A note from Meagan:
On Labor Day, I visited the Glen Echo Park "Labor Day Art Show" and the Montgomery Art Association's "Labor Day 'Paint The Town' Art Show'. I went to say hello to friends and participants, of course, and also to see what what out there.
After a while, I began to notice a pattern of "art that was selling" and so I thought I would write about it here.
The Glen Echo Park "Labor Day Art Show"
Features: artwork in mostly traditional art forms, in both 2 dimensional works : painting, photography and collage and 3 dimensional works : sculptural, pottery, jewelry*, and collage. Anyone can submit for a small fee.
*The jewelry in this show is primarily fused glass, which, alas, is not to my taste, so I neglected to look into this aspect. My apologies to jewelry artisans.
Sales often were:
- Paintings & Photography that featured a minimalist or impressionist-inspired style (aka a loose or simple style or a dreamy effect) with a little bit of finer detail.
- Sculptural pieces that featured simple and organic shapes
- Clever use of textures as part of the more traditional pieces - Example - collages that use computer CDs' reflective surfaces to mimic water, as in the water in a lily pad pond, Example - acrylic paintings of people on wood, leaving the wood grain unpainted as part of the figure's hair.
- Clever and iconic: Example - an iPad drawing printed on a large wall canvas of Audrey Hepburn on a white background.
The Montgomery Art Association "Labor Day: Paint The Town" Show
Features: mostly traditional 2 dimensional works, watercolor, oil, acrylic, ink & wash, and collage. They offer prizes as well as awards, for submitted pieces as well as a Plein Air works done THAT day. You do need to be a paid member to submit work.
Sales often were:
- Paintings that featured a minimalist or impressionist-inspired style with a little bit of finer detail.
If you attend an art opening and have any observations about what was successful and what was selling, we'd love to hear more about it! We'll retweet or share your opinion. Help yourself and the art community at the same time!