Sunday, February 14, 2010

Shows

My calendar is filling up with some wonderful things this year and I am feeling pretty great about life and art. So far, probably because the weather is so warm, I haven't even been stricken with the usual winter blues. This is a good thing since I will need a little positive energy to make enough paintings for the four Seattle coffee shop shows I have booked this year. Here's the schedule:

April - Fuel Coffee in Montlake
May - Fuel Coffee on Capitol Hill
July - Fuel Coffee in Wallingford
September/October - Fiore Coffee in Queen Anne

I have decided that I like showing in coffee shops rather than galleries! Coffee shops don't usually take a commission so I can keep my prices low. Galleries charge a 50% commission and provide support and advertising in return. I seem to have enough support and a wonderful mailing list so I am doing it on my own. It feels a little subversive.(This blog is a big part of my support system and I value the friends and comments it brings me) I also like the intimate atmosphere of coffe shops. My paintings are about intimacy so it feels right. I conduct all the sales myself which means that I get to meet some wonderfully sweet customers. Besides this is coffee-land. For now I will take my art with a tall skinny double latte, extra foam.

6 comments:

  1. I think the DIY art thing is the best. I know some painters who have been royally screwed over by their galleries, and that 50% thing is hard to swallow. I love seeing your pieces out and about in town, where people go for something else but might come home with a beautiful, original Bradbury! Kudos to you for doing an end run around the whole gallery thing, which can also involve such snobbery and other silliness.

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  2. Well done Jean! finding the right place to put your paintings is the main thing I feel so it's great you have something going well for you - and that completes your paintings too I feel!
    All the very best!
    I would just love to sit in those coffee shops staring at your gorgeous work having an earl grey with soya milk and a huge lemon muffin! Heaven!

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  3. bettylimousin@orange.frFebruary 17, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    bonjour,
    je ne sais pas comment je suis arrivée là !!! mais j'y suis c'est la magie d'internet, ce que vous faites est magnifique vraiment j'ai un gros coup de coeur pour vos tableaux, alors permettez moi de revenir vous voir souvent...
    douce soirée à vous
    Betty de France

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