With spring around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about outdoor art shows. Here are a few things to consider before taking part in one. They are a lot of work.
ABOVE: My booth at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
What you’ll need to prepare for the show:
- 20-30 artworks.
- Labels with prices for each piece.
- Packing and hanging supplies.
- A tent, weights, hanging grid, table and chair.
- Business cards and a banner (with your name, medium and website).
What to expect when the show opens:
- Expect the weather to be awful.
- Expect to talk to a lot of people.
- Expect to answer the same questions over and over again.
Things to think about:
- Don’t worry too much about making sales or winning awards. They’re nice (and maybe the end goal), but when you’re starting out, you’re unlikely to get much of either.
- Use the opportunity to network with other artists and to get used to talking about your work.