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Open Call for National / International Artists and Other Opportunities

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Blue Star Contemporary Art Center in San Antonio, Texas has several gallery spaces , project spaces, and arts programs.

Blue Star Contemporary will have an Open Call in January 2017 for 4 artists for their 3 month Berlin Residency –find details here. They are also exhibiting artists, now and into 2019, in a major city airport–find out more here.

The Blue Star Contemporary open call for National & International Artists invites you to submit a portfolio of your work to be considered for exhibition opportunities–the next call will open in the Spring of 2017.  Blue Star exhibitions are curated from the pool of the top 10% of artists who submit their work.

To find out more about the many programs of Blue Star Contemporary Art Center click here.

Blue Star Open Call Opportunities for Artists here.

Submission Guidelines here.

Plan ahead in 2017. Keep up with thousands of opportunities in our International Art Gallery Directory e-list. In this e-list we’ve color highlighted art galleries accepting submissions and have added their submission guidelines and links to their guidelines for artists to review. If you are an artist you can quickly locate more opportunities for their art in the International Art Gallery Directory e-list available here and here.

How Do Artists Create and Cultivate Relationships With Collectors

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I recently connected with Sofia Perez, editorial director of the Clark Hulings Fund, on the Quora question and answer site. On Quora she asked a question about how artists cultivate collectors. Sofia created an article from the responses she received, including mine. The Q&A has finally gone live on their site. Here’s the link to the article: http://clarkhulingsfund.org/qa-cultivating-collectors/.

Thanks, Sofia!

Alexandria Museum of Art has changed the dates for their September Competition exhibit in 2017, 2018

Alexandria Museum of Art

30th September Competition

Juried Exhibition

June 2 – September 22, 2017

ENTRIES MUST BE COMPLETED ON CaFE.  TO ENTER–CLICK THIS LINK.

Megan Valentine, Curator & Registrar, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA sent us these details on their exhibition opportunities. As a courtesy, we feature non-profit organizations, including museums, when they send us their opportunities for artists.

For its 40th Anniversary, the Alexandria Museum of Art will be installing its first permanent exhibition galleries in October, 2017. Because of this and the 30th year of the September Competition, the Alexandria Museum of Art has changed the dates for the September Competition exhibit.  In 2017, the exhibition will be on display from June 2nd through September 23rd, 2017.  In 2018 and following, the September Competition exhibition will be on display for four months, from July through October. 

Eligibility

·         All artists over the age of 18 – working in any medium – are eligible. 

·         All work must be original and must have been completed in the last two years (2015 or later).

·         AMoA encourages artists working in video and other experimental media to submit entries for judging.

Rules 

·         By entering the competition, the artist agrees that all entered work will be available for exhibition if chosen.  No substitutions will be allowed.       

·         Each artist may submit TWO full view works of art with a non-refundable entry fee of $40. (Additional works, including views and details of 3D works may be submitted for a fee $20 per each entry.)

·         Entries will be blind juried by digital images.

·         All digital images submitted must be smaller than 5MB and saved as a JPG at  the highest resolution possible. Video files must be a maximum of 100 MB.

·         Deadline for entry is March 18, 2017.

·         Video entries must not exceed 30 minutes in length.

·         No work should exceed seven (7) feet (84”) in any direction, or 200 lbs. in weight. Entries exceeding these limitations will automatically be disqualified.

·         If digital images are not correctly representative of work chosen, AMoA has the right to disqualify the entry from the exhibition.

·         By entering the competition, the artist agrees to allow their work to reproduced for the purpose of publicity.

·         Entry must include digital images, entry fee, and a maximum 100 word artist statement for catalog and label use only (not available to juror before selected).

·         ALL SELECTED WORKS MUST ARRIVE PRE-PAID BY May 19, 2017  ­– ALONG WITH A PRE-PAID RETURN ADDRESS LABEL (no order forms with account numbers will be accepted, must be a completed label). 

Awards

$2000 will be available for juror-designated cash awards. These awards will be announced at the Opening Reception on June 2, 2017

Juror

AMoA proudly welcomes Mark Tullos as the juror for the 30th September Competition.  As the 30th year of our annual competition and the 40th anniversary of the Alexandria Museum of Art, the AMoA staff is happy to welcome back a former AMoA Director as the competition juror.

