Studio Sale, Before and After…
December 17, 2009
My studio sale was the last show of the season for me and I thought I’d share some of the details with you. Jean & Angela have helped me set up and run the sale for many years. A couple of times I’ve been close to not having it due to time constraints but they’ve insisted and I’m always grateful afterwards.
My very first studio sale was small with everyone I knew invited, including my doctors, dentists, and those I did business with. I invited another artist to bring and sell work which gave our customers a wider selection of artwork to purchase.
Eventually as I realized I had more work to display and less room for co-exhibitors I began having solo events. There is only so much room in my little cabin in the woods, turned gallery for a day; and as you can see in the before & after shots, I have a lot of work to display.
Thankfully my friends are always willing and ready to help because I couldn’t pull it off without them. They’ve helped me clean, clear out my personal collections and have moved books and furniture. They’ve baked cookies and made hors d’ oeuvres for me. They’ve washed windows, swept off my deck and even dusted off houseplants. They’ve kept me sane when we were out of time and almost ready.
Angela and Jean have helped me for the last five years. They insist. They love unpacking my stored glass and arranging it throughout my house. Before them I asked different friends for different types of help each year because I didn’t want to take advantage of them and I wanted each person to enjoy the task at hand. Yes I DO have friends who enjoy cleaning, although I try to set aside time to do that part myself.
Angela and Jean are both fabulous with displays. I try to not be so controlling as they are creative women who open my eyes to new possibilities. Each year we start out together surveying the space and our available display tables, then after an overall plan is developed we each take a section to set up. Over the years it’s become easier to simply let them set up their way. I end up with a fresh new look for each sale.
Angela always does the flowers for me because she happens to be a great floral artist.
Jean is a fabulous administrator and keeps us on task. Also an artist she is usually the one with vision for the overall set up.
When we have the main area almost complete, we shift our attention to my studio where experiments and seconds (not up to my perfectionist standards) get displayed.
I’ve stashed all my work equipment outdoors, or in cabinets and under my workbench. I put up barriers so you won’t see the mess.
Usually the guest room, aka shipping/receiving and storage room gets our attention last. It’s a small room with a lot of work to display.
This is the room with the closet that you don’t want to open. I’m guessing you know what I’m talking about.
We put all the discontinued work in this room. Some of my older series I’d love to get back to one day, but I have to admit to myself it might not happen.
When that room is ready we call it a day, get a good night’s sleep and come back to finish the following morning with fresh eyes. We prepare the food and flowers, then throw open the doors to welcome our guests!