Friday, April 27, 2012

All tidied up for Barrie Studio Tour

Jill Price Studios all tidied up for Barrie Spring Art Tour
The Barrie Studio Tour is this weekend so I will be in my studio all weekend just waiting for art lovers to come in and take a look around.  All tidied up, my studio element has been relegated to the back room, where I will need to up my tidying factor if I am ever to remain contained.  If you are planning to come to my studio on Sunday, please note that I will be in a power outage until 11:00 am.  :(  I am giving a little talk tonight at the Creative Space to the other members of the studio tour in which I am going to commend them for their bravery and determination and then end with 5 tips for the weekend.

1. Be prepared to sell and wrap up the most expensive work in your studio.  Have appropriate payment methods, change, and packaging materials on hand.
2. Be mentally prepared to sell nothing as art is an extravagant purchase in today's economic environment.
3. Have something to work on whether it be paper work or an art piece you can step away from so you're not counting the minutes down nor the lack of people walking through your door.  This way you will not feel as though the tour was a waste of your time as you actually got stuff done you had to.
4.  Be sure to have lots of toilet paper on hand as you don't want to be handing guests dinner napkins or a box of tissue through a crack in the door.  Awkward!
5.  Relax, you have done the work you needed to do to get ready for the weekend.  Now sit back and enjoy yourself by getting to really know your visitors.  Build a lasting relationship with them by talking about your work, common interests that inform your work and even asking them about what they do.  You never know what connections and networking my evolve from some good old fashion jovial conversation.

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