Invest in some form of tent cover - or borrow one - in case of rain or
Take a large cooler with ice, snacks, lunch, & water. A lightweight rain
jacket and sunblock!
Take a folding chair and table for comfort.
Ask a partner to accompany you to help set up early, to allow you to
retrieve lunch or get a bathroom break.
Call ahead of time to ask about an electrical supply for a small fan or
lighting for work.
Take a lock box with lots of change and $1 bills.
Prepare signage, then take extra mat board or foamcore with large markers
for unexpected needs.
Small giveaways for children can be a hit: hard candy pops or promo trinkets
like erasers, etc.
Sometimes, if a customer sees an artist working on a small piece, it gives
you a conversation-starter to fill those awkward moments.
Think about how customers are going to transport your work. Are bags needed?
You may want to keep records of customers for your resume, so take a
clipboard and pens.
Attach those business cards to the back of your artwork for extra PR.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dulcius" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Saturday, June 14, 2008 9:38 PM
Subject: [teacherartexchange] preparing for an art show
> Hi, hope everyone's summer is off to a great start!
> I have a question for those of you more experienced than I; I got
> for my first art show/sale, and I'm looking for any advice anyone has to
> offer about best methods of display, best materials to use for unframed
> pieces (all will be chalk pastel), labeling/pricing of work, and just
> general advice. The show will be outside, rain or shine, for one day.
> Thanks so much!
> -Lydia in Toledo
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