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Valley Humane Society: Call for Mural Artists

My name is Carly Krakauer and I am a Girl Scout in Pleasanton. I am working on my Gold Award that requires me to do a project that benefits the community. For that project I am working with the Pleasanton Valley Humane Society. They have asked me to find artists who are willing to donate their talents […]


Rick Smolan

Rick Smolan

Profiled on TED Rick Smolan is an acclaimed photographer who is the co-creator of the America at Home project, which captured the “emotions of home” across the United States during a week in September 2008. More than 20,000 photographers — pros and amateurs — sent images to a team of editors assembled by Smolan and […]


December Poster Design for Pleasanton’s Artwalk

December Poster Design for Pleasanton's Artwalk

This month’s design comes from Sabini Design. If you’d like a shot at designing the next poster please let us know by sending us an email. About Sabini Design: The whole idea of my logo/brand was born from the desire of creating and showing my own identity, of learning how to grow and fill this […]


Joe Wigfall – Photography

Joe Wigfall - Photography

Watch the WNYC Street Shots Video-Joe Wigfall: To watch the video you must join as a FREE guest member. This video describes Joe Wigfall’s working process and provides inspiration for all visual artists. [Content protected for Guest members only] Year and place of birth: I was born a little over 50 years ago in New […]


3rd Thursdays Participating Merchants Map

3rd Thursdays Participating Merchants Map

Download and print the 3rd Thursdays Participating Merchants Map »


Look for the Participating Merchant Stickers

Look for the Participating Merchant Stickers

Each Participating Merchant of 3rd Thursdays displays a sticker in their window, indicating they are part of the program. Look for the stickers and enjoy the art, refreshments, food and free entertainment in Downtown Pleasanton.


3rd Thursdays Poster Design Contest

Are you interested in designing next months 3rd Thursdays ARtWalk Poster? Or do you know someone who is? Now is your chance to shine and give back to the community. We want to highlight your design abilities. The process is simple, join as a guest, (free) design a poster and email your submission to [email protected] […]


Painting With Light

Painting With Light

Some creative uses of motion include painting with Light. If you’re interested in exploring the notion of perceived movement in a still image, you might want to give this a shot: Wait until dark Grab your favorite flash light Set your camera to a long shutter speed, (30 seconds or Bulb) Then dance around in […]


Practicing Your Art Form

Practicing Your Art Form

Like any art form, the art of photography requires discipline and practice. Take the sport of cycling for example, at the competitive level, (racing against some of the top-level professionals in the US) this discipline demands vast amounts of time. Training time is spent developing base fitness, pedaling rhythm, energy efficiency, bike handling skills, pack […]


Our Community A Bay Area Photography Exhibition

Are you a photographer with a perspective regarding the Bay Area? We want to share your voice. Your photos tell stories about the Bay Area better than anyone else can.


Photography Workflow and Backup Strategy

Photography Workflow and Backup Strategy

As technology improves so do my working methods for capturing, collecting, and saving my photographs. My Current Work Flow I shoot a lot of images. There was a time when many of these images where captured, uploaded and subsequently stored on my hard drive never to be found again. Until one day, I sat down […]


Call for Works of Art in Any Medium

Call for Works of Art in any medium. MerchantArts.com is seeking submissions for our October event held in Downtown Pleasanton, California, an affluent setting with thousands of potential collectors visiting the monthly 3rd Thursdays Art Walk. All submissions receive exposure through our custom and highly visible online gallery with a chance at representation in one […]


How Photographs Can Inform Us

How Photographs Can Inform Us

Considering the images below, can you expand upon the notion of how a previous photograph can inform our understanding of another photograph? An Example:

The image on the left is by David LaChapelle. The image on the right is one taken of Michelangelo’s Pietà My knowledge of Pietà and preconceived ideas surrounding the crucifixion […]


How to Come up With New Ideas

How to Come up With New Ideas

In terms of new ideas and working projects, artists experience both green pastures, flowing with milk and honey and vast desert landscapes, dry as far as the eye can see. When the former prevails, a great peace envelopes the mind of the artist as he or she works through the ideas that lead to the […]


Artist Profile: Steven A. Scroggins

Artist Profile: Steven A. Scroggins

BIO: Steve Scroggins is an award winning, internationally collected Artist working in a wide variety of materials including Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Mixed Media, Collage/Assemblage, Photography and Ceramics. His experience includes Art Instructor, Television Producer, Radio Commentator, Pastor, Poet, Landscape Designer, Lyricist and Musician. He is a member of the Clay Arts Guild of North Idaho […]


New Discoveries in Photography

New Discoveries in Photography

The hardest part of art making is living your life in such a way that your work gets done, over and over—and that means, among other things, finding a host of practices that are just plain useful. Letting the familiar be the starting point of your routine is the key to working and working WILL […]


Artist Gallery: Tutorial

Artist Gallery: Tutorial

ATTENTION MEMBER ARTISTS: Please watch this quick tutorial about how to post your image gallery to the MerchantArts.com web site.


Artist Focus: Christian Boltanski

Artist Focus: Christian Boltanski

Christian Boltanski is an artist known for his installation work. Among these installations are the notions of mass genocide that took place during the Holocaust. His work forces viewers to consider their place among the masses as they walk through towering heights of stacked boxes; these stacked boxes represent the remains of Holocaust victims.


The Difference Between Connotation and Denotation

The Difference Between Connotation and Denotation

Use the Log in form to the right to view the free video on Connotation vs. Denotation [Content protected for Guest members only] In the image of the Three Boys by Lewis Hine we see first hand the complex nature inherent in the photograph. On one hand we see the object of the photograph, the […]


How to Write Your Artist Statement

How to Write Your Artist Statement

Your artist’s statement is the basis by which your work is perceived by the viewing public. It is important that you understand the impact your words have upon these viewers and potential buyers. Ask yourself whether you want to be seen as a political artist, a craftsperson, a landscape photographer, a photojournalist, a portraitist, or […]