Nothing runs like a Deere. This is not your father’s Oldsmobile. Think Different. You ever wonder if the copywriters who wrote those lines wrote anything else… more personal?

Many years ago I wanted to create an anthology of poetry and prose for copywriters by copywriters. I knew my peers were working on projects other than advertising. I also knew how hard it was getting work published. I figured a “copywriter’s anthology” would give us all a place to go. As originally conceived, it required a publisher in order to move forward, someone to produce the book in which our poems and stories would appear -a tough sell.

Much has changed in ten years. The Internet presents new opportunity for an anthology or gallery.

What hasn’t changed is my belief that creative people will get a kick out of seeing personal work by their peers as well as contributing their own, be it prose, poetry, painting or photography.

Welcome to The Rogue’s Gallery! “What we make we make when we’re not making ads”

The Rogue’s Gallery is not a commercial gallery. Nor is it a beauty contest. The Rogue’s Gallery is a place where creative advertising people can show their work and appreciate the work of their peers.

The Rogue’s Gallery needs your paintings, poetry, fiction and photography. If it means something to you it will mean something to us. Don’t be shy! Who knows? Maybe a publisher will fall in love with your prose. Or your oils will smite a patron of the arts. Life is full of surprises.

Send submissions to steffan1@rcn.com

Legal disclaimer:

The Rogue’s Gallery is not for profit. As such, I am not responsible for any work submitted to this blog. By submitting work, you release the publisher (me) of any and all liability pertaining to it. In other words, if someone uses an image without your or my consent this is not punishable. On the other hand, if someone sees your work, admires it enough to purchase or publish it commercially, you, as creator, are entitled to all benefits derived from such actions.

The Rogue’s Gallery is in no way part of gyro or any other company.

The Rogue’s Gallery is free, democratic and open to the public. It is a place where creative advertising people can show their work and appreciate the work of their peers.

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12 Responses to “Welcome to the Rogue’s Gallery!”

  1. Vince Cook said

    So much about the advertising business is out of one’s control. The only way to insure a creative person has a creative outlet is to have personal work.
    I feel it makes us better agency people too. It deepens our capacity to wait out endless frustrations when we know that our poem, screenplay or painting is moving along nicely.

  2. Maureen Sharkey said

    Ya, everyone in advertising is an artist. Our personal ambitions may run deeper, but advertising sure is fun.

  3. Gregory Alan Elliott said

    Great idea! Good luck with this! I may pull out a few paintings and get some images to you… I was an Art Director in Toronto for years, I also grew up in J.W.T. in the 60s and 70s… As far as copywriting is concerned, I wrote “Cantel Paging. We’re on your side.” and other WONDERFUL stuff like that back in the day… Now I do graffiti poems like “Honesty is the best poetry(TM)” and sign my legal name, thus “Defying the Laws of Graffiti(TM)” …I have to admit, Twitter is really the best place to be freely and instantly sharing great ideas with people. So, I am addicted to it.

    • Bryan M. said

      I G’d Cantel We’re On Your Side and got this hit. Funny! I cut my Marketing teeth as Paging Marketing Specialist, Vancouver in 1991. I still use a purple duffle bag with We’re On Your Side (in cursive) across the side of the bag. A great legacy, Mr. Elliott.

  4. Jan Rieger said

    Very cool! I’ll submit photos. My old friend Phil Dusenberry of BBDO thought up “GE: We bring good things to life” in a cab the MORNING of the presentation. He got a $25K raise. Deserved it! His staff of 60 creatives hadn’t been able to come up with something awesome, and this line came to him (under pressure, no doubt). He was a creative genius. RIP. Also wrote the screenplay to The Natural. Never went to college. Just raw talent.

  5. I thought it was Matt Berger’s father who came up
    with that line for GE. I wish their stock was at its
    old highs in those days. Honestly, I thought it was
    Dennis Berger who wrote that. In a cab in New York
    in the morning rushing to work to have such an thought strikes me as being really legendary!

  6. I love this! What a great way to connect, share and discover our other talents…

  7. sqeekchair said

    Thank you for this opportunity. I’ll add this to the top of my pile!

  8. ttanvi said

    There is a typo error in line 13.
    Cheers!

  9. You can definitely see your expertise in the article you write.
    The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how
    they believe. At all times follow your heart.

  10. Wonderwork. I may display a few paintings in pictures.I read the art director’s ‘Cantel Paging.’ We’re on your side.” Sharing more.
    @neel
    goodwork.

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