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Preparing For My Art Exhibition

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Photos for exhibitI had already planned a 45 day trip to northern European states, to Iceland and Greenland from July till August when the Mayslake Peabody Estate sent me an invitation to exhibit my photography and oil paintings in September. I said yes to the invitation without any hesitation. After all what could be more satisfying than exhibiting my hard work to the art lovers? But to tell you the truth, I was pretty overwhelmed at first. How was I supposed to get ready for a full fletched exhibition in such a short amount of time? I started thinking about grandiose prints, themes, new paintings and a lot of art enthusiasts that would be rushing to the opening of my exhibition.

But I had to stop myself right there, what was I thinking? What was the main objective here? Yes, I knew it would be amazing to sell my artwork and have a lot of enthusiastic art lovers admire my work. But the most satisfying thought for me was to see my creativity and hard work hanging on the beautiful walls of the newly remodeled art gallery and inviting my friends over to the exhibition and meeting new people. Everything other than that was just an added bonus. I happily started working on my art pieces since there is no problem in having the “drive” to work. Having said that I knew that there laid some serious work ahead of me.
At this point I asked myself, what did I need to make my exhibition a success?

Following is what I think are the essentials of any successful art exhibition:

1.    An artist should have the right attitude
2.    An artist should hire the help of a curator to help him/her select the work  
3.    Look for market venues
4.    The artist should have an effective and efficient marketing plan
5.    An artist should use his/her mailing list to promote the exhibition
6.    Make good use of advice present in the blogs of Alyson Stanfield
7.    The artist should talk and write about his/her art

A detailed schedule, an elaborate plan and motivation is all I need now to make it big on the day of my exhibition.
My intentions are good, I have all the advice that I need, and people actually admire my creativity and artwork. Now I am all set to see what happens on the grand day!
My exhibition’s opening is in Oak Brook, IL, on 17th September.
Come back again to read how it went.

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