As I near the last show of 2015 I feel the urge to review my first year of doing art shows and plan for a bigger and better 2016. I'm looking back to see what worked and what didn't and how to improve, grow and prepare for a new prosperous year in the business of art.
I know I will continue down the path of art shows, because although not for everyone - as they can be real hard work and frustrating at times, they do provide the artist with the opportunity to generate a rather steady income. They also present a social opportunity for artists working in the studio by themselves such as moi - of being out and about, talking to customers and meeting fellow artists. :-)
It's seems like a never-ending random at times process but here's a what I've learned so far: It became clear to me rather quickly that it's harder to sell big ticket items at these type of shows, at least the ones I attended here in Montana. (There is however an urban legend about a local photographer who sold a $1,200 photograph at a show which suffered from extremely low attendance! I’ll tell you more about him in the artists I like series...) I also noticed that different products sell better at different times of the year. These observations and others emphasized the need of having: 1) Products at different price points, 2) A Variety of "coffee cup" items 3) Different avenues of selling artwork 4) The need to venture further and farther into regional markets.
Long story short, exciting things are in the cards and here's what to expect from Ivette Fine Art in 2016:
I want to thank each of you for your support and encouragement over the past year and for making it such a year to remember. Here's to a rosy outlook and new peaks to conquer! Warm winter wishes for an enchanted holiday season and a happy new year.
Artist, world traveler & animal lover who found a home in Montana and purpose in Art. I'm a dreamer and that's the essence of that which I create.