I always enjoy reading the discussions here, but have never posted.
Does anyone have suggestions on what is the best way to get into
One first step is to visit local galleries to see what best fits
your work. Do this while wearing your work and looking the part. Ask
for a card of the person doing the buying. This should engage you in
a conversation and you may get some insight as to the possibility of
showing there. You can take some samples of your work or a catalog,
but don’t assume you will be able to show them then. Dropping in
with work is a no-no in a lot of galleries. Make an appointment to
meet with the owner/buyer. You may be asked to consign, which is a
pita, but might work to get you started.
Other way is to gather a list of galleries you want to be in, mail
or email samples of your work with pricing, better yet a catalog.
Follow up a couple weeks later with a phone call.
Buyers Market of American Craft (BMAC, Rosen show) has a Visiting
Artists Program that many have found invaluable.
artsbusinessinstitute.org Many of us take orders from galleries
around the country at wholesale craft shows such as BMAC, ACC, ACRE.
It costs in the neighborhood of $6k to do a wholesale show, which is
why I recommend the Visiting Artists Program to get started.
The Rosen Group sponsors the American Craft Forum which has a lot of
established artists answering your questions. americancraftforum.com
You need to register which is easy.
I have found wholesalecrafts.com equivalent to doing a wholesale show
for a lot less cost and great results. It’s an online wholesale show
24/7. Contact Terrie at or 888.427.2381 ext. 109 and
tell her Nancy Goodenough sent you. Terrie can also tell you about
the Emerging Artists Program for the ACRE show in Las Vegas.
Enough to get you started?