Saturday, January 10, 2015

Introducing The 2015 Focusing Series Team & Workshops!

It's hard to believe the Focusing Series is starting it's fourth year of offering year-round professional development workshops for artists, solopreneurs and small business owners.  I can't begin to express how rewarding it is to work with eager students who want to take their dreams to the next level.  As the Director of the Focusing Series, my goal every year is to offer new workshops and add new instructors to our team, and this year is no exception.  Every one of our instructors is a successful small business owner wanting to share insight into his or her respective field of expertise.

I would like to introduce you to this year's team and this year's catalog.  We are hitting the ground running with two new workshops this month: Getting Your Time, Space & Mind Ready to Create with instructors, Julie Boyer and Anna Koon (me!) on Sunday January 18 from 2-4pm, and So, You Want to be An Entrepreneur with Anna Koon (me, again!) on Monday, January 26 from 6:30-9pm.  The deadline for registration for our first workshop is 5pm Thursday, January 15 and the deadline for registration for the second workshop is 5pm Sunday, January 25.  I have provided our Eventbrite links for registration above (simply click on the workshop title) but you can also sign up by contacting us: or 617-955-3472. 

We look forward to working with you this year!  -The Focusing Series

Meet Our Team:
Julie Boyer: An Organizing Coach who empowers people to use the proper tools to make life work for them, Julie is informed by her artist background (she earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) to help clients embrace organizing as a creative tool.  Julie is also a graduate of Foundation Training and a Certificate Candidate at The Coach Approach for Organizers.  She apprenticed under Julie Morgenstern, author of Organizing from the Inside Out and Time Management from the Inside Out, and has worked for Julie Morgenstern Enterprises.  Her business is The Organizing Project, based out of Roslindale.

Scott Cipolla: Since 2004 Scott has served as Director of Alternate Currents, a platform developed to bring together contemporary artists from Boston’s diverse neighborhoods and represent them as a whole; encouraging networking and communication between these talented groups through promotional events and curated exhibitions. Since receiving her BFA in painting from Boston University, she has employed her talent for design and marketing through websites, printed materials and event planning. A former gallery owner, Scott has assisted the museums of Harvard University in event planning and arranging educational lectures.  She also works as a freelance artist and organization consultant for small businesses and solopreneurs.

Chris Hawthorne:  Since 1994 Chris has provided integrated and comprehensive insurance coverage and risk management techniques to suit the needs of an array of clients.  He is a published writer and a celebrated speaker, which includes providing education for artists on how to be properly insured.  His expertise in insurance will help everyone interested in protecting their creative ventures. 

Gretjen Helene:  Gretjen serves the photographic needs of businesses and individuals in New England, around the country and on occasion throughout the world. Her mission is to consult for and create the best quality visual materials for all proposed projects. Gretjen holds a BA in Fine Art Photography from the Art Institute of Boston where she subsequently taught for three years. She was the founding director and producer for the publication and gallery showcase ‘Taking In” wherein juried photography comprises a feature of the best work produced annually at The Art Institute of Boston.  Gretjen retired from teaching in 2008 to focus on personal work. She has completed showcases of her photography, installation and poetry work in Alaska, New York and around the Boston area. 

Anne S. Katzeff   A designer and educator, Anne is well-versed in html, CSS and content-management systems.  Word Press is a particular specialty.  She has over 20 years of experience as a print designer with a focus in web design for the past six years.  Anne is the founder and creative director of ASK Design.  She is also a pastel artist and a committee member of the Belmont Gallery of Art.

Anna Koon: In addition to her career as a full-time painter, Anna is a board member and educator for the Jamaica Plain Arts Council.  She is the Director of the Focusing Series and has developed workshops for the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, the Danforth Museum and Arts Worcester.  Through Creative Coaching Anna has offered principled guidance and practical assistance to artists and entrepreneurs for over a decade.  Anna also supports her community in her work as a small business consultant.  She has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, with additional studies at The Atlanta College of Art, and the Photography School of France.