Alyson provides structured guidelines to assist artists in organizing a salon and starting the conversation regarding marketing and business. The plan is available free at ArtBizConnection.com. Of course I highly recommend it - we're entering our third year together. Our salon has evolved into a strong group of professional artists who network and support each other in every imaginable manner. The exchange of ideas is priceless. Our vision:
I almost forgot to post this bit of news. Featured in the February issue of Art Calendar is an interesting article about renewed interest in artists salons. It's authored by art marketing maven Alyson B. Stanfield of ArtBizCoach.com and includes a portrait of our salon, Out of Hand Artists. We've gone national!top, l. to r.: Carlynne Hershberger, Kelli Money Huff, Jessica Miller, moi, Mary Verrandeaux, Moe Hahn. bottom: Lorna L. Effler, Nancy Moskovitz, Merrill Anderson, Margaret Watts, Jackie Shindehette
We are dedicated to elevating the value of art and artists by recognizing our work as a business and ourselves as entrepreneurs.
I thought about organizing a salon for two years. My advice is do not take that long! Reach out and make friends with other artists. You don't have to always be alone in the studio.
"I'll lean on you and you lean on me and we'll be okay." - Dave Matthews Band