Getting Your Work Out There
Sometimes getting your artwork “out there” can be a mystifying experience. What venues are worthy? Which ones are a waste of time? Will my artwork be damaged? Is the venue right for my work? So many questions. So much exhaustive research to comb through! I have recently put my work in a gallery up in NH. This opportunity arose because I am constantly checking sources like Craig’s List (I know, unlikely, right?). They have an artist community list. Check it out. The gallery owner told me she didn’t think my work was “right ” for her gallery because it was “too abstract”. I wrote back and asked her to take another look. My paintings were painted en plein air in THE TOWN of the gallery. She realized they weren’t out of the realm of possibility and decided to take me on.
Another site I frequent is artsake.com which announces great opportunities weekly for artists. I found a national show to apply to there at the cambridge art association. Before I applied, I took a look at the juror. This is important. If he/she is into realism (check their last juried choices to be sure) and your work is highly abstract, you might not want to risk your entry fee. This I have learned the hard way. However, this time things look positive. I am hoping to be accepted soon!
Additionally a new op called artvenue.com, a site that matches up venues and artists, informed me last week that after viewing my work, a cafe at the John Hancock Tower in Boston wanted to show my paintings as well! (Huge sigh of relief). Things are happening. Finally. But it takes a lot of trial and error, research, entering endless info on art sites and applying for shows. Some of it is expensive. Like last summer I paid $100.00 to participate in an outdoor show on Cape Ann and ended up with zero sales. They placed me next to a non-art booth. I think it was something related to cable tv. All of this is mostly hit or miss, but EVENTUALLY somebody, the right buyer, the right curator stumbles upon you. They are hooked. They buy a painting, tell their friends or it leads to other opportunities and sales. I have just one more sentence of advice: Just keep swimming! (famous line from Finding Nemo – yes, I have children. I told you I get my info from a multitude of sources 🙂