New Childrens Book Coming Soon!

Posted in Updates on September 28, 2009 by coleenmcintyre

After a long busy summer of drawing and painting I have finally completed all of the illustrations for my first  Children’s Book! It’s due to be back from the printer just before Christmas on December 14th and I will keep everyone posted. It’s titled, Baking With Friends, published by The Goops LLC.

The owners Nick Beatty and Barbara Ross have been a treat to work with, and the process of creating this book was so fun and interesting. It’s a baking book for children (with the guidance of adults) – filled with good old fashioned baking recipes – and of course my own illustrations. The book is designed to engage families in activities that they can do together, such as baking of course. The book will also come with a CD in the back, filled with more family activities. I will keep you posted on how you can get your copy closer to the release date. We will also be having a launching party in late December as well. More details to come…

Illustration for “Fruited Focaccia” below:

Fruited Focaccia

Live Music on Last Thursday

Posted in Six Days Art Co-Op with tags , , , , , , on September 28, 2009 by coleenmcintyre

After overhearing Edriss Alexis (AKA Eddie) sing I decided to invite him to play at our co-op during Alberta Stretfair earlier this month. His soothing voice, guitar skills, and lovely song choices were a perfect fit for our art gallery, Six Days Art Co-op. Our customers and members enjoyed him thoroughly as they strolled through the store. His music was such a nice compliment to the artwork we decided to invite him back to play on Last Thursday. You can tell that Eddie really loves what he does, and we do hope he shows up every Last Thursday to make the atmosphere of the event even more special!

Hear Eddie Play:

Love Art! Gallery

Posted in Updates on August 19, 2009 by coleenmcintyre

More of my work can now be seen and purchased at the fairly new Love Art! Gallery in Sellwood. There is a spiritual beauty in the gallery that cannot be ignored. Owners Ruby and Ted couldn’t be friendlier – and their three small dogs  may even greet you at the door. So please stop by to see some of my faerie art pieces and all the other beautiful works they have. You can’t miss it. Look for a GIANT Seahorse out front.

Address:  8036 SE 13th Ave Portland, OR, 97202

love art gallery

Art Hop 5/16/09 and Six Day’s 5th Birthday!

Posted in Updates on April 20, 2009 by coleenmcintyre

Six Days art co-op celebrates its fifth anniversary despite hard economic times.

Six Days art co-op located at on Alberta Street recently was robbed of a week’s income, but members came together to keep its doors open. On Saturday, May 16th Six Days will be celebrating their fifth anniversary of business. Despite the recent set back, the group came together to plan their anniversary party and celebrate a unique collaborative of artists that push each other in talent and business acumen. Like many businesses in today’s economic climate, Six Days has had to think creatively to keep their doors open and provide a great space for artists to show their wares year round.

“That’s the great thing about our co-op we work together and think out side of the box, to make things happen. We had just finished remodeling the store with very little money and a lot of elbow grease to elevate the look and feel of our store, when we were robbed.” said Lisa Klupenger, a two year member. “We had a meeting and brainstormed ideas on how to recover the money. We’ll probably be do a raffle on a Last Thursday and a garage sale to help recover the costs. In the meantime, we’re going to put all our efforts into moving forward and celebrating our Fifth year of being open.”

Six Days Cooperative Gallery (at 2724 Alberta St. in Portland) has recently welcomed two artists to their membership. Bart Degraff, an accomplished local watercolorist – and Nicole Gekov, whose figurative clay sculptures inspire with a positive statement. DeGraff has showings booked around the city and state all summer, but felt he needed a place to establish as his home for his artwork. “Alberta Street has a large diverse art community that regularly visits the street to see what’s happening, so I felt this was a good place to make my home base and to build my following.” says Bart.

“Six Days doesn’t want to be a traditional gallery”, says Coleen McIntyre, a four-year board member. “We pride ourselves in being what the traditional gallery stereotype is not, and value the freshness of up and coming artists, and the spirit of more seasoned ones. We swap ideas, encourage growth, while sharing skills and information. We have a strong sense of family and community here.”

