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To have or not to have my artwork in a gallery



I've been really thinking about whether I should really persue getting my work into an art gallery or not.  I think what's been really making me hesitate to try and get into one is the fact that most of them take 40% - 50% of sales.  With that in mind I would probably have to double my prices for compensation.  Then I start learing that some of the galleries don't really promote your work simply because you're a new artist and not "established" enough yet. But isn't that kinda the point?  If you are new artist and your work is superb, awesome, or very unique, wouldn't they want to promote your work?  Don't get me wrong, not all galleries are like that, there are some really awesome ones out there, who loves to work with thier artists to make sure they get some sales. 

I may be jumpin' the gun, which is probably the case.  So I guess I should ask myself these questions:

1.  How bad do I want to be in a gallery?
2.  How will being in a gallery benefit me?
3.  Will it really increase my sales that much by being in one?
4.  Am I reallly willing to give them up to 50% of my sales? 

Hmmm..something to think about on my part. 

Have a great week!

Denise
http://denisehallart.com

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Did you get my e-mail?



Okay, its been a long while since I did a blog.  So here it goes.... Recently I had a friend who said to me, "Hey Denise, did you get my e-mail?"  I said, "No, what e-mail?" and she gave me this look like she could'nt believe that I didn't get this particular e-mail.  In the midst of our conversation, I'm thinking to my self, what is she talking about and thought she was joking, but the more we talked the more I realized she wasn't joking.  To make a long story short, turns out she had purchased not one but two paintings from me and I didn't even know it.  When she told me the news, my mouth was hanging open in awe.  I said, "What! Are your serious? I check my e-mails all the time and I didn't see anything from you about a purchase."  Turns out she paid through pay-pal and I don't check that account often unless I know ahead of time about the purchase. She jokingly said, "and the artist never got back with me.  I guess she doesn't care about getting paid!"  Of course I just laughed. 

To sum it all up, I learned to start checking all my e-mail accounts frequently, especially the one where it shows someone purchased something.  I usually know when someone will buy something from me online which is not very often (it's always in person).  In the end, I have no complaints whatsoever because this was a really nice surprise! 

Denise
http://denisehallart.com
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