Photo Essay

How to Sell Your Art in Public Spaces!!!

'Blacktop Deville'

Ok, here is the story:

One day while feeling depressed about not marketing my work, I was chatting with a fellow JPG'er Peggy Gardner.

She suggested to hit the Markets with prints and the possibility of making some difference in exposure or sales could be lucrative...

I started out by researching the city but found nothing about selling artwork in public spaces, so I decided to hit the Swap-Meet's...zzzz yuck! I hated it but sold some of my work only to despise the wait to simply just get in, setup my displays and then be surrounded by 'Junk'... forget it.

I stumbled upon a link to the Salt Lake City Arts Council: and began investigating if this was right for me... Bingo!!

My Portable gallery is perfect, there are outdoor concert shows at the Gallivan Center, Arts Festivals, Farmers Markets, Public Parks, Library Square, City & County Building, Sundance Film Festival and any time I want and in any publicly owned space in the downtown district, Sugarhouse and any of the Parks area!!! (with some small but vague restrictions)

I have the ability to now setup a booth for free at the markets instead of the $500 10x10 space other artists do....the only stipulation is I have to be 100 feet from them...Ok!!

I went to City Hall today and paid the $30 Dollar fee, made sure my application was filled in, all the necessary things were included and of course some of my new work!! The clerk went through the application and printed out my License... I was thrilled to have this new ability; to sell my art in the locations that have my particular clientelle...

Oh yeah, I nearly forgot...that is 30$ for a year!!! Duh..

The thing I'd like to share here is if you are willing to put yourself out there, you love your art, want to make it work and need to display your views...Get out there and make yourself visible. No-one will come find you and make you an artist!! Plus the shot of the guy on the bike is because I was at the Park checking out a place to setup my booth!!! (Perfect places for street photography) Now, if only I had a ghost writer....Tricia?

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18 responses

  • Michael Adams

    Michael Adams gave props (27 Jul 2009):

    Great article! Awesome prints! Hope you do well!

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (27 Jul 2009):

    Awesome!!! Good for you!!! I'm thinking along those same lines...I wish you all the best!! Let me know how it goes!!!

  • Michael Risenhoover

    Michael Risenhoover (Deleted) gave props (27 Jul 2009):

    Yes, awesome! I think this would be really fun to do as well!

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck gave props (27 Jul 2009):

    Congratulations on taking that step and your success! You're an ispiration!

  • Joseph

    Joseph (Deleted) gave props (28 Jul 2009):

    all the best mate

  • Tim Narraway

    Tim Narraway said (28 Jul 2009):

    looks like fun. Best of luck with the story

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (28 Jul 2009):

    Love the trailer. Comfort with practicality. Great way to roll and get your work out there!

  • jen bellefleur

    jen bellefleur gave props (28 Jul 2009):

    i'm really happy for you. you have guts and talent and drive.

  • Richard Seah

    Richard Seah gave props (28 Jul 2009):

    And by the way.... great pixs from the kaput Samsung. Can recognise them here. That was one valuable lesson for all of us.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (28 Jul 2009):

    great article, J. Congratulations.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (28 Jul 2009):

    oopps, my vote!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (29 Jul 2009):

    Informative, inspirational essay & vote!!! Bravo :)

  • marilu

    marilu (Deleted) gave props (29 Jul 2009):

    Interesting article, I really enjoyed reading it. Congratulations & best wishes!

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (30 Jul 2009):

    you are fabulous - markets rock, galleries suck.

  • Chris Whitney

    Chris Whitney said (30 Jul 2009):

    Good luck John-I think you found your niche. Although one day, I do see you having your own artist-friendly gallery.

  • Jerry Sander

    Jerry Sander gave props (1 Aug 2009):

    Great story! I have recently began doing the same. Good luck to you.

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (5 Sep 2009):

    A piece full of inspiration, confidence & a step toward the world win, win, winner!

  • Michele Randell

    Michele Randell gave props (19 Sep 2009):

    Love your attitude and story John....there is a place for all art...sometimes you just have to find that place.....:)

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