Open Photography Forums  
HOME FORUMS NEWS FAQ SEARCH

Go Back   Open Photography Forums > Photography Discussions > Sales, Exhibitions and Web Presence

Sales, Exhibitions and Web Presence Discussion of commerce models and processes by which Photography reaches clients and the public.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old February 4th, 2011, 07:54 PM
Rick Otto Rick Otto is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 81
Default Invited to join a gallery ..... so...

So here's the deal...

$50 one time membership fee
$30/month with a 12 month commitment
Commissions paid to the gallery are 25% for Art Council members (another $35) 45% for non Art Council members

Requirement to serve on the standing "Hanging and Food" committees at least 2x year.

This gets you a 2 month showing every year.. you have a room where you can display a lot of photos with prices..

So, I'm into just the fees for about $445/year... to break even, I'd have to sell about $575 for those 2 months..

Think I'll pass.... Anyone know if other galleries have such requirements?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old February 4th, 2011, 08:23 PM
Joe Hardesty Joe Hardesty is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 55
Default

I have only had may work in two galleries. I paid nothing except the cost of having the prints made. But this sounds like a co-op gallery.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old February 5th, 2011, 02:56 AM
Sandrine Bascouert Sandrine Bascouert is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Brighton (UK)
Posts: 991
Default

Where are you from?
Maybe some members in your area, can make other suggestions.
This sounds quite expensive to me, depends also of the "celebrity" of the gallery. Apart of you, who's displayed here as well - if you want to broaden your audience I mean.
__________________
Sandrine: the genuine "5th wheel of the wagon". Second to none! Established 1970.
website
C&C always welcome!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old February 5th, 2011, 08:46 AM
Ken Tanaka Ken Tanaka is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 1,300
Default

Rick,
This does sound a bit like a co-op type of gallery. They were not uncommon in the more bohemian arts areas of NY during 1950's and early 1960's until real estate prices made them all but impossible.

In the traditional sense gallery representation means more than being able to hang your stuff on someone's store walls. Gallery owners become agents and business partners on your behalf. In their own financial self-interest they try to ensure that your work gets seen not just when it's on their walls (which may be rare, particualry if you're a no-name) but also for a myriad of other opportunities such as shows and lending placements. If your work merits attention some will even publish special catalogs or write pieces for art periodicals.

But your scant description suggests that this is not an opportunity for representation beyond hangin' your stuff on someone's walls...for a fee. Before walking away from the proposition you should ask yourself if such a collective experience might be useful and instructive for a year or so. The vast majority of the big art world's activities represent little more than entropy, as this might be. But who else participates? How is the traffic at the gallery? Where is it? How are events promoted? Are the other participants genuinely committed artists or just weekend hacks? What do other gallerists in your area think of this operation?

If you're an art world outsider and/or a hobbyist with zero representation or experience it might be a good way to get a taste of how the bigger art world operates. I could think of a hell of a lot worse ways to spend $450.
__________________
- Ken Tanaka -
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old February 5th, 2011, 10:22 AM
Alain Briot Alain Briot is offline
pro member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Posts: 1,423
Default

As far as paid gallery exhibition goes, this is not a bad price, especially if that's for 2 years. Some galleries charge much more than that. Besides gaining exposure, who knows, you might even sell something, although I would count sales as tertiary benefit in this type of venture, not as primary benefit. The primary benefit is what you will learn. The secondary benefit is exposure you might gain, and the tertiary benefit is you might make sales. Notice my use of 'will' and 'might'. You will learn something for sure. But you might make contact and sales.

Or you could buy $450 worth of gear and take more photos.

What are your goals?
__________________
Alain Briot
Fine Art, workshops, books: Get 40 Free eBooks when you subscribe to my newsletter:
http://www.beautiful-landscape.com
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old February 5th, 2011, 05:02 PM
Rick Otto Rick Otto is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 81
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Alain Briot View Post
As far as paid gallery exhibition goes, this is not a bad price, especially if that's for 2 years. Some galleries charge much more than that. Besides gaining exposure, who knows, you might even sell something, although I would count sales as tertiary benefit in this type of venture, not as primary benefit. The primary benefit is what you will learn. The secondary benefit is exposure you might gain, and the tertiary benefit is you might make sales. Notice my use of 'will' and 'might'. You will learn something for sure. But you might make contact and sales.

