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The Relevancy of Art in times of Covid-19

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There have been times during the last several “Covid” months, when I admit I have questioned the relevance of my work.  At a time in which there are so many things to worry about, so many things to do and so many ways to try to help those in need, it almost seems extravagant to focus on art while much of the world is suffering.  But, as I have been reminded  many times before, it is precisely in these times when art is the MOST … Continue Reading


Screen Shot 2014-04-06 at 4.03.10 PMA rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success.”  Bo Bennett

Our summer juried shows are a mixed blessing for me.  Each year I marvel at the infinite and diverse ways in which artists find to express themselves.  I admire and respect each and every artist for the extraordinary effort they make every day to share their gift. Again, we were happily overwhelmed with a large number of excellent quality entries, and the competition for this show was very stiff.

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The importance of wasting time, from the ArtAdvice archives

Screen Shot 2014-02-04 at 7.07.09 PM“Creativity is the residue of time wasted.” Albert Einstein

Originally posted 6 years ago, this article from the ArtAdvice Archives is particularly relevant today in light of the “Shelter at Home” guidelines.  This virus set the PAUSE button on the universe…but, for artists, it has been mostly business as usual.  I have loved watching all of the various ideations that artists have come up with to deal with the stay at home orders.  The only difference is now, through social media, the rest of the … Continue Reading

Invitation to Summer Group Show

“Only leave until tomorrow,that which you are willing to die left undone”  Picasso


It’s been a scary surreal time for all of us, for sure.  But, we will get through this and come out stronger for it.  While the world was put on PAUSE we watched as thousands died…in the 3 months since the discovery of Covid-19, the United States has seen as many deaths as occured during the entire duration of the Viet Nam war.  It is a staggering thought.  For those of us that remained vigilent and healthy, we learned how to share, how to care, express … Continue Reading

Pick Me, Pick Me : Tips for getting your work into juried shows

It’s time to apply to our  Summer Juried Show.  Applications can be made through the CAFE website. https://www.callforentry.org/ CaFÉ is a program of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) a regional nonprofit arts service organization.  Registration for artists is FREE and provides access to hundreds of exhibition and sales opportunities. Deadline for applications is May 10. Here are some tips to remember…good luck!

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The level of success an artist achieves when entering juried shows, obviously relates to the … Continue Reading

Retirement is for sissies

Screen Shot 2020-01-23 at 6.04.57 PMIt’s been well over 4 years since my last post…not sure how many people this will reach. But, the time has come to officially announce my UN-retirement from the art world. This world has served me well and I know that my participation has helped many artists come to a new understanding of their career development. I am so proud of all the work I have done, all the great shows we did at the gallery, and all of my participation in developing the art community in … Continue Reading

Hey, y’all…I’ll be in AUSTIN, Texas for the entire month of May

Hey, y’all…I’ll be in Austin, Texas for the entire month of May.  For consultations, studio visits and/or curatorial help, email me sylvia@artadvice.com

Kandinsky on the Spirtual Element in Art and the 3 Responsibilities of Artists

Kandinsky on the Spiritual Element in Art and the Three Responsibilities of Artists

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“To harmonize the whole is the task of art.”

“Art is a form of nourishment (of consciousness, the spirit),” 31-year-old Susan Sontag wrote in her diary in 1964. “Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness,” wrote Alain de Botton half a century later in … Continue Reading

Sunday, January 18, Art of Being An Artist Workshop in LA

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Spring in NYC


Spring in NYC…feeling lucky?


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 The best time to visit New York is in the Spring.  The art scene, waking up from a gloomy winter, is ready to shine and people are ready to get out and about.  What’s it worth to get your work in front of the eyes that need to see it?  This is so much more than a juried show. SWG will be awarding ONE or more artists, an entire wall of booth … Continue Reading

Where’s Waldo? a.k.a. Sylvia White Gallery


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In case you are wondering where we have been and what we are doing, here is a brief update.  The last six months have been quite a wild ride.  I am feeling very blessed and ready to tackle the New Year.  However, I must admit, I do enjoy the extra time that not having a full rotating exhibition schedule gives me.  Katy, Cameron and I continue to be busy doing the things that we do best…helping artists get the exposure they want and their work deserves.  We … Continue Reading

Being an artist, trick or treat?

