Artlink Staff Picks: November

Welcome to Artlink Staff Picks, a monthly feature where our team presents their favorite art findings. Everyday, the Artlink community seeks out amazingly inspiring and creative art related content. Read below to see what we are gushing over this month!

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I learned about CERF+ during workshops at Penland School of Crafts. I can't even imagine how many artists have been affected by the recent slew of disasters. CERF+ allows artists to survive through devastated studios from hurricanes to studio accidents to general illness. I really love the "Get Ready" Grant. 

Maddie Miller, Gallery Coordinator 

Maddie Miller, Gallery Coordinator 

Synopsis: The “Get Ready” Grant Program encourages awareness of and provides funding for artists working in craft disciplines to conduct activities that will help safeguard their studios, protect their careers and implement other safety measures to help artists build and sustain strong and resilient careers.

Cornell Collection of Blaschka Invertebrate Models, Pteroctopus tetracirrhus, 575
Morgan Bogart, Administrative Manager 

Morgan Bogart, Administrative Manager 

One of the most remarkable exhibitions I've ever seen is the Cornell Collection of  Blaschka's Glass Models of Marine Invertebrates.  They were made by Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka in 1863.  Each model is scientifically accurate.  These are an incredible testament to their skill and to how little the craft of glass has changed over the years.  

Ellen Mensch

Ellen Mensch

Water Pens

Water Pens

Ellen Mensch, Gallery Coordinator

Ellen Mensch, Gallery Coordinator

One item I always recommend to artists is a water brush. It seems like such a small and insignificant thing to add to your pile of art supplies, but water brushes can make such a huge difference. For me, I’ve noticed that the biggest difference is in my motivation. There are many times when I've been out and aboutand saw something I would like to paint, but the small hassle of dealing with a cup of water for my paints was enough to deter me. Especially if you're in a crowded museum and fear making a mess, cups of dirty paint water are just not convenient. Water brushes are especially great for adding ink wash or watercolor to drawings because they can be squeezed to create a dark to light fade in one brushstroke, but they can also be used for any type of water soluble paints.

Candis Oakley, Assistant Gallery Coordinator 

Candis Oakley, Assistant Gallery Coordinator 

It's all about music for me. I listen to music around the clock, so I'm always looking for new artists to keep things new and myself inspired. I recently came across thee most loveliest voice, Charlotte Day Will. Her vocals are smooth, sultry and remind me a bit Sade and Rhye. Check her out!