Here’s a few examples of what you will see at our booth
Saturday, July 5
Muskoka Furniture Arts & Crafts Show
195 Wellington Street, Bracebridge
Show hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Eleven Muskoka Artists, Entertainment, Food, MOOSE FM and Furniture deals at Muskoka Furniture!
Carolyn and I look forward to sharing our creations with you!
We use natural stones, glass beads, crystals, wire, semi-precious stones and recycled materials in our products.
Our one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces are marketed under SOULL KREATIONS.
Art Tour Success
Janice Feist, Lynda Lynn, Pat Whittle and I experienced a successful weekend during the Muskoka Lakes Spring Art Tour, June 7 & 8. Approximately 200 visitors stopped by to see our work at the Bala Bay Inn and picked up information about us. Throughout the Tour, the Inn and staff encouraged guests to attend the show and we directed visitors to try out the great food on their menu.
Recognizing the unpredictability of the art market, we looked at the tour as an advertising and promotional opportunity. If we made money that would be a bonus.
Challenges met us with displaying our paintings without wall space in the dining room but we managed to pull it off using easels and tables along two of the walls. The Inn’s, Lux Lounge, we called the porch, did allow us walls for smaller work and chairs provided props for larger pieces. And visitors loved the Inn as a showplace for our art.
Well, we not only covered our costs, we actually made a little extra! Those results helped us decide to stay on board for the Muskoka Lakes Spring Art tour in 2015.
So What’s Next?
Muskoka Furniture, here in Bracebridge, will hold their 2nd annual ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW on Saturday, July 5 from 10 am to 4 pm.
Eleven Muskoka artisans are participating in the outdoor exhibit offering paintings, sculpture, jewellery, glass, fibrework, ropework, wood turning, model boats, chainsaw carving, model boats, soapstone carving. Shoppers will find lots of variety with something for everyone.
Along with my jewellery business partner, Carolyn Freedman, we will have displays of our one-of-a kind necklaces, bracelets, earrings, birthday bookmarks and Chakra Cords. Our products are made from glass and metal beads, stones, crystals, wire and recycled materials. I’ll also have a selection of my paintings available for sale.
Please drop by and see us!
2nd Annual Arts & Crafts Show
Saturday, July 5
10 am – 4 pm
195 Wellington Street, Bracebridge
Weather Report for Muskoka, June 7 & 8:
Perfect for a drive around Lake Muskoka!
The Muskoka Lakes Spring Art Tour, an annual self-guided tour of artist studios across southern Muskoka, takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 7 & 8, 10 am – 5 pm. This year, 17 artists exhibit their work at seven locations throughout the Township of Muskoka Lakes and Bracebridge.
Paintings, basketry, jewellery, wood block prints, garden art, wood turned bowls and glass work are just a few of the many treasures which await you on the Tour this year.
As guest artists on the tour, Janice Feist, Pat Whittle, Lynda Lynn and I will be located at the Bala Bay Inn, Hwy 169 in Bala.
Please drop in to see our work, enjoy some refreshments at the Inn and take home something beautiful to enjoy in your home or cottage. If you looking for a wedding or other special occasion gift, you’re sure to find it on the tour.
We look forward to seeing you.
For more information, please visit, www.muskokalakesspringtour.com. Brochures with a map of the tour can be found throughout Muskoka or printed off the website.
Do you consider artwork a luxury item, something purchased for your home, cottage or office after everything else or only if you inherit a fortune or win a lottery? Many people do. Even when a potential buyer admires a painting, sculpture, etc. the price may put them off. I’ve been thinking about this for some time and thought a post about the issues could be interesting and educational to readers.
The last thing an artist wants is their home or studio filled with unsold art. Whether we sell directly from our studios, on-line, at shows, on the street, or through a gallery, our desire is to get our creations into the hands of those who love them and want them. So, what’s the answer?
First, seeing as price often creates a barrier to a sale, let’s look at how we determine the price of an object. Artists struggle with this. We must cover the cost of expensive art materials, creation time, size of the work and, if represented by a gallery, pay a 40-50% commission. Buyers sometimes expect to purchase paintings directly from an artist for less because no commission is paid. But galleries require us to sell our work at the same pricing level, otherwise we might get the sale rather than the gallery. If caught underselling, the artist could lose gallery representation. Artists who only sell direct to the public can be more flexible with their pricing.
