Today was the first day I have been out marketing since I got sick almost 3 months ago. Â There was a sad job of picking up our work that was on consignment at this fantastic gallery – the Fiber Art Center in Amherst, MA (US). Â It was a terribly sad task since they are closing. Â They had performed wonderously for quite a while!! I think the economy tanked them. Â They had beautiful high end fiber exhibits from all over the world and also wonderful local art. Â I went only a double handful of times – but I sure was wowed!
Creation IV, Digital Â© Diane Clancy
I think that unfortunately many small places are being unable to compete due to economy of scale and basically a recession. Â They had a website that I would have directly you to .. but not much point now. I think this emphasizes why online marketing for artists is so important.
Then we went to our relatively local Whole Foods – they have been a customer for several years. Â There is a new person running that area but luckily she was still wanting to work with us!! Whew!! It is not a large account, but for us it is large. Â And it is exciting that she choose some new images that they have not carried before. I am hoping that people will HAVE to have these new images!! Â Once we got home, I passed out from exhaustion for 3 hours .. clearly I am not bounced back all the way yet!
Followup on yesterday’s copyright issue. Â In some ways some older work is in public domain, but often estates of heirs of the artists and/or museums still own copyrights. Â They seem to often be vigorously be pursuing their rights in not allowing online galleries show their work. Â Some of these places are checking the web to make sure others are not showing these old masters. Â So that is a slight update on that … but it is CERTAINLY not up to me to do anything about it!! Â Thank you for coming by!!
~ Diane Clancy