How to Respond to Anger Well

Learn About the Three Phases of Anger

We have all had times when we’ve been consumed by the fire of anger.  It’s a powerful force that can burst into flames in minutes, burning ourselves and others if we let it. Anger can cause feelings of guilt, regret, or shame and when it gets out of control it can destroy lives and relationships.

Rabbi and Psychiatrist, Dr Abraham Twerski, speaks about the three phases of anger. The feeling of anger when you are provoked, your reaction to this feeling, and then how long you hold onto this anger.  He calls the feeling of anger, true anger, the action of anger is rage, and the hanging onto anger he calls resentment.

In this video, he teaches us how unpacking anger helps us become more empowered in our expression of this complex emotion.

Legendary musician Hugh Masekela has died

Legendary musician Bra Hugh Masekela has died, SAfm and eNCA reported on Tuesday. Bra Hugh’s manager, Josh Georgiou, was not immediately available to confirm the report. The musician’s team released a statement in October saying he had been battling prostate cancer since 2008.

The statement explained that the jazz veteran underwent eye surgery in March 2016 after the cancer spread, and had to go into theater again in September 2016 as another tumor was discovered.

In December, Georgiou told TshisaLIVE that he was fighting the disease with everything he had.

Bra Hugh was born in KwaGuqa township in Witbank and began singing and playing the piano as a child.

After seeing the flick Young Man with a Horn at 14-years-old, Masekela began playing the trumpet. His first trumpet was given to him by Archbishop Trevor Huddleston, an anti-apartheid chaplain at St. Peter’s Secondary School.

He soon mastered the instrument and by 1956 joined Alfred Herbet’s African Jazz Revue. Bra Hugh’s music was inspired by the turmoil that South Africa went through during apartheid and he said it was used as a weapon to spread political change.

6 Things You Can Do To Promote Your Art

As a working artist, it’s not enough to produce art: you need to promote your art as well. Your artistic path may be more about your inherent need to create and leave your mark on the world. However, this won’t help introduce your work to the art community. Making sure that your work reaches the right audience and potential buyers is crucial to achieving success. If you don’t make an effort to get your work out there, no one will be able to tell you how much they love it – or purchase a piece.

Promoting your art should not feel overwhelming. You don’t have to do everything at once. In fact, one of the important things about successful promotion is that it is targeted to the specific aims you have in mind. This means that the very first step in promoting your art effectively is to decide what you want to achieve.

If you have only just begun your art career, then you may want to concentrate on building up a reputation and a collector base in your local area. On the other hand, you may be ready to move on a national or international scale. Perhaps you want to make your mark within the community connected to your medium, or to develop the interest felt by people interested in the theme you specialize in. Evaluate your current position in terms of your art career and connections, and decide on the goals that you would like to achieve. Promote your art accordingly.

At Agora Gallery we understand that promotion is an aspect of an artist’s career that should develop all the time, just as the art itself does. Here are some tips from the experts at Agora Gallery on the best strategies to promote your art effectively.

 

#1 – Use Your Portfolio to Promote your Art

In developing a strong artist portfolio, your goal should be twofold. You should be able to both develop your brand and package your art. Your portfolio should make it easier for you to submit to competitions, post on your website and develop marketing material. One of the most important elements here is the visual reproduction of your art, as this will be what attracts the viewer and what he or she is most likely to be moved by.

Here are some general guidelines for portfolio development:

  • Each high exposure photograph should be well executed and visually compelling. Remember, in marketing art it’s the visual that will count the most.
  • Each image should be accompanied by succinct and captivating text. Details such as size, media, and title should be included, as well as a brief description of the work. One of the best ways to catch a potential buyer’s interest is to tell the story behind the artwork.
  • A strong bio should also accompany the work. If you manage to get a potential buyer’s attention, they will almost always take a new interest in your work as well. Don’t be afraid to share your story: your background, how your art developed, what inspires you the most, and what you hope your art can give to the world.

#2 – Promote Your Art with a Strong Internet Presence

In every industry, digital marketing is becoming more and more relevant, and this is no different in the art world. 

Digital marketing can take several different forms:

  • Online galleries like ARTmine are becoming the norm and provide a great venue for promoting your art by attracting the attention of new collectors and art enthusiasts.
  • An art website or artist page on a popular website is also a must-have to promote your art. It provides an easy and convenient way for fans to find you online and view your latest work. Include the website’s address on your business cards, and in emails you send out to your mailing list.
  • Social media has become a powerful tool for both reaching new fans and staying in touch with established ones. Setting up business accounts/pages on such sites as FacebookInstagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest is a great way to generate and maintain interest in your work as it evolves.

