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Re: Re:[teacherartexchange] preparing for an art show


From: Dulcius (dulcius_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Jun 15 2008 - 09:37:48 PDT

thanks so much for your words of wisdom! I printed it out and will
definitely use your suggestions! If anyone has anything to add, please
bring it on!! :0)
-Lydia in Toledo
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jerry Vilenski" <>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Sunday, June 15, 2008 11:06 AM
Subject: Re:[teacherartexchange] preparing for an art show

>I have done quite a few art shows over the years, including gallery
>exhibits, one person shows and outdoor art shows. I have also curated
>dozens of shows in my capacity as president of a local arts council. Here
>is some of what I learned along the way:
> 1. It is important to present your work in the most professional manner
> possible. You may not have the budget to frame everything, but how you
> display your work will inevitably impact how well your art is received.
> 2. That means at least matting work and protecting the paintings from
> others touching it by covering them in acetate. There is a company called
> Krystal Seal that makes polypropylene bags that work well for this
> purpose, which, for pastels, is extremely important. Find bags that are
> not prone to static, because pastels are susceptible.
> 3. Go out and about to some galleries and websites, and find out how to
> price your work by comparing the type of work you do to those who produce
> similar art. Art fairs generally attract many bargain hunters when it
> comes to artwork, so don't price things out of range for average
> collectors.
> 4. Prepare your ego for rejection-- art fairs are loaded with lots of
> oohs and ahhs and compliments, but your first time out could find you with
> a bad sunburn and few sales. However, the contacts you make could result
> in sales later from interested collectors. In my experience, many buyers
> take lots of time to decide on collecting art, especially in rough
> economic times, where art tends to be a luxury.
> 5. Make up some business cards. Gallery owners frequently prowl art
> fairs looking for talent, as well as arts organization members looking for
> new artists for their exhibits. I have taught many art workshops and have
> done gallery shows based on some of these types of shows, so I know first
> hand how these things can pay off.
> 6. Some artists I know love doing art fairs, some hate them. You will be
> the judge. If you are social, don't mind the considerable work involved,
> and can tolerate the weather, you will probably do more of these.
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