Or you could buy $450 worth of gear and take more photos.

What are your goals?
What are my goals ?? - Guess I never really took the time to answer that.. Right now, all I really want to do is get my photographs out for as many people as possible to see them. Sales would be nice, and I HAVE sold several pictures in the past, but - not my primary goal at this time... "I" don't think I'm that good yet, but if others do, then I certaily wouldn't pass it up...

I'm in a small town of about 42K .. appears to be the only gallery in our area that offers an opportunity for 'untested' artists to display their work..

I think I've reconsidered.... After all, where else can you 'rent' public space at an art gallery for under $10/day ?? I'll have my pictures on display for 2 months, and I can help the rest of the artists the rest of the year.... Perhaps, someone will remember my name if they're looking for a photograph, and want to support local artists...

Appreciate the input !!!

r
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old February 5th, 2011, 05:57 PM
Alain Briot Alain Briot is offline
pro member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Posts: 1,423
Default

Rick,

Let us know how it goes. I think you're looking at it the right way. That being said, I recommend taking some time to define your goals precisely. Someone asked me recently what was my 'big break.' My 'big break' was when I defined my goals, made a plan to get me there and put this plan to work.
__________________
Alain Briot
Fine Art, workshops, books: Get 40 Free eBooks when you subscribe to my newsletter:
http://www.beautiful-landscape.com
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old March 12th, 2011, 02:06 PM
Odille Esmonde-Morgan Odille Esmonde-Morgan is offline
New Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Terranora, north coast NSW, Australia
Posts: 21
Default

And I'd have a talk to some of the other artists, particularly those who do work in your genre, and ask if they have sold things.

Send Press releases to your local newspapers and electronic media when your months are coming up

If you don't have one, start a blog - and if you do add stuff about the gallery regularly and make a big front page link if you can - and let people know when your work is being exhibited

Think about what you are doing - photos on a theme - eg 'a day in the life' can be really good sellers, and montage type ones - eg triptyches, can be too.

You have to think outside the box to sell.
__________________
Odille
---------
My Gear / FAA Gallery & Shop / Photo Blog / RedBubble Gallery & Shop / My Facebook /
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old March 12th, 2011, 02:19 PM
Asher Kelman Asher Kelman is offline
OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 34,132
Default

Rick,

Feel free to link to the gallery if there's a URL address. Make your own blog and maximize your exposure. This of course means your selections need to be your very best.

Good luck. If you want to try out your gallery here, use "Riskit!"

Asher
__________________
Follow us on Twitter at @opfweb

Our purpose is getting to an impressive photograph. So we encourage browsing and then feedback. Consider a link to your galleries annotated, C&C welcomed. Images posted within OPF are assumed to be for Comment & Critique, unless otherwise designated.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Night Gallery Doug Kerr The Amazing Stories Behind Pictures: Places, Events, Poetry, Works of Art 1 August 20th, 2010 10:29 PM
Leap of Faith - Opened A Gallery Scott Buttrick Sales, Exhibitions and Web Presence 9 March 27th, 2008 03:30 AM
On line Gallery application John_Nevill Sales, Exhibitions and Web Presence 1 July 28th, 2007 05:42 PM
Cast your vote at the Pentax Photo Gallery Edward Bussa All other DSLR's and Four Thirds, 4/3 0 July 10th, 2007 07:31 PM
Pentax (only) Photo Gallery Edward Bussa All other DSLR's and Four Thirds, 4/3 10 April 1st, 2007 04:12 PM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:08 PM.


Posting images or text grants license to OPF, yet of such remain with its creator. Still, all assembled discussion 2006-2017 Asher Kelman (all rights reserved) Posts with new theme or unusual image might be moved/copied to a new thread!