Recently Six Days joined in sponsoring President, Terry Fay in her passion to Climb Mount Hood and raise funds for the American Lung Association. They have organized a fund raising raffle, with contributions from the artists. “It’s just one more way that we work as a community. I feel touched that these people have given generously to such a great cause.” boasts Fay.

On Saturday, May 16th, Six Days will be celebrating their Fifth anniversary along with The tenth annual Alberta Art Hop. The co-op will open at 11:00 am to celebrate Art Hop while their “Birthday Bash” begins at 6:00 pm. All Six Days Artisans are participating. Their membership includes a wide range of artistic talent; jewelers, painters, glass artists, furniture designers, metal works, ceramics, clothiers and fabric artists. Co-op members will also be in fun birthday hats, having a raffle, birthday cake and celebrating their hard work as an artistic community.

If you would like more information about Six Days Art Co-Op, contact President, Terri Fay at or call 971- 409-4971. Please visit to learn more about us. Six Days is currently seeking members.

Six Days Co-Op to re-open 3/6/09

Posted in Six Days Art Co-Op with tags , , , , , , on February 26, 2009 by coleenmcintyre

Change is in the air, spring is getting near, and we are doing a little face-lift in our store in conjunction with all this forward movement. We are currently closed because we are adding a ceiling and replacing the fabric with drywall. In addition we will be painting the floor and touching up the walls. The best part is that when we re-open next week, we will have three fabulous new artists to show off:  Bart Degraff (, Andrea Fackler (fiber), and Nicole Gekov(ceramics). We hope to re-open by 3/6/09 – and will have a Grand Re-opening celebration on March’s Last Thursday 3/26/09. Please do stop in to see what’s new!

Winter White Show @ Six Days Art Co-Op 11/15

Posted in Press Releases, Updates on October 30, 2008 by coleenmcintyre



Alberta Street is gaining popularity for established and new artists to sell their goods.

Alberta Street, located in Northeast Portland, is gaining a strong reputation for established and new artists to get their name out into the Portland art scene. Traditionally, the Pearl district, located in the Northwest sector of town, has been the area for artists to get recognition in Portland. The Alberta Street Business Association and Art on Alberta have been working hard to bring awareness to the growing street. In addition to their popular Last Thursdays, they recently sponsored the September Art Walk, and they are lighting up the streets for the holiday season, hoping to entice shoppers to linger and enjoy what the street has to offer.


Six Days Cooperative Gallery (at 2724 Alberta Street) has been promoting local talents for over three years now. Their most recent new members happen to be already established artists, although often the co-op has been known to be the starting point for many new artists. Nora Catherine has been selling her upscale jewelry in the Pearl District and in California for the past few years but decided on Six Days as a way to get her name more recognizable to the public. “Alberta Street has a large diverse art community that regularly visits the street to see what’s happening, so I felt this was a good place to get my name out their and to build my following.” says Nora.


Also joining Six Days is Maquette, the art director for the popular Rose City Vaudville. She chose the co-op as a home to display her paintings and 3D mixed media pieces. “I’ve been all up and down this street, but chose Six Days on Alberta because it has a great range of artists, and they have a strong reputation for helping artists build their following and expand on selling their art.”


“Six Days doesn’t want to be a traditional gallery”, says Coleen McIntyre, a three-year board member. “We pride ourselves in being what the traditional gallery stereotype is not, and value the freshness of up-and-coming artists, who sometimes don’t even know where to start. We take them in, show ‘em a few ropes, and as a group we are figuring it out together, while sharing skills and information. We have a strong sense of family and community here.”


Six Days enjoys combining art with entertainment for Last Thursdays and Featured Artist shows. On Saturday, November 15th, Six Days will be kicking off the Holiday season with a Winter White show. All Six Days Artisans are participating. Their membership includes a wide range of artistic talent; Jewelers, painters, glass artists, furniture designers, metal works, clothiers and fabric artists. Co-op members will also be fully dressed in winter ball attire, and kicking off a joyous holiday shopping season.



