San Diego, CA (PressExposure) October 23, 2009 -- San Diego Fine Art Society (SDFAS), a local non-profit organization striving to develop the artistic cultural identity here in San Diego, has launched its Artist Mentor Program. Despite all the creative activity in San Diego, artists, art venues, and collectors are not well connected to each other.
âOften galleries view artists as not dependable and artists view galleries as more interested in money than art. Collectors donât know about the artists because there is no venue to experience their art and artists donât know where to find collectors for their art,â said April Game, founding executive director of SDFAS. âIt is our mission to work to remove those barriers and create a viable art community. The Mentor Program is a big part of that.â
The Artist Mentor Program is designed for artists to uncover their dreams and discover what is blocking them from success, to understand where their art falls among their peersâ in the marketplace, to bond with fellow artists in weekly studio sessions, and to help artists move ahead with focused tasks that get them closer to their goals.
According to Jon Vencil, evaluation consultant for Nonprofit Management Solutions, there is no comparable program like it in the country. After following the Program for the first three months, Vencil concluded that âit has the potential to set the standard for mentor-based art programs in the country.â
The program is facilitated by Yoram Gil, an artist himself with over 35 years experience as a gallery owner and has coached artists in Los Angeles and abroad. He is an experienced, no-nonsense mentor who will drive artists to excel. For more information about Yoram, please visit http://www.yoramgil.com.
The cost for artists to participate is $100 per month and a one-year commitment is required that begins with an intensive three months of mentoring sessions and weekly group studio visits. To be considered, artists must email their work, a link to their website and a statement about themselves and their work to firstname.lastname@example.org.