I really enjoy going to art shows. Especially ones that are so well put together that they enjoy large crowds and a seemingly endless supply of artwork and talent. My only complaint is that I cannot buy something from all the artists! Such is the case with the annual “Art on the Green” established by North Idaho College and now adopted by the whole city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. I walked this show and visited literally hundreds of booths and was in “Art Addict” euphoria.
There is not enough space in this blog to post all the cool photo’s I took so here are a couple of the highlights of my visit:
LaChaussee Blown Glass had a booth that attracted me like a moth to a flame. The shapes, color and pattern work on their blown glass was mesmerizing. Dan was a pleasure to talk with and when I asked questions about how certain effects were accomplished in glass blowing techniques he was very accommodating with his time and explanations.
I really love the way glass captures your eye and leads you into the work, wondering how it is done to create such beauty.
I look forward to the day that I may visit the LaChaussee Studio some day and see first hand the masters at work. You can see their works at Lachaussee Glass
Another booth I visited would likely win the “Longest Drive to Have a Booth at the Show Contest”. Deborah Shurtleff drove from Draper, Utah to be at the show with her multifaceted and diversified artwork. She had a great mix of affordable works (I had to wait in line to talk to her as she was making multiple sales of some very nice 6 x 6 wooden Plaque/Prints). She also had some very beautiful paintings in Landscape and Western motifs. You can see more of Deborah’s works at Deborah Shurtleff
Always the “Marketing Guy” I have a few suggestions to maximize the opportunities for artists at an art show such as this.
Every person who walks into your booth is interested enough in your work to investigate. Second contact is a MUST! Find a way to get some contact information such as an email address or physical address. A couple ways to do this easily. 1. There are several “Screen Saver Creators” on the Internet. They are even free! Create a screen saver of your work and put a sign out that says “Leave me your email address and I will send you a free screen saver of my work after the show”. 2. Frame a print and put it on an easel in front of your booth with a sign that says “Leave us your address and email and we will select a winner of this print after the show”. Selling work at the show is great. However if you work the contacts right and follow up with good contact later you will sell more BECAUSE of the show than you will during the show.
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I look forward to seeing many of you at upcoming art shows in the future.