I am relatively new to the art world. I've only really be oil painting for about four years. Where I think my painting skills have progressed nicely, my marketing skill have been almost nonexistent. In fact, I've never sold a piece.
Twice a year, here in Tucson, they put on "Open Studio Tour," where for a weekend artists open up thier studios to the public, and potentional customers can go from studio to studio. I've never done it, because as an unknown artist, nobody would come to my studio. The other day, though, an artist friend of mine, who has a small name for herself here in Tucson, invited me to show at her studio for the Fall Open Studio Tour. She gets a fair amount of traffic at these things. I immediately took her up on the offer.
So, as an artist, I will reach a milestone. This will be my first public event.
Like you David I never had the courage to put my work out there in my own exhibition until 3 years ago. I After many many sleepless nights asking myself why I was doing this the opening went very well and the whole exhibition which ran for 4 weeks was very successful. I booked another which is due to take place mid year 2013. I will probably stress a lot but am a little more confident now. So David enjoy the day, the experience and be proud of what you do. Best of luck. Sorry I won't be able to visit but it is just a tad too far to pop over for the day :)
Wow! Thank you all that responded! You guys are great!
Marlene, the official announcement has not been made yet, so I will wait to publish the address until everything is finalized. (They cashed the check though, so that must mean something). When they make the official announcement, they will publish both the address, and a photo of my work both on their website and in a paper flier.
To give you an idea of where it is, though, my friend's studio is in her home here on the northwest side of town, in Dove Mountian, just up the road from me.
We've known each other for a while on FAA. However, we've never met face to face. I am really looking forward to meeting you in person, Marlene.
Here is a link to the official website. They really don't have any information yet except that the registration period has passed. I guess one of the interesting things is that they have some sort of preview at the JCC. I'm not sure how that works, though. As I find out more, I will post something here.
This will be a great experience for you. Although I know you will sell and possibly make connections, the important thing about your first shows is to learn from them. Merge into the crowd and without anouncing yourself, listen to what the people are saying about your art. I have done this several times and learned something new each time. People will usually say something nice to your face but when they don't think the artist is around, they will say what they like as well as what they don't like about your art. These comments are more helpful then all of the compliments you will receive. Most importantly, have a good time. I always look forward to going to these shows to meet people and have a good time. Money comes and goes but nice memories linger on for years to come.
david, the jcc is a great venue! they have a gallery hallway that holds a tremendous amount of paintings with a huge natural skylight!
i've had a show there some years ago and do the yearly festival in may.
Hal, you always have such great wisdom in the ways of art. When you speak from experience, I always listen.
The nice thing about this event coming up is that I will know many of the people that will be there. My artist friend whose studio that I will be showing at does this event every year, and my wife and I have been going all the years she has been doing it. She has the same regular customers that always go to her events, and I have met and known them for a while. Many of them know that I paint because I've talked about it over the years but have never seen my stuff in person.
Marlene, about four years ago, I took my first art class after having given it up for twenty years. That was at the JCC. I remember well the exhibit space they had and was inspired by all the great paintings hanging there. It is a wonderful space.
Start marketing now, make the most of your show =
+ Make a newsletter email here at faa, announce the when, where, and add pix of your work (send to friends, associates, put it on facebook, Google +)
+ get one of those little business card holders at office supply and stick it next to your display so folks can get in touch
+ treat your art and display like Tiffany's displays million dollar diamonds - sell the sizzle, not the steak
Enthusiasm and excitement are contagious!
Keep us updated
Are you kidding? This work is awesome, top notch, pro!!
I need some help finding a an affordable good art school. I am a single mother living in a small town where there is not alot of opportunity for artist. I would like to enhance my skills but my options are limited. Online schools seem to be the more convenient way to go. But I have no clue which ones are ok.
I dropped of a piece of artwork for the pre-show on Wednesday. This is what I wrote about it on my FB fan page.
"I've mentioned that I will be participating the the Fall Open Studio Tour, but did you know that there is also a preview show? Some of the artists participating in the tour are also participating in the preview show, including me. That show is from October 24 through November 8th at the JCC Fine Art Gallery at 3800 E River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718. The final day of the show, November 8th, there will be an artists reception from 5:30-7:30 PM.
Oh, by the way, this is the painting of mine that will be in the show, entitled "Pumpkin Pie." I think it has a nice Fall theme."
Last weekend was the big event. Over two days we had a lot of people come through. I had a lot of people comment on my artwork. I was able to connect and network with a bunch of artists. Unfortunately, however, I got zero sales out of it. I'm not sure if my stuff is overpriced or it simply was not the audience I needed.
There was one piece in particular that seemed to generate a lot of interest. Several people after the event was over inquired about it. However, that was about it. The funny thing is that I do not think it is my best piece. It seemed to speak to a lot of people, though.
Congratulations on this event David! Sales take time. The truly gratifying part for me after being involved in a couple of shows (still with no sales) was when someone (who knew I was 'into' painting) started talking to me about MY paintings,,,, without knowing they were mine.
"There is a lady round here who had a show at the municipal buildings who paints her dog in clothes and they are sooooo cool",,,, haha THAT'S ME!! I had to control myself but worth more to me than money ever would. Sales will come later,,,, just don't start undervaluing your work now based on this.
Like Mark says,,,,,, "when it's over, do it again" :>)
David, find out if you can show Ribbons from shows you've been in, People are impressed by winners.
I have shown in Carefree AZ at a show called "Hidden in the Hills", I was asked to double my prices and thought I had
at $800 for a large flower, I doubled it and sold it a few minutes later.
They told me that people in that area, brag about how much they paid instead of how much they saved. The next year I showed my ribbons on the paintings
and sold some. I think this helped me. also get in the State Fair next year, good prize money and ribbons look good on your resume.
You are so talented, I started late also but I'm having a great time now.
People will find you next year, and buy, You will build up a following, They will remember you.
You will sell, good luck.
Exposure and experience are very valuable, $$s will come the more you expose your beautiful works. Next time you can try to have some art cards and small prints of your originals. Don't change the price of your oginals, unless its to mark then up.
I'm thinking of having the piece I posted above framed. Aaron Brothers here in Tucson has premade frames for under a hundred bucks for that size. They look very professional. I'm guessing someone would be more willing the shell out 1700 bucks if it was professionally finished (even though it is on a gallery wrap canvas).
David, how wide is your gallery wrap, Graphik Dimensions Ltd., has some beautiful floater frames for gallery wraps. google them and take a look.
some times a frame can kill your art. I paint on gallery wrap all the time, and use nothing but gallery wrap. I have used Graphik Dimensions for years.
just call them up and give the dimensions of art and they send it to me. call and ask for a catalogue.
Your work is wonderful and deserves a quality setting, and some times you just don't need a frame if it is a 1.5 wide wrap.