Our second art-full gala moves to Palmer Woods, where a judge who is an artist and an attorney who is a serious collector will host our party with a purpose on Oct. 19. This beautiful event features fine wine and food, fabulous music by jazz guitarist A. Spencer Barefield and violinist Jannina North, lots of art – and some surprises. Our silent auction gives guests the opportunity to take home art by professional artists and our emerging artists.
Mint Masterpieces supports Mint Artists Guild’s growth, and creates more opportunities for youth in Detroit. A limited number of tickets are available now; buy yours today: http://bit.ly/mintgala
Sign painting may be considered a graphic design career. U.S. graphic designers earn a median salary of $50,370 last year, and about one in five are self employed. Since my grandfather was a sign maker who worked for Chrysler and later opened his own cheese shop, this career has always fascinated me.
Detroit has several sign painting artists / entrepreneurs. Among them is Kelly Golden, who has painted signs professionally since 2010. Her website says she has created for Third Man Records, Habitat for Humanity, 1XRun and others. She also creates stickers such as her “Listen to women” one that we adore.
It seems that businesses and nonprofits are interested in this old fashioned, handmade way of promoting themselves.
One of our Mint alumni creates awesome signs for us. Based on our recommendation, Maddie Teece painted a sign on artist Michael Willenborg’s art bus last year during the Belle Isle Art Fair. She also has created signs for Mint exhibits such as Summer in the City and thank you signs.
Is sign painting a creative career for you? Or is it a way to earn extra income? Try it out by painting signs for friends or a local entrepreneur, or offer to create a new sign as a volunteer for Mint!
“Residual income – that’s what I live for. You’re making money while you sleep.” -artist and educator Adwoa Muwzea, at an Artist2Artist gathering in Detroit.
Artists earn “residual income” – also known as passive income – when they license their images or creativity for use by companies or individuals. Some examples: A company pays to put your popular image on a greeting card or T shirt.
For emerging artists, this could mean creating a limited edition print of your work, or licensing a piece of your art to a musician with an annual payment. Greeting cards from your art sold at a gift shop also create passive income.