In an effort to raise some funds for the group (with the eventual goal of funding a steady meeting area, and possibly opening our own gallery) we are going to start with our first gallery show. We are hoping to have the show in a local gallery around January. We've scoped out the place, Art Not Terminal, just north of Downtown. It costs 200 bucks to show in the basement for a month, 300 dollars fronted for a security deposit (which is fully refundable barring major damage), not counting monies for promotion and for putting together the presentation package. Here's the skinny...
Looking at total costs somewhere in the range of 700 dollars, If we can pull together around 20+ participants, that makes the total amount around 30+ dollars each, or so. The more people who chip in, the less the show costs each of us. There is no signing up ahead of time, turning in a piece(s) is the contract to split the costs, assuming we get enough entries to make it feasable.
We will be putting together a presentation package to take before the Art Not Terminal board on the 7th of November (2 weeks later). Upon approval, we will book the next available month, which is January at this time.
Of course, any comments, questions, suggestions welcome.
The first step is to collect entries. The due date is going to be the 23rd of October. The subject is "Portraits", the medium and size is determined by you. Your entries MUST have black frames. We will use this to keep everything looking like one show. You can enter any number of pieces, and splitting the cost is based on people, not on pieces per person, entered. Entries are considered donations, but from the cost recouped for each sale 40% will go into a group account, and 60% will go back to the artist.
Example: You submit 2 pieces and price each at 100 dollars. Upon acceptance of the show at Art Not, you pay (along with all the others) your percentage of the cost of the show. You sell both pieces for a total of 200 dollars. You get 120 dollars back right off, and 80 dollars goes into the group account.
Assuming this is successful, and the group wants to do another show, we will then have the money in the bank to front for the costs, security deposits, and promotion from there, and not be relying on gathering a certain amount of participants to split the costs.
The 300 dollar security deposit is refundable, which means at the conclusion everyone will get thier share of that back as well.
If any professionals on the site not in the group wish to donate a piece(s), you'd be welcome to. Please PM myself, nova, or Ben Mauro. Any long distance professionals willing to donate would not need to chip in on costs of the show, and once we have some funds, will reimburse you for shipping. Just a thought, if any professionals attending the workshop wish to participate, we could arrange transportation of the pieces from there if some people from Seattle end up driving down...
Thanks! Lets get workin on some killer portraits!!
Here is some pictures of the space taken last Sunday in no perticular order:
That's Ben in the white dress.