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Trailer as a gallery?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cindy Welch 3 hours ago. 9 Replies

I posted a different thread here last week about taking too much inventory to an art festival, and it turns I have been. So now I'm looking at purchasing a used 6x12 enclosed trailer and turning it…Continue

How much is too much inventory

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Wallace Aug 14. 5 Replies

Gotten all my best advice here, so this is what i am struggling with now: how much art is too much? I keep trying to figure out how to fit more inventory into a 10x10 space... is this just plain…Continue

Art in the Park

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Wallace Aug 11. 11 Replies

I'm doing this no matter what happens, but I thought I'd also get feedback from the smart people here (and Barry... please don't burn my idea down).Basic idea is free art. I already practice art…Continue

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New website critiques needed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Franklin Piuck Jun 26. 4 Replies

I migrated to Wix built site (very easy), and so far all I have done is moved artwork onto it. I need to "build it out"... but I want to do it right the first time. I know I need to:1) write full…Continue

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Cindy Welch replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Trailer as a gallery?
"Yeah, seems creepy to me too. Kinda reminds me of those guys who hold open their trench coats or opens their trunk and says, "Man have I got a deal for you!  Just step this way.""
3 hours ago
Rick Wallace replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Trailer as a gallery?
"I suspect that many of you go to art festivals where the parking area is more remote and maybe rustic. I'm in the city, so parking is most likely right next to the venue on a ciity street or even within the venue area (like a giant parking lot…"
yesterday
Matt Gwinn replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Trailer as a gallery?
"Someone offering to take me to the parking lot to see their "art gallery" seems a little creepy to me. I also doubt any show would be cool with you selling stuff from the parking lot, even if you're a paying vendor. If you have too…"
yesterday
Barry Shandler replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Trailer as a gallery?
"why not just buy a van and also arrange your pro panels so that you have a storage area"
yesterday
Tony burns replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Trailer as a gallery?
"Curious -why not just get a decent used Full size Van -like an econoline 1/2 or 3/4 ton I see Artists with stock parked near by - gettting stock and restocking. Brag books are nice as well - or possibly having an easier set up - like a display on…"
yesterday
Peter Grimord replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Trailer as a gallery?
"Rick:  Ideas such as the one you present here are the future of survival on the street. The Street Show Circuit has evolved into an "industry" with all the attendant rigidity and silly red tape and rules. Thinking outside the cursed…"
Tuesday
Greg Little replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Trailer as a gallery?
"A 6x12 trailer would also be difficult if you use it in the show with a 10x10 space. It might require a double space and at some shows it might be difficult to maneuver in to place. Some shows might also have a problem if you have someone else…"
Tuesday
Cindy Welch replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Trailer as a gallery?
"If I were a customer, I am not sure I'd want to trek to a trailer which could easily be quarter to half mile away.  Then the return trip.  Physical ability has nothing to do with it.  For one thing, as a female, possibly…"
Monday
Larry Berman replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Trailer as a gallery?
"Offering more than what's in your booth will complicate the situation because people will want to compare, with what's in your booth causing everyone else in your booth to not buy because there might be something better in your trailer.…"
Monday
Rick Wallace posted a discussion

Trailer as a gallery?

I posted a different thread here last week about taking too much inventory to an art festival, and it turns I have been. So now I'm looking at purchasing a used 6x12 enclosed trailer and turning it into a mobile art gallery. i.e., go to an art festival, only take about 45 pieces mixed between paper and canvas to the 10x10 tent, but have the trailer parked near by with EVERYTHING else. Over the course of the event we can switch out work with the inventory in the trailer... plus...If a potential…See More
Monday
Rick Wallace replied to Rick Wallace's discussion How much is too much inventory
"Thanks for the feedback, all of it useful. Don't know why this didn't occur to me before and why I was trying to cram every inch with art. Decision made: going to take a max of 40 pieces, 30 small (16x20 and under) and 10 canvases... but…"
Aug 14
Sonja Jones replied to Rick Wallace's discussion How much is too much inventory
"I haven't done many more shows than you, but that does seem like an awful lot of inventory to bring.  Visually, I think it looks nicer to not have every square inch of your tent walls filled - the better shows want you to go for a gallery…"
Aug 14
GEORGE NEUBERGER replied to Rick Wallace's discussion How much is too much inventory
"Having too much open stock can confuse the buyer to where they can't make a decision. I'd rather put 1 model of each out for viewing. If they ask a question about other colors, I can always show them my reserve stock."
Aug 14
Jeff Owen replied to Rick Wallace's discussion How much is too much inventory
"I've found the old adage of "Less is More" is much better."
Aug 14
Larry Berman replied to Rick Wallace's discussion How much is too much inventory
"If they are proven sellers or a proven style, which takes more than a few shows, then there is no such thing as too much as long as it fits in your vehicle. But for the amount of inventory, you don't put it all out at the same time except to…"
Aug 14
Rick Wallace posted a discussion

How much is too much inventory

Gotten all my best advice here, so this is what i am struggling with now: how much art is too much? I keep trying to figure out how to fit more inventory into a 10x10 space... is this just plain stupid? I've only been to 3.5 art festivals, and the last one I took (approx):20 5x7 pen and inks45 16x20 watercolor/pen and inks15 22x30 watercolors10 17x22 watercolors10 odd size pen and inks4 36x36 canvas3 36x48 canvas2 oils on canvas40 non-matted originals in 17x22 portfoliosWhat I am wondering is:…See More
Aug 14

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May 12, 2018
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took a 30 break from handdrawn artwork, what a waste

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At 8:54am on May 9, 2018, Christina L. Towell said…

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At 9:41am on May 22, 2018, Connie Mettler said…

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