How to Sell Your Art in Public Spaces!!!
27 Jul 2009
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: http://slcgov.com/arts/pages/sidewalk.htm 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?