As someone who is both an artist and a gallery owner, I wear two hats every day. I have to keep those creative juices flowing and paint new work that is both relevant to me and sellable. As a gallery owner, I have to manage my time well, stay up on all the art world trends (mainly within my genre, but I always love to see what’s happening in other parts of the country) and curate the gallery so I have the best painters and sculptors that I can present to current collectors and potential collectors alike. In between all that, there are so many other duties I take on. People often wonder how I do it. Not all artists like the business end of things. So as I move forward with my career, I’m interested in helping others achieve the success they seek. If you want to make money and succeed in this field it takes hard work and dedication and the necessary planning required that all businesses must do. Of course I do that with the ones who are represented in my gallery. I love to give advice and referrals and see that blossom and work for them.
October is Arts Month here in Colorado Springs. The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region is getting the word out that we have a rich and diverse creative community here in all aspects of the arts. Many organizations have jumped on board to help. The Pikes Peak Arts Council is one and so is the Small Business Development Center. To that end I am giving a very affordably priced workshop for visual artists on October 9th from 9am to 11am. Come to it and you’ll learn what it takes. Maybe you’ll decide you want to make art a full time career and not just a hobby. It is a path unlike any other job path. Here’s the link if you’d like to register! http://www.cssbdc.org/training/workshops