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Coffee shops would love to have your art! Salons would fawn over it! Ink and watercolor, 9 x 12 inches. Used with permission. This is great news for you, especially when you are just starting out. Batik on cotton, 26 x 16 inches. In addition, live venues test your conversational and and negotiating skills. Because these non-art venues are considered less serious than galleries, many artists put very little effort into the process.

You deliver the work, install it yourself, add labels, and then, when the time comes, deinstall it and take it home. Six months fly by and your work is still there. The owners and patrons have gotten used to it. They quite enjoy having the nice backdrop. Let me be clear that I have nothing against showing work in these places. As I said above, I think they are training grounds for many artists. There are three ways to benefit from showing your work in non-art spaces. If you could benefit from what the venue offers, trade your art loan for their products or services. People need to know the value of your art.

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Be sure to use a detailed written agreement that spells out all of the terms. Oil and mixed media on cradled birch panel, 30 x 30 x 1. Any venue is less serious if you believe it to be. To ensure your art is more than decoration, treat every venue as an opportunity for professional advancement. Learn how to improve on the list of opportunities at the top of this article. First, get to know the staff. They are a potential salesforce for you. This post was first published in and updated in The original comments have been left intact.

And yet another aspect is even more disturbing: Even if your purpose is achieved, and a patron or customer WANTS to buy your work, they may find the process daunting. Most of the staff will know nothing about the artwork, and even less about the artist. Even if the artist has left postcards, price sheets, etc. I think they help remedy this situation. Alyson has been a great encouragement for me to do this. I just finished a show at an upscale restaurant where the exhibit normally lasts for a month.

The owner asked me to extend for another month. The best part is that I sold several paintings! The restaurant handled the sales for the cost of the credit card fee. The only downside is they did not provide me with the names of the people who bought the work. I have another show in a non-traditional venue a brokerage firm that should be fun. They host an opening reception, and I figured that the people entering the space have a bit of money to invest — why not in my art?

As mentioned in the post above, the buying process should be well defined, so that when someone wants to buy something, it is easy to do so. Yes, these opportunities have increasingly become a question mark in my mind. Last year I installed a dozen of my paintings in a local bistro for about nine months. It clearly was a way for them to decorate their walls. One nice thing is that they had a wine tasting dinner and invited me to talk throughout the dinner about my art.

It turned out that my friends occupied most of the venue…and rather than buying my art they bought wine from the purveyor. I never sold any pieces via that venue…. If I were to do this again it would be with the following conditions: convenient location, help with the hanging, good traffic flow.

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One major side benefit for me is that it a place to hang my work, rather than putting them in my closet. Karen: 9 months is too long!

That should be a rental situation for sure. And, as you discovered, it is tough on the art. Great tips Alyson for those non gallery venues. I have 5 framed prints in an upscale lodging room. They have been there for over a year with no sales or nibbles. I want to move them out but now it feels awkward.

The rental idea is terrific. The hotels pay a monthly cable TV service for their guests rooms. Buy it, rent it or show it for a specific amount of time. It should be time specific and a win-win for all parties. Paula: Be sure to hop on the webinar on Thursday.

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Sari: Thank you for sharing those experiences. EW is right to the bathroom smell! Who would have thunk it? If the shop is designed in such a way that the work is not so exposed, then I might consider it. This sounds like a great way to get your artwork seen by many different types of people who may not necessarily get the chance to see your artwork in any other circumstances.

I think it should be made more obvious who the artwork is by and whether it is for sale in some spaces though. Back when I lived in MN, I was the curator for a medium sized business for several years. I very good deal. Everyone was happy. If we missed a week, or heaven forbid, a month, the employees complained. Rarely sold anything though I thought the service valid and educational. I would show my work once a year. I did get a couple commissions out of the deal. Thought I would share the model in case such an opportunity arises. Oh, and I had them install a wall hanging system in their lobby and first floor hallways.

I had a few paintings in a coffee shop for too long and the shop went out of business! I donate towards African conservation organizations from every sale so I tend to show my work frequently in venues with little or no commission. My exhibit tips are:. Attach your own professional label to each artwork giving the title, brief information and price. Along with your art, also hang information about yourself and specifically how to contact you. For several years now I have used laminated foamcore information boards containing text and photos. These suggestions mean you do not have to rely on the venue to display printed information sheets or know anything about the art.

I find it works very well and rarely have an exhibit without sales, even in places I least expect them. Collins was hanging artworks, I think for a month, and giving the artist several coupons for free meals. Was it a mistake? And what should I do now? It was a month ago. Thank you. I live in a college town that has a small but thriving art scene. It is certainly one way to get your art seen in town. I have 3 places where I hang my art — a restaurant and two health centers acupuncturist and chi Kung studio.

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Among the artists, this town has a reputation of being a great place to be an artist affordable living but not a great place for selling art. I went to the opening night of the show when my art was in the theatre and before the show at intermission and after the show I stood in the lobby by my work and watched the audience. I swear no one even looked at the art. This crowd was there for the show, not for the art.

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Makes sense, really. It is a prominent feature in the restaurant. In my Chi Kung studio, my art was up for 6 months.