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New Events Calendar

Final Harvest

Final Harvest

Slowly, but surely, I’ve been trudging on through with my photography resolutions for 2011. The main one that I’ve been focusing on (pun intended) over the past few months has been getting out and selling my fine art prints at local markets and fairs.

Well, right before I started down this path of wheeling and dealing, I met with my good friend, Stacy Peterson-Steiner, at the Peoria Art Guild and wracked her brain about everything I needed to know about art fairs, markets, setting up a booth, selling, marketing, and more. While I do work in marketing and design as a day job, the art world is a whole other ballgame so I wanted to be sure I had my bases covered (2 puns in one post? You betcha!).

Stacy was totally awesome and turned me on to a number of local art fairs, galleries, exhibits, and shows that I could dive into. And that is just what I did.

As long as it was reasonable and affordable to do (some of these things can be expensive to enter), I went ahead and paid entry fees, filled out forms, submitted prints on CD and online, and then waited for the letters and emails of acceptance or rejection to come along. I’ve been honored and blessed to not experience a rejection letter yet. I know one will come along eventually, but for now, I’m going to enjoy sitting up on here on this cloud with the silver lining.

So with all of that being said, I wanted to let all of you know where you could swing by and catch some of my prints on display. A small list of events is available at the end of this post, but before we get to that, take a look at the navigation at the top of the site.

You will now see a shiny new button for my Events Calendar. Need a quick view of what I have coming up? Take a look on the right side of the site and you can see an Upcoming Events list as well! Isn’t WordPress great? I think so.

Notable Events:

  • Peoria Public Library Art Gallery – June 11 through July 29
  • Peoria Art Guild Member Show – July 1 through July 12
  • Illinois State Fair Artisan’s Exhibit – August 12 through August 21
  • Washington Fine Arts Fair – August 12 and 13

Going to Market

Art Booth

My First Art Booth Setup

For those who follow the blog, you may recall that I had put together a list of resolutions for my photography and my art for 2011. 2010 was really my year for getting my business side of things put together: designing my website, publishing my online portfolios, choosing a web vendor for my web store, getting my branding developed, etc.

For 2011, one of my main resolutions and one of my biggest business goals was to tackle selling my fine art prints through local art fairs and markets. I am slowly, but surely getting into this area and I have to tell you, it’s been fun and challenging so far.

I have covered a whole range of business processes and procedures that I never thought possible including tackling Illinois sales tax and intellectual property laws, figuring out jury selection processes, and trying to figure out the best way to arrange my fine art booth.

Well, this past weekend, I headed down to the opening day for the Peoria Riverfront Market and set my booth up for the very first time. I definitely had to scrounge up some supplies and begged and borrowed from a couple photog friends, but, as you can see from my phone shot, I was pretty successful.

And, best of all, I actually sold a few prints! Not to mention, the wind gusted plenty and I didn’t end up with a single item blown away or knocked over.

While I am only starting out in this endeavor, and I’m sure I’ll post more about this whole thing as it rolls along this summer, I’m very excited and so appreciative of all the support I’ve received along the way from friends and strangers.

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