Oregon Blue Book Contest

Nothing excites us more here at Studio Art Direct than flipping through the pages of the yearly Oregon Blue Book. With over 100 years of publications, the Oregon Blue Book features local festivals, carnivals, fiestas, county fairs, galas and other celebrations throughout the state. Their prestigious photography contest is open to amateur and professional photographers alike and is a great opportunity to share photographs of these events with the community.

Visit the blue book website to see photo contest guidelines and past cover winners and to fill out an entry form!

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Call to Artists: Works on Paper

Join Studio Art Direct’s Artist Collection!

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Joe Futschik

Studio Art Direct Inc. is looking for new works on paper depicting neighborhoods of NE Portland or artists currently residing in these neighborhoods. Selected preferences include illustration, watercolor, printmaking, mixed media, and digital art. We will be selecting 10 different artworks by artists from these neighborhoods. We seek diversity in our artwork and request that pieces are suitable for the healthcare environment (not too abstract, positive and uplifting). Think iconic NE Portland neighborhoods – artful and unusual.
Eligibility: Portland Oregon artists only. Preference for artists residing in the following neighborhoods: Portsmouth, St. Johns, Kenton, Overlook, University Park, Freemont, Humboldt, Boise, King, Vernon, Sabin, Alberta Arts District.

Deadline: May 31, 2018
Please submit samples via PDF to curator@studioartdirect.com

Call to Artists: Watercolor

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Janelle Baglien

Join Studio Art Direct’s Artist Collection!

Studio Art Direct Inc. is looking to commission watercolor and India ink illustration artists to create 1-8 custom artworks which will be reproduced by Studio Art Direct Inc. as large scale wallpaper. The installation will be depicting a variety of Oregon nature details. See image for example. Final original painting sizes to be created on 20 x 40 hotpress.

Eligibility: Pacific Northwest artists, preference for artists residing in Beaverton.

Deadline: May 30, 2018

Please submit samples via PDF to curator@studioartdirect.com

 

Call to Artists: Oil and Acrylic

Join Studio Art Direct’s Artist Collection!

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Irma Cerese Oil Painting

Studio Art Direct Inc. is currently seeking oil and acrylic artists for (3) commissioned 4’ x 8’ custom panels depicting soft abstracted colorful landscapes. See example shown for style composition and inspiration.
Eligibility: Pacific Northwest artists, preference for artists residing in Beaverton, Oregon.               Deadline: May 30, 2018
Please submit samples via PDF to curator@studioartdirect.com

Call to Artists: Pacific Northwest

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Join Studio Art Direct’s Artist Collection!

Studio Art Direct Inc. is an art consulting firm in Portland, OR. We are currently expanding our network of artists and are curating new works including illustration, watercolor, gouache, mixed media, digital, paintings, and photography. We love modern, fresh, bold, graphic, hand drawn works depicting Northwest icons, Oregon neighborhoods, PNW scenes, and flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest. Works need to be positive, uplifting, and created in a spring color palette. Completely non-objective or controversial works are not suitable for our clientele. See Samples.
Eligibility: Pacific Northwest Artists only. Paintings should be a minimum of 24” high.

Please submit samples via PDF to curator@studioartdirect.com

What Millennials Want

When you think current, do you think of clean white lines, sans-serif fonts, and Bauhaus architecture?

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Welcome to “modern” brought to you by Steve Jobs

Because millennials sure don’t.

Millennials are very disarming to people of our generation. They are running around, going to college and killing the diamond industry. They’re buying iPhones, tweeting, and only shopping at whole foods. They have weird slang and shop at weird stores, like Urban Outfitters (which is surprisingly granola for a supposedly urban store).

But wait! I didn’t mean to scare you. Come out from under your desk.

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Possibly the most 80’s interior ever: mauve, pastels, metals.

The simple truth is that millennials are people, just like me and you (who would’ve guessed?). The only difference is that they grew up in a different time.

For the first 20 years of their life, millennials grew up in a world that was always talking about the things they missed out on. They missed out on the gold and pastel, big-hair days of the eighties. The jokes about Monica Lewinsky and pretzels making you thirsty went right over their heads. By the time they started really experiencing art and design, it was all Steve Jobs, all the way.

And now they’re sick of it.

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This is the kind of thing millennials dig: a huge gallery wall, yet its neatly curated.

So now they have two issues: they missed out on the past, and they’re tired of the present. So what else to do but rewind?

And that’s where we are today, with millennials embracing everything the generations above them are still sick of. Hair is getting bigger, “millennial pink” and “aged gold” are all the rage, Seinfeld is popular again, for some reason.

For older generations, this is old hat. We grew up with this stuff! But for millennials its brand new.

What do millennials want? Everything you’re tired of.

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Everything millennials love: dark wood, vintage furniture, hung art

Serif fonts? Yep.
Hung art? You bet.
Dark interiors? Bingo.

Minimalism is out! Maximalism is in!

If you want to go after millennials, offer what you had and they can never have. If you want to be new, go old. If you want to be fresh, go stale.

It might seem tired to you, but to millennials, it’s the golden ticket.

And just go talk to one, for pete’s sake!

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Early September Sky, Mary Lou Epperson
While at first glance this landscape might not seem like the kind of thing millennial would be into, this was routinely picked by our millennials as one of their favorite pieces. The impressionistic and honest techniques Epperson applies brings the landscape into the 21st century, while the vibrant colors ensure that it ties any space together.

Check out our pinterest board Millennials Dig This for more inspiration.

A glaring new art trend – large scale art on glass installations

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In this article, I explain the opportunities and challenges in this popular design trend – digitally printing custom art on glass to create space dividers, privacy walls, art windows, and full walls.  

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