My original plan was to get my work into about a dozen (or more) galleries...
May I seriously recommend selling your pieces on commission through galleries run by other people?...
Bill and Nancy,
Where do you people find a gallery, let alone dozen!? A gallery willing to accept photographic walk-ins, that is.
Here, in Chicago and suburbs, I witnessed in the last eight years only closures of galleries (both photographic and classic arts). Here in Naperville (a Chicago suburb), eight years ago there was a strictly photographic gallery and one with classic arts (at least on the main downtown streets). The photographic gallery was selling only its owner's photography (mostly local scenes). Never saw photography in the other "classic arts" gallery. Both closed several years ago.
The renowned Thomas Mangelsen had until recently its own gallery in Oakbrook (another Chicago suburb). Had to close it last year. And that is the same guy who reportedly made $11 millions in sales one year (through all his galleries and online sales). Apparently, couldn't afford the rent in the upscale shopping mall.
Chicago itself has several photographic galleries, but only one that carried the type of landscape and cityscape photography we see around here (on LuLa, that is). And that is the one that closed, as described in the second post in this thread. Other photographic galleries are rather fine-art photography (i.e., closer to classic art done through photographic medium, rather than classic photography aspiring to be art). Their prices are in kilos, rather then grams (to borrow Nancy's dollar scale). And they are by invitation only.
There are occasionally "fine art" shops in some suburban malls, selling what I consider standard kitsch fare, the likes you can find in home-furnishing stores. I say occasionally, as they seem to faster close than open.
In the last eight years, since I moved here, I witnessed nothing but closings of spaces that could be (even remotely) associated with culture: Borders book stores, photographic and classic art galleries, etc., and being replaced by yet another product of sweat and child labor from Asia, i.e., clothing. How many more variations of cheap t-shirts and jeans people need!?
Chicago has its Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue), prime shopping and, supposedly, cultural venue. It has never been famous for its culture, but at least there were some islands of that, among the sea of shop-till-you-drop spaces. Not any more.