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  • Eva Jones

Getting ready for the show

As an emerging artist, I have participated in numerous art shows as evidenced by the certificates I will discuss what I have learned along the way.

July 26th 2019, I left for my road trip to Envision Art's art show "Conduit" in Frisco, Texas, a bit nervous to endeavor on such a long road trip by myself but at the same time excited for the opportunity to be able to participate in the show and see my grand babies in San Antonio Texas. I won honorable mention and loved explaining my work to people admiring my work. But it took some preparation prior to participating in this show. This is what I have come to know about what it takes to prepare.

In preparation for this show, I framed and double matted my work professionally, making sure it looked perfect with no finger prints on the low glare masterpiece acrylic, no lint in the most visible areas and no chips or damage to the frame or it's corners. Oh the corners...they are the most vulnerable part of the frame. Take extreme precautions to protect these corners like packaging these frames with butcher paper, bubble wrap and double boxing when shipping. Take note that you can not ship glass. Glass breaks easily and it is common knowledge that carriers do not always handle their fragile shipped items with absolute kid gloves. I learned that the hard way. Broken glass rips, nicks and damages the art work you poured your soul into for mega hours. Art work framed with glass is not insurable so this will be an absolute loss for you. Instead use high quality low glare masterpiece acrylic that is extremely resistant to scratching, breakage and protects your work from the damaging effects of ultraviolet rays from sunlight. It is fairly expensive but worth the peace of mind.

I always have my work digitally, professionally scanned for giclee printing prior to shipping framed work. Do this as a back up for your work as insurance against an unforeseen event where your work is damaged or stolen during shipping or while displayed at these shows. At least then you would have something left of your work and not feel like you had a total loss. Also take note that unless you are well established with a track record of sales that prove your art is worth a certain amount, don't expect insurance companies to pay for your claim for what you think your art is worth. Usually the most one could expect for an art work claim is $500 without much dispute unless it is a very small piece of work.

Read the prospectus of the art show to make sure your art piece meets the requirements of the curator. Most require D rings and wire for hanging and absolutely no saw tooth hangers or worse. Check the limit requirements for size, dimensions, weight and the complexity of your installations. Most do not want to have art work that is difficult to assemble or take a fair amount of time to install. I have noticed that it is required that two dimensional work needs to be framed unless the canvas or art piece is painted as a wrap around or appears finished. You need to pay attention to these details since they may disqualify you and your work will not be displayed.

Another small detail in preparation prior appearing at the art show your work is being displayed in, especially at the reception, is business cards. Have a well designed business card, something that you can design yourself. They are cheap to print like at Vistaprint. They are a calling card that leaves important information with potential buyers or artists you want to net work with. A small portfolio is not necessary but can be found useful when talking to potential buyers. Treat your art show as a job interview by looking your best and by showing up with confidence, ready to sell yourself by explaining your work. Now is not the time to be a wall flower. Now is your time to shine. #emerging_artist_guide, # art_show_preparation, #art_show_guide, #art_exhibit_guide, #how_to_exhibit_your_art

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