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Mark A Tullos, Jr., has served as Assistant Secretary for the Office of State Museum and Director of the Hilliard University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has served as Executive Director in art museums and visual arts organizations for over 30 years. In the 1990s Tullos was Director for the Alexandria Museum of Art. Under his eight-year administration, the Alexandria Museum of Art completed a six million dollar campaign for the expansion of museum facilities and the creation of a larger operations endowment. Tullos also served as the founding director of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
Tullos has also served as curator and juror for a number of exhibitions of contemporary art over the past two decades. In 1995, he was the recipient of the Nancy Hanks Memorial Award for Professional Excellence given by the National Endowment for the Arts and most recently was nominated for a prize from the Giacometti Foundation in Paris for his work in protecting the rights of art and artists.
Born and raised in Baton Rouge he is a graduate in Fine Art from Louisiana State University and has conducted graduate studies at Stephen F. Austin State University and Museum Management Institute conducted by the Getty Foundation.

Calendar

March 18        Application deadline.

April 17           Jury notification by email.

No phone calls please!

May 19            Deadline for receipt of juried works and pre-paid return shipment label.

June 2             Artists’ Reception and Gallery Talk.

Sept. 22          Exhibition Closes.

Oct. 1              Deadline for pick up of hand delivered work.

Shipping of art work with pre-paid return label provided by the artist

begins. 

Exhibit Delivery and Packaging

  • After notification of selection, ship entries to:

Alexandria Museum of Art, 933 Second Street, Alexandria, LA  71301. 

  • All artwork must arrive no later than May 19, 2017.
  • ALL SHIPMENTS MUST HAVE A PRE-PAID RETURN LABEL FOR THE RETURN OF WORK.  (Example: FedEx, UPS, or USPS.)  NO ORDER FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
  • Be sure to select a carrier that delivers to Alexandria, LA.
  • Hand deliveries will be accepted Tues.-Fri., 10am-5pm.
  • Please do NOT include personal checks for return shipping.
  • All artwork must have a completed identification card attached to the backside.
  • All shipped works must be in sturdy reusable packaging.
  • Do not use styrofoam peanuts or pieced boxes.
  • Opening instructions should be printed on the outside.
  • All necessary installation instructions must be included with the work.
  • All damaged packages will be returned unopened C.O.D.
  • When open packages contain damaged works the artist will be consulted.
  • Return shipping of artwork will begin October 1, 2017.
  • ALL WORK WILL BE SHIPPED USING THE PRE-PAID RETURN LABEL SUPPLIED BY THE ARTIST.
  • AMoA will not take responsibility for works returned undeliverable.
  • Art work unclaimed after one year becomes the property of AMoA

Exhibitor Obligations

  • Selected work must be display ready.
  • All 2-D work should be wired for hanging, and where appropriate, framed with Plexiglas.
  • Any work notably different from the submitted digital file will be disqualified.
  • Any submitted artwork must be available for exhibition.  No substitutions will be allowed.  

Sales and Liability

  • A 30% commission will be charged on all sales.
  • Every reasonable precaution will be taken to assure protection of entries, but the Alexandria Museum of Art assumes no responsibility for loss or damage from any cause during transit.
  • Works will be insured for the duration of the show while on AMoA premises.
  • Any entries delivered without insurance value will be assigned a maximum value of $500.   

Megan Valentine

Curator & Registrar

Alexandria Museum of Art

933 Second Street, Alexandria, LA 71301

Gallery Accepts Submissions for Solo and Collaborative Group Exhibits

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Portrait of a gray duck | by Tambako the Jaguar

 

There are so many art galleries accepting submissions! We’re giving you just a small sampling from our  International Art Gallery Directory of over nine thousand art galleries.  We’ve been working on this e-list for years and it has now reached over 550+ pages. This November and December we’ve reviewed the entire list checking every link and all details to be sure that you have access to the latest information. This is a great resource that we want artists to use. In our International Art Gallery Directory e-list  we’ve color highlighted art galleries accepting submissions and added their submission guidelines for artists to quickly locate more opportunities for their art. Get the International Art Gallery Directory e-list here and here.

