Been painting most of my life, but never showed my paintings (if you don't count the 2nd prize ribbon at the county fair when I was 12
). Any sales I have are word-of-mouth. This is not my primary motivation for painting. But of course, like anyone else, if I can sell a few paintings to buy more art supplies, then great! Not to mention that my basement is full and my house looks like an art gallery. So friends were talking to friends and I was eventually approached to do a show in the little town where I grew up. They have a lovely tourism/cultural events building and want to have a weekend-long art show. Afterwards, I can leave a few paintings there to sell throughout the summer since it's a pretty popular tourist destination, ocean front and all.
Basically, they have little experience with art exhibits (they've only done one or two since this new building was put up, but they would like to do more), so they are leaving it all up to me. I roped in a friend painter who's also from the area to display her art as well and help me organize it. City hall will look after advertising with a press release, ads in two local papers, billboards, posters, etc. (they're pretty excited about it), and they have 8 8x4 ft moveable panels we can hang our paintings on throughout the building. Problem is that the panels are made of primed white masonite full of holes, like you see over workbenches. Not the most attractive stuff. I'd like to cover it up... maybe a coloured sheet or cloth? Any other ideas keeping in mind the budget is limited? Otherwise, the building is great, modern yet rustic, with good lighting.
We will have an opening Friday night, then the exhibit will be open all day Saturday and Sunday. They will then shut down until tourist season in early July, at which time they will sell the artwork for us, taking only 10%! I think it's a great deal. Even if we don't sell anything, it should be fun. Any other tips?