I only participate in one art show every year. It's called the Balboa Art Walk and it is Sunday, May 22nd. I don't do any other shows for a lot of reasons. But this one is so fabulous, I never miss it! (Ok, to come clean, I missed it last year. But that's because my son Matt graduated from college on the exact same day. And we were in North Carolina). Needless to say, it would take a pretty big event for me to miss this show!
The art show season is right around the corner and I am curious how many of you participate in these shows. They are not a cakewalk by any means. The set up is brutal, the days are long and they are way harder than they look. Plus, after a long day )or weekend) the take down is the worst! I think the key in participating in any of these shows is to do your research and realize it may take a few years before you can determine if the show is right for you.
The first year I did the show my sales were very slow. In fact, when the guy in the booth next to me sold a painting that was PAINTED ON VELVET for $250 I almost croaked. Seriously? The second year my sales tripled from the previous year. By the fifth year my sales were way beyond my expectations. So I have made the show a very big part of my sales focus every year!
I have created over the years a really long list of everything I need to do to get prepared for the show. I keep revising it and updating it to make every year more efficient and better than the previous year. If you participate in any art shows this list is a must.
I am also painting frantically to have lots of new art for the show. This will be the first year I am showing both my traditional oils and abstract paintings. I can't wait as I think both styles of art work very well for the Newport Beach area.
If you live in Southern California please plan on attending the Balboa Artwork on Sunday, May 22nd. The show is from 9:00 am - until 5:00pm on Balboa Island. I will be located at the end of Ruby street (and South Bayfront). Please come by and say hello!
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