The same day that she purchased the International Art Gallery Directory, November 2016, an artist wrote to me:
“Marie, and I had a quick look in the iCloud version – this is a wonderful resource, very, very impressive.”   Marilyn Green, artist

Today, we’re sharing this art gallery from our e-list resources — Gray Duck Gallery in Austin, Texas. If you are in artist in the Texas region, or would like to travel there,  you might consider submitting a solo or group exhibition project proposal to Grey Duck Gallery.

Gray Duck Gallery accepts submissions for solo and collaborative group exhibits. Curatorial proposals are also accepted. Works in any media by artists at various stages in their career will be considered.

Please note that they are now accepting submissions only via email in .jpg (JPEG), .pdf, (Acrobat), or pps, (PowerPoint) formats. Include 5-10 digital images along with resume/CV, artist statement and website link. Read the full gallery submission guidelines here.

Get our International Art Gallery Directory of over nine thousand art galleries– here and here

 

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#Artists Now you can sell your #art on ArtStack!

Now you can sell your art on Art Stack!

We just received the news. If you have an Art Stack account you may have received the notification too. In case you missed it, and for those not yet posting their art on Art Stack, this new sales option should bring some interesting activity to the Art Stack site.

Many art galleries have a presence on ArtStack. Will they now offer work for sale Art Stack by the artists they represent? If some do, will this bring increased activity to the Art Stack site that will  benefit self-represented artists also offering their work for sale there?

According to Art Stack, their new features will  “ensure several hundred thousand people will see your works for sale every month” and – you can now:

  • Include prices on all your artworks and list them for sale on your Artist Page
  • List artworks on the Buy Art page
  • Promote your works in all users’ Feeds
  • Plus Art Stack will be sending a selection of works for sale in their regular email newsletters to all users too!

I’m excited by this new sales venue, although I am not surprised by the new turn. In e-mail exchanges with the Art Stack site owner, over the past few years, he had mentioned wanting to monetize the site. True to the innovative nature of Art Stack, they’re offering some great new options. No Commissions on sales, but a small monthly fee (different levels available).

Find out more about Art Stack sales options here.  Check out our resource e-list of art sales venues here and here.

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Art Galleries Shift From Once-A-Year Calls To Accepting #Artist Submissions Year-Round

Yesterday, we posted here on how New York art galleries have begun to accept artist submissions on an ongoing basis.

As we double checking and triple checking every link in each gallery listing in our International Art Gallery Directory of over five thousand galleries–available here and here–we’re discovering more and more updated art gallery submission guidelines adopting this “more fluid” artist submission policy.

Here is another–

Art in General in New York City, writes–  “Responding to the current state of artistic and curatorial practice, Art in General’s Open Call has shifted from its once-a-year online deadline to a more fluid model of receiving and reviewing artists’ work. Artists are encouraged to submit project proposals at any point throughout the year.” Proposals are accepted via email –read the full submission details here.

 

For more opportunities get our International Art Gallery Directory of over five thousand galleries–available here and here.

NEW YORK Arts Projects Now Accepting Artist Submissions on an Ongoing Basis

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We’ve been busy double checking and triple checking every link in each gallery listing in our International Art Gallery Directory of over five thousand galleries–available here and here.  Public art projects are listed in our Directory of Art Consultants here and here.

Some art projects put on exhibitions and public art projects. To save time and cut back on administrative tasks, many galleries and projects have begun accepting ongoing submissions.

The New York ARTBRIDGE PROJECTS  is now accepting art submission on an ongoing basis! That means that your art submissions will be considered for all ArtBridge exhibitions that do not have sufficient time for an open call. Artists may submit as many individual pieces or series as they wish. Series must not exceed ten images.  All genres of art, except film and video, are allowed –though film and video stills are permitted.

Art Bridge ArtBridge Projects

Click this Link to SUBMIT

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Have A Great Thanksgiving! – Get One Free When You Buy Any #Artist Resource E-list

Wild Turkey, USA Photo CC0 Public Domain. Free for commercial use. No attribution required.

