Friday, August 20, 2010

Questions to ask at an art show

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As I'm busy preparing for the fall art shows, I am also keeping in mind what customers have wanted in the past or could potentially have a need for.  There's more to selling jewelry than just selling the jewelry!  One thing I try hard to do is to answer questions from art enthusiasts and take the opportunity to educate them about my artisan jewelry.  It actually got me thinking about questions I WISH people would ask.  I certainly don't want to overload people with information about my resin jewelry if they don't want to hear it, but I do love to talk about what I do.  I brainstormed a few questions that I believe someone could ask any artist at an art show or gallery opening and hopefully get some thoughtful responses.

  • What inspires you?
  • What is your technique?
  • How is your art different from other artists?
  • How did you get started?
  • Can you take me step by step through a piece?
  • Why do you do your art?
  • Why do you do this particular kind of art (or use this particular technique)?
  • Can you describe your creative process?

Along the line of what to ask, I would like to share with art enthusiasts one question not to ask:  "Did you make this?"  I realize that may seem like a perfectly innocent question on a shopper's part, but it's one that artists are asked MULTIPLE times during an art show or opening. Artists tend to take that question as "Of course! As opposed to my little gnomes or slave labor?" A better question would be, "Are you the artist?" if you are unsure if the person you are talking to actually created the art.  (Just a suggestion to get the conversation off to a good start.)

There are certainly others that I get asked that I'm happy to answer as well.  What other questions would you like to add to this list?

1 comment:

  1. Good post... There is a whole string of opinions on this topic which follow up a blog post on Fine Artists Studio Online's almost daily blog posts.
    So many people say strange things to artists at shows and when they are outside painting... The different perspectives from artists who receive them and how they field them is interesting to read as well.


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