Monday, October 13, 2008

Indian River Painting and Vanity Galleries

Impressionist Autumn River Plein Air Painting, painting by Jan Blencowe

Indian River Autumn, Jan Blencowe

About This Painting:
Title: Indian River Autumn

Media: acrylic
Size: 24 in X 12 in (61 cm X 30.5 cm)

Price: $550 unframed, includes shipping and insurance in the USA

How to Purchase:
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This is the painting I did during the first day of the Autumn Arts Trail and Festival. It's the beautiful Indian River in my hometown of Clinton, CT .

Here's another version, done a year or two ago painted from further north along the river. It has since been sold.

Vanitiy Galleries, the right choice??

Now that the economy is in serious trouble it's going to be harder than ever for art galleries to stay in business. This is going to be especially true of galleries that serve the secondary art market, those are the galleries that most emerging artists start in. These galleries are not the high end galleries selling paintings with price tags of $10,000 and up, with long and established client lists. They are the galleries in small cities and suburbs that supply art to people looking to decorate their homes and offices. This segment of the art buying public is going to feel the economic squeeze and I suspect we'll see sales taper off sharply and that means galleries will be in trouble too. Many galleries are turning into vanity galleries out of necessity, even galleries in major cities like New York. They will be charging artists a fee to be represented and/or rent to have their work displayed. Is this a good idea for artists, is is a good idea for you? This very informative artice from Art Calender will help you make that decision. Let me know what you think.

1 comment:

kjs said...

In response to the article.

Having work in galleries and dishing out the 50% commission is bad enough but these galleries are definitly a roll of the dice.

After working with several galleries and shop owners I have decided to paint more for fun and lose the stress of wanting great success. Most of my full size paintings are sold to friends and designers and a reasonalbe rate and I find this way of working much more enjoyable and much less stressful.

Vanity gallery or Vulture Gallery hummmm....I'd say Vulture. Preying on the hopes and dreams of other for profit is not something I want to be involved with.

I'd say being part of your local art league and having a good round of social friends can keep you very busy.

So bottom line for me the Vanity Gallery would warrant a big fat NO.