I’ve learned there are approximately 10 steps to take to be in an art show. It involves much more than I had anticipated when I entered my first one years ago.
The requirements and rules differ from art group to art group but must be carefully followed. I suppose being in a one-woman show instead of a group show would have less rules. I’ve only had one one-woman show and the only people I had to please was myself and of course, the gallery owner. It went well.
Back to the group show. Here are a few things I’ve learned about getting ready. I’m sure I have forgotten some steps that I will be forced to remember as the date gets closer. Remember, these steps vary from art show to art show.
Step One: You must have paintings available to enter. This step may take weeks.
Step One B: The paintings must be no more than 2 years old. Maybe someday I’ll have a one-woman show to exhibit ALL my paintings which have never seen the light of day at an exhibit. I suspect this is when some artists decide to open their own gallery. But I won’t go that far. Step Two: Learn the art group rules for submission. Be sure your dues are paid up-to-date. Make multiple copies of the submission forms…in case of error or a change of mind. Remember, “size” must include the frame…not just the image area. If you are lucky (read that “experienced”) you already know your Category (Professional, Semi-Professional, Student, etc) and pricing. Don’t adjust your prices; they should be the same as on your website, blog, Facebook. Be consistent. It’s the fair thing to do.
Step Three: Order frames. Yikes! Sticker shock! Before placing your order for new frames, go through your closet and see if there are any “used” frames you can use for this show. Ah! Here’s one…just pop out the painting and there you have a frame ready….IF you have a painting that fits. Back to Step One!.
Step Four: Order all the other frames needed. Remember, these online orders take time. I just did that this morning! Wow!
Step Five: Redo Step Two submission form because you can’t afford that many new frames.
Step Six: Check out the venue if it is near-by. My next show venue is near-by and it’s lovely. Now I’m getting excited.
The Pavilion at Kingwood Country Club, Kingwood, Texas
Step Seven: Quick! Pencil in the date on your desk calendar in INK! If you can find room.
Step Eight: Here is the REALLY hard part of being in a show; plan what you are going to wear to the show. Of course, you can always drop off your paintings then leave, but that’s no fun. When I paint, my “ensemble” is very casual…layered with a ratty old smock and apron……not suitable for an art show. You do not have to look “arty”, unless you want that image.
This photo shows the real me and
…………What NOT To Wear! Adele, age 12.
Step Nine: Ask yourself, “Will anyone come, and how much do I care?” This is an important step. Make your expectations very, very low. I’m the Queen of High Expectations, according to my husband, so this is one of my most important steps.
Step Ten: Publicize…..via Facebook, your blog, mailed invitations, word-of-mouth, sky-writing, smoke signals….whatever is your style. But you MUST publicize…at least , that’s what all the experts say.
Okay. There you have my “Ten-Step Program to Your Next Art Show”. If I think of another step I’ll let you know. Or you can let me know what I’ve forgotten.
Oh yes! My next ART SHOW:
The Lake Houston Area Artists Fall Show, formerly the Kingwood Art Society
Saturday, November 16, 12 noon to 4 PM….a come and go event. At the Pavilion of the Kingwood Country Club, Kingwood, Texas.