I found this posting rather interesting, especially since I’ve been pondering about an opportunity that has come my way. I was asked last fall, by an artist at an Arts and Crafts Show, to participate in a 1-day "Wine and Art Festival" in June. The thought of finally having my 1st art show really excited me…but now that time has passed….I’m not too sure.
In one respect, I hate to miss out on a possible opportunity for exposure, but on the other hand, there are too many variables that worry me. I would need to purchase setups and a tent, and although several sellers from the Art Show were asked to participate in hers, she has NEVER seen MY work, which makes me wonder how many other people she asked without seeing THEIR work.
My biggest concern, however, is that the show is being advertised as a "WINE and Art Festival"……notice that the word Wine is first in the title. In talking with her on the phone, she seemed more excited about getting at least 5 wineries so far to participate. My concern is that the artists are merely going to be "entertainment" for the wine-tasters, even though they are going to be scattered between the wine booths so that people would have to walk through several art exhibits before hitting the next winery.
A friend of mine told me that she did not do well in this kind of a venue. What is your opinon, or feedback, on this? Is it futile to participate in this type of an art venue?
Art is often secondary–serving as a backdrop in music and theater performances, coffee shops, restaurants, etc. Only you can determine if it’s worth it. I would look at the event itself. If it has a really good chance of being a success, go for it. But, don’t go blindly. You need to have the facts and be determined to make the most of the event. Set goals for yourself and make a plan in case it doesn’t pan out as expected.
Read Ask a Lot of Questions to empower you. I think you’ll find some good stuff there and the onus is on you to ask the questions.
I’ll be curious to hear of others’ experiences.
Image: Kathy Wasilewski, Da Vinci’s Secret. Collage.