I still have two paintings left to finish in the series on which I'm working. Two. That's it!
Regardless, I felt compelled to take the next step even though I wasn't quite ready. A friend of mine who used to work at a gallery advised me to cater my submission to the venue I was approaching. He said to make it formal if I were submitting to a gallery, but that it might be better to just stroll into a local joint, painting in hand, and simply inquire. Today, I attempted the later.
I packed my two favorite pieces from the series into my portfolio and strolled down to Internos, a classy neighborhood wine bar near my apartment. I had hoped to get there just as they opened at 4pm, but arrived around 5. There were about 10 or 12 people already in the joint, and the owner seemed mildly busy - something I had hoped to avoid.
I wasn't sure how I was going to open, so when the owner asked me what he could do for me, I froze for a second before asking "Who handles the art on your wall?" He stared at me and said that he did. "Cool," I said, "I'm about to finish up a series and I'm looking for a place to hang it." He said he'd give me his card and that I should email him. He'd let me know what kind of art he was looking for and we could go from there. "Thanks," I said, and stared at the card like it was Willy Wonka's golden ticket.
I felt a little off balance because I hadn't been able to show my work ( I was really excited for that part! ). I grabbed my portfolio and made my way toward the door that had a giant "PULL" sign on it. I tried to push... Uhg!
So, what did I learn?
- Don't approach during busy hours.
- Call ahead and try to setup a meeting to show a few pieces.