At yesterday’s Art Marketing Action workshop in Evergreen, this question came up: “What do you call the people who buy art from you? Buyers? Customers?”
I suggest calling them patrons or collectors. The word “patron” has such a strong connection to art history. Patronage in the Early Renaissance and beyond led to incredible advances in art and the enhancement of public spaces.
I use the word “collectors” in my book, Cultivating Collectors, because that’s the intent of that publication: to encourage your buyers to collect your work again and again.
I am always way too caught up in a workshop to take pictures, so they usually happen after a lot of the group has already gone home. Here are a few people I was able to keep hostage for a bit longer at day’s end. (With just enough time to spare to get home for the start of the Kentucky Derby and a mint julep.)