> My best gallery decided 6 days before the event to feature my wall-filling art at an Albuquerque home show this weekend.
A trick I learned from some fair gypsies is to never agree to book a show more than a few days before the show. Typically the people who sell space for a show will drop their prices, often drastically, as show time draws near. Sounds as if your gallery folks follows this wise mantra.
> I don't have to do anything except loan my Pro-panels and frame 40 pieces in 5 days.
Only 40 pieces? Like a leisurely breakfast (not). Do you have the pieces made?
>The booth is flanked by garden sheds and guys who can fix ANY roof leak, guaranteed!
Heck, roofing and Tuff Sheds amount to most of what the 500+ vendors here sell. The key difference is the colors!
> The booth will be manned by the gallery sales folks who are quite frankly much better salespeople than yours truly, or at least a lot prettier.
The only cute woman i get to help is my partner, and she often outsells me.
> Perhaps this is the new face of art marketing in the 21st century.
As long as itís a pretty face. After all, what could hurt to get in front of lots of people expressly looking to make their home or office a nicer place?
> Hope you find a parking place there on the streets of Seattle, and good luck! And like Mike says, keep us posted.
Back Ďatcha for good luck and keeping us posted!
I am already about the luckiest person at the show. To my amazement and delight, the organizers set up a space inside the building for my trailer. Itís ďhiddenĒ behind a curtain near the front of the building, and there is enough room for 2 other trailers the size of mine there. Krikey, I wish my booth had the location that my trailer does! Had I known Iíd have at least washed the trailer!
One of my recent skillful feats occurred getting the trailer to this location. I drove down one of the main isles where I had not quite 2 inches of room on the sides, or would have crushed any of about 80 displays containing everything from ceramics to bonsai plants to fire places, to, of course, roofing exhibits. And then I had to round a corner, and then another. Whew! The bad news is that I definitely won't be among the first out, but at least I wonít need to move the trailer to load it!
The only bad part of the day is that my booth is located near a door so big it could have its own zip code and due to the gale force winds blowing through it, I canít hang my works until they close the door this (Friday) evening.
> Don't ever get a framer started on the quality of chops he or she receives, your ears will be burning.
That detail was the inspiration for this forum http://thegrumble.com/forum.php
One of the dirty little secrets about framing art works is that most of the supplies suck for precise measurement. It is as if the manufacturers are incapable of measuring precisely and so they ship anything thatís close to what was ordered. That ineptitude flows down the supply chain.