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Artist Talk – Copyrights, Watermarks and Scams – November 3rd, 2014

October 31st, 2014 by Nikki Smith

This Monday, November 3rd at noon at The Arts Center in College Station I will be sharing essential survival tips and resources for artists living in today’s digital world. You will learn about tools for locating copies of your art online, your rights as an artist and how to successfully battle copyright infringement, tips for safe selling and avoiding scams, and how to watermark your photos. You will also leave with a handy list of resources. If you have questions about safely promoting your artwork online, you will want to attend this informative demonstration for the Brazos Valley Art League on Monday, November 3rd at noon in The Arts Center, 2275 Dartmouth St, College Station, Texas 77840. See you then!
Battling copyright infringement and other survival tips for artistsAs some of you know, I have been battling copyright infringement recently.  I’m winning, but it is a challenging situation and one I hope you don’t encounter with your own art. If you do, I want you to be prepared. That is why I am giving this talk to the Brazos Valley Art League on Monday, and I will be posting some helpful information and tools for artists here shortly. Please check back soon – my goal is to some great resources including a sample DMCA letter and reference links available here by Monday.

#antibullying art: Don’t Stand By, Stand Up

October 16th, 2014 by Nikki Smith

Don't stand by...STAND UP (#antibullying poster)

Created for an anti-bullying campaign.  “Don’t stand by…STAND UP.”  Bystanders can end bullying by standing up and speaking out.  Be an #upstander and help someone who needs a friend today.

I’m #antibullying.  Are you?

Copyright Nikki Smith of BookSmithStudio.com, with thanks to photographer Mark Roy.

Social sharing ENCOURAGED! Educators: contact me for a free digital download of this poster for your school.

Spread the word and let’s help create bully-free schools today!

#antibullying  -  #standup

Fine Art & $100 for Wine: A perfect pairing! July 2014 Promotion

July 8th, 2014 by Nikki Smith

Fine Art and $100 for Wine - July 2014
For the month of July, 2014 only I’m running a special promotion.  Any purchase of artwork from my store will include a $100 gift certificate good towards your first purchase of wine on NakedWines.com.

Yes, really!

Naked Wines is a company based in Napa, California, that supports independent wine makers from all over the world.

Fine artwork and fine wine…it’s a perfect pairing!

When you place an order through my store during July, you will receive a $100 gift certificate from NakedWines.com… instantly.  It doesn’t matter how large your order is, you’ll still receive the gift certificate.

Once you receive the gift certificate, all you have to do is visit NakedWines.com, enter in your gift certificate code, buy some wine, and you’re done!  Then, just sit back and wait for the wine to arrive on your doorstep.  If the logistical stars are in alignment, maybe your wine and your artwork will arrive at the same time!

Before using your gift certificate on NakedWines.com, please note the following restrictions:

Terms & Restrictions

The $100 gift certificate is only valid for first-time buyers on NakedWines.com and can only be applied towards purchases of $160 or more.   You must be 21 years or older to redeem the gift certificate.   Wine can not be shipped outside of the United States.   Additional restrictions apply.   Void where prohibited.   See complete details at http://us.nakedwines.com/100voucher.   Naked Wines is not affiliated with Naked Winery (http://nakedwinery.com) in Hood River, Oregon.

Note that due to state laws, NakedWines.com cannot ship to all states.  Per their Terms page:

“We currently ship to Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Washington State, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Product availability varies by state and certain states are subject to volume limitations (details about your state’s shipping laws can be found on NakedWines.com website.) We don’t ship to counties or cities where wine shipping is prohibited, and we don’t ship to these states at all: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah”

There is no minimum purchase required in order to receive the gift certificate.   If you purchase a greeting card, for example, you’ll still receive the gift certificate from NakedWines.com – yes, really!

Start Shopping for your Art and Wine now:

Yes, please share this announcement with your friends and fellow art and wine lovers.  This promotion is only for art purchases made during the month of July, 2014.  What are you waiting for?

Visit my store below today to select your artwork, then pop over and select your wine! 


The Many Muses of Nikki Smith – Artist Reception, First Friday June 6th @ in Bryan, TX

May 18th, 2014 by Nikki Smith

The Many Muses of Nikki Smith, The Frame Gallery, June/July, 2014

The Frame Gallery presents:
The Many Muses of Nikki Smith

When: June/July, 2014
Starts: June 2nd
Opening Reception: First Friday, June 6th – Meet the artist and enjoy live music, art and conversation all evening!

The Frame Gallery
216 N Bryan Ave
Bryan, TX 77803
(Map & Directions)

(* NOTE: In July, The Frame Gallery will be moving! The artwork will continue to be displayed at the new location in July, just a block or so away. The new address will be posted here soon.)

The Frame Gallery is proud to present “The Many Muses of Nikki Smith”, our featured artist for June and July, 2014. From Euterpe (the muse of song), to Terpsichore (the muse of dance) to Urania (the muse of science), Nikki Smith’s artwork takes inspiration from her life and passions.

Join us for the opening reception on First Friday, June 6th at the Frame Gallery in downtown Bryan, Texas. Meet the artist, enjoy live music and great conversation, and of course, fabulous ART!

Smith’s artwork will be on display at The Frame Gallery through the end of June. Prints can be purchased in person at The Frame Gallery or through the artist’s online store at http://nikkimarie-smith.artistwebsites.com.

About the Artist:

Currently featured on the cover of Flair Magazine, local Bryan, TX artist Nikki Smith was awarded the prestigious International FAA “Tony” Award for Artistic Merit in 2013. Smith’s artwork and articles are published in numerous issues of Cloth Paper Scissors, PAGES, and Somerset Digital Studios magazines as well as an artist profile in The Houston Chronicle. A self-taught artist and lifelong learner, her artwork has traveled to collectors in over a dozen countries and across the USA.

“My artwork is inspired by music, color and the human body. I believe that music has such an incredible power to move us, to change our state of mind. My artwork seeks to capture this transformative power of music through color and motion, often combining musical instruments and the female form to tell a story. As my style continues to evolve, I am excited to see where this artistic journey will take me.”

Visit The Frame Gallery this First Friday, June 6th (and throughout the month of June) to see new artwork by award winning artist Nikki Smith.

Prints of Nikki Smith’s artwork are available in person at The Frame Gallery or through the artist’s website: http://nikkimarie-smith.artistwebsites.com .

Creative business card display for artists: Slinky-powered!

April 2nd, 2014 by Nikki Smith

Shhh…don’t tell my kiddos, but they’ve just lost a slinky!

Slinky: a creative business card holder!

I love my MiniCards by Moo.com (a box of 100 cards each with their own design: perfect for showcasing my artwork), and now I have a wonderful, creative, artistic way to display them! Yay!

I’m putting this in practice at the Wylde Women Art Show in downtown Bryan, Texas, less than 24 hours away. If you’re in the Bryan/College Station area, stop in to say hello to the artists, enjoy the artwork and live belly-dancing performances.  I can’t wait!  The opening reception is Thursday, April 3rd from 6:30-8:30pm at Square One Gallery in Bryan, TX, or stop in for First Friday from 6pm to 9pm.  I’ll also be at The Arts Center this Saturday from noon to 1:30pm for the opening reception of the Brazos Valley Art League Member Show.  I would love to meet fellow artists and art lovers in the area.  :)

P.S. If you need creative business cards to show off your artistic talent, I highly recommend Moo.com. Sharin’ the love: follow this link for 10% off your first order. Then raid the toy box for a slinky – I won’t tell the kids if you don’t! ;)