"Tafiti, Man of Nobility" mask wall hanging 10"x10" polymer clay, acrylic paint, paper, wood
Saturday's show resulted in few sales due to extremely low attendance. The organizers had advertised for a month, but apparently that wasn't enough to generate a good crowd. I made two sales, and have a commissioned piece (similar to Tafiti, above) to complete before Christmas, so it wasn't a total loss.
The main reason I wanted to do the show at this local gallery space was to follow up on the possibility of having my work in an exhibition there sometime next year. I was able to do this with the woman who'd made the suggestion to me after she'd seen my display at a show in July. She said she hadn't received my email, and that they were scheduled until next fall. I told her I would be open to discussing how we could work together, and gave her my information again. I plan to follow up with her and with the director of the Center, by snail mail this time, to ensure it's received.
So, that's it for 2007 shows. It was a year of expansion--we did almost twice as many shows as last year; refinement--our new booth display came together this year; education--we now know what types of shows to keep on our list, and ones to avoid like the proverbial plague; and disappointment--sales were not what we'd hoped and planned for. Because of the experiences of this year, I will be actively seeking other marketing opportunities and different shows for the coming year.
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."
Albert Einstein had the right idea; that's what I hope to do.