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Taking Stock… Again

October 7, 2015

booth fsam october 2015

Four days after returning from the October First Saturday Arts Market in Houston, we finally got most of the art put away. We think we had a good presentation, but we did come away doing some thinking. We’ve leaned heavily in one direction for a while, now it’s time to get some balance back into our show booth,

collection at 800We love the fact that people love our whimsical pieces, but we do see a lot of people browsing through the unframed traditional work as well. We’re beginning to talk about ways to give additional weight to the traditional work, in order to better present both sides of our artistic endeavors.

booth 2 fsam october 2015

The trick is how to handle the juxtaposition of whimsical art and traditional paintings. We’re already looking at booth arrangements that will allow a somewhat more balanced presentation of the work we do.

To that end, we spent part of today going through all of the show art. We did some serious culling of both traditional and whimsical work and, together, we eliminated a considerable number of pieces from our inventory. The good news is that, because we are somewhat prolific and have a large inventory, no one will notice.

Some of it was painful, but much of it was overdue.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Pleinguy permalink
    October 7, 2015 8:13 pm

    Sounds like a good plan. Hope you follow-up with how you arrange the displays, and how visitors respond with the new presentation.

  2. October 8, 2015 1:40 am

    Hope all goes well with your new presentation!

  3. Antje permalink
    October 8, 2015 6:42 am

    I can imagine how tricky these challenges are! Not only do you want to up your sales but also, in the art market, people tend to think of artists in completely one-sided ways as in ‘ah, this is the guy with the whimsical art’ or ‘that’s that traditional painter’ (for example). Viewers want to put you in a box – in one box, not in several. And that’s also tricky because most artists have several genres in them! I know I do. Sigh. I bet that, the market being what it is, you’d up your sales if you had one booth with whimsical pieces and one with all the traditional art (which I totally love, btw – I have learned so much from reading your blog in the past few years!). Maybe. Anyway, good luck!

    • October 8, 2015 9:27 am

      A very thoughtful comment, Antje. It is tricky, and we have discussed the possibility of two booths, but the cost and logistics get to be prohibitive for us. In some cases, we could do it at low cost markets and festivals, but we’d have to rent a trailer for the extra gear and art, which then adds to the cost of the show. We know we’re trying to have our cake and eat it too, but we’re determined to try to figure it out. Thanks so much for following along with us!

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