Oresegun Olumide, a Nigerian artist, had not been very regular with posting his works on social media. However, once the hyper realist painter did become regular, his works went viral almost immediately. In February 2016, his images on Facebook were shared over 50,000 times and he went from 800 followers on Instagram to more than 27,000. There are countless examples like this in every creative career. An internet presence can truly make a huge difference.

#3 – Art Competitions Can Promote Your Art

For the emerging artist, art competitions provide one of the most effective ways to gain exposure in the art world. In fact, art competitions are renowned for discovering and showcasing noteworthy emerging artists and even, sometimes, launching their careers. Here are some of the main benefits of art competitions:

  • Art competitions enable you to display your work among your peers. Experts agree that this is one of the best ways to push yourself as an artist. Any feedback you receive will give you new insight into your art and enable you to grow as an artist.
  • They get your work in front of gallerists, curators, and editors, who can in turn positively impact your career. In fact, winners of art competitions almost always benefit from extensive promotion efforts from the hosting gallery or organization.
  • Your work will receive invaluable visibility. Even if you don’t win, participating in the competition can yield dividends in terms of getting your work out there. In fact, this is considered one of the most cost-effective ways for beginning artists to gain valuable experience and build their resumes.

Choose which competitions to enter based on which would best aid your current career goals. If you are working on making a name for yourself in your medium and want to impress your fellow water color artists (for instance) then water color competitions might suit you best. Similarly, if you are interested in taking your career to the national or international level, competitions with awards which will help you do that are the most sensible to enter. The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition, which Agora Gallery sponsors every year, is a great example of a competition with awards which are designed to help artists to increase their exposure and develop their career.

#4 – Network, Network, Network

Building a robust network in the art world is one of the most effective ways to promote your art. In addition, a network can expose you to new art opportunities that you might not have otherwise known existed. There are a number of ways in for artists to promote their art through networking and building contacts.

Art Organizations

Remember that your art is a business, and just like any business, networking is an important part of making your work relevant within the art community. . The best ways to network on a professional level is to become an active participant in art organizations. Not only will you be able to make friends who in themselves can become enthusiastic promoters of your art (and you for theirs), but these organizations offer a wide range of resources that can help strengthen your business model and give you support in promoting your work and building your brand as an artist.

Community Events

Locally hosted art fairs, street shows, and open studio events provide a unique opportunity for you to connect with other artists in your area. In addition, as you become a fixture at these types of events, you will build a presence in your community and start to be recognized as a local artist. Remember to also bring print materials like business cards and flyers to these events. Don’t underestimate the power of word of mouth – chat with people and if they are interested in your work, respond warmly.

Follow Up

Another important aspect of networking is following up with existing buyers. Your old clients know your work and have already expressed sufficient interest. Instruments like artist newsletters or even phone conversations can be used to keep them updated.

Don’t ignore the benefits of networking with artists, or putting time and effort into friendships with art professionals. The value of these relationships is obvious, from providing support and inspiration to introductions to key members of the art scene. At Agora Gallery, we frequently hear our artists talking enthusiastically about how the influence of the other artists they met at their opening receptions at Agora has impacted their work and their ideas.

#5 – Getting Active in the Community can Help Promote Your Art

When you volunteer to use your artistic abilities to benefit your community, you build your reputation as an artist and can gain unexpected opportunities to promote your work.

Some of the best types of community outreach include:

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  • Charity events: Donate your work to a local charity auction, or volunteer your services at the event yourself.
  • Local schools: Volunteer your time to go into classrooms and teach students about your particular method of creating art. Teachers love to host visiting artists, and this is a great opportunity to build your reputation in the community.
  • Community projects: Many towns and cities are taking art to the streets via community mural projects. Volunteer your skills and expertise and you will leave a visual reminder of your presence in the community.

Remember, a critical part of promoting your art is about taking advantage of unexpected opportunities as they come up. If you are painting as part of a charity event or working en plein air in the local park and someone approaches you and inquires about your art, take that opportunity to give them your business card and perhaps even add them to your mailing list.

#6 – Look For Gallery Representation

If all this seems a bit overwhelming to you, know that there is help out there. Promotional galleries like Agora are attractive to artists for precisely this reason. Working with an established, respectable gallery will propel your career forward, sometimes beyond your dreams. The scope of representation varies with each gallery, but you can usually count on exhibitions, various promotions, participation in events, and public relations.

