Here's another thing I think I may have discovered through a friend: maybe I've been doing the wrong type shows. There are art shows, art n craft shows, and craft shows. The MAJOR DIFFERENCE IS THIS: PEOPLE GO TO ART SHOWS TO BUY ART....AND PEOPLE GO TO ART N CRAFT SHOWS TO BUY CHEAPER TID BITS....it seems to me. There can be a whole lot of discrepancy between 'arts' and 'crafts' and what all that means. Is an art a craft, is a craft an art? Depends, doesn't it! On what exactly can be hard to pin point.
Especially if you are a new artist...new in any way...it is hard to have the confidence to just start applying for art venues....shows and galleries. I have never gone to a gallery to try and sell my work. However, this now seems like the best idea for me. Make your art and let someone else sell it for you. Like it!!! I know they take a percentage, but they will most likely be able to sell the piece for more money than if you sold the piece somewhere else...plus you won't incur all the expenses of doing a show...which are generally quite large. You can still try to do free shows, and less expensive shows...this will help spread the word about your artwork, and draw people to your website, online presence, or gallery shows. It will also help you connect with other artists, where you can ask them questions about what shows are best to do, and which galleries are the best to work with. You may even be able to 'share' a booth with another artist to lessen expenses. These are all viable ideas.
Hope you enjoyed this post and that it was helpful. If you have anything you'd like to add, please do so!!!
Have a great day now! It's sunny and gorgeous here in Virginia Beach!!!
Peace Out, Cynthia