Arts Marketing 101 Workshop

The South Coast Artists is excited to offer a free workshop as part of our education initiative. Please join us to learn the fundamentals of marketing yourself as an artist and build new skills to boost your brand.

Where: Tiverton Public Library, 34 Roosevelt Ave, Tiverton, RI
When: Saturday, September 7th, 2019 1:00pm-4:00pm

Want to boost your marketing practices? Hot off the tour, use your recent experience to help you learn how to prepare for next year and build your brand to boost your presence as an artist. This a FREE workshop, but we do request pre-registration in order to properly prepare with the numberof attendees. 

Learn the basics of what marketing means for artists and how you can successfully market yourself and your work. This workshop provides an overview of branding concepts including which marketing materials are most important for you to develop as you create a path to your own success. We will look at examples of print and e-marketing, and we’ll practice ways to present yourself and speak about your work. Strengthening your presence and visibility as an artist is possible and less strenuous than you think!

Register Today!

About our Presenter:

Jessica Burko
Art : Arts Marketing : Curating

Jessica Burko has been an exhibiting artist since 1985 and has displayed work in solo and group shows throughout the United States. Burko is originally from Philadelphia and currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She holds a BFA in Fine Art Photography from Rhode Island School of Design, and an MFA in Imaging Arts and Science from Rochester Institute of Technology.

In addition to being a practicing artist, Burko is the Program Manager at the Photographic Resource Center at Leslie University. She is also an independent curator with more than thirty exhibitions produced since 2000, and her professional background includes the position of Gallery Director at Stonehill College from 2000-06, from 2007-14 she held the position of Executive Director of the artist collective Boston Handmade, and from 2016 to 2019 she was the Marketing Director at Kingston Gallery.

Burko’s work in the arts community allows her to foster and strengthen connections between working artrepreneurs. She supports artists in achieving their creative and professional goals through lectures, workshops, and partnerships with organizations such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass MoCA’s Assets for Artists Program and the Danforth Museum’s Professional Artists Workshops.

Introducing the SCA Mobile App!

The South Coast Artists Open Studio Tour runs annually on the third weekend of July and August on the South Coast Region of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The SCA Mobile App is an electronic version of our printed brochure map, giving visitors to our studios a new way to explore the tour. With over 75 artists on the tour, Sponsor galleries and our Sponsors- there is something for everyone to see. Many of our artists demonstrate their process during the tour, giving you a glimpse into the lives of working artists and a chance to see how the work is created. 

The App is FREE to download & use for iPhone & android users.

You can also view a version on the web! Scroll through the various tours, view the artists with in-depth profiles all on your computer. Another new way to explore the tour and view the brochure!

App Features

• Organized into Different ‘Tours’: All Artists, July Artists, August Artists, Tiverton Artists, Little Compton Artists, Westport Artists, Dartmouth Artists and supporting Galleries.

 *PLEASE NOTE: When viewing the list of artists in the various tours, the numbers assigned within the app may vary. To coordinate the number listing on the printed brochure, please see the number listed within the artist description. There it will read “#4 on the brochure Map”.

• View all of the artists on the tour, descriptions of their work, additional photos of their work & studio, and links to their websites & contact information right in the app. (Swipe left on individual profiles to see additional images- double tap to see full size images.)

• Getting directions to studios is easy without having to enter in an address! Just click on the ‘Get Directions’ link within the artist description and the address will open in Google Maps.

• You can Like/Share studios directly to Facebook to comment on your experience and let other people know about the tour.

• Ability ‘Favorite’ Studios (much like circling your favorite on the map) this allows you to quickly remember the studios you wish to visit. Tap on the heart icon on the bottom right of an image and you will be able to easily recognize your favorite studios.

• Viewing in the ‘All Artists Tour’ automatically directs you to the closest studio location. You can also search for a particular artist within this tour (there is a navigation bar at the top of the screen).

• Other tours are in a list format, based on the various categories. If you are interested in seeing all of the artists showing in July (for example), just scroll & open to the July tour, and view all of the artists showing in that time.

We hope you enjoy the new app!

Getting to Know Susan K. Barker

How did you get started making art? As a descendant of two artists, John H. Twachtman and Worthington Whittredge, a creative spirit is a family tradition. Worthington Whittredge spent his summer in nearby Tiverton Four Corners, RI. I started working with silver in the late 70’s and was inspired again in 2006. It was after a bead show with my daughter Nina and I realized I could forge small, intricate silver pieces and combine glass beads and create unusual necklaces.

