One of the really cool things about being on the speaker committee for my local artist group, the Pinole Artisans, is that I get to pick who I want to hear! For the upcoming meeting (on Friday April 5th, 7 to 9 pm) I’m really looking forward to the presentation by Joan Beiriger. A well-known expert in art licensing, Joan has helped countless people learn the ins and outs of the biz through her very popular blog, where she features a wide range of extremely informative articles about the art licensing industry.
Joan, a self-taught artist, began educating herself about art licensing in the late 1990s. She also embraced the computer, and today is an expert in using Photoshop and other applications to manipulate her art for specific products at her licensees’ request. Joan has created a robust body of art collections specifically for use on products. Her art has been licensed for numerous stationery, non-profit funding, gift and home décor products, including greeting cards, gift wrap, gift bags, wall décor, decorative flags and mailbox wraps. You can see the wide range of Joan’s artwork on her website.
Joan is represented by licensing agent Kimberly Montgomery, of Montage Licensing.
The Pinole Artisans holds its general membership meetings on the first Friday of every month, from 7 to 9 pm. All are welcome, and there is no charge. Parking is free. The meetings are held at the Pinole United Methodist Church, 2000 San Pablo Avenue. We also sell and show our artwork at the Pinole Art Center, at 2221 Pear Street, Old Town Pinole, open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 to 4. (510) 724-2008.
If you’re an artist or crafter interested in speaking to the Pinole Artisans, please email me at heidirand[at]gmail.com