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does anyone have any advice (or can point me to some one or place that has advice) on how to go about getting into art galleries? do I just walk in there with some prints and see if they'll talk to me? do I have any chance at all with as few credentials as I have?

there are enough art galleries around here I can screw up with a few and still be ok - but I'd really like to have a better idea of what I'm doing before I start...

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angerona
Oct. 30th, 2002 06:47 pm (UTC)
Do you have pictures of your art online? There are some nice online galleries, and I know that people do look at them/buy from there (although I guess it depends on what you want to do with your paintings)
jnanacandra
Oct. 30th, 2002 07:01 pm (UTC)
yes, I do (http://www.fireseastudios.com) - and I have stuff up in a few online galleries. but those don't generate much in the way of sales unless you've already made a name for yourself in the physical world.
who_is_she
Oct. 30th, 2002 07:28 pm (UTC)
Email me sometime and I am happy to talk to you about this. Some artists do use the 'cold call' method but I don't... and I think a lot of galleries find it annoying. I could also give you some comments on your resume, statement, etc. Credentials aren't so much what you need, although that can add credibility. What they really want is
1) strong body of work, not just a few good pieces
2) work that they think is salable
3) artist who demonstrates a reasonable ability to continue to produce inventory.

there's other stuff. and ways to target who you send to.
What do you mean by "prints"?

let's talk.
shisa@hotmail.com
progfan
Nov. 1st, 2002 10:54 am (UTC)
I don't know how it is in Seattle, of course, but there are ads in the local City Paper asking for artists to display their work (I keep riding Lissa about them!). Maybe the alternative press there may contain a similar "Call For Artists" category. Good luck!
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