If you would like more information about Six Days Art Co-Op, contact  President, Terri Fay at or call 971- 409-4971. Please visit to learn more about us. Six Days is currently seeking new members.

The Deed has been Done

Posted in Art Demos with tags , , , , , on October 13, 2008 by coleenmcintyre

The work in progress- featured in the Green Fabric video, that is! My client was really happy with it. I wish I had taken some better photos of it, but you can get the idea here…



Looking to sell your work wholesale?

Posted in Updates with tags , , , , , on September 18, 2008 by coleenmcintyre

Over the years I’ve been asked by my fellow artists for advice on selling their work wholesale. I’ve finally typed most of the info I know up, and hope it may now answer some of your questions about getting into the wholesale market. I personally don’t sell much wholesale anymore, except for a few accounts. I began to get burnt out on being my own salesperson AND manufacturer of cards. I’m back to actually painting again! 

Who do I sell my work to, & how do I find them?

It’s important to research the type of stores that will sell your work. Take some time to begin with driving around locally and grab business cards for stores that sell items similar to what you’re selling. It is very important to find out who the BUYER for the store is. Many larger stores like Powell’s or Made in Oregon have buyers for specific kinds of products; (i.e. card or paper buyer, soap and lotion buyer, glass buyer, etc.). Try to schedule a short appointment to meet with the buyer, as they are often very busy. If you can’t get an appointment, at least send any materials or direct any phone calls to the correct buyer’s attention. Look in the phone book and online under what kind of stores you’re targeting; Gift Shops, Card Shops, Book Stores, New Age Shops, etc.


Let them find YOU.

A GREAT way to really find out about what goes on in the wholesale world is to do a wholesale trade show. This is a show that only licensed buyers from stores can attend. The idea is that they come to place orders, not simply buy a few things like a retail show. Some of these shows however, do offer “cash & carry” which means you are allowed to sell product there, in addition to taking wholesale orders.  All you need to bring to your booth is a nice, clear display of  “samples” of what you’re selling. They  place orders for their store to be shipped or delivered. Western Exhibitors puts on their big shows in Portland (PGS), Seattle (SGS), San Francisco (International Gift Fair and Cash & Carry), and the International New Age Trade Show (INATS) in Denver. The Portland Gift Show is held every January and Every June, and is a great way to start – because it is the smallest, cheapest,  and least overwhelming of all the shows. They offer discounted booth spaces for new artisan vendors that for a fraction of the regular cost. They even have a special area for these vendors called “Artisan’s Avenue”.  For more information go to their website at: or call: 415.447.3223.



What do I need?

*In order to start your business, If you haven’t already, you have to register as a business with the state, and open a BUSINESS checking account. You can’t really hide from Big Brother anymore when selling goods to other businesses. All the information you need for that can be found at: A& E (Arts & Entertainment) Tax services are a  GREAT place to bring your taxes to, and they understand the often unorganized minds of artists., or call : (503) 228-0962 or 1-800-808-3204.


*You’ll need some sort of catalog (not portfolio) showing your work, possibly brochures, business cards, and a price list. Printing costs can get expensive, so I’m usually really greedy with my nice catalogs, and even charge $5.00 for them online. I then take the $5.00 off their first order. Make sure you list TERMS on your invoices and order forms. I came up with my terms by grabbing brochures from other small businesses at wholesale shows. Some inexpensive printers for promotional things: or I’m looking to bring my business to someone local, so please let me know about anyone here in town that you recommend.


*If you decide to start off with a wholesale trade show you will need a booth set-up and a BIG sign with your business name. Your booth is important because you will most likely only have a display space of about 4 by 8 feet. A buyer will walk past you in three steps and miss you if your display does not stand out to them. It is important to display your products professionally, and in an organized fashion. Label and price everything clearly, and avoid hand-written signs (unless you’re really good at making beautiful hand painted signs). The show staff will provide you with many display items for a rental fee, but usually you can purchase and own these items (like tables, shelving, racks etc.) for the same cost somewhere else beforehand. Buyers really like you to talk to them and explain your product. They actually expect you to engage them in talking about your product. A large sign that clearly tells the buyer exactly WHO you are and what you’re selling is important. Try to pick a logo, and overall look for your business and stick with it. Recognition is very important.


