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January 2011

Happy New Year! We hope you are off to a prosperous start in 2011. This month you'll find some tips on selling your art in the midst of a recession.

Have you listed any items in the new FNO Marketplace yet? Now you can sell your artwork online through FNO! It's free to list your items, complete fee information is listed here. We are just getting started, so check back often.

12 Tips for Selling More Art in a Recession
by C. Sharp

sell more art in a recessionFellow artists and gallery owners share 12 tips for holding your ground during a recession.

Fine art isn’t always easy to sell even when the economy is good. Now with this latest economic downturn, artists everywhere are commiserating about how to ramp up their marketing mojo to help them survive. In some ways it’s not all bad. Crisis is often an opportunity in disguise, challenging artists to focus their energies and to keep at least one eye on the big picture. Here are some suggestions on how to survive the recent economic slump.

1.  Start a support group
Misery loves company, and a supportive group of artist friends can really help boost your mood, your sales and your creativity. A watercolor artist friend of mine, Joanne Shellan, recently started a monthly Artist Critique group, where artists gather at someone’s home to critique their latest creations and swap marketing ideas.

Our local Kirkland Art Center (Kirkland, Washington) just started a monthly potluck where professional artists can share some food and artistic support. This is no time to go it alone. Get connected with an existing group or start a support group of your own!

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