Artist Experiences Art Gallery Rudeness
by Clint Watson on 6/29/2007 10:27:35 AM
In regards to that person who got a rude "uppity" reception from a
gallery: I live 25 miles from Sedona, AZ a very snobbish community of rich and
sometimes famous residents. As I know walking in with a painting under my arm
is uncool, I looked up several art galleries and called in an attempt to make an
appointment. Every one of them suggested I e-mail the images. OK so I did
that and a couple of days later I followed up with a phone call. I was told
that we 1. don't have room on the walls or 2. we are not adding any new
artists, or 3 the work doesn't match our gallery. So I drove over there, and
browsed through the galleries. Out of 6 galleries, only one woman nodded as I
glanced her way. The other people working in the galleries didn't even look my
way when I entered. I did go up to one of them and asked who I would talk to
regarding showing my artwork and was handed a form to fill out with my name
phone number etc, and very coldly she said we will call you. Again I called in
a few days and they acted like they didn't know anything about it. So I have
given up trying to get into one of the ritzy art galleries in Sedona.
It never ceases to amaze us. We think you did everything right in this
instance. Remember, we are in a strange industry. Artists look to
galleries as the "experts" in marketing and business, but in many cases
those who run galleries are experts in neither...after all, there is no
"certification" one has to pass to open a gallery, anyone who is brave
or foolish enough can do it. Keep searching though, because once you
find a gallery that "gets it" they are worth their weight in gold. . .
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