Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sold! The "Art" of the Art Sale

Thankfully, the art event on Sunday was very laid back and casual. Originally, I thought that was strange. I've entered work, and was rejected a few times, to events that charged a fee for each entry, was a juried event, and the organizers earned a small percentage of sales. They usually want an artist statement and biography, among other requirements like size of art, submission in pdf form, CD, photo. Plenty of stressful things.

This event had none of that, and it had me a little worried. What kind of thing was I getting myself into? "Call the organizer" was the info I got after I saw all they wanted was my name, number, and "Art". Should I do it? Should I not bother? It ended up being just the right thing for me. The venue was relaxed as well as the chairpeople.

Just show, sell, or not. Great.


The other artists were fun to meet. This photographer, above, saw things in this postcard of my painting of a pepper stem, that I can't repeat. She asked if it was a subliminal message. The word "hermaphrodite" came up. Really? Wild. I still see just a pepper stem.


This artist standing with me at my booth was an amazing cartoonist who made a cartoon book about the heroes of the Greek Revolution. Amazing work.


Here I am packing up a sale for a lovely show attendee. She came by my station and we talked about my work. We discussed my process, my motivation, the subjects, and my background as both a person and an artist. This lovely lady ended up buying two of my Greek landscape watercolors.


Then her friend came by and asked the price for the painting of a marigold. After I told him, he wrote out a check! We were all so excited. I asked them if they would take a photo together with the works they purchased and they agreed. Just wonderful, lovely people to meet.

I sold quite a few blank notecards of my paintings, and near the end of the night, two of my necklaces were purchased. It was fun for me to learn people wanted to buy so badly they went to the nearest ATM for cash!


4 comments:

  1. Congratulations!! I'm glad it was such a success for you.

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    1. Thank you Karen Joy! I'm glad it's over now! LOL

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  2. Wow! Very nice and congratulations on so many sells! I love your booth.

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    1. Thank you! I was happy with how it looked too!

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