Wild Turkey, USA Photo CC0 Public Domain. Free for commercial use.
No attribution required.

 

A neighbor, who runs every morning, mentioned seeing wild turkeys in a certain area. So I took notice while driving one morning and saw seven wild turkeys in a farmer’s field near some woods. Since then I see wild turkeys everywhere–I’ve even had them in my yard. It’s kind of interesting how we notice things the more we start looking for them and are more open to seeing what others point out to us. Many photographers know that the more they look the more they see to photograph.

All artists who start looking for opportunities for their art–whether it’s for features in art magazines and art blogs, or for the best print sales venues– find many more great opportunities using our resources. Or if you are an artist wishing to connect with art dealers, art consultants and gallerists–our extensive e-lists will save you time narrowing down the best venues for your fine art and photography.

Today and tomorrow we have a Thanksgiving Special–buy one artist resource and get one free.

I shop at a local grocery store that offers Buy-One-Get-One-Free items, and I appreciate that! So I’m making the same offer to artists.

Buy an artist resource in either of our stores here or here then let us know which one you’d us to send you at no cost–use this contact form:

 

 

 

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Art Gallery With Ongoing Open Call for Artists To Submit Photography, Photo-related, Media-Related, Installation

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Image courtesy of saphatthachat at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

Many artists know that the Manhattan districts of Chelsea, Soho, Tribeca and other areas of New York City are peppered with large numbers of art galleries–while newer galleries continue to spring up in nearby Brooklyn, in the neighborhoods popular with artists, such as Bushwick and beyond.  It’s about a 6 hour drive outside those city districts to Buffalo, the second largest city in the state of New York.

One of the longstanding galleries in Buffalo, CEPA GALLERY, has maintained a forty-year program of artist residencies. CEPA also has a purchase program, and periodic open calls to artists to specific exhibition projects.

Another interesting program of CEPA GALLERY and for their project space Big Orbit is an ongoing open call for artists to submit work for inclusion in these gallery spaces.
Work submitted for CEPA Gallery must be photography, photo-related, or media-related. Work submitted for Big Orbit can be in any media, though preference will be given to installation formats.

CEPA is actively engaged in numerous community arts events that they detail on their Tumblr blog here.

For the past several years, Artist Marketing Resources has been busy researching art gallery opportunities, updating current information on art galleries and adding new details for galleries currently accepting artist submissions–find out more here.

We also have an extensive resource e-list for photographic artists here.

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Mixed Media 2017 International Call for Artists: No Entry Fee

 

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Peripheral ARTeries is now accepting submissions for Mixed Media 2017. They are inviting submissions from visual artists worldwide who are working in a variety of media and disciplines.
Full details here.

Peripheral ARTeries is particularly interested in highlighting work in all media that is experimental and risk-taking– pushing boundaries in form, content–using unconventional materials.

  • There are no entry fees: submitting projects to Mixed Media 2017 is absolutely free of charge.
  • The deadline for proposals is December 29th, 2016
  • Shortlisted applicants will receive a communication directly from our board by the end January 2017

Artists will find the full Call details here.

Find more opportunities for artists here.

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Gallery Taking Submissions From Artists Working in Photography, Related Media, and Contemporary Craft

As we update our International Art Gallery e-list, we’re finding more and more art galleries adding Submission guidelines to their sites and Calls to Artists as well!

Capsule Gallery in Houston, Texas, USA, says that it is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary photography and contemporary craft from emerging, mid-career and established artists.

Review Capsule Gallery’s curated exhibitions on their site here to see examples of their current and archived exhibitions and their unique perspective to determine if your work may be a fit for this gallery–then submit! That’s right–Capsule Gallery is currently taking submissions open to artists working in photography and related media as well as contemporary craft, such as fiber, ceramic and jewelry. Please submit one PDF, which includes a CV, artist statement and 10 images. Capsule Gallery curators and staff will do their best to respond to every submission.

Capsule Gallery is located in the historic 1929 Isabella Court complex in midtown Houston. This complex is also home to Inman Gallery, Kinzleman Art Consulting, Samara Gallery, Art Palace and Devin Borden Gallery.

