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No More Art Festivals For Me!

I have participated in three art festivals so far.  Each time, I had my own booth or table.  Although I have sold in those occasions, it was a lot of hard work.  The preparation had to be well-planned since I don’t drive and had to rely on my husband or friends to drop me and my “wares” off.  I tried to pack the minimum paintings (and easels) so I didn’t have to struggle carrying them from point A to point B and back.

The setting up could be fun and challenging as well.  Some experienced vendors bring their own folding tables and chairs to take best advantage of their space.  And they are quite organized and efficient in setting up.

One other thing: people would easily buy jewelry or pottery but paintings (or even prints) are a hard sell.  The most difficult part for me was sitting alone, fighting to keep the bugs off me (they love me!), waiting for prospective customers to approach and buy.

Sure, it is always nice to people-watch but you can only do so much of that.  It gets boring after a while.  I think I will give the art festival a miss next year.

It’s the economy, my friend!

I had an interesting conversation with a gallery owner I know. First, she asked me if I have shown my art anywhere. Not for a while, I said. The last time was in June 2011. I’ve submitted my work to galleries (online and otherwise) and have had my share of rejections and few commendations. The few paintings I’ve sold were to friends who have visited or stayed at my apartment cum studio. It’s been bad since 2010, I said.

She lamented how slow the sales are in coming and is at a loss what else to do to improve the situation. She has a beautiful gallery and, given that we were both not the aggressive salesperson type, we still discussed ways in which she could bring in income like renting it out to small receptions or to artists for group exhibitions. It’s been done (and still is) by galleries before. In these difficult times, why not?