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Marquette Artist Collective Action Committee gives artists a chance to discuss their field

Local artists discuss how to price artwork at the Marquette Artist Collective Action Committee's first Collective Conversations gathering at the Delft Bistro in Marquette Tuesday evening. The Marquette Artist Collective Action Committee will be unpacking issues facing those in the field with its Collective Conversation gatherings on the third Tuesday of every month at different area businesses. (Photo courtesy of Sabrina Langdon)

MARQUETTE — Navigating the world of art and business can be disorienting. The Marquette Artist Collective Action Committee will be unpacking issues facing those in the field with its Collective Conversation gatherings on the third Tuesday of every month.

Sabrina Langdon, committee chairwoman, said these gatherings are a chance for artists to get together and discuss similar struggles and empower one another.

“I think it’s very fulfilling as an artist in a community to be able to go to a space that feels comfortable, where you can share your struggles in an open way, and not feel judged,” Langdon said.

The collective had its first event on how to price your work as an artist this week at Delft Bistro in Marquette. Committee members facilitated the conversation but left room for open dialogue among attendees.

“It’s not meant to be a big presentation,” Langdon said. “It’s meant to be very low-key and informational.”

Every gathering will take place at a different area venue to “highlight and collaborate” with other businesses. The next Collective Conversation will be on marketing on April 18 at the Crib in Marquette. Subjects of future discussions include how to prepare your taxes as an artist, how to prepare your work for gallery submission and how to photograph your work.

Besides the conversations sessions, the Marquette Artist Collective will be holding events on the first Tuesday of every month, starting with an art trivia night on May 7 at Digs Gastropub in Marquette.

“The collective is about encouraging and supporting other artists and giving them opportunities,” Langdon said. “I see what we are doing as an opportunity to network with other artists, learn from other artists, but also just feel a part of an artistic community.”

To keep track of future events follow the Marquette Artist Collective on Facebook or sign up for its newsletter at marquetteartistcollective.wordpress.com.

Or visit the Marquette Artist Collective Gallery at 130 W. Washington St. in downtown Marquette.