Outdoor art shows are alive and well in this economy! WHAT????
Am I looking through rose colored glasses?
No...I've been out there working them. In this rainy, humid spring I have not had the quick financial success as in past years but it is a steady selling market if you have adjusted to the reality of the economy. Ahhhh.. there's the rub. So ,what do I mean when I say adjusted?
- go prepared with a wide price range of work. I have found that everyone is simply tired of denying themselves to save every penny with no reward. A little treat for themselves at a show may be just a card or bookmark or unframed work ....It's a sale people! it will cover you entry fee!
- talk about your work ,demonstrate your painting....people are looking for things to do this summer that won't break the bank....my workshop/demo list is growing with every show
- Stop talking about the bad economy to the artist in the next tent! Your customer feels that negativity and hears it!They are out,having a wonderful day viewing your work for free,wanting to support you with their presence.They may not have the means right now to buy..but may later. Have a fun & interesting conversation with them...most of all thank them for coming out to see your work.
Do more shows,teach workshops,develop more product, speak positively & act accordingly. The economy will always have its cycle of up& downs but you need to move in only one direction ...forward.