The Rickie Report has been writing articles about artists, art shows, art exhibits and contests for seven days a week, usually twice a day since September. Art lovers and Art Patrons, can be reassured that art events continue to happen in Southeast Florida after “season” ends! Classes and exhibits are bountiful. Now is a good moment for Artists to consider the “business” of art. We may not publish an article every day through the summer, but there are still events on our interactive Calendar of Events that you won’t want to miss.
“Season” is over….
Artists keep on creating.
Galleries still exhibit.
Arts organizations continue to program.
Museums remain open.
There is less traffic.
Classes To Learn Art Techniques are being taught .
It is easier to get a reservation for dinner.
Art and Handmade Fine Crafts Are Still Available!
And the Calls For Entries To Artists for next “season” are just beginning!
A Word To Art Lovers and Art Patrons:
Stop by galleries and art exhibits in “off season”.
They’ll be less crowded with visitors – and you will have a chance to linger!
This is a terrific time to hone your art skills, learn a new technique or make a creative play date with friends!
A Few Words To Artists:
NOW is a good time for artists who have been scurrying to meet too many overlapping deadlines for the past six months to organize themselves!
- Are your business cards up to date?
- Is it time to revisit the wording, font size or photos on them?
- Do you have enough cards to get you through the next 12 months? NO ONE wants to run out in the middle of their busy time…Do it now!
- Personally, I like being able to make a note on someone’s business card, so shiny paper or too many words/photos prevent that from happening….
The hardest part of coming back home to your studio after an exhibit or show is putting everything away and staying organized for the next one.
- Check your files to make sure they are up to date
- Mark off pieces you have sold from your inventory ( this makes paying taxes easier for next year, too)
- Are you missing pieces? Now is a good time to play detective and found out where the missing pieces are.
- Most exhibits have rules about artwork that is left after pick up dates. Check on their status before your hard work is sold without you getting a commission.
- Bringing artwork of any kind to exhibits, shows, and galleries produces wear and tear.
- Check your frames for nicks and marks that need to be fixed.
- Check your mats and glass to be sure everything is in its proper position and in good condition.
- Check your hanging devices. Avoid being removed from a show because your wire is too loose or unsteady.
- Update your inventory lists.
Take a moment for a mental inventory.
- Are you happy with what you are creating?
- Is it time to try a new technique that you just haven’t had time for?
- Now is a perfect time to take a short-term class or workshop!
- Schedule some networking time with other artists.
- Talk about how this “season” has been for you. Sharing insights can be helpful, if you don’t get into a round of grousing. If something didn’t “work”, now you have time to reflect on what you can control – how you react and plan differently.
- Outline your business goals – yes! if you are selling your artwork, you are in business!
Buy a 2017 Calendar
( You already have a 2016 Calendar, Right?)
- Start by marking the dates of all exhibit and show deadlines you are applying to in RED.
- NOW: Mark the dates of those acceptance announcements and drop offs in BLUE.
- The Rickie Report is interested in sharing your good news! As soon as you get the acceptance notice, send us an email about the event!
- We are currently booking dates through December, 2017, so don’t hesitate to contact us!
- You may not have all of the details, but we can save you a spot in the publication queue.
- To get your article published, let us know 3-6 weeks before the Exhibition or Opening Reception.
- Last minute openings are possible, but please do not plan on that, especially during “season”.
- Giving us 6 weeks advance notice in “season” gives you more opportunities to choose a timely date for your publication.
- An article includes: Who (you/art organization), What (Type of Event), When ( Exact dates of exhibit and specific dates and time of Receptions, including Hours of Operation), Where (Exact street address, contact name and phone number to ask more questions), Why ( if this is a fundraiser or for a charity, we will happily highlight the organization and include their website and social media addresses. Also: 6 jpegs, artist statement, brief bio, website address, social media addresses and anything else you want our readers to know about your artwork and creative process.
- It is FREE to subscribe to The Rickie Report. We will bill you for articles. There is no word maximum. Call for current rates.
- Invest in your art business and take a monthly ad. With 3 rotations of jpegs ( change them out at no charge monthly), you bring more readers (art lovers and art patrons, gallerists, museum personnel, show directors world wide) to your website. Your ad is seen with every article we publish. Call for current rates.
Not Sure Where To Go From Here?
- Rickie Leiter and Ilene Adams lead “Art Marketing Seminars” throughout Palm Beach County and are willing to travel north or south.
- Our seminars are 2 sessions, one week apart
- Our “graduates” have a high rate of new acceptances to exhibits, shows and awards, plus SALES.
- We are happy to book these seminars with an arts organization or gallery.
- Rickie Leiter is available to consult on an hourly basis. Refine your particular marketing tools, including pricing and networking on an individual basis.
Happy creating, viewing, buying and sharing!
For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:
Rickie Leiter, Publisher
The Rickie Report
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420