Belfast Creative Coalition has invited artists and author Jackie Battenfield to speak Monday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave./Route 3. The evening will begin with light hors d’oeuvres and drinks in the Atrium. Battenfield will then give a talk titled “Making An Artist’s Life Work” in the auditorium, followed by a book signing.

Battenfield’s 90-minute talk will go over the fundamental skills artists need to develop and sustain a professional life while juggling other jobs and a personal life. It provides an overview of Battenfield’s widely acclaimed book — “The Artist’s Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love,” in its sixth printing — and covers tips on how to plan, promote, fund, organize and build community. There will be time to address audience questions.

A $5 suggested donation will be taken at the door. To secure a spot, send RSVP to; for more information, visit

Artists today have unprecedented access to opportunities and potential worldwide circulation of their work. More than ever before, artists must manage themselves — they must be knowledgeable and well informed to juggle multiple venues and an increasingly international market; and they need to develop flexible systems to respond to future changes and continue to thrive. Many of the artists successful selling their artwork in Maine and outside of Maine’s borders use Battenfield’s book as a guide.

Battenfield is an artist who is known nationally for her luminous paintings and prints of natural forces. Her work is represented by the Addison Ripley Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Addington Gallery, Chicago; and DM Contemporary, New York. For the last 20 years, she has made a living from her art and is a popular motivational speaker. Battenfield also teaches professional practices in the graduate program at Columbia University and for the Creative Capital Foundation. To see her work, visit

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