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Why Going to Galleries is so Important

You're an artist, or you want to be. You love art! You love seeing art! But of course, sometimes life and work gets in the way and it's hard to find the time to stop in at galleries and check out work by fellow artists. Here's a few more reasons to motivate yourself.


You'd want people to see your shows...right?


This is the most obvious reason. It goes both ways - you as an artist would want people to come out to your openings and…

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What is an Artist Run Centre?

You've probably heard the term a lot: artist run centre - or, if you live in the US, artist run space, or artist run inititative in other countries - but what is an artist run centre? How does it differ from a regular art gallery? How does it benefit you as an artist?


The idea of artist-run centres started in the 1960’s, and since then, thousands of small institutions have been founded, built and run by artists and for artists all…

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3 Points To Consider When Choosing a Gallery

Empty gallery


What to look for in a gallery really depends on what your idea of artistic success is. Read that again and let is sink in because it is a really important point. Your idea of success could be a long term goal to show your art eventually in an art museum or to sell your as much of your work as possible? Maybe the success is something else entirely. Some artists want it all but most of us are able to prioritize the thing we want the…

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3 Steps to a Winning Exhibition Proposal

So you think you’ve got the artistic chops to create your own unique art exhibition. How do you prove it to the gallery owners and curators who will potentially be showing your work? Writing exhibition proposals for shows is an extremely valuable skill to have as an artist. You don’t necessarily need to be a great writer to write an exhibition proposal – the most important thing is that you have a clear idea of what you want the…

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Choosing a Gallery to Suit Your Style

Getting your work shown in a gallery is one thing – but getting your work shown at the right gallery is the next step in gaining the recognition that you want for your work. Doing some research about galleries in your area (or in other cities, if you are prepared to ship your artwork) and what their specializations are when it comes to the work they show, can help you immensely in the long run.


Each gallery you go to has a different…

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The Importance of Installation

So you’ve got yourself a gallery show, and you have a bunch of works that are finished and ready to be hung, or at least planned and ready to be produced - now's a good time to make sure you don’t overlook one of the most important aspects of showing artwork – the installation!


A photograph of Kazimir Malevich's work originally installed in the 1920's


The way a piece of artwork is installed can drastically effect the way it is viewed - it can even  be part of the piece if the artist has planned it…

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Advice for Approaching a Gallery and Getting Your Work Shown!

So you’ve been dreaming about having your work shown in a gallery – how do you go about making that a reality? There are a few different things you can do.


1) Get Organized!


Even if you've never had a formal show before, the gallery needs to see you as a professional. Make sure you have a well-organized portfolio for your work – if you're approaching the gallery in person, it's always a good plan to have a few top-quality…

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Abstract Expressionism at Grolle Fine Art

painting of clouds and the moonJim Corbett

Today’s featured artist is not a single artist but an entire gallery! Grolle Fine Art is located in Winnipeg Manitoba. The gallery’s mission is to bring different styles and cultures together in the making of new masterpieces.


Grolle’s built a fine website,, that allows you to view portfolios of work by each of the artists who have shown at the gallery. While I can see some common threads…

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How To Build Your Trust In A Long Distance Art Gallery

painting wrapped for shippingShipping my art to San Francisco - Goodbye and Godspeed!


Shipping off art leaves me with a strange feeling - but I must say that I'm getting used to it. It's a strange thing to ship art to galleries whose owners you have never met in person. It takes trust and the good sense to know when you might be getting scammed or, on the other hand, if you have a great opportunity. For me, I feel trust when I can email back and fourth with the…

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