Preparing for an Outdoor Art Show – What I’m Learning…
Since my last post, I have invested most of my extra time and energy preparing for Art in the Heart (http://www.theheartofmuskoka.com/Play-ArtintheHeart2012.htm), Bracebridge‘s downtown art show for emerging artists. I mentioned in a previous blog the presentations put on by the town to provide participating artists with the information needed to be ready for the show and to start thinking in terms of being in business.
Two years ago I hadn’t considered selling my art or being in business. In the past I had played with other business opportunities but fear of failure repeatedly got in the way. Now, I’ve got the bug….the creative bug! For the first time in my life I am really enjoying what I am doing. I hope people will feel the passion in my paintings and want to take some of that home with them. That’s my goal, however, I am also realistic knowing it can take years of consistency on my part for the public to acknowledge me as an artist and want to invest their hard-earned money in a newcomer.
That said I thought it might be helpful to share what I’ve been doing to prepare for the show and for an art business. Maybe you are toying with the idea of starting a creative project or even a business and what you read will be relevant to you.
So far I’ve done the following:
- hired a local company to create my website – they have committed to it going live by July 21 at the latest (the first day I will be participating in the art show). I came to our initial meeting with a sheet of details and questions. The website needs to reflect who I am so taking time to consider the look, content, functionality were important. Here is the web address: http://www.wendiedonabie.com
- printed a sign for my booth at Art in the Heart. The sign is made of Coroplast and will survive being outdoors and should last a long time.
- created new business cards edited to reflect my website address and new business email.
- printed price tags for my hanging art.
- created a printed portfolio of my work including inspirational photos and notes about each painting. People like to know why and how artists do what they do. I used Microsoft EXCEL to do this.
- printed copies of my Artist’s Statement and will burn CDs with images of my portfolio and my Artist’s Statement. The Artist’s Statements are for buying customers and for any press who stop to talk with me. The CDs are also for the press. That way when they are writing their story they have all of my material handy.
- from paintings that weren’t successful I created beautiful bookmarks with inspirational quotes on the back and my website address. I’ve also had these available at Bohemian Cafe and Gallery where my work is currently on display.
- next week I am printing 48 notecards of 12 different paintings that I will have available for sale.
- bought supplies needed for the show (i.e., sales book, cash box, storage box for packing materials, packing materials, book to record sales and one to collect contact information from visitors for my mail list, a rain cover in the event it happens, a table to hold unframed art, etc.)
However, the single biggest task has been the creation of a “booth” (10″ x 5″) for the art show. I will be located in an area known as Chancery Lane that runs off our main downtown street at a 30% angle… Get the picture? Hill, hanging paintings… etc…
art (just 9 pieces). To address the slope and provide a level surface for the paintings, my spouse built a framing and stabilizing system, taller at one end than the other. He is also working on creating a canopy to protect the hanging art under glass from the sun (FYI – paintings under glass can sweat when the sun hits them – not good for any water-based art form).
Lastly, “Happy Canada Day!” to my fellow Canadians. We have good friends at our home for a BBQ; at dusk the town will entertain us with a fantastic fireworks display.
© Wendie Donabie 2012
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