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Re:[teacherartexchange] preparing for an art show


From: Susan Bennett (seasideblueviolet_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Jun 26 2008 - 17:30:34 PDT

What an excellent list you have prepared!
Susan in Ohio

--- On Sun, 6/15/08, Jerry Vilenski <> wrote:

> From: Jerry Vilenski <>
> Subject: Re:[teacherartexchange] preparing for an art show
> To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group" <>
> Date: Sunday, June 15, 2008, 11:06 AM
> 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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