Tuesday, April 7, 2009

My Display at the 2009 Mission Show



My first outdoor show and sale at the San Juan Capistrano Mission went well. Amazingly, I didn't forget to bring any supplies or equipment. The grid panels went up smoothly with the help of my husband.

Considering the state of the economy, the show had a lot of visitors. At one point there was a crowd of 10 people at my display asking questions about my work. It was very interesting to see which paintings people responded to. Because I'm a new face at this event my sales were slow but, I was able to listen in on the more seasoned artists, many of whom had sales techniques worth taking note of.

Below are a few photos of the displays with the Mission in the background. If you are ever in the area and enjoy touring historical landmarks with stunning grounds, a lovely chapel and two fountains with large Koi, I highly recommend you see the San Juan Capistrano Mission. It is an absolute jewel! If you are a painter, bring your camera and easel along because everywhere you turn there is a painting waiting to happen.





21 comments:

Manon Doyle said...

Congrats Kim! Seems like you had a wonderful show! The pics are lovely!

LSaeta said...

Your show looked great! Congrats. I would love to hear any tips you have and/or learned on how to sell artwork at these shows ...

L.Holm said...

Wow, Kim! What a beautiful setting, and your paintings look fantastic hanging there! Congratulations on the show. Glad to hear the turn-out was good despite the economy.

elsiee said...

Congratulations on your show! It was such a glorious weekend to be outdoors - how fun that you got to listen to the "sales techniques" of seasoned artist, I would love to be able to do that myself...

Your paintings are beautiful and your look beautiful and proud standing next to them, as you should!!

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Many congrats to you. It was a good show and your work looked wonderful. Can't wait to talk with you about the whole event.

Rob Hazzard said...

What a beautiful venue for your first show. Congratulations on a big milestone for you.

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

You should be proud of getting into the show...great work in a beautiful setting...congratulations!

Nancy and the fatties said...

Kim, congratulations on your show! Your display looks absolutely top notch. Did you get any commissions or contacts after the show? Sometimes even the slow shows can produce for you weeks later that way!

Karen said...

Kim, Congratulations on doing that show. I think you're brave to take that plunge and put yourself out there.
I'd love to hear, as Leslie mentioned, any sales tips you learned!

r garriott said...

Glad your show went well. Looks like you had excellent weather! Outdoor shows are interesting, aren't they? You greet so many people and get to hear so many comments.

Rick said...

Lovely photo of you Vandie. I've been to the mission. I would have loved to been there to see your work on display. Perhaps someday.

Marian Fortunati said...

I love it down there... Sorry I missed seeing you and your work in person.
We went down one year for a paint out event and it was fabulous.
Congrats... my hat is off to you for all you did to get it going. I look forward to hearing more!!

Stephen Gardner said...

Congratulations it looks like you had a wonderful day.

Sheila said...

Look how pretty you are and a perfect compliment to your gorgeous work! Do you feel you can share the tips the other artists gave you? Maybe I'll do an outdoor event like this one day. hugs!

Michelle Burnett said...

Yay...congradultions on your show! You look great standing there next to all your wonderful artwork! Looks like a beautiful setting for an art show.

Cathyann said...

So Brave to do the outdoor thing, Kim!
You look great and so does the work! I had been there once upon a time and it IS a beautiful place. But then I thought all of Southern Cal lovely, so many happy people too.

TheresaJ said...

Your display is perfect, and what a gorgeous setting for an art show!

Congrats once again on being chosen for such a great event. Wish I could have been there -- I actually did look up the distance/travel time on Mapquest, but couldn't swing it with my schedule. Hopefully one of these days...

Tracey Mardon said...

Congratulations and wonderful to see the pics. I was scrolling through your blog and realize I met you at Greg's workshop in Nov. What a small world, it's great to connect again!

rob ijbema said...

wow looks like you had the weather too,it all looks so good!!
so what about those sales tips?

Edward Burton said...

Congratulations on the show, Kim. Looks like it was a very beautiful day.

whimsicalpam said...

Great pics! I love the display - Your art stands out so well against that background.
Don't ya just love it when a group gathers around and you're talking and answering questions...It reminds me of my old bartending days:) So much fun! I can't wait for my first big show in a couple of weeks - I love the interaction!