A Twist on the Wine-and-Cheese Reception

Amantha Tsaros

©2011 Amantha Tsaros, Summer Party. Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 16 inches.

Artist Conspiracy member Amantha Tsaros asked recently in one of our Q&A calls:

The library where I’m showing my work will not allow food and drink in the gallery with the art. They will allow me a reception in a different gallery where there is someone else’s work.

Should I even bother having a reception/opening in a gallery showing another artist’s work?

Answer: Yes! And have fun with it.

Limitations like these help us to think out of the box. They help us expand.

Here are some ideas that we came up with to help Amantha plan a successful reception in spite of the “No Food and Drink” rule. Successful = getting people into your gallery.

  • Organize a scavenger hunt. Guests look for things (colors, shapes, objects) in your work and fill out a form. These are often promoted to children, but adults like them equally. Draw a winner from all of the correct answers and give away a print or box of note cards.
  • Put images of your art on table tents throughout the reception.
  • Make a trail on the floor that leads to  your gallery – using whatever the venue allows (tape, Post-It notes, flower petals).
  • Preview the exhibit at your studio before it even goes to the library. Invite your top supporters to a very special unveiling.
  • Start the opening in the reception room and announce (ahead of time) that you will be giving an artist talk at a certain time in your gallery.

What other ideas do you have for situations like this?

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