Friday, August 24, 2007
Artists Alive and Well
When: Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 7:00 PM
Where: Eastman Gallery, 1110 N. Post Oak Rd., Suite 310, Houston, TX 77055
RSVP: Linda, 713-781-1030, 281-451-3808, or LSPosey@earthlink.net
Description: Our speaker, Richard Eastman, will share his "Gallery Owner's Secrets for Selling Your Art Work." This informative presentation will get us all prepared for our inaugural show -- opening on October 18 at Eastman Gallery. (Details on the show coming soon.)
PLEASE RSVP so we can have plenty of chairs set up for the meeting. For more information about Artists Alive and Well or to reserve your seat for the September 18 meeting, contact Linda, 713-781-1030, 281-451-3808, or LSPosey@earthlink.net
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Everyone at our meeting tonight after our tour of Eastman Gallery committed to planning our first show at the gallery – preferably in October-November. Richard Eastman, the owner, took a lot of time out of his busy evening to talk to us. I think everyone was impressed with his commitment to supporting local artists and specifically to helping us increase our visibility and sell our work.
I’m really excited about this opportunity for all of us! The potential investment for each artist is small – probably no more than $50-$100 for the month-long exhibit, plus only 25% commission on works sold (see below for more on costs and benefits). But the possible payoff in terms of educating yourself in the art business, increasing your visibility and credibility as an artist, developing your confidence in your work, and of course learning how to sell your art, is huge.
IF YOU’RE COMMITTED TO BEING IN THE SHOW, PLEASE LET ME KNOW BY 5PM, MONDAY, AUGUST 20. PLEASE FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO YOUR ARTIST FRIENDS SO WE CAN GENERATE A LOT OF PARTICIPATION IN THE SHOW. I’D LOVE TO FILL ALL THE UNBOOKED SPACE IN THE GALLERY WITH OUR ARTISTS ALIVE AND WELL GROUP! AND WE HAVE TO ACT FAST, BECAUSE THE SPACE MIGHT BE TAKEN SOON.
Richard juries all the art he shows, so participation is contingent on his acceptance of the work – no pornography or extremely dark or violent work will be shown. The work is insured while it’s in the gallery AND you’re wise to have your own insurance coverage as well.
I’ll meet with Richard next week to confirm the exact dates, costs, deadline for submitting our work and other details. I plan to show him some of our work to give him a sense of the diversity and talent represented by our group.
IF YOU’RE GOING FOR IT WITH US AND HAVE PHOTOS OF YOUR WORK, PLEASE POST SHOTS OF 2-5 YOUR BEST WORKS ON THE YAHOO GROUP SITE – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/artistsaliveandwell/. Please post your work by 5PM, MONDAY, AUGUST 20. Here’s how to post photos of your work on our Yahoo group:
- Go to the site – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/artistsaliveandwell/ – and join the group, if you haven’t already.
- Once you join, click on Photos in the menu on the left side of the Artists Alive and Well home page. This will take you to the Photos page.
- Click on Create Album, and enter your album name and description. If your online name is not your real full name, please use your real first and last name in the name of your album. Also be sure to click Personal on this screen, so other people can’t accidentally add photos to your album.
- Follow the prompts for adding photos of your work from your computer files. In the Name box, give each work a title. In the Description box, put the medium and the size – for example, acrylic on canvas, 16x20.
- When you’ve added your photos, scroll to the bottom and click Add Photos Now.
If you can’t post your work to Yahoo, you can email the files to me. Be sure that the title of EVERY file contains your last name and the name of the art work. If you email me photos of your work and don’t want them posted on the Yahoo group site, please let me know.
POSTING PHOTOS OF YOUR WORK ON YAHOO IS NOT ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL AT THIS TIME. If you don’t have photos available, don’t go out and spend a fortune having them made. These pictures are just to give Richard a sense of “who we are” as artists, and to assure him that we can fill at least one room of the gallery with quality art. Once the arrangements for the show are worked out, we’ll set a date for you to officially submit your work either by email (if that’s acceptable to him) or in person.
HOW EASTMAN GALLERY WORKS WITH ARTISTS – Each show at the gallery lasts about 5 weeks. We’re targeting a show that will start about mid-October and run into November (exact dates to come after my meeting with Richard).
