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April 2015

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Top 10 Booth Tips for Artist

by Amy Amdur

1. Plan Your Booth Well

Use graph paper or a computer layout program. Plan each wall, know the sizes of the work you intend to show. Hang pieces that stack on a vertical midline, and pieces that are side by side on a horizontal midline. Aim for symmetry.

2. Consistent Framing

Try to have harmonious framing so that the public's attention is on your work, not on the frames. Instead of showing one style of artwork, you really want to show a group of work. It could also be by subject matter (the way it was painted). By having one or two frame styles it keeps the focus on your booth.


3. Hang a Large Impact Piece or Two in the Center of Your Back Wall

It can help bring people into your booth and support the sales of your smaller pieces. When people are walking by your booth you have about 5-6 seconds to grab their attention. You want to slow the crowd down by seeing the larger, eye-catching piece towards the back of your booth.

4. Jewelers & Those with Small Pieces

Consider photo blow ups of work on the back wall and the front lower sections of your cases. If the public can easily "see" your work from a distance, they are more apt to come into your booth for a closer look.

5. 3D Artists

Consider multiple display levels, and use pedestals to show your work. A more sophisticated layout is on multiple levels. Consider a vase or a sculpture in this instance.

6. Signage is Important

Consider signage that reflects your art, not just a generic name sign. Velcro backed individual letters on fabric panels are a great to display your name as well. For example, if your palate is a "deep green" find a signage that matches your work. You can even take that same look and translate that on business cards. Should not be generic, but specific to you.

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