July 30th, 2013 / posted by paularath

A painting of mine that sold at the Louis Pohl Gallery last weekend, not through any business acumen of mine, but sheer luck. The arts are a tough business!

The Arts Business Institute is planning two Hawaii workshops on Maui September 9 – 10, and in Honolulu September 12 and 13. It’s a great opportunity for artists in all fields of art to learn how to grow their arts businesses beyond our islands. On Oahu, the workshops will be held at Ward Warehouse and are co-sponsored by Na Mea Hawaii.

The intensive workshops will emphasize high-level strategies to grow profitable small businesses.

The focus will be on growing your arts business beyond the boundaries of the Hawaiian Islands. According to ABI, statistics show that throughout the U.S., artists and craft professionals who rely on local fairs and farmers’ markets earn about half of what they would earn if they could balance their local sales with selling to galleries and shops nationwide. With the demand for handmade, culturally imbued and Made in America products growing, Hawaii’s artists are uniquely positioned to leverage these trends for our own benefit.

Topics will include:

  • How to take your art business from a local to national marketplace
  • How to wholesale
  • Building gallery relationships
  • Product development and pricing
  • Creative marketing
  • Closing the sale
  • Advanced sales strategies and more
  • Panel discussion with artists and gallery owners
Artists who attend the workshops will have an opportunity to schedule personalized critiques and consultations with faculty members for a fee of $25. Appointments are limited and must be scheduled ahead of time.  To sign up for the workshops and consultations, go to http://www.artsbusinessinstitute.org/oahu-hawaii/

Sign up by Thursday, August 1, for a $50 discount.

– Paula Rath

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Mckenna Hallett
July 31st, 2013 at 1:00 am

Well, I hate to disagree publicly, but you are wrong, Paula.

THAT painting is gushing and brilliant and seductive. And filled with so much mana that I doubt luck played any part in it’s being collected by an astute art lover. Seriously, you have such talent, Paula.

And mahalo nui for spreading the important news about the upcoming ABI workshops. Word travels fast and, in fact, ABI has just signed a contract with the Volcano Arts Center to bring the “show” to the Big Island. Woo hoo! Sept 5th and 6th. Early Bird ends there on the 11th of Aug – since it was just officially announced a few days ago.

So…stay “lucky”! Work of your caliber will always find collectors. Tough business, yes, but talent always pays off when you dream big enough.

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