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I talked to two galleries today - not much going on there - one almost laughed at my work - they do "fine" fine art, you see....and the other was more open to it but it's a pay-to-play at $20 a linear ft. of wall space. I just don't think we have the money to do that right now.
I'm going to join the local artist's guild this weekend and network with some local artists and such - but what I need help with is this:
Is there anything else that I could be doing that I'm not?
I'd appreciate any help, suggestions, "no, don't do that" kinda advice - anything you got - I'm open to anything at this point. I gotta move some of these paintings soon or the wife is going to force me to give back her dining room ( AKA: my drying and varnishing room! LOL )
Thanks everyone. Remember, any help is welcome - even if it's critical of how I'm doing things. I'll all ears.
I appreciate the reply! Good luck to you, too! It's a rough world out there right now.
The second, third, fourth galleries accepted my art immediately]...
So don't let one turn-down from a gallery discourage you.
There are other places to showcase your art apart from a gallery.
Libraries & bookstores for instance, will have your work on their walls without you having to pay for wall space.
Also you could make flyers or broshures with your best artworks in print, then distribute them around the places you think would suit your kind of art...
[for instance, seeing that you do fish paintings, if there are any beach clubs, marine or sea aquariums near to you, then leave some broshures with your art and contact information]. [that's how I do it..
You might want to also talk to some non-gallery establishments about possibly showing and selling your work, like corporations, restaurants, etc. For instance, I just noticed the other day that a local library is featuring an artist's photography for sale.
At any rate, wishing you all the best in your endeavors and congratulations on getting out there and working to make it happen.
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