OPEN CALL to Emerging Artists and Mid-Career Artists to Submit for New York City Exhibition

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Field Projects gallery in New York has an open call for artist submissions.  Field Projects is an artist run project and exhibition space and online venue featuring emerging and mid-career artists. Field Projects presents monthly exhibitions at their Chelsea location in addition to pop-up exhibitions throughout New York City.

 

Read the full submission guidelines here.

Field Projects invites emerging and mid-career artist to submit their work for their Summer June-July 2017 exhibition: Show #39.

 

Many art galleries have open calls and we are tracking these on our International e-list of Art Galleries available here.

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Artists Use *97* Shipping Codes on Art to Avoid VAT and Customs Holds

I first published this article in May of 2015, and the information has been in demand by many artists ever since. With the upcoming holiday season and shipping of artworks sold online, these shipping codes are as relevant and useful as ever.

I had painting held up in customs when I shipped to a buyer in Spain. A very success art dealer first provided me with these shipping codes when she sold two my paintings to an art consultant in Germany. That’s when I began adding these “97” codes to my packaging and invoices and have had no issues with my art shipments!

Yes, I’ve used the codes to ship art from the USA to European countries. Ask any FedEx shipping staff about the codes if you’d like to confirm their usefulness.

So I wanted to share these codes with artists.

Here is my original article–

Artists, below are a series of “97” codes for you to use when shipping your art internationally.

If you’ve ever had an artwork held up in customs, it becomes a series of problems for both the buyer and you the artist.

You scramble to get the details on how to get your art released from customs. Phone calls out and coming in slowly reveal the problem. The buyer on their end engaged in the same activities, as you both try to uncover the reason the shipment has been held up.

If you have shipped via FedEx, they may offer you a special certificate to verify origin of the artwork, for an additional fee. But that document has to be hand signed, and that requires a courier to come to your door to get your signature–$$$$$$$.

What can you do next time to avoid all this? Is there a protocol for sending artwork to buyers outside of the country where you are based?

Yes! Simply add the correct *97* code–listed below–to your package label before shipping.

Recently, an American artist, quite pleased with himself for selling one of his paintings to a UK buyer–as any artist would be– wanted to know where and how to pay the VAT (Value Added Tax) for the buyer. 

When I informed him of the “97” codes, he scoffed. Apparently, he’d gotten the idea to pay the VAT and that was that. Then a UK artist got into the conversation, indignantly stating that she had “never heard of such codes!”

I love artists–they are great creative people and deserve some concessions! Artists work hard and have a lot of expenses. They deserve a break–to be cut some slack.

Apparently the powers-that-be agree, for they created these special *97* series of codes (below) that signal shippers and customs agents internationally that the package contains artwork and is exempt from import duties.

Yes, I put one of the *97* export codes below, on one of my art shipments to Europe. The guy at the FedEx office, where I shipped from, was familiar with the code. 

How I came to have the *97* codes, came about when I’d shipped one of my sold paintings to Europe–without a *97* code– and the buyer unexpectedly had to pay an additional amount to get the package released. The European art dealer instrumental in the sale hadn’t liked that added expense for her client, so she did some investigating! Then she sent me the *97* series codes below.

These codes work. Some artists are glad to have them.

The trade tariff codes starting with number ’97’ alerts customs officials worldwide to the fact that the item is an original work of art and is therefore exempt from import duties.

For instance, if you are based in the UK and are sending overseas please mark your package clearly with Export code: 97011000

If you are based outside of the UK and are sending your artwork to a customer within the UK mark your parcel: Commodity Code: 9701100000.

Any other variables – say you are sending from the USA to Finland, or between any other countries, then mark you parcel: Export code: 970110

It is really important to use these codes,  otherwise items can get stuck in customs and your buyers may have to pay fees!

I first published an article on these codes, on January 2, 2013–read it here.

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Gallery Call to Artists for Exhibition and Sale of Artworks Priced $199.