What influences your art? My study as a horticulture judge has brought me a tremendous depth of knowledge of all flower and leaf forms which guide me in my necklace designs. Also living by the sea, I understand marine life and the different fish and am able to capture what I see. 

What do you hope someone takes away from experiencing your art? A smile on ones face when they look in the mirror and see a “Susan Barker necklace” around their neck.

Please tell us about your process: I buy my silver in large sheets which I saw into various shapes. The final steps are to engrave numerous fish scales, delicate feathers, or tiny veins on the different silver pieces. Then I go over to my bead table of over1000 beads and start creating a necklace. I concentrate on the theme of the silver design and add different shaped and colored beads. Adding clasps in the final step.

What inspires your work? I have two studios with different surroundings. The summer by the sea and the fall and winter in the mountains.

When do you create your art? What is your studio practice? I work about three days a week and create about 100 necklaces a year, plus I make about two dozen silver earrings. My daughter Nina makes the bracelets. She is able to take a flat piece of silver and with heat and controlled blows of her hammer form an amazing bracelet. 

How long have you been a member of SCA? I have been a member since 2006.

Do you have any upcoming exhibits?

  • South Coast Artists Tour July 20 -21, 2019 
  • South Coast Artists Tour August 17 -18, 2019
  • NH Monadnock Art Tour October 12 -13, 2019 

How can people find your work? I do not sell my jewelry in stores. I will gladly show my jewelry if someone contacts me. Please visit my website for details:

Contact Information:

Phone: 603 209 5755 (best to email me)


Encaustic Workshops

Have you wondered what encaustics are? Do you want to learn about them and make your own paintings? SCA Member Kelly Milukas will be teaching two workshops that you can attend!


Instructor: Kelly Milukas

Where: Bow House Studio, Tiverton, RI 02878

When: Saturday, April 6 & Sunday April 7, 2019
Times:10am – 4:30pm

Ages: Adults
Class Size: Limited to 6
SPECIAL NOTE: This an intimate & small-group workshop allowing for generous at easel attention with Kelly.







When: Saturday & Sunday
June 15 & 16, 2019
10am – 4:30pm
Register for 1 Day or 2 Days

Class Size Limited to 10
SPECIAL NOTE: This a small-group workshop allowing for generous at easel attention with Kelly.

for more information contact

Pastel Workshop in Little Compton this Fall!

Pastel Workshop and Retreat: Farm Coast

Susan Ogilvie, PSA

(6 nights lodging) & (5 days painting)

When: Sunday, September 22, 2019~Saturday, September 28, 2019

Special note: This is a small-group workshop allowing for generous at easel attention.

Join us for this wonderful opportunity to paint with Susan in Rhode Island’s beautiful Sakonnet Point.  Susan a is widely recognized, published pastel artist and teacher.  Part en plein air and part in studio, we’ll have access to sea, dunes, farm and marsh scenes.

To register please contact


South Coast Artists Exhibition at Gallery X

SCA Members Gallery X ExhibitCALL FOR ENTRIES:
South Coast Artists Invitational Exhibition
Hosted by Gallery X, New Bedford


A non-juried art show
p to 3 pieces per artist, entry fee $10 per piece, 35% commission to Gallery X on sold pieces

Exhibit dates: May 4–May 29, 2016
Opening Reception Saturday May 7, 2016

Gallery X, 169 William Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

Bring your art submissions to Gallery X!
Intake dates: April 30 and May 1, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Download a pdf with more info here.

If you wish to participate in this exhibit, please email

2015 Theme Announced

Members’ Juried Contest

Win a FREE 2015 Open Studio Tour Registration!

Be Featured in our Summer-Long Press Campaigns. Get Prominently Published in Open Studio Tour Media!

Celebrate the 12th year of the SCA Tour by creating a special work of art that focuses on this year’s theme – Studio Surf.

This creative challenge can be interpreted in any 2D or 3D medium. All works must be original and there are no restrictions to size. No giclees, commercial lithographs or reproductions will be accepted. Keep in mind that your entry is central to the marketing of the summer tours.

SCA 2015 Studio Surf


The contest will be juried this year by independent judge Kathleen Hancock, director, Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery at Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA.


