Almost a year ago I had the great opportunity to be a part of something, that I had no idea would have such an impact on my life. I feel some serendipitous energies were working behind the scenes to make it all happen, because it was just meant to be! I became friends with artist Carrie Waller on line a couple of years ago. I love her work and followed her blog where she had posted about a situation entering a show and not getting in because the juror or selection committee had rejected her painting. They thought she had infringed on the Ball trademark in one of her Ball jar paintings. Based on my experience with these issues in art licensing, I wrote to her and told her that wasn’t the case at all and after a bit of correspondence, she asked if I would write a couple of articles on her blog about trademarks and copyrights. That led to me doing one of her Friday Features and an awesome on line friendship.
Carrie has been a guest host on the wonderful Blog Talk Radio Show and Podcast, Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta. In May of 2013 Leslie did a show on starting an artists mentoring group. She suggested that through collaboration and friendships with other artists, we could help support and advise each other on advancing our art careers. It really struck a chord with a lot of listeners who started pursuing forming groups to support each other. One of those Artists, Debra Kierce, who heard that show reached out to others to join a group. Helen also contacted Carrie to do the same and Carrie reached out to Maria because of their military connection. They hosted an art show of military spouses work together, and then Carrie reached out to me. That is how WAM, Women Artists Mentors was born. Our current members are:
Helen K. Beacham, watercolor artist of Charleston, South Carolina
Maria Bennett Hock, oil portrait & figurative artist of Cary, North Carolina
Debra Keirce, oil and acrylic painter of Ashburn, Virginia
Kim Minichiello, watercolor and oil painter of Windermere, FL
Carrie Waller, watercolor artist of Tokyo, Japan