Friday, May 05, 2006

The Business of ART

I have been learning about ART for some time now. I attended a graphic design program and received my AA last summer. Since January of this year I have been learning about creating other kinds of ART. Every day I learn something about ART. I belong to yahoo groups that teach me so much, and I read books and magazines and websites and blogs. I experiment and play in my studio. I hope that learning about ART will be an ongoing process for the rest of my life.

One of the things that they talked about rarely in school, was about the BUSINESS OF ART. They did talk about it, but not often. And when they did talk about it, I found my mind wandering, wondering what any of that had to do with me. (I get the job, I do what they ask, I get the money...sounds easy enough.)

Well, I have found out in graphic design, that 1) clients are not growing on trees and 2) most potential clients want web work. Okay, I knew that clients did not grow on trees, especially since I moved to Bisbee, population 6,700, where I know very few people. The web work was something of a surprise to me. I expected to be creating brochures and logos and business cards. Perhaps and ad now and then. I did not expect that when you say "graphic design" people hear "web work".

The past few weeks I have been exploring THE BUSINESS OF ART. There was the Earth Day festival in Bisbee, which I mentioned in an earlier post. Windy weather and poor location added up to poor sales for nearly everyone it appears. Last weekend I had a table at the Unitarian Universalist Pacific Southwest District Assembly in Las Vegas. There we poor vendors suffered from lower attendance and once again, a not particularly conducive location.

Today with one of my yahoo groups, we are starting an experiment in eBay selling. People in the group have been challenged to post as much as possible to eBay this week. If you would like to see what our group is selling, go to eBay and search for ARTFRENZY. We will be adding new things all week, so it might be worth it to check back a time or two.


Blogger Asil said...

Hi there! I just tagged you on my blog. :)


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