Arc Galley in San Francisco, California, describes itself as  “dedicated to showcasing and promoting emerging and established artists from around the country whose work embodies both skill and risk-taking.”  Arc Gallery puts on both juried and curated group exhibitions. They are interested in discovering artists. 

Arc Gallery has a current Call to Artists for works priced at $199.00, with $120.00 from the sale going to the artist.

“SNAP!” Bay Area Juried Exhibition & Off-The-Wall Sale

 

All works must be priced at $199. Submit one piece of work you are certain someone would like to own right now, priced at $199.– artist receives $120 from the sale of the artwork.

This January show is also a try out for Bay Area artists. Works that sell get their curator’s attention. Arc Gallery has put several January artists in their curated exhibitions.

DEADLINE:  January 5th, 2017

CATEGORIES ACCEPTED
Sculpture, painting, drawing, photo, printmaking, mixed media, collage, assemblage, ceramics, fiber art, artist book – Original artwork only. No giclee reproductions. (This exhibition cannot accept jewelry, video, film, performance art, installation and works requiring an external electrical source.)

ELIGIBILITY
Only artists residing in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. The Bay Area includes the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Stanislaus.

VENUE
Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom St, San Francisco 94103

JURORS
Arc Gallery & Studios partners: Matthew Frederick, Priscilla Otani, Stephen C. Wagner & Michael Yochum

EXHIBITION DATES
January 27 & 28, 2017

“SNAP!” OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, January 27th, 7-10PM

“SNAP!” SECOND CHANCE SALE
Saturday, January 28th, 12-3PM

All works priced at $199 retail with $120 of sale going to artist.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION
January 5, 2017. Works must be submitted online before midnight Pacific Time to be considered by jurors.


CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT

 For hundreds more, thousands even, list art galleries accepting submissions click here.

ArtSocket Magazine and Gallery Accepting Film Photography Images and Articles

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Artist Marketing Resources continues to compile and update our extensive e-lists of information for artists– such as, our e-list of art consultants available here and e-list of art magazines (as well as other resource  for artists): photography e-list, and places to sell your art here–all newly updated!

One listing in our Art Magazines resources e-list is a cross-over listing, since it is both an art magazine and a San Francisco based art gallery that accepts artist submissions. Not only that, but they are currently seeking film photography submissions of images–crossing over, yet again, into our Photography resources e-list.

ArtSocket, Art gallery and online magazine has an Open Call and is accepting submissions– Submit your work here.

 

It’s a big job, but we are at work continually researching and updating our resource e-lists for artists and photographers–when you purchase via our Webs store you have access to the iCloud share file version which is continually updated. I you purchase via our GUMROAD shop you will receive updated versions of the PDF and Word files every few months.

Right now, if you make a purchase an e-list or e-book in either of our online stores, you can get a free e-book or e-list of your choice–BUY ONE GET ONE FREE

Just let us know what you want and where to send it–using this Contact Form:

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Already Run a Successful Art Pop-Up? Here’s How to Embrace Ecommerce Next

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Pop-up shops are a popular emerging form of flash retailing that enable sellers to set up temporary stores from which to sell their products. Often using short-term sales spaces, their temporary nature makes them a more affordable alternative to opening a permanent shop, avoiding long-term rental agreements and overheads.

The pleasure of pop-ups is their ‘get it while it’s there’ vibe – because they’re not open all the time, there is an increased incentive to buy. They’re the perfect solution for someone who wants to sell their art in a place where people can see and touch it. What’s more, you can get a good idea of what sells and what doesn’t and see your customers face to face.

Pop-ups are the perfect way to support and promote an online store. If you already run a successful art pop-up, then you are a step ahead in terms of knowing your audience and what appeals to them. You can publicise your e-store through your pop-up, and your pop-up through your e-store. Setting up an e-commerce website is much easier than it used to be, and you can automate the order fulfilment process and leave very few admin tasks for yourself. So how to take that crucial next step?

Benefits of an e-commerce solution

If you already run a pop-up shop that is attracting customers, then you’d be missing a great opportunity by not having an online presence. The beauty of an online shop is that it’s open around the clock. So if someone has to rush away, you can give them a card and the chance to browse your products later. It’s also a place for you to share compelling content and stories about your art – without having to repeat yourself over and over again.

