Part 1 of “The path to Art Trails Open Studios: the how-to guide”

I thought while this is fresh in my mind I would write down the things I am doing in preparation for the Art Trails 2018 Open Studio’s event October 13-14 and October 20-21. Never mind for the moment why I wanted to do this, which I will address in a future separate blog article. The point is: you yourself may have aspirations of doing an event like this so I think you should go into it with your eyes wide open. IT IS WORK! and in these posts I will not be covering all the tiny details that are obvious. Since there are way to many, I decided to divide them up into briefer individual posts that chronicle my steps for preparation. So here we go:

Part 1. First a bit of my history: for the past five years I had been doing open studios at another venue “Art at the Source” but because of their rules I had to relocate into west Sonoma county and show at another artist’s studio outside under a tent! [check out how hard this is by clicking this link:  SETUP_LINK .  with Michelle Hoting]

Art Trails is to be the first time I open my actual studio to the public. So it’s off the design the display area within my home to provide as much space as possible but not totally impact life as I know it. So I’ve included designs I have planned and how I intend to light the artwork and photographs to show progress made.

Re-labelling sleeved prints

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Another task is to correctly mark all the items I will be having for sale. To do this fairly so that I am not way over or too far under, I have been compiling other photographers prices at art fairs, studios, and galleries. I take an average and then set my price to this. Of course putting stickers on about 150 sleeved prints and 75 framed ones take about a week of 8 hour days!

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  1. Michelle hoting September 7, 2018 at 10:03 am #

    Way to go! What a great idea!

  2. Teri Sloat July 31, 2019 at 12:31 pm #

    Please share as you mentioned. The visuals and honesty are such a boost for everyone.

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