Some of the services that galleries offer emerging artists are:

  • Press Releases, Artist Profiles, and Artist Statements: Promotional galleries will usually have a staff of professional writers to help you develop compelling content focusing on your work and on you as an artist. This material is featured on their website as well in exhibition catalogs and publications. It helps collectors and potential buyers to know more about your creative process and artistic content.
  • Digital Representation: Established galleries usually have a large following on social media and representing with them means that you will be featured on these platforms regularly, thus enhancing your online presence and outreach.
  • Exhibitions: Promotional representation includes participation in collective or solo exhibitions with an opening reception to which the entire gallery clientele of buyers, collectors, and media professionals are invited. The development and distribution of online exhibit announcements and also other promotional media surrounding this event is the responsibility of the gallery.
  • Professional Guidance: Galleries understand your art, the marketplace, and the business of being an artist. At Agora Gallery, for example, artists receive all sorts of guidance, from how to price their artwork to finding collectors through online exposure.

Ogoo

Ogochukwu Oye better known as Ogoo was born in a close-knit Nigerian family in Awka, Anambra State
in Nigeria. Her passion for music has always been there since her teenage years, and somehow crowns
her mom’s prediction that she would be a singer and dancer. Perhaps this explains why years after
practicing as a certified Barrister at law, Ogoo decided to pursue her first love and passion, music.
As Ogoo, whose music influences include Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars and Adele grew older, she found
herself loving music and music for her comes naturally. She grew musically by joining the choir at a
tender age.

The second track Onye Isi Oma is a beautiful classic love song depicting how lucky and grateful a girl is to have found her one true love. It is a beautifully crafted melodious and dance-able tune sung both in
English and Igbo that will surely keep you grooving all day.
Onye Isi Oma is available for purchase, download and streaming on iTunes, Apple Music, Deezer, Spotify,
YouTube and all other music streaming services.

H&M apologizes following outrage over ‘monkey’ sweatshirt ad seen as racist

H&M has apologized for an ad featuring a young black boy wearing a hoodie with the word “monkey” on it.

Clothing retailer H&M is apologizing after fierce backlash over an ad that featured a black child wearing a sweatshirt that read “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle.”

R&B star The Weekend, who had collaborated with the brand on men’s collections in the past, announced he will no longer work with H&M after seeing the image.

 

Celebrities like LeBron James and Snoop Dogg also weighed in, altering the image to put a crown on the boy’s head.

“HM u got us all wrong!” James wrote on Instagram. “And we ain’t going for it.”

The controversy raised the question of how the ad could have made it through the editing process to be publicly displayed.

“It is obvious that our routines have not been followed properly,” H&M said in its statement. “This is without any doubt. We will thoroughly investigate why this happened to prevent this type of mistake from happening again.”

H&M’s stumble is the latest controversial ad to land a retailer in hot water. Urban Outfitters apologized in 2014 for a “blood-spattered” faux-vintage T-shirt that appeared to reference the 1970 shootings of unarmed students at Kent State. Another line of Native American-themed clothes and accessories drew protest from the Navajo Nationin 2011.

Shoppers on Amazon were outraged last year over a sweatshirt made by a company called ArturoBuch that appeared to promote anorexia. The New York fashion brand Uzi also faced criticism last year for its Refugee Dress.

7 Reasons You Need The Ubuthebe FM Live App In Your Life

Ubuthebe FM Live App is available to download now (and it’s totally free!)

1. Listen live to the shows you love

Don’t worry if you’re still on the move while your favorite UB FM Live show is getting started. On the UB FM Live app you can listen live, wherever you are… So you’ll never have to miss #Reloaded again.

2. Have all the latest new music, news and photos in your pocket!

Looking for some new music to love? Wondering what everyone wore to the latest awards show?  Head to our ‘News + Lists’ section, we’ve got you covered.

3. Music Submission

Good news for the musicians, artists managers, producers and marketers. Artists are able to submit their music to the station for airplay without even coming to our studios.

4. Take control of the music with My UB FM Live

UB FM Live brings radio and streaming together, a world first! UB FM Live allows you to see the next eight songs we’re playing and skip the ones you’re not feeling, so you can create your own ultimate playlist all while still hearing from Jez, Manny and your favorite UB FM Live presenters.

5. Listen back to all of your favorite shows

We get it, you can’t guarantee you’ll be around to catch Southwood bring the heat EVERY Saturday night (although, really, you should try harder). No biggie, just tap on ‘Schedule + Listen Again’ in the UB FM Live app and all shows from the last seven days will be right there, ready to listen back to.

6. Receive breaking news straight to your phone.

Beyoncé dropped another surprise album? Drake announced a UK tour? Chris Brown just released the song of the summer? Enable push notifications on the UB FM Live app and we’ll ping you with the hottest breaking news that we think you’ll want to hear about.

7. Sell your products.

No need to go very far if you have some little items in the house like microphones, old mobile phone, your car, house etc… Our app now allows you to sell your items right on your mobile phone.

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