With an e-store you don’t have to worry about manning the store in person, as once set up the process will mostly be automated. You can accept transactions online through PayPal and secure bank card payments, which can be set up to incorporate delivery charges as well.

Online marketplaces

A lot of artists use Etsy to sell their products. Etsy is an online marketplace in the same way that eBay and Amazon are, but it’s much more geared towards artists and makers. It only costs $0.20 USD to list an item for sale, which is much less than the fees of some of the mainstream marketplaces. You can set up a shop on Etsy for free and list as many items as you want. In terms of retaining as much of the sale price as possible for yourself (minus charges), the top three online marketplaces for artists and designers are Etsy, Folksy and Not On The High Street.

Setting up your own store

The alternative to using an online marketplace is to create your own bespoke online store. It is not uncommon for some artists to do both concurrently, allowing you to access the Etsy/Folksy audience while also maintaining your own separate online presence. Setting up an online store can be achieved in very little time once you’ve chosen a platform you like, and many e-commerce solutions offer free trials that allow you to try them out. It’s not very hard to set up a professional-looking e-commerce website to showcase and sell your art, and for this reason alone it’s worth doing. Setting up your own online store is also a great way to start building your online brand.

Print-on-demand

Some artists prefer to take the print-on-demand route, which is another way to sell your art and designs online. Its appeal is that all you have to do is upload your artwork, and the site will take care of everything else. The downside is that for providing this service, the site will usually take the lion’s share of the retail price.

Society6 is one of the most popular print-on-demand options, as it has the most visitors and a worldwide audience. It also allows the artist to set their own profit margins – but the higher you go, the more expensive the product will be for the customers buying it. If you set your margins too high, you risk putting customers off. With print-on-demand you won’t make as much profit as through Etsy or an e-store of your own, but it can be a good place to start if you’re getting used to the idea or want to see which of your products sell best online.

Order fulfilment

If you’re going to sell your artwork online, you don’t want the order fulfilment side of things to take up so much time that you no longer have any left to create. This is why it’s a good idea to automate the process using a dropshipping merchant who will take care of your production, packaging and shipping. Search an online dropshipping supplier directory and look for one that is low-cost (so it doesn’t eat into your profits), reliable, and happy to apply your personal branding. If you’re selling through Etsy, you can set up dropshipping through their dedicated The Art of Where service.

Promoting yourself

An existing pop-up store is the perfect place to advertise that you also sell your products online. But it also goes without saying that you should also take your marketing efforts to social media. The best social media platforms for artists are Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The key to successful e-commerce social media is interaction. To successfully promote yourself on social media, you must do as the name suggests and be social. It is not enough to shout about what you do. To build up trust and connect with your audience, show that you are a real person by sharing works in progress, pictures of you working in your studio, and interesting art-related articles that you’ve read. Interact with your followers and with other artists and people will find you much more engaging.

Hopefully you found this article helpful. As the owner of a pop-up store you may already be quite savvy in the world of selling, which makes e-commerce the perfect next step for you. For more suggestions, check out this list of 1,100+ Places to Sell Your Art Online.

Perhaps you’ve already set up an e-commerce store for selling your art? What has the experience taught you? Let us know in the comments.

 

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Artists Switch From Labeling Their Paintings Acrylic To *Synthetic Polymer*

English: THAHLES, 2006. Corday. Synthetic Poly...

English: THAHLES, 2006. Corday. Synthetic Polymer and Pigment on raw linen. 72 x 216in. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I wrote and published this article in June of 2012, yet artists are still commenting on it.

Featured it again in 2015, and for a 3rd time October 2016.  Here’s the original article–

I don’t know all the reasons for acrylic shame, but I do know that many galleries and artists have long labeled acrylic paintings as *mixed media* to help increase sales. I’ve also heard stories of art collectors losing interest and walking away from a painting once they learned it was painted with acrylic paints.

Lately, I have noticed a new trend–contemporary artists are labeling their paintings *synthetic polymer* paintings rather than use the dreaded word *acrylic* to describe their work.

