Artists in any medium often face criticism and skepticism from people working in more traditional jobs. I'm not sure they mean to be offensive when they do this, but it's annoying nonetheless. There's this notion that anything in the arts is too subjective to be lucrative. And while there may be truth to that, it doesn't negate the validity of producing art. And we should take part in changing how difficult it is for artists to make a living creating. Enjoying a film; listening to music, morning shows, and podcasts; decorating your home with paintings, pictures, and sculptures; artists are responsible for these luxuries. They deserve support and compensation.

Outdoor Exchange is doing its part in promoting local artists across the Treasure Valley. Artists have until 6:00pm on Monday, March 22nd to drop off stickers they've designed to the consignment store to be part of Stickerpalooza. The massive sticker sale will run from March 25th through March 29th. So if you're looking to decorate your water bottle or just hungry to see what local artists are creating, you'll want to check this out.

Artists are urged to include business cards and bios to be displayed with their stickers. After all, that's how best they'll be promoted. I'm considering dropping off one of my own. I've had a simple yet clever design ready since 2006. First I need to see who will quote me a better price: Sticker Mafia, Artsign Design, or Sticker Status. Who knows, if radio doesn't work out I might start a sticker empire.

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