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7 Ways to Get your Target Gallery to Represent You

Fine Art Tips

#7. The Gallery Request

“If the mountain can’t go to Mohammad, let the mountain come to Mohammad.” What do I mean by that familiar, old proverb? This is when the gallery approaches you!

• Yes, this does happen and has happened to me.

• This is a supreme compliment, but before you say, ‘yes’, make sure to check the gallery’s references and business record.

• I usually call a few artists withing the gallery ‘stable’ and ask them if they are happy with their working relationship and if the gallery pays.

• If the gallery measures up and look like a good fit, this can be the best of all worlds. The gallery picked you – that means they are excited to show your work in their gallery, and this can lead to more sales!

The above suggestions are advice that I have compiled from my years as an artist and talking with galleries and fellow artists. We all have battle scars and war stories to tell, but I hope these ideas help keep your pain to a minimum.

Just remember:

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

“Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.”

Good luck. I hope this all helps. Let me know if any of these suggestions work for you! ~Lori :-)

PS. These are not ‘rules’, just some helpful guidelines…

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