I’m thinking of doing the same. Synthetic polymer does sound more advanced, up-to-the-minute, complex. Perhaps *synthetic polymer* as a medium is actually more accurate a description, since *acrylic* does come in many forms other than paint. There are acrylic nails, acrylic fish tanks, acrylic comes in sheets, there are acrylic fibers, and acrylic acids. Just using the word *acrylic* alone in a line description assumes that the reader/viewer of your work will know that refers to artist acrylic paints. As contemporary artists continue to expand the materials they work with it may just be necessary to use *synthetic polymer* to describe the paint used, for accuracy and clarity. What do you think? Are you willing to drop the use of the term *acrylic painting* and start describing your paintings at *synthetic polymer paintings*? If so, why? For more accurate descriptions? Hope to increase sales? Please leave a comment below.

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UK Artist on Island of Crete Opens Etsy Shop of Unique Sea Shell Collage Art

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For the last seven years, UK artist Michaela Raeburn has lived an amazing expatriate life on the island of Crete, funding her lifestyle by working as a professional artist and selling her artworks to the many tourists that visit the island.

 

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“As far as I can tell my Seashell Mosaic Collages are unique,” she says, and,  “I have seven years of sales history that charts their success and popularity. ” Michaela sells her seashell and sand creations 3 days a week through the 5 summer months of the year– offering her artworks from her stall at the edge of the beach at Almyrida Beach Resort. Plus she exhibits them in yearly exhibitions on the Harbour Front in Chania. She does commissioned work too and Michaela has sold her mixed media artworks to local residents and tourists from all over the world.  “The majority of my customers being British, closely followed by the Americans, Scandinavians and Europeans.  I also have the benefit of public opinion that spans 7 years of direct selling, which has all been very positive and encouraging.  I know that my art makes people smile!  I’ve had so many compliments and congratulations for my art and lots of these came from people who loved my artworks but couldn’t afford to buy one.” In once such instance, Michaela helped a local charity called Sara’s Hope Foundation by showing some of their children how to make their own seashell mosaic art.

“My seashell mosaic collages should really be viewed in reality, in order to be fully appreciated.  I believe that when seen through the internet, people don’t get the 3-dimensional effect, nor can they feel the textures that make up my designs–” however, for the first time, Michaela Raeburn offers over 80 artwork designs, made primarily with natural mixed media materials, in her new Etsy shop Seashell Beauty in Art  where you can purchase them from wherever you are in the world.

 

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All article images are of Michaela Raeburn collage art made from natural materials of sand and seashells

 

Michaela describes her art practice as “Working with Nature.” She has had a lifelong passion for art and nature– “I wanted to blend the two together, to create a unique way to showcase and preserve what we so easily take for granted.  The natural materials I use are whole seashells, sand, moss, feathers, wood, stones and other natural elements. Apart from a foundation course in Art and Design, I’ve had no formal training,” says Michaela, “Instead I have enjoyed a rewarding career in the Advertising, Design and Marketing Industry both in London and Manchester.  My career taught me the value of anything that is unique. Around 9 years ago, circumstances changed and my life started to take on a new direction.  I had some ideas for a new kind of art using natural materials blended with acrylic painting to form realistic 3-dimensional images on canvas and around the sides.

 

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To date Michaela has sold 2,261 artworks–including seascapes and beach scenes, people, animals, birds, sea life, architecture, a star sign series, and custom work.

 

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“There is a degree of skill involved in creating the mosaics as I won’t use broken shells.   This means I have had to amass a vast quantity of seashells in all sizes because I won’t break them to fit the spaces.  The seashells are sourced from all over the world and some are extremely difficult to acquire.  Apart from one or two exceptions, all the seashells in my artworks are their natural colours.  Laying the sand is also a difficult process and I am still discovering new techniques.”

 

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Michaela Raeburn currently writes a blog Wonderful New Life on Crete where she also displays some of her artworks.

 

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In order to keep up with the high demand for her collages, Michaela has to put every hour she can into producing her designs and developing new ideas!

 

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She is excited to share her new Etsy shop to broaden her marketplace beyond only the small tourist destination near Chania in Crete where tourists shop at her stall.

 

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