As mentioned above, Richard juries the shows himself. He also takes care of hanging the shows professionally. You must provide your work ready to hang – and Richard has a wholesale framer he will refer us to if needed. Richard is an interior designer as well as an artist, so I believe he’ll do his best to make our work look good. (I’ll ask him if we have any say-so in how our work is displayed.)
COSTS – The artists pay a fee to have their works hung for the 5-week period of the show. The fee depends on the amount of wall space occupied. The good news is that the commission charged for works sold is only 25%, substantially less than that charged by most other galleries.
We’re discussing taking one of the larger rooms in the gallery. If every artist submits 2-3 works (moderate size pieces – nothing huge – I’ll get specific dimensions from Richard), this room would accommodate the 2-D works of about 15 artists. We’d also have floor space for pedestals and tables to accommodate ceramics, jewelry and other 3-D works. With these added works, the room might accommodate a total of 18-20 artists. The cost for the room for the 5-week exhibit is $1060. Split among 15-20 artists, that’s only about $50-$70 per artist. (This price could vary with the size of the works submitted and the way Richard decides to hang them for best effect.)
Any artist who wants more space could pay for more of the space in this room – for example, instead of taking one slot for about $50-$70, you could take 2 slots for about $100-$140. We could also take some of the space available outside the room in other parts of the gallery. The more total space we take, the better price we get – another good reason to invite all your artist friends to participate.
People in Artists Alive and Well who are already exhibiting at the gallery would keep their current spaces. With Artists Alive and Well members throughout the gallery, we can all easily refer patrons to each other – for instance: “Oh, you’re interested in landscapes – have you seen Mary’s work in the next room?”
WHAT WE GET FOR OUR MONEY
RECEPTIONS – Richard hosts an opening reception at the beginning of the show and an evening with the artists a week or two later. These receptions include an open bar and a nice little cocktail buffet and usually some live music – at no extra cost to the artists.
PR – He sends out 3 email invitations for each show – one invitation announcing the events, one reminder announcing the opening reception and one reminder announcing the evening with the artists. His email list is about 5000, and he’s willing to include all our email lists in his email invitation list. He also prints 5000 oversize postcards and mails out several thousand of those. (I’ll ask him if we can have some of the postcards for our own use.) He’s done a good job of promoting his shows – a couple of months ago he had a nice piece in the Chronicle featuring his exhibit honoring Frida Kahlo. Each artist can also display photos of their work on the Eastman Gallery website.
USE OF THE SPACE – Except for the receptions, the gallery is open by appointment. We’re free to bring people in anytime to see our work – as long as we make arrangements with Richard or his staff for the gallery to be open. If all of us want to get together and have a party for our friends, we can do that. (The refreshments would be on us, but no extra cost for using the space.) If you have prospective customers who can’t make the receptions, you can set up your own time to show your work – and you can bring in additional work to display on easels to showcase more of your own pieces. We can hold Artists Alive and Well meetings at the gallery if we want to, or hold workshops on topics of interest to us, to other artists or the public to give our group additional visibility in the community.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO MAKE THE ARTISTS ALIVE AND WELL SHOW A SUCCESS?
- Commit to being in the show. Email me ASAP to let me know you’re on board.
- If you have photos of your work, submit them to the Artists Alive and Well Yahoo group as outlined above.
- Get your email list in shape for us to use in promoting the show – invite ALL your friends, coworkers, neighbors, relatives, and everyone you know – and of course your previous customers!
- Send me any useful contacts you already have with any members of the media – their name, publication/station where they work, phone number and email.
- Check out my wish list (emailed to everyone on the list), and volunteer to play an active part in launching this event and this organization. Several people have already stepped forward, and I’m sure they’d each welcome help with their tasks – plus there are plenty of jobs to go around.
- Come to the next meeting and be prepared to get REALLY pumped about the possibility of being an ABUNDANT ARTIST!
THANKS to all of you who’ve attended the meetings, expressed interest in Artists Alive and Well, or agreed to forward this information to your artist friends. Thanks especially to those who have already stepped forward (and those who will) to help make the show a roaring success. I appreciate you all, I honor your creativity and I welcome your partnership in this fantastic adventure.
