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Annie.

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Hi Everyone, Nolan, Dennis, et cie:

I have taken Nolan's How to Sell your Art course with great interest, and learn a lot.

A few of us are trying to help special need artists, who cannot directly represent themselves, in the world of Art at the entry level.  I/we would be appreciative of any pointers you may have. 

They were invited to a Garden Art Show later this month, along with non-special needs artists.   Most special need artists will not attend and we will be representing them... hahaha, will this make me an Artist Manager?    It is our secret hope that we may meet artist(s) at the venue who may be interested in helping us in the future, not that we have big hope of this happening but one never know where big hearts can be found. 

We are struggling with the 'discuss art and the artist with passion'.  How should we present their work and how do we represent them?   Even with permission, we are concerned that if we disclose that they are special needs artists, the discussion will move away from their art and focus on their disability.

Excluding disabilities, I am pretty certain that some artists may not have great social or interpersonal skills to face a face-to-face sell, and may choose to have someone else represent them (I am not talking about Galleries here; just entry level promotion of their artwork).

So whether you have direct experience or not, if you have any ideas, input, warning about pitfalls, tips about how to do this well, please engage in this discussion.  To be honest, I don't even know how I would approach it if I was doing it for myself.

Many thanks for your help, Annie
Cheers, Annie
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Bill76434

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Reply #1 on: July 30, 2021, 11:45:01 PM
An admiral approach Annie. I wish you luck and good fortune.


Annie.

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Reply #2 on: August 01, 2021, 08:55:02 PM
Thank you Bill.   None of us have any experience, but we hope the venue may open doors.   I am open to any tips or pointers.  :hug:   
Cheers, Annie
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.    ? Plato


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Reply #3 on: August 02, 2021, 09:18:53 PM
I wouldn't hide the fact that you are representing special needs artists. It is a good starting point for a discussion with potential buyers. People would also be more inclined to support them because of the worthy cause.

Just go with the flow as far as the conversations are concerned Annie. You will soon notice what people want to hear then you can work on improving that part of the presentation when chatting to the buyers.

It will take you a day then you will feel confident representing these artists. You are doing an awesome job! :congrats: :knight:


Annie.

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Reply #4 on: August 03, 2021, 06:12:51 PM
Thank you Nolan  :flowers:

I am getting really nervous, I may have taken something way over my head... I am not a business person and knows nothing about selling.  My idea of our neighborhood yearly garage/yard sale is to put everything out on the lawn, with a sign 'free, help yourself'... then I go hide in the house.

But I will give it my best and as you said will 'go with the flow'.   I will be representing 2 persons, as will two other persons.  So 6 in all!   We will be surrounded by more experienced professional artists.  Will keep my ears open to learn.

Thank you for your course 'How to Sell your Art', it is most helpful.
Cheers, Annie
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.    ? Plato


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Reply #5 on: August 03, 2021, 08:49:11 PM
 :gl: and just relax, you can do this O0


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Reply #6 on: August 14, 2021, 11:59:05 PM
LIABILITY INSURANCE
We found something interesting, and I don't know why I asked the question in the first place.   The exhibition will be outside on a private land (home to one of the artist) and would be more like a fancy garage/yard sale setting style.   But I though we should confirm with the insurance that liability was included.  It was not and the owner is now awaiting for a quote for the fee to insurance those 5 'special' hours.   Funny thing is that it will generate lot less traffic than a garage/yard sale, or even a big teenagers' party.

The City only had limitations on the number of sign we could put up in the area, and where they could be.  They can only be installed the day before and removed by end day.   Cannot be in major arteries, boulevard, etc.   Lots and lots of little rules; but they did not care if it was a garage/yard sale or an art exhibit.
 

Of course rules may vary from place to place, and insurance companies.   But this is something that could be easily overlook by novice like me, and as I find out, professional artists alike who have been organizing those venues in the past not realizing that their home insurance was not covering such event. 

Do you know if this applies to you where you live?
Cheers, Annie
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.    ? Plato


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Reply #7 on: August 15, 2021, 09:34:24 PM
Here by us we have universal medical care so a system called ACC covers any accidents that occur. As a result you can't be sued for accidents that happen on your property.

You do however have to adhere to standard OSHA practices.


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Reply #8 on: October 14, 2021, 02:00:52 PM
Our medical system is also universal and covers all medical expenses following an injury anywhere in Canada, and reimbursed to our fees outside of Canada).   But people can still sue, and are doing this more and more, for lost of wages/incomes, mental anguish, pain, compensation if negligence is demonstrated, etc.  Those are covered under home insurance, or other private insurances.    Some people are starting to sue for anything if they think they can make a buck.   We are becoming more and more a litigious society.... it is very sad.
Cheers, Annie
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.    ? Plato


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Reply #9 on: October 18, 2021, 07:49:01 PM
sure is :-\


 

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