Sunday, November 20, 2011

Studio Tour...finis

Ready for schmoozing!
We wait every year for the Studio Tour to come along because of 2 reasons...meeting and talking with the people who like my work and, of course, sales. Day one of the tour was a slow start but picked up by midday. We had some new people come by who saw my preview piece in the museum and in the brochure put out by the Wildling Art Museum who hosts the event. This year we even had a few who mentioned they saw my work on the website that is put together by the museum....cool!
The paintings were framed and looked great. We made some nametags that look comparable to what you see at a gallery show...professional looking.

We also had a lot of past visitors come by and it was great to renew old friendships. Always great to see these friends who stop by and we get a chance to bring each other up to speed. The weather was great yesterday too. Nice blue skies and perfect temps made for nice conditions to talk inside and out. Linda did a great job with snacks and drinks which is always received well by the kids who come along with their parents.
Linda again did very well with the munchies!

Day two, Sunday, was a different ballgame. We woke to the sound of heavy rain on our deck outside  the bedroom and at that point I lost all hope of a good crowd, or any crowd, showing up. We did get a some small groups of people showing up between 12-2 but mostly it was a day of the occasional couples, nothing like Saturday. More small sales on Sunday though so it all added up to decent sales for the entire show. I'm happy.
Linda looking very small next to the Eaton Canyon painting. That painting impressed a lot of people on both days.

One thing we tried this year is a bargain basement table. We put a lot of our older paintings mixed in with some sketches and small works, all unframed, and they provided a good flow of sales. We'll do this again next year. Very few people are looking for the big works to buy and it has to be the economy...everyone understands that so I won't dwell on that. We did manage to get the interest of a couple of serious buyers and that might happen down the line. A nice couple from down south have expressed interest in works I have at Gallery Gabrie and will go there to see more work. I plugged the heck out of my gallery down in Pasadena so hopefully a few others will stop in there soon too.   
Presentation...presentation....presentation!
   

10 comments:

Marian Fortunati said...

Congratulations, Ron!! I'm so glad it went well!!

Ron Guthrie said...

Thanks Marian! We had a very fun time despite the weather. It's always fun to speak with the people who show up and Linda and I really look forward to it each year.

Maggie Latham said...

Ron, everything looks fantastic! Your presentation rivals many of the better galleries, and your paintings just look wonderful. So nice to 'see' Linda.... She's done you proud on the munchies.....

Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Maggie,
Thanks for the nice comments. Linda did very well during the show, she handles the actual sales too...plus makes me clean up the studio, hahaha.

As for rivaling the galleries the art looked really good. Even though the art was hung in a home it looked very professional and we were given many compliments on that. I'd really like to get track lighting but we have a really high ceiling so it would be a stretch to do it not to mention costly but it sure would make the paintings stand out....maybe next year.
It was a lot of fun though Maggie, thanks!

Mick Carney said...

Well done Ron and Linda. Professionalism of a high order. Wish we could get the quality of frames that you use over here. Those seamless gold jobs look fabulous.

Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Mick,
The frame company I'm using now produces some nice quality frames and the prices are very good. There are quite a lot of frame companies over here and that creates a great selection. I've always beena big fan of "closed corner" frames just because that seam/joint is covered.

Everything looked great during the show. If I had a nickel for every good comment made over the weekend I would'nt have had to sell a painting at all, haha. Thanks a lot for the comments Mick.

cbmosaics said...

Ron, it was so great to see you guys! Loved seeing your new work. The large one was one of my faves. Wishing now I had taken some of the food home to eat later, haha. Could really use some with my coffee right about now. :) Great job on a beautiful showing.

Ron Guthrie said...

I always tell you to take something home with you but no no no...now I'm proved right! haha. Great to see Jack and Greg this weekend. Glad Greg liked that guitar solo too, haha.
Speaking of coffee.......

Gina Brown said...

Looks fabulous, Ron.

Ron Guthrie said...

Thanks Gina! I appreciate the good words.