio, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is essential to your health and safety.
In our new four-minute video, art conservator, M.J. Davis demonstrates simple PPE for flood cleanup that can minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious injuries and illnesses.
August 31st is National Match Maker Day, which got us thinking: What makes for a good match in a studiomate? Sharing a studio with another artist can make an expensive studio more affordable. A studiomate can also be a source of creative inspiration and peer support....read more
Creating and promoting your art is hard work and can be even more challenging during a heat wave. You may experience heat related stress or illness. Your art materials and processes can be affected by high heat and humidity. Here are some tips to help you be ready for the summer heat and protect your health and studio.read more
Planning for Securing Your Studio When You're Not There What can you do to ensure that your studio is okay while you are away? "I ve been told to plan for the worst and hope for the best. It turns out that is really good advice," says Blacksmith + CERF+ Beneficiary...read more
Double Trouble - Preparing for Tornado + Hurricane Seasons It’s that time of year, when the “Tornado Season” and “Hurricane Season” overlap. This week, tornadoes were reported in Wisconsin, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas. As officials begin to assess the...read more
Cleaning up your studio this spring can provide health and safety benefits as well as a cleaner and better organized workplace. Here are some ways to cover your art assets and career this spring.read more