One of the problems for an unknown artist in NYC is finding places to exhibit. I frequently check Craigslist, but all the opportunities require that you pay a certain amount of money up front….money I don’t have. One such place advertised itself as a gallery, and to find out about exhibiting there, I would have to go to a meet and greet gathering. I didn’t go, because I figured it would cost money, and if I was not told in advance how much, I’d be wasting my time.
Turns out the space was actually a hair salon! On top of getting free decoration for the walls, they charged $500 for the month to do so, plus a 50% commission.
I have no objection to displaying work in exchange for a commission, be it a coffee shop, hair salon or what have you. But some things are just unreasonable, and designed to take advantage of desperate artists.
In September I will be having a show, in exchange, they get to select a picture. Although I feel bad about giving up a piece of artwork, it’s reasonable, it’s a good space, and it’s in busy coffee shop in a high traffic area of Manhattan. I’ll post more information as the time approaches.
I also sent off some samples to a show I did last year: In the Place We Live. It turned out there are size restrictions this time around, and my finished work is too big. I entered sketches, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
In the meantime, I’ve done some work on the full size drawing of Treetop Paradise. Here it is: