Several months ago I entered an art competition held by Art Design Consultants located in Cincinnati Ohio. Since I have been purchasing space on their "Blink" website I received a discount on the cost of submitting four images. Out of the eighty paintings I have accumulated it was difficult to select four that would be strong enough to wow the panel of distinguish jurors. The show is open to all artist who want to submit their work, which last year number 1,600 artist, and from those only 160 paintings will be selected.
I won a spot last year, but I'm not sure how my work compares to other artist and the jurors who make the final decision. As of 8:10pm I have not received an email one way or the other. Either way I plan on attending the awards program in July so I can meet other artist and gallery owners.
On a positive note, I received an email from the art director for Blink magazine stating Art Design Consultants has selected my work to display in their 8,000 sqft gallery. I had to sign a contract with states they will take 50% of the sale of a painting and I agree to allow them 20% to negotiate the sale and then take 50%. Now most people find this way out of line, but it is the standard for most galleries, unless your well known and move a large quantity of work, then you can dicker on percentages.
I have to raise the price of my paintings in order to reflect the gallery's price so if you had your eye on one of my paintings you better act now before the price goes up.
I have been a vendor at several art shows and most people who attend think the price the artist places on his/her work is high. However, if you like their work it is the best price you'll get. If they are attached to a gallery the same piece will double or triple.
Some artist shy away from galleries because they want to market their work themselves. I'm not getting any younger and Parkinson's will hinder my attending art shows so for me a gallery is a logical choice.