Do I need a Rep?

Nope. But you may want to consider one if you’re not good at talking to people, or if you are a very busy person. You will do much better if you are confident and professional about discussing what you’re selling. They say that you’re your own best marketing device because you know your product/artwork inside out, but I’ve seen many anti-social artists undersell themselves because they despise the sales end of what they’re doing. Believe it or not, there’s a ton of people out there who actually enjoy sales and will gladly do it for you (for a cut)!  So where do you find a rep? Well more often than not, the reps will seek you because they believe what you’re doing can make them a good deal of money, and they’ve already seen your product in stores or at a trade show. The only way that I know of how to go about soliciting a rep for yourself is on the bulletins at wholesale shows, and on Networking at these trade shows, of course, is very important if you are seeking a rep. Most reps will get around 15-20 percent of the sales they bring in for you. The only time you would pay them on an hourly basis like an employee is to do a wholesale show.  Otherwise they work on commission and only make money when you do. Many reps sell many different product lines that are similar. The nice thing about working with a rep that has experience is that they have a great working relationship with a large variety of stores and their buyers. They already have a foot in the door for you, through the other lines they carry. Reps can also get you into very large chain stores, so know your limitations. If you hand-make your products like cards for example, & you know you can only make 100 whatevers a week, don’t take an order from Walmart  who may order 2,000 whatevers a week.



Since you are selling your work at wholesale prices, you’ll need to purchase your supplies on a wholesale basis to keep your costs down. Usually you sell your items wholesale for about half of what you sell them retail for. So if you make cards that retail for $4.00 ea, you want to sell them to buyers, in bulk, for $2.00 each.  Jewelry is often “triple keyed” which mans the buyer will be re-selling it for 3X (or more) what they pay you. So no more little trips to the little “bead store” where they charge triple key for their beads and supplies. No more buying six packs of blank cards. You’ll need to get on line and do research on buying these things in BULK. You will save yourself  a lot of money and increase your profit margin. It seems a little overwhelming at first to spend a lot on the large quantity minimums, but you have to remember how much $$ you’re saving in the long-run. Split large orders with other artists. I’ll share with you many of the resources I found for card and print items, but I don’t know much about other kinds of supplies.

 ~ DISPLAY: Grand & Benedicts:; 503.232.1988

~ BLANK CARDS: Paper Plus: 835 E Burnside, Portland: 503.238.3607.

~ MATTBOARD, FRAMES, PRESENTATION supplies: Light Impressions:

~ CUSTOM CUT MATS (bulk only): Documounts: 3265 NW Yeon, Portland, OR 97210. 800.769.5639


~ BOXES (small, for jewelry or boxed cards): RICE Paper Box Co: (303) 825-8287

~ PLASTIC JACKETS FOR PRINTS & CARDS: or . Both of these companies carry a LOT more than the plastic jackets.


~ S.C.O.R.E.: A non-profit group of retired business professionals who volunteer their time and expertise in aiding small businesses to grow. They offer classes and mentoring on things like: Business Plans, Loans, Networking, etc: or 1-800-634-0245

~DIY LOUNGE: Offers inexpensive classes on things like “Photographing your craftwork”, “Write a business plan Painlessly”, and “Copyright Basics for Artists and Craftspeople”.



Looking For Artists

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 8, 2008 by coleenmcintyre

My art co-op, Six Days is currently seeking new members.
We’re open to all kinds of art – but would especially LOVE to add some pottery into our eclectic mix. If you’re looking for a great venue to sell your art, or know someone that is please pass this along. For more info on how it works check out our website

My first Interview / Demo for Green Fabric!

Posted in 4515244, Art Demos with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2008 by coleenmcintyre

My first interview / demo for Green Fabric: