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New to Starving Artist...advice?  


danieljude
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Hello everyone. Today I registered to participate as an artist in the Starving Artist day at the Whim Museum grounds. As I used to have art openings at Yale, prior to my accident, I am pretty used to the art scene, but have had to re-learn how to paint. Different (two handed) but I kind of like it.

All I know at this point is that I need to bring a table and chair(s) for a spot under the tent. I was not able to get much more information than that such as: When do you arrive to set up? What to people do with larger pictures do in terms of hanging/displaying? How long do most artists stay? (I was told 'into the afternoon', but I'm not sure what that meant).

I am not desperate as I am pretty good a winging it, but as this is the first time I have showed art since my accident in '99, I'm feeling a little more anxiousness about this and doing it right.

If anyone with experience has a few tips, I would love to hear them, and to learn. It would also be great to then meet you at the show if you are participating! I have only been on the fringes, and have yet to actually meet other people with a desire to create art.

Thank you once again for your support. As I am eclectic, to say the least, you have all been most kind in helping me to find my way as I approach my 1 year anniversary,

Warmly,

Dan

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Linda from Michigan
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Best of luck Dan. I will make a point to come out for your exhibit. I went last year but was dismayed that the artists here were greedier than the starving artist shows back home. Prices were way high.

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pbmo
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I have been going to the Starving Artists shows for the past three years. They are always fun to walk around and view all the different types of art being shown. As well as crafty items. The August show tends to be the least attended. Two reasons, the hot weather and fewer tourists on island. Don't be discouraged if you don't sell a lot this first show. I suggest you sign up for the November show. That one always attracts a large crowd. People are shopping for themselves as well as Holiday gifts. Although they sell food and drink I would suggest you bring a cooler of ice water (or whatever your choice is) to keep handy. You should be allowed to start setting up by 8-9am. And it seems most of the artists stay till the very end unless they have sold out. Good luck!

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beachy
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Count on it being hot. A good idea to enter in August, even as practice for the big November show. Some vendors come from off island for that one. You could probably speak to Sylvia Brady at Whim for times, etc, but I think the method of display etc is pretty much up to you, within your allotted space. August is lightly attended, but I'm not sure if it's cause there's little for sale, or if few come to sell cause few attend. I recall one of my sons, years ago, when he was probably 12 or 13, commented after that show that "now he knew why the artists were starving....". I'll look for you if I make it there.

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Sassy2
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Hi Dan,
Great to hear we've got another talented artist on island. My husband and I particiated in all the craft/art exhibit shows for several years. Sounds like you're ready. I might suggest you bring a cooler with water and perhaps lunch or snacks and maybe a fanny pak to keep your money in. Also might want to consider bringing enough start up money for making change (if need be) for customers. Be prepared to stall ALL DAY. I remember having to arrive early in the morning to get set up and not being able to leave until the end of the day. You might also want to get to know the artists/crafters in the spots around you in case you need to step away from your spot for the always needed bathroom break.
Best of luck to you!

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danieljude
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What great and humorous advice! Thank you all so much! I will make sure to bring LOTS of ice and drinks. As I can't sit for very long periods of time, I have folks that will take my place so I can get up and stretch.

I kind of figured this would be a slow show, but slow is good for right now. I need to get my feet wet again after a long period of NOT doing shows.

Thank you again for you words of wisdom, support and kindness,

Dan

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Bassman
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When is the show in November? If it's after the 23rd I'll make a point of checking it out. We are always on the look out for island art.

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danieljude
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http://www.vinow.com/general_usvi/local_events/?currMonth=8&currYear=2006

Hello there! This is the calendar I have used to find out about the activities on the island. I think it lists the November Starving Artist, as well as many other things.

I hope this is of help,

Warm regards,

Dan

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Bassman
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Thanks Dan. I didn't know or didn't remember that there was an event calender on VINOW. I see that I'll be able to make the Jump UP and the art show. WHOO-HOO!

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danieljude
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I'm so glad! Although being a tad crippled I can only 'jump up' so many times (for me, I just feel lucky now to know the back route around C'sted). If you see me (very bright, central American type painting), please say hello!

Glad the link worked as I am not well-skilled at inserting links,

Warm regards,

Dan

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