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September 29, 2011

After reflecting on our experience last month at the First Saturday Arts Market in Houston, there’s been some serious thought given to the booth layout.  We can’t be everything to everyone, and we can’t attract attention with huge “edgy” abstract and expressionist paintings.  We only know one look to put forward: an elegant, and professional booth filled with good representational art.  So… we’re reshaping the layout of the booth, adding a few touches, and continuing to build on the art gallery/boutique approach that we’ve leaned toward over the last couple of years.  The photo above was taken of a partial setup in our garage after we acquired a couple of new accessories.  We think the little lamps and fabric table runners will add some nice warmth to the booth.

These are the larger paintings we’ll be taking.  All of them are 16×20.  The four horizontal paintings will hang as a group of four on one wall of the booth.  The intent is for them to make a strong statement as a counterpoint to the full wall of 5x7s above a table covered with tabletop mini paintings of various sizes.  If you look back up at the booth image, you’ll see where the large ones will hang.  The larger vertical painting will hang separately on the back wall.

We love doing the smaller venues… markets and festivals that draw a varied cross-section of the public.  But this does put us in an arts and crafts setting with vendors all around us selling low-dollar items.  I’ve spent a lot of time and agony casting about for a way to get our share of attention and to compete for those dollars.  One of the things we plan to do when we begin travelling in the motorhome next year is to find festivals along the way, set up our little travelling art gallery, and sell to the public.  We know that’s not for everyone, but it’s a life we look forward to.  In order to do that, we’ve got to offer a wide range of artwork.  The little pieces shown above are only part of what I’ve been doing over the last few weeks – a mixture of 3 1/2 x5 and 4×6.  We’ll combine these with Nell’s mini florals, and along with the 5×7 pieces we’ve always offered, we’ll now have a large collection of work priced well under $100, a necessity at these kinds of shows.

We’ll also have about a dozen or so  pieces in the 8×10 to 11×14 size.  Those, anchored by the small and the large, will give us a real variety of sizes and prices.  Will it work for us?  Who knows?  It’s all seat-of-the-pants guesswork anyway, and it’s all totally dependent on nice weather and a big crowd ready to spend money.  And, of course, our buyers have to be in the crowd.

So… it’s back to Houston this Saturday for the October edition of the First Saturday Arts Market.

Stay tuned.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Steven Sellers permalink
    September 29, 2011 3:49 pm

    Nicely written Ralph ! I always enjoy your take on this crazy world we have chosen to play in.

  2. September 29, 2011 5:22 pm

    Good luck Ralph. The lower priced items may be key, they have been for me this summer.

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