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Tips on Exhibiting

I have been busy getting The Paint Pit's December newsletter done, click here to view.  


Tips on Exhibiting 

Here is my list I go through each time I have an exhibition to make sure there is nothing I have forgotten.

Naming the show
Keep it simple and catchy, a title that reflects your work and will attract people the right people to come to your show!

Date and Times
Take time to in choosing dates, is there anything else happening in the community that might attract more people to your exhibition? How long are you going to hold your exhibition for? Remember when booking the gallery you will need at least a day to set up and time to take it down.

Marketing
The more people you invite the more chance you have of a sell out exhibition. Write a list of all the people you would like to invite, go through your business card holders, address books, email lists, and send invites to anyone who that could be interested in coming, be bold with your invites. Never Assume anything as it make an ASS out of U and Me. There are many ways to let people know of your show, send out a press release to your local papers and radio stations, community newsletters as they may do a free piece for you? Get eye-catching posters made and put them on every notice board and shop windows, don't forget to tell you local Information Centre. Update your website, email all your contacts, and sending invites snail mail a few weeks before the big day. Double check all marketing materials the dates and times have to be correct!!! Get someone else to proof read everything for you.

Art Work
All art work must be named and priced, people won’t buy art that is not. The labels must look professional with the title, medium, price and your name. When you walk into the gallery make sure all the work is ready to hang. If you are having your work framed make sure the framer is aware of the date you need it by, give them a date 2 days before for your piece of mind! Having a buddy to help you hang the show is priceless.

Photos
Take photos of your work,  you may not get the chance and keeping record of all your work is very important!

Opening Night
The grand opening can be a very joyous occasion as you will sell a lot of work on this night. There are a few things to think about which friends or family can I ask to serve the food and wine, so you can mingle with prospect clients. What are you going to wear? Make sure you have make an effort to look your best! What sort of food are you going to serve? It doesn't have to be expensive use your creativity. What sort of music would be best? When buying wine a good average is 2 glasses for each person. Don't forget nonalcoholic beverages for those that don't drink. What ever you do don't get drunk you need to be fully in control. An artist statement, business cards, and a visitor book are a must, you have potential clients right here these people are interested in art.

Money
Don't worry if you have no money. You may be able to get finance backing, sponsorship or a grant. You will be surprised how many opportunities for the arts there is! Keep your eyes open and do your research.

Relax
PLEASE what ever you do DON"T leave everything to the last minute! You need to be relaxed, clear your head and be happy so you can socialise with potential clients!

Don’t forget to have fun with the process and all the best with your exhibition. Don't forget to email me the details so I can add it into The Paint Pit newsletter.

'Our Love' front of the invite card

My Youtube clip of the day is JGeek and The Geeks - Maori Boy

facebook.com/jgeekandthegeeks

My card for the day is Clear and Shield your Energy
it said..as a sensitive person, you've adsorbed some harsh and toxic energy from other people. This card asks you to stop and call El Morya and Archangel Michael to clear yourself. After clearing yourself, ask them to shield you from further intrusions. This process is called shielding, needs to be conducted once or twice a day. You can also wear crystals to ask as a buffer in harsh energy situations.

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