There will be three prizes awarded this year – Best in Show, Second Place and Honorable Mention. The top prize is a free Open Studio Tour registration, valued at $275. Special gifts will be awarded to artists in second place and honorable mention. Awards are not transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash value. Winning artworks will also be featured prominently in the 2015 Open Studio Tour Brochure and other marketing materials.


All entrants must be current members of the South Coast Artists. All SCA Members may participate. Each Member may submit one entry. Membership dues and tour registration will be accepted when work is submitted. All Artist Entrants must have a studio or access to a studio within the South Coast Artist, Inc. region to participate on the Summer 2015 tours.




Submission Date Deadline: Tuesday, March 31. Email (1) Digital Image of your Original “Studio Surf” Artwork. Please send a minimum 4″ x 6″ 300ppi resolution jpeg. All submissions must be emailed by March 31. Each Digital Submission must be clearly labeled with the artist’s name, title, medium, and dimensions. Additional words about the inspiration for the “Studio Surf” piece are a welcome addition for PR, but are not required. Email Submissions to Heather Frymark at


Winning artists will be announced on Thursday, May 21st at the SCA Board and Membership Meeting. Winning artists will be listed on For those without internet access results will also be provided by calling 401.480.3536, Friday, May 22nd.


By participating in this contest you are granting SCA to rights use your image for any SCA promotional purposes. The image may be modified for publication, marketing, and press relations use.

Click here for a pdf of the prospectus.

Connecting Art to Community Kids!

SCA Art Cards!

Jennifer Jones Rashleigh, Co-chair for the South Coast Artists Education Committee, met with six community service student volunteers from Tiverton High School who helped draw, and create samples to show children and instructors how to use our SCA Art Cards.

We shared the samples, instructions, and 3200 art cards with Karen Ennis, Executive Director of TRIUMPH–Head Start Association in Taunton, MA.
When SCA spoke to Karen a few months ago, she said, “the kids have very few art supplies and that this was an incredible gift to the program.”

Thank you THS Community Service Volunteers! You have helped SCA reach a huge new group of children who are really in need of creative supplies and experiences.

2014 Theme Announced!


Members’ Juried Contest

Win a FREE 2014 Open Studio Tour Registration!

Be Featured in our Summer-Long Press Campaigns. Get Prominently Published in Open Studio Tour Media!

Celebrate the 11th year of the SCA Tour by creating a special work of art that focuses on this year’s theme – Fresh Art. This creative challenge can be interpreted in any 2D or 3D medium. All works must be original and there are no restrictions to size. No giclees, commercial lithographs or reproductions will be accepted. Keep in mind that your entry is central to the marketing of the summer tours. Download a pdf here.

Be bold, modern, unique and vibrant.

Submit your FRESH ART entry in any medium.

Make art that inspires and welcomes art lovers of all ages to our creative coastal community.


Tour Registration Begins February 6!

The South Coast Artists Open Studios Tour is dedicated to enhancing the art scene in our region by providing opportunities for artists to show their work, and for the public to interact with artists directly in order to see how and where art is created. Artists registering for the Tour must live and/or work in Little Compton, RI, Tiverton, RI, Dartmouth, MA or Westport, MA.

Tour fees entitle you to inclusion in the SCA-produced Open Studio Tour Materials. A prominent image and listing will be included in 50,000 Full Color Tour Maps, Website Tour Information and an Online Map. Participate in your own studio space or share studio space (2 artist limit).

In order to be a Registered Tour Artist, an artist must exhibit in a Single Studio or Single Studio with one Guest. Studio spaces are subject to SCA guidelines and approval.

Studio Registrations are limited to (2) total artists, and may not be located in a multiple artist commercial gallery, or multiple artist studio location. Please contact SCA for sponsorship details to be on the open studio map as a sponsored gallery or multiple artist studio center.

Open Studio Tour

Early Bird Registration begins February 6, 2014
and continues until February 28.

Early Bird Registration is for returning 2013 Tour Participants ONLY.

Regular Registration begins March 1 and is open to all artists in accordance with the SCA Tour Registration Policy (see Policy below). Registration will close when the maximum participant limit of 75 is reached, but no later than March 31, 2014. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first serve basis.

Tour Dates

July 19 & 201, 2014 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
August 16 & 17, 2014 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Registration Deadlines and Fees

Early Bird Registration, February 6–February 28
Regular Registration, March 1–March 31

FEE: $275