If you follow my blog, you may remember that I took a class last spring - "Artist as Entrepreneur" through the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. I learned a great deal, including that I had been undervaluing my own work and its potential.
I learned about the competitive world of juried art shows. I learned about taking your work directly to the world through local art markets and juried art festivals. I discovered that there is a solid series of steps to follow if I want to work to place my work in galleries. The potential is there.
So, I started walking the steps. I applied to the Art Market in Baton Rouge and then the Art Market in New Orleans. My setup for the markets was minimal and less than eye catching, but I started improving and upgrading.
I had a tent, a few grid walls and some prints. I soon realized that many potential buyers were walking by my booth without even noticing that it was there.
I printed up some fabric hangings and a colorful banner and more people started stopping and noticing. I realized though that, if I wanted to continue down the path of selling at art markets, I needed to upgrade to a more professional set up.
So, I finally broke down and upgraded my tent to my current set up.
It's definitely professional and my work is at the fore front.
As an emerging artist, I share the dream of most such artists, I want to make a living at what I love. I feel as if I have something interesting, something different, something of significance to say with my work and I can best express that by being able to spend more of my time actually making art.
I am following the steps. I am working on my website. I am applying to and being accepted into juried shows. I haven't been walking down this art path for very long so I know I need to be patient. Most artists in my age bracket have been working toward success for decades. Becoming established takes time.
So I making the most of mine!
If you are interested in seeing my work in person, I am currently selling at the Baton Rouge Art Market the first Saturday of every month; the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market at the Horse Farm the third Saturday of every month, and at the New Orleans Art Market in Palmer Park the last Saturday of every month.
I also have work currently on display at the RRAA Depot Gallery in Gonzales as well as at the RRAA gallery at Houmas House.
Finally, I will be participating in an exciting art event in Baton Rouge which opens on the evening of March 7 - more information here!