Happy creating –
Linda Summers Posey
Founder, Artists Alive and Well
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Evening with the Artists at Eastman Gallery
1100 North Post Oak Road, Suite 310 (in an office park just north of I-10)
Houston, TX 77055
Please RSVP to Linda -- 713-781-1030, 281-451-3808, LSPosey@earthlink.net
After we visit the gallery -- we'll adjourn to Cafe Express, 1101 Uptown Park, Houston, TX 77056 (from Eastman Gallery, go south on Post Oak Rd., continue south on the access road to Loop 610, go past Memorial Drive and Woodway, and watch for the Uptown Park signs on your right -- turn in to find Cafe Express). We'll continue our discussion of possibilities for holding our first show at Eastman Gallery.
Several of our Artists Alive and Well artists are already showing at Eastman Gallery. After more of us see the gallery in person and meet the owner, Richard Eastman, we should be prepared to decide what will work best for our group or if we should pursue another venue.
PLEASE JOIN US AT EASTMAN GALLERY OR, IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE GALLERY, COME TO CAFE EXPRESS. SINCE I'M NOT SURE HOW LONG WE'LL STAY AT THE GALLERY, PLEASE PHONE ME (281-451-3808) ABOUT 8PM TO FIND OUT WHEN TO ARRIVE AT THE CAFE.
In the meantime, if you have any other ideas or inspirations about where to exhibit our work, please email me, LSPosey@earthlink.net.
We had a lively discussion about what we want to do procatively to forward our artist careers. We all agreed that the next step we want to pursue is creating our own show. I've investigated several galleries and talked to the owners. One gallery that has space available for a monthlong show (at least the last time we talked) is Eastman Gallery. I shared my impressions from visiting with Richard Eastman and touring the gallery. A couple of artists who attended already have art in Eastman Gallery, and they shared what it's like to have their work displayed there.
The group agreed that it'd be a good idea to attend the Artists' Night at Eastman Gallery this Friday, August 17. The open house starts at 6PM -- AND WE AGREED TO MEET AT 7PM. After we tour the gallery, get a sense of the space and the ambiance, and hopefully talk to the owner, Richard Eastman, we'll adjourn to Cafe Express in Uptown Park for more conversation.
PLEASE JOIN US AT EASTMAN GALLERY OR AT CAFE EXPRESS. SINCE I'M NOT SURE HOW LONG WE'LL STAY AT THE GALLERY, PLEASE PHONE ME (281-451-3808) ABOUT 8PM TO FIND OUT WHEN TO ARRIVE AT THE CAFE.
In the meantime, if you have any other ideas or inspirations about where to exhibit our work, please email me. I look forward to your partnership in creating an outstanding Artists Alive and Well show.
Linda Summers Posey
Founder, Artists Alive and Well
Friday, August 3, 2007
Artists Alive and Well
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
7:00PM - 8:30PM
2013C W Gray St
Houston, TX 77019
713-522-2409 -- gallery number -- please don't RSVP here!
RSVP -- Linda Posey -- 713-781-1030, 281-451-3808 or LSPosey@earthlink.net
Archway Gallery is in the River Oaks Shopping Center near Shepherd and West Gray -- just 2 doors from the River Oaks Theater.
Join us for a special preview of Madilyn Stein's "Boundaries Series" exhibit -- you'll also see works by Kay Sarver and other Houston artists. (Madilyn and Kay attended our organizational meeting last month.)
Madilyn and I will arrive about 6:30PM to set up -- come early if you can and enjoy browsing the gallery. Our meeting will start promptly at 7:00PM.
Artists Alive and Well Agenda:
- Share your art -- Don't be shy! Bring a piece or two of your work that represents you as an artist. Tell us what inspired you to create it or how it helped you grow creatively.
- Share your heart's desire -- What's next for Artists Alive and Well? -- Come prepared to voice your preferences for using this group to move OUT of "starving artist" mode and INTO your "ABUNDANT ARTIST" arena. (Watch the Yahoo group site -- artistsaliveandwell -- for notes on the possibilities we discussed last month.)
- Share your snacks -- Bring finger food and drinks to share.
THANKS to Madilyn Stein for arranging for us to meet at Archway Gallery. THANKS to Bonnie Blue for suggesting that we share our art.
See you on August 14!
Happy creating -- Linda
Linda Summers Posey
Founder, Artists Alive and Well