In 2013, while doing a watercolor painting of a landscape in Provence, France, Lois tested her colors on a vertical strip of paper taped to her easel. A few weeks later the test strip fell from her portfolio and landed horizontally on her desk. In an instant, she saw the strip of colors as a collection of birds and added a few pen strokes to bring them to life. Soon to follow were a series of joyful and whimsical paintings called, “Birdz of a Feather.” Lois applies the watercolors first, lets the paint dry, then “finds” and defines each bird with pen and ink. Original paintings are matted and framed. Archival prints are mounted on birch block frames that her partner Doug Wolf makes in his woodshop.
Birdz of a Feather has turned into a successful small business. Lois is represented by shops and galleries in Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Vermont. She has just created her website: https://birdz.gallery Lois was born and raised in Irvington, New Jersey, received a BA degree in Fine Arts from Indiana University and a MA degree from the University of British Columbia. She divides her time between Amherst, Massachusetts and Henderson, Colorado.
INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION: Lois is looking for a smart and creative person to work with her to refine her new website, keep it updated and growing, evaluate its success, and do marketing through social media and explore other possibilities for letting people know about her work. She would also like help with finding new galleries and shops where she could sell her work, nearby or across the country—maybe the world.
PERIOD OF INTERNSHIP/EMPLOYMENT: Academic year from September 2019 through May 2020
PAY TYPE: Unpaid
OPPORTUNITY TYPE: Internship
JOB STATUS: Part-time
LOCATION: 29 Taylor Street, Amherst, MA 01002. Walking distance to UMass.
APPLICATION DUE DATE: Rolling
REQUIRED DEGREE: None
CONTACT: Lois Barber, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 413 427-8827
HOW TO APPLY: Please send resume, cover letter, paragraph of interest to email@example.com