“A writer writes, always.”
To repurpose the words of Larry Donner, the struggling novelist portrayed by Billy Crystal in the film classic Throw Momma From the Train, an artist creates, always……..or at least as often as time and money will allow. That artistic spirit is what drove Shakespeare to write and Caravaggio to paint. It drove Liza to the stage and Brando to the screen.
The logistical problem is that most artists don’t have enough of that elusive time and even more elusive money to give their craft the proper attention. Inactivity leads to stagnation, and stagnation to the death of the artistic spirit. How, then, does the artist avoid that pitfall, so that he can focus on the creation of art, rather than spending his energy worrying over trivial matters like location scouting, advertising, booking, logistical preparations, sales and marketing, and, above all, the money to make it all work?
The Queens Artists’ Resource Collective (“Quarc”) was conceived with the belief in the power of collaboration. We are an organization of artists and patrons whose mission is to promote the artistic efforts of our members, and the artistic community at large, through the creation, exhibition, and distribution of art, in any medium, including photography, music, sculpture, painting, drawing, graphic design, poetry, spoken word, drama, fashion, dance, film, and comedy. We provide an opportunity for working artists to interact with other working artists, and to use that opportunity to grow, while helping others to do the same.
Groups of our members, with support from members of the public, take on tasks in order to break down the large undertaking of exhibiting art. Whether it means helping to raise funds, scout locations or advertise one of our shows, many hands make light work.
Economies of scale are utilized in purchasing art supplies. Among other things, we offer subsidized canvases, paints, frames, paper, costumes, makeup, the proper tools to use them and even performance/exhibition space in order to reduce the financial burden of creating and exhibiting art.
The annual goal of our organization is a large-scale weekend arts festival held in the fall, where works in different media are exhibited. We aim to produce at least three other smaller seasonal art shows throughout the year. If any member wants to exhibit his art, we will work with him to find a means of doing so.
We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, relying on public support and contributions. In addition, the money raised at our events, combined with membership dues and income from other sources, is used to sustain the organization and defray the cost to our members of bringing their work to the world.
Sharing your art should be a delight, not a burden. By making the exhibition process easier and more enjoyable, we hope to foster the creation of new and exciting art and to sustain its availability.
Anyone who believes that it is essential to our collective well-being to promote and preserve art and ideas in our world is welcome to join.
“To follow without halt, one aim; there is the secret of success. And success? What is it? I do not find it in the applause of the theater; it lies rather in the satisfaction of accomplishment.”
Anna Pavlova, 12 February 1881–23 January 1931. Russian ballerina and martyr to her craft.