Dagney Ernest

Gallery owners Jared Cowan and Orlando Johnson will present at the conference

By Dagney Ernest / The Republican Journal

...“I called probably a couple dozen island artists and said, what do you need from the Institute, what are we missing here? And they said, 'Oh gosh, I really need to know about pricing,' or 'I could use some support on how to make a show booth.' So, we said, OK, we’ll do it,” Vietze said.

The rise of the Internet and attendant websites and social media has given island artists and makers, as well as those in remote mainland communities, a way to get their work out to the world.

“What’s a little bit challenging about the conference is that there are people who are just beginning to do that, or want to go to the next level, and people who are really succeeding,” said Vietze.