An Exhibition Checklist

Did you know that when you paint on damp, unprimed canvas, acrylics will flow just like watercolour? Did you know grey thread in the sewing machine makes beautiful sketchy lines?

I'm excited about this current project and I couldn't resist sharing a little about what I'm doing before it's done.
I've got a busy week planned. I start teaching 8 sessions of watercolour classes on Thursday evening, so I'll be getting prepared for that this week. I like to introduce my students to watercolour by showing a variety of styles of watercolor paintings - from photorealistic to abstract, and I like to have extra supplies on hand to loan to those who might not have bought their materials yet.
Additionally, tonight I'll be attending a council meeting for the village nearest my home, and I'm bringing paintings. They are looking to purchase art by a local artist to give as a gift to another town, and I've been asked to present a selection for them to consider. So today I'll be choosing two or three of the pieces I think most suitable for their purposes, and going through my "public presentation checklist."
Before I exhibit any painting in public, I always make sure that:

  1. Frame is in good repair and clean.
  2. Glass is not chipped or cracked, and clean.
  3. Hanging hardware is functional and in good repair.
  4. Art is labeled on back with my business card and name of the painting. I like to sign the backs of my frames as well as the front of the actual painting. I can't tell you how many times I've looked for a legible artist name on the back of a frame because the signature on the painting was illegible or faded.
  5. I have a price list in hand or a price tag on the painting (in the back). Because I am bringing only three paintings, I will have the prices memorized so I can say them confidently without hesitation when asked.
  6. I have packed an invoice book to bring, and extra promotional materials. I don't have current brochures right now so I will bring business cards.
I'm also going to bring my easels, though I will leave them in the van at first. If I enter the meeting and find that they haven't thought of display options, I'll suggest I bring in my easels - this is to my advantage because I want my art to be shown to its best advantage. I think art looks better on an easel than leaning on a chair, or held up by hand, don't you?
So, have I forgotten anything on this quick checklist? Obviously if I were preparing for an exhibition of my body of work, my checklist would be much more extensive.
ArtAngela FehrComment