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“Who in the world am I?  Ahh, that is the great puzzle.” Lewis Carroll


It’s not something you can turn off. It bubbles up when you least expect it. If you would allow it, it would consume every waking minute of every day. You work hard to fit in to the normal world…family obligations, work, the challenges of everyday life. But, admit it, all you can think about is that unfinished painting, sculpture, poem, or whatever, fill in the blank. You know you are different. You may … Continue Reading

Houston, we have a problem…

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Remember that part of the movie when  Tom Hanks was stranded and  Ed Harris put everything Hanks had in his spaceship on the table and ordered his staff to make something that will fix it?  That is such a beautiful metaphor for life.  It seems like since closing the gallery I have had to look at all the pieces I have left on my table and see what I want to make.  I have always loved helping artists, and will continue to advise and consult artists as … Continue Reading

What do Cruella deVille and Sylvia White Gallery have in common?

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It’s been 35 years of consulting with artists, 50 articles written and now blogged on ArtAdvice.com, 8 different offices/gallery spaces, hundreds of workshops, thousands of exhibitions and … Continue Reading

Pick me, Pick me! Tips on Getting Your Work Selected for Juried Shows

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“Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

The level of success an artist achieves when entering juried shows, obviously relates to the quality of your work. However, artists may be surprised to learn there are many other, not so obvious reasons, their work is selected or rejected.

Picking the RIGHT juried show

One of the most important things you can do, comes before any work is looked at. It has to do with your process in selecting … Continue Reading


Screen Shot 2014-04-05 at 3.48.34 PMFor most emerging and mid career artists, the single most important thing you can do for yourself is decide to spend 2-3 hours per week “doing your homework.” My gift to you this holiday season is a fairly extensive list of resources for you to peruse on a monthly basis, searching for viable opportunities. For artists that need to develop a “paper trail” for their resume, there is no better way than entering juried shows and competitions. There are a number of websites that offer exhibition opportunities … Continue Reading

Give yourself a gift this holiday season…

Screen Shot 2014-04-05 at 4.34.05 PMYesterday is history.  Tomorrow is a mystery.  And today?  Today is a gift.  That’s why we call it the present.  ~Babatunde Olatunji

The holidays, which are an unusually a stressful time for most people… are even more so for artists.  Visual artists, who have to cram art making into an already full life, are now faced with the additional burden of dealing with traffic, crowds, guests from out of town and unnatural amounts of spending.  So for all you last minute shoppers, I have compiled a list … Continue Reading

“Only put off until tomorrow, what you are willing to die left undone.” Pablo Picasso

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If you are one of those artists who has been procrastinating about looking for opportunities to get your career in gear, no more excuses. You need to sign up today for  CaFE, callforentry.org.  It is a website operated by Western States Arts Federation and it is completely FREE for artists to register. You do need to have some basic computer skills before you tackle this, so if you are not there yet, ask any 10 year old to help … Continue Reading

2013 Be A Saint, Valentine’s Day Art Auction and Gala

Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 10.25.01 PMIn case you missed it,  John Rose did a great job of capturing the event.  Check it out HERE

It’s A New Day, It’s A New Dawn, It’s A New Decade… New Year’s Resolutions for Artists

“Only put off until tomorrow, what you are willing to die left undone.” Pablo Picasso

The beginning of a new year always puts me in a pensive, introspective mood. It just feels like the right time to sit back and reflect on the accomplishments of the past year, and develop a plan to move forward towards new goals. But, being a creative thinker can have it’s drawbacks during this time of reflection. It’s easy to overlook how far you’ve come, unless you develop a quantifiable system of measuring. For a lot of artists, achieving a goal “doesn’t really count,” because by … Continue Reading