New Gallery

I am very pleased that some of my art was accepted at Art Reach Center in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. They have some wonderful art there, and it’s well worth visiting if you are in the area. Kim, the Director, is very knowledgeable, and has her own art there.

Yay! Now my art is at three galleries and one gift shop (Ludington Gallery and Gifts, which is selling my cards after two weeks, and wants to move the display to the front of the store). The owner there, Karen, is really nice. Plus, the beach is great, and the restaurants….



What Michigan Artists Do in the Winter: Part Two

A few weeks ago, I posted about what Michigan artists do during the long cold winter, when temperatures are subzero (24 degrees below zero two days ago, in fact), when cars without heaters for the engine block won’t start and the snow looks like powdered sugar on top of the pines and oaks.

We get ready for art fairs and apply to galleries. I am applying to two this summer, and both required going to ZAPP (an online artist application site) and providing a photo of my display booth. The only problem: I didn’t have a display booth.

So, I called to find out what to do. The really nice gal who answered said, “Well, you get a tent and set it up with your display.” I then asked the logical question: “in MICHIGAN? In WINTER? How?” I then was told to set it up inside. Oh. My formerly Texas brain didn’t make that leap in logic; tents are only outdoors down there.

So, I got a tent (with side panels, even). A very nice friend helped me build a fold-out display board. I put up the tent, inside a friend’s warehouse. And grabbed some of my pictures that aren’t in galleries and some cards, to make my display. Below is my “booth shot”:

a photograph of my art fair booth

My art booth

I didn’t put up the sides, but will during the art shows; but at least the display panel held my paintings, and the table held the cards. Now, the wait, to see if I get juried in.

So, what do Michigan artists do during the winter? We apply to art fairs, and shovel lots and lots and lots of snow!

Learning to go on Etsy: The Confused and Bewildered

Okay, I admit it. I’m new to this online marketing for art stuff. Below is a stock photo that shows how I felt yesterday, when I tried to create my first etsy listing:

Image:Okay, maybe I’m a little cuter than this, but you get the idea. For months, all my friends have been telling me, “You HAVE to create an Etsy store. That’s where EVERYONE sells stuff nowadays.” Okay, so, like every herd animal, I decided to do what everyone else is doing.

I went to the site, filled in the information, and after feeling bewildered by the array of items, created my account. And, put up one whole item for sale (well, I have to have stuff to take to the big gallery in a nearby city later this week, I can’t list EVERYTHING). By the way, I’m really nervous about going to a real, busy gallery in a fairly large city that’s a tourist destination, but that’s a whole other story I won’t bore you with.

Okay, one item listed, and I found out you get charged 20 cents a month per listing. Nobody told me that.

While I was there, I looked up “oil paintings.” There was fantastic stuff, by some really good artists. So, I’m in good company there.

I hope this was worth it. I’ll let you all know how it goes. And would love to hear how others have done there.

Oh, yeah, here’s my listing (I hope I got this right): in case you want to visit.