Monday, June 21, 2010
Best of Show
When I first won a ribbon at an art show I was rather embarrassed. It reminded me of dog shows. I have had dogs with lots of ribbons. Now my art work has lots of ribbons. Added two to the growing collection this last weekend. That's them there on the far right of the photograph of my booth. It was a nice way to kick off the fair season.
The first fair is always a testing ground for your new work and new ideas on how to set up your booth. I was going for the minimalist which is being touted by several artist publications. Supposedly the biggest mistake artists make at shows is crowd too much work into too little a space. I had some real doubts when I hung the last piece up Saturday morning. OMG I don't have ENOUGH. And there were moments when I thought I should have brought this painting or that. But the response to the booth and the art in the booth soon calmed my fears of change. It was a stunning presentation if I do say so myself.
The question now is how to translate this look to the next fair where there will be strict adherence to 10' x 10' box. Outdoor fairs always allow more "spread" with chairs and business desks allowed outside your booth. Inside fairs with limited aisle space can be sticklers about nothing being outside that space. And it is wise to know which fair allows what. Some you can put your chair outside but no extension of your display like print racks. Others not even the chair siting fire code restrictions for not impeding traffic.
Course some theories on art promotion and sales maintain you should not even have a chair. You lose sales if you sit down. I think it is to be noted the writers of these articles are sitting in plush office chairs and not standing on hard slab floors for six to eight hours. After all weekend even well manicured park grass feels hard and unyielding.