Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Open Studios Wrapup

I pose with "Mother's Tea" which sold the first day

Part of my display, including "Two for Tango" and "Mujer del Gaucho," sold on Day 2

My flower bike welcomes patrons to the studio

A lovely Mother's Day gift from my dear friend, Pam

We had a lovely second day of Open Studios. I sold nine paintings and numerous cards. My fellow artists had good sales as well. The crowds were steady. Bob did the greeter duties on Sunday. Both Bob and Arleta were terrific at their job. I had to show you my flower bike, which was a lovely gift from my co-workers when I retired. It's a true "fixie" for any of you who might know cycling lingo.

Since then, I've been super busy going to drawing class, meeting some social commitments, and doing a brown bag lunch session on commuting to work by bike requested by IBM at their Silicon Valley Lab. Tomorrow we teach a second session at IBM Almaden Research, and Thursday we work an energizer station at the Caltrain depot in Morgan Hill for Bike to Work Day, followed by breakfast at the Specialized Bicycle Company headquarters.

I am continuing to work on the closeout of the show. I am just getting my house back in order and trying to find a place for unsold art. I am doing thank you notes to the collectors who bought art, and recording sales for my business records. It's interesting to analyze what sold. I sold a still life, a very modern experimental piece, two dancer-themed paintings of people, several florals, and a landscape. All but two were framed and two were unmatted and unframed. Cards also sold very well. A special of four for the price of three was very popular.

Hopefully I am back to creating art, not doing the work of art, soon.


Sheila said...

Congratulations Mary! To do so well when the economy has it hard for other artists is a true testament to you art. Looked like a lot of fun too.

Mary Paquet said...

Sheila, thanks. Of course, I sold my work pretty reasonably, but fairly I thought, for this economy. What surprised me was that two of my higher priced pieces sold and just a few people went for the unmatted, unframed pieces that were most reasonable. I always like to offer cards, so people can easily purchase a show piece for very little.

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Mary, Congratulations on your successful Open Studio! It sounds like a well organized open studio.

Mary Paquet said...

Thanks, Peggy. It went very well and everyone in my group did their assigned tasks. The event went quite smoothly. If we do it again next year, the whole thing will be easier to plan and execute.