"It's pretty much the same in any brick and mortar gallery. Don't pre-judge the clients. I've had people come into the gallery looking very scruffy but they had just been working on the multi-million dollar yacht they own…"
"I have owned and opperated a custom frame shop/gallery on Hilton Head Island, SC for the past 15 years. I had always avoided the art fairs until last year. I'm very slowly creeping into the art fairs, local only, so far and have not…"
"I am new to the fairs. I sell my framed originals north of $1000. in my shop and galleries. Some reaching over $5000. However that it seems may be out of reach for most attending art fairs. My prints framed may reach a…"
"I'm a painter and have crept cautiously into art fairs. I find it extremely difficult to find shows that are primarily artists and not just crafts and food trucks. Nothing against crafts but I don't want to be the only painter there…"
"If you are selling crafts that's one thing. Art, that's more difficult. Quality (the work) is a given necessity. Sharpening your salesmanship skills is key, whatever you are selling. It doesn't sell itself, no matter…"
"Over saturation? Probably.
Until one puts in the required time and effort like anything else, most think it's much easier than it is. The competition is fierce in any art form. On the POD (print on demand) sites like FAA there are…"
"I don't know if it's the same for Art Fairs as it is in art galleries. I think it's very similar. I've been in the gallery side of things for some time. We have always been careful when bringing in photography because…"
"I could never agree to that limitation. It's backward thinking to me. Are they so naive to imagine Ansel Adams did not manipulate images in the dark room. If your tools allow it and you have the skills why would you not use…"
"Just a note on working from photo references.
At times I have used only one photo reference. More often, I use the sky from one photo, the background from another photo and possibly several other reference photos for the foreground. …"
"You have to break the ice, not them. They are afraid you are going to try to sell them something and start pitching right off. Don't! You need to gather information first. Ask them something easy like, "are you from the…"
"In my experience the secondary market can be very elusive and a mystery to many. There are many businesses that specialize in the secondary market of Limited Edition prints. Buying and selling sold out editions or hard to find print…"
"I have worked at many large trade shows, Art EXPO in NYC, etc. for a commercial gallery selling fine art originals and prints for years. When we have the artist with us (one that talks and understands this is about selling) we sell much more…"
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