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Local Artist Services & Consultants

Local Artist Support: Legal Services, The Business of Art, Musicians, Visual Artists, Writers and Photography Services. 

Legal Services

Howard Leib, Esq.
Intellectual property and entertainment attorney, an educator and a consultant

Howard has his own practice in both New York City and Ithaca, NY.  He offers a full range of legal services, with specialties in entertainment, corporate, trademark and copyright law, including litigation.
Through the years, Leib has worked with artists such as Whitney Houston, B.B. King, Kiss, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Bobby McFerrin, and Judy Collins.  Corporate clients have included MCA, BMG, Atlantic Records, Arista Records, Rhino Entertainment, Shout Factory Entertainment and 20th Century Fox.  As a consultant, Leib has worked with companies such as Nickelodeon, Rhino and Golden Books Family Entertainment.  He teaches both Entertainment Law and Music Law at Cornell’s College of Law, Trademark Law at Syracuse University’s Law School and Entertainment Law at Touro Law School. 
Leib holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and urban studies from Columbia University.  He received a Juris Doctor with honors from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he worked on both the Law Review and the Law Revue, as well as being a member of the Moot Court Board.  He lives in Ithaca, NY with his wife Marcie.
1861 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 / 917-497-2847 / HowardLeib@aol.com / HowardLeibLaw.com


The Business of Art

Alternatives Federal Credit Union
Check out their website for their wonderful business support services and loans.
www.alternatives.org

Bettsie Park
Consultant: Business Practices & Selling Skills for Visual Artists/Craftspeople
Move Your Business Forward, Boost Your Confidence and Enhance Your Bottom Line.
Bettsie's consultations can focus on: Guiding you through the process of preparing to show your work to a store or gallery; Whether wholesale or retail is right for you; How to develop, price and evolve your work to maximize profit; Pricing your work; How to talk to people in a way that results in a sale; How to set up your studio or gallery to maximize sales, and related topics having to do with selling, presentation and professionalism.For 38 years, Bettsie was co-owner of 15 STEPS, an American Crafts gallery, on the Ithaca Commons.  Throughout those 38 years, Bettsie has had the pleasure of mentoring many artists. Regardless of where you are in your practice, Bettsie will tailor business, presentation and selling skills to fit your needs and help you realize better bottom line. bpark43@twcny.rr.com

Ivy Stevens-Gupta
Consultant: Marketing Strategies for Artists of All Disciplines

Do you have beautiful art but don’t know how to promote it? Are you ready to take your career as a creative professional to the next level? Advertising and marketing consultant Ivy Stevens-Gupta can show you how to integrate digital and social media into your marketing mix to create a cohesive Internet presence. With over 25 years as a marketing consultant, Ivy has helped hundreds of businesses promote their products & services. From personal branding to self-promotion, Ivy will show you strategies on how to make your creative business thrive in a competitive marketplace. Ivy will show you why you don’t need thousands of dollars to promote your business! Many of her guerilla marketing ideas are designed for people with limited budgets. Internet selling sites and social media have created a new marketplace for art. Learn about promotion, press releases, direct marketing and other creative ways to reach a new and diverse customer base. Each consultation focuses on your individual needs and questions.
Ivy Stevens-Gupta is an international award-winning contemporary artist from Ithaca, NY. She is also a color theorist, lecturer, marketing consultant and color therapist. Ivy is a former advertising manager at Gannett Newspaper Division and Corporate Relations Director for Johnson at Cornell. Put her extensive advertising, marketing and communication experience to work for your business. She has a BS in marketing and an MA in Liberal Studies. She has given workshops and lectures at Cornell University, Alfred State College, Community Arts of Elmira, SUNY Cortland, TST BOCES, and Dryden High School. Ivy is part of the Greater Ithaca Art Trail. Her paintings have been sold all over the world and featured in several books on International Contemporary Artists..
icolleenst@yahoo.com / www.ivycreativedesigns.com

Holly Adams
Consultant: Teaching Artist Consultant

Holly is a performer and teaching artist whose work as an artist in residence for schools and universities links academic and arts curricula, as well as addressing social and cultural challenges.  Holly is also the Advocacy Chair for the New York State Theatre Education Association, and works closely with those creating the NYS Standards as well as arts coordinators for BOCES funding.  She has been an artist in residence, arts educator, and professional development specialist in CT, TN, TX, CA, NY, Canada, and in various countries in Europe and Asia. Holly is a member of SAG-AFTRA, a graduate of the Dell 'Arte School of Physical Theater, and holds a Master’s degree in Theatre, Education, and Social Change. She is also the 2009-2010 recipient of the Association of Teaching Artist’s Teaching Artist Service to the Field Award and the 2016 recipient of the Tom Niederkorn Award for "extraordinary contributions to artistic and educational programming at The Hangar Theatre". Her experience and training have made her sought after for professional development workshops that help teachers and artists create dynamic, standards-oriented artist residencies. Holly can help you shape your workshop or residency, focusing on whichever aspects you prefer from meeting Arts Education standards, to creating arts and academic integration, to classroom management practices, to collaboration strategies and more!  
holly@holly-adams.comhttp://shearwaterproductions.com  IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2346170/  


