Saturday, June 6, 2009
Lessons from an opening...
Lessons Learned last night:
1. Make a huge sandwich board and position your most charming and outgoing friend at the door to invite timid folks in. Most people thought it was a private affair and didn't enter until invited.
2. Hound the media to post your press releases.
3. I said this before, plan twice as much time to complete tasks AND complete anything you can ahead of the event. (in my case also plan half as much food)
4. Baked brie is a favorite and while I brought WAY too much food the brie was wiped out even though I brought 2 wheels of it.
5. Ask for help. I did, and I have amazing friends.
6. Thank your gallery, treat them to goodies if you can, and thank your guests and gallery staff (in my case they all stayed 2-3 hours past their normal shifts to allow for my show).
7. Even when another event in the same area calls and give you unkind verbiage during your show, maintain your grace and good humor. (I just chalked it up to having good work if the other artist felt threatened enough to stop her show to call me and complain that my show was infringing on her attendence).
8. If you like the venue and the show has gone well, don't be shy about asking to come back next season/year etc.
Tomorrow I will post what I learned from the amazing criticism I received. (feedback IS a gift).
“What distinguishes modern art from the art of other ages is criticism.” Octavio Paz