MARKETING & SELLING
Today, some retail businesses, charities and now artists offer up their work with PAY WHAT YOU WILL, PAY WHAT YOU CAN, PAY WHAT YOU WANT or similar plans. In terms of art, these marketing methods involve developing a relationship with the buyer, sharing a detailed story about the cost, creation process and significance of the artwork to the artist. The relationship and story add value for the potential owner. Not only will he/she own a beautiful item, he/she can share the process and passion behind the work’s creation and with friends and family. Some artists suggest a value but then leave the final price to the buyer. As scary as this sounds, it is working for many in the visual art as well as the music industries. Apparently some are selling more and making more money than when they offered their work at set prices. I haven’t seen anything written up about this system working with galleries and I’m not sure it would be viable there. Yet, there are restaurants also implementing these systems, so who knows.
Another incentive artists can use to attract buyers is through aligning with a registered charity by donating a percentage or fixed amount of each sale to an organization. The artist must determine how generous he/she can afford to be and still make something on each sale. As much as we love to create our art, reality says we need to make some money doing it (unless we are independently wealthy). So, coming back to the desire to get our work into the hands of the public, many artists will take payment plans. With a significant amount down (let’s say 30 – 50%), the purchaser covers the remainder with set monthly instalments until the work is paid in full. Sometimes the artist retains possession of the artwork until most or all payments are made while others allow the buyer to take the piece home with them immediately.
This method appeals to me and one that I’m implementing for direct sales to purchasers. If someone loves a painting, I want them to have it and to make if affordable for them. I’ve based my current price structure on the size and medium of my paintings, as well as on my experience to date so that I’m as competitive as possible in today’s art market. By allowing buyers to make a down payment with monthly instalments I’m covering my costs and putting original art into the hands of people who might not otherwise feel they could afford it. I’ll let you know how this is working.
My complete portfolio with pricing is available at www.wendiedonabie.com, where you will also find up-to-date information on art shows, events and current work. I’d love feedback from art lovers, art buyers and artists on this topic.
What is your experience buying and/or selling artwork? Please share any thoughts, suggestions, comments.
© Wendie Donabie 2014
The experience of a dear friend. Please read and digest. She recorded a touching moment of human kindness… May we all be so sensitive to those around us. – Wendie
Originally posted on notthesinger:
She was younger than I am and travelling alone to one of the busiest parts of Toronto. I watched her make her way across the moving subway to the door. She used her long red stick to find her way, but as she approached the door and navigated through the throng of people she used her hands to feel her way. She approached the doorway and a teenage boy was…
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Over the past few days, I’ve had so many hits on this piece I wrote two years ago for a special woman in my life, I thought maybe I should post it again. So with this, I wish all mothers out there A Happy Mothers’ Day!
Blessing to you all….Wendie
Originally posted on Blue Heron Writes:
On the evening of May 12, I will be reading at an annual event called, “Walking In My Mother`s Shoes”. http://www.walkinginmymothersshoes.com/ This evening on Mother’s Day weekend honours mothers through the arts (the written word, music and visual arts).
As I thought about what I would write, I found myself contemplating the recent blessings in my life. What great good fortune to meet and fall in love with a wonderful, loving man who brought me to live in God’s country. Here surrounded by walls of pink granite, guarded by tall pines I found a safe haven to explore and develop my creative gifts. This would have been enough for me but more came with this new relationship.
I quickly connected with artists and writers who shared my passions and interests. Heaven – this had to be heaven. And this was enough.
But there was still more to come.Mum…
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Saturday, May 3, Janice Feist and I welcomed almost 100 visitors to the opening of our art show, Firmly Rooted. The show received wonderful feedback from those in attendance and we each got our first sales.
Friend and fellow artist, Pat J. Whittle, guided us with the placement of our work and Tracy Hoehner-McEwen directed the staging of the gallery. Our goal to create a park-like setting worked; visitors entering the gallery told us they felt like spring had finally arrived.
The mellow, guitar stylings of Jamie Sherman, Muskoka musician and artist, and CDs of forest sounds added to the atmosphere of the opening.
Mid afternoon, the two amazing men in our lives presented Janice and I with beautiful floral bouquets. Their constant, unwavering support and love anchors us, inspires and quells our doubts and insecurities as artists. We know how lucky we are to have them.
Firmly Rooted continues at the Chapel Gallery, 15 King Street, Bracebridge until May 31. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 1 pm; 2 pm – 5 pm.
Please visit my website to view the complete portfolio of my work . . . www.wendiedonabie.com
Acrylic on Canvas, 40 x 30 inches. Copyright Wendie Donabie 2014
Another scene from the magnificent trails of Algonquin Park.
Wouldn’t you like to explore these woods?
Part of the FIRMLY ROOTED Art Show
May 3-31, 2014
15 King Street, Bracebridge, Ontario