Musician Support

Hickeys Music Center
Corner of Dey and Adams Streets, Ithaca / www.hickeys.com

Ithaca Guitar Works
215 N. Cayuga Street (DeWitt Mall), Ithaca / www.guitarworks.com

Rep Studios - audio recording
110 N. Cayuga Street, Ithaca / www.repstudio.com

Pyramid Sound
105 E. Clinton Street, Ithaca / www.pyramidsoundstudios.com

Steve Stull
Consultant: Producing and Marketing Your Music
Steve is a singer, producer and recording artist and the artistic co-director of CRS Barn Studio. He has assisted with recordings for the Syracuse Symphony and West Virginia Symphony and has produced and released 8 of his own albums.
Consultations with Steve are for musicians and composers who are considering producing their own recordings. Legal requirements, and costs such as sales tax, royalties, ASCAP and BMI licensing can be discussed.
crsbarn@lightlink.com / www.operacowpokes.com

 

Visual Artist Support

Corners Gallery - a frame shop and gallery
902 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca / www.cornersgallery.com

The Frame Shop
414 W. Buffalo Street, Ithaca / www.theframeshopithaca.com

Bill Benson
Consultant: Critique of your Visual Art 
Bill has been supporting himself and his family from his art for over 35 years. A graduate of the Fine Arts School at Cornell with a BFA in Graphics and a minor in Art History as well as a teacher of Painting, Drawing and Composition for over 20 years, he is uniquely qualified to offer critiques of artist's work in painting and drawing. In these critiques he will use a clear and concise vocabulary about pictorial construction (design), the ability to control the medium, the clarity of personal statement, and how the artist can better achieve his/her selected goal in pursuing art.
wmbenson68@gmail.com / wmbenson.com / 607) 227 3837

Rob Licht, Art Preparator
Once you've made your artwork and have a show lined up, there are all sorts of technical issues that need to be addressed. Rob Licht has invaluable experience as an exhibiting artist and preparator and can help you mat and frame your art, build supports, pedestals, and packing crates, and hang your work. He can consult with you on what is the best approach to present your work. His studio is equipped with wood and metal working tools. His services include transporting, hanging and documenting a show as well as digital printing and image manipulation. He enjoys the challenge of presenting atypical work and installing heavy or awkward work. If you have a commission or other important project you are applying for, he can assist you in putting together an application package.
Rob has been a practicing artist for 30 years and has exhibited his sculptures, drawings and photographs widely. He is the creator of the Martin Luther King Sculpture on the Commons. He has been the Art Preparator at Ithaca College's Handwerker Gallery and has worked as an art teacher, fabricator, builder and designer.
Office location: Brooktondale / roblicht@earthlink.net / www.roblicht.com

Evan D. Williams
Consultant and Fine Art Appraiser
Evan is Tompkins County's only accredited art appraiser. A certified member of the Appraiser's Association of America, Evan provides USPAP- and IRS-compliant appraisals of all categories of fine art (including paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs, and historical ephemera) for all major purposes (including insurance, charitable contribution, equitable distribution, estate tax, and liquidation.) A native of Ithaca and a graduate of Ithaca College and NYU, Evan has presented and published internationally on art appraisal methodology and a variety of art historical topics and has been quoted by NBC News and Investopedia.

www.evandwilliams.com / evan@evandwilliams.com

Monroe Payne
Consultant: Managing Digital Images
Monroe is the founder and developer of IthacaStock.com and Monroe Payne Photography. Monroe is also partners with IVT Virtual Tours, providing imagery tours to Ithaca business and Real Estate Professionals. He specializes in weddings, headshots, portrait and commercial photography.
Monroe@monroepaynephotography.com / monroepaynephotography.com


 

Writer Support

Ronda Roaring, Ronda Roaring Communications, LLC
I provide a variety of professional writing, editing, and coaching services in the community. Visit my website and contact me for more information!
ronda@rondaroaringcommunications.com / www.rondaroaringcommunications.com

 

Photography, Video 

Rachel Philipson, Photography and Design
Graphic design and photo services. Environmental portraits for social media and design of business cards, event postcards, digital and print newsletters and squarespace websites

rachelp@hey.com / cell 607.229.5465 / rachelphilipson.com

Shira Evergreen, Uplifted Ithaca
With over two decades of documentary filmmaking experience, Shira Evergreen brings a cinematic eye and a passion for storytelling to her video work. She is also a commercially licensed drone pilot and graphic designer. www.upliftedithaca.com, shiraevergreen@gmail.com

Robyn Wishna Photography
Robyn has been a photojournalist, videographer, teacher and photo editor for many years. She is currently working on another community portrait project called Spirit of Tompkins and is also available for your portrait/marketing/publicity photo and video needs.
754-422-4233 / rwishna@gmail.com / www.robynwishna.com