I just installed ten of my colored pencil art paintings at a local library, the St. Louis county library Daniel Boone Branch. for the month of April. They were super nice and I love how my art looks among the book shelves! The Greater St. Louis Artist Association has many opportunities for juried members to display their work in a variety of venues.
Call your local library to find out whether or not you can display your art - sometimes there is a waiting list, but they're very happy to have your work.
Last year I had an exhibit of my work at a local nursing home, Brooking Park. This was also for one month. The residents enjoyed seeing original art. Many visitors came through the show as well as staff members - all potential buyers! I was able to leave business cards and information about my custom house portraits.
I displayed my paintings in a local coffee shop for a month. Unfortunately this one wasn't satisfactory for me - the owner took my paintings off the walls to put up another artist's work without telling me. My paintings were sitting on a back shelf with the coffee for two weeks. Ugh. I still think this is a great idea, though. I'm looking for a little restaurant or cafe next time.
I just heard an idea about showing art in a home - creating a private exhibit - on the Artists Helping Artists radio show with Leslie Saeta. Sounds like fun, maybe wine and cheese?
So...think outside your art exhibit box...
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