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What do Art Galleries and Sports Have in Common?

The world of art galleries is like the world of professional sports. That’s a pretty bold statement.  Let’s see how.

Imagine each gallery as a team in your favorite sports league. Each artist represents the players. The type of artists like sculptors, photographers, painters, and such, all represent the various positions that players play.   The gallery, acting as a team, wants to field the best artists for the best result, in this case sales.

Now we should mention that this is not easy. Just like in sports, the gallery can only hope that they pick the winning combination that allows their team to succeed. Just like in sports, there are no guarantees

One that Got Away
Sometimes our best players don’t work out…

the artists or players you pick will perform the way you want.

Now imagine if you start in sports in middle school. Schools encourage everyone to join in and play. But when you get to high school only about 10% of the players in middle school can actually try to make the team. Of those, less than 10% can make it to the college level, and of those chosen at colleges, only 1-2% makes it to the pros.   How much talent is being left on the wayside?

What if you were a really good player but there was a large number of equally good players at your position and as luck would have it, you’re just not chosen for the pros? There are only so many positions to fill and too many people to fill it.   Does that make your talent weaker?

No, of course not. This is what it’s like for an artist trying to get into a large gallery. There are only so many galleries, and unlike sports teams, they don’t always travel scouting for players.   An artist living in the middle of rural Alaska has the potential to become the next Picasso, but you’ll never see him or hear about him. Why?

There are no major international galleries near her. She can’t get to the special events at the galleries. This is a real problem in that galleries are very specific and very skittish about whom they display and whom they ignore. What are her chances of finding true gallery love?

The online gallery changes this equation. Everyone can have a website or a webpage that shows their work. Online art galleries allow for artists to display and even sell their work to the world.   There are no limits to the type of art or the number of pieces displayed.  Further, In the fine art world the goal of any artist is to have exposure. Being online allows for not only local Calling the Faithfulexposure but international also.

With the use of the Internet and its international reach, art is no longer a selective club to be enjoyed by the privileged few. Oh sure, there will always be large galleries and institutions that are by invitation only. You will always have detractors and naysayers of the online art movement. But that is how opportunity works.

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The 4 Art Secrets of Successful Anemone

Looking like a sci-fi alien, the surreal tentacles of an anemone sway in the rhythmic current entice its next meal to arrive.  Does the simple anemone in Sea Sci-Fi have secrets that allow us as artists and even collectors or patrons to thrive?  How can we apply what is normal to an anemone to the world of art?  I believe the answer is explainable in 4 basic steps.

1.   Style.

Style is what makes you stand out and blend in all at once.  Confusing?  Of course, that’s the whole point about style.  Looking at our friend above in the picture Sea Sci-fi we see that he is definitely an anemone.  He has all the physical characteristics such as a mouth, foot, body and tentacles.  If you placed him in a room full of anemones he’d blend right in.

But critically look at the hidden art in this image.  He has artistic bright color, long slender tentacles and a hypnotic swaying motion that sends an almost seductive and daring signal to the fish around him.  Only his exact species out of a thousand different species of anemone look exactly like him.

We work the same way in the world of art.  When we like an artistic style as a collector of art we tend to stick with it.  We learn about the artists, the colors they use, the way their art looks, and how they lure us in to their world by creating art we can’t say no to.

2.   Bend in the current but don’t break.

Our friend the sea anemone has no bones.  Anemone tentacles are nothing but muscle and stingers floating in the current. They are always vigilant however.  If fish get too close to a tentacle then between the toxic stings and the grasp of the tentacles it’s all over.   But, if the current is too strong the tentacles can break and hurt the anemone or other fish near by.

People who buy art experience become like those tentacles.  If we see a work done by an artist we love at a price we can afford we want it. We may bend on the price a little because we know what that work means to us the collector.

Forest of Light- Sea Anemone
The tentacles are almost hypnotic as you watch them sway back and forth in the warm water current.

However, the means by which art prices and artists become connected to one another suggests that as an artist gets known and their work gets more approval that price will rise.  So, the lesson is to bend to your desire.  If you like a piece of art work you should buy it. It’s only a matter of time before the either the price rises to where you wish you had or worse, the art sold and is lost to you forever.  I’ve experienced this first hand.  It’s not fun.

3.   Create a symbiotic relationship

Some anemones create a symbiotic relationship with other animals.  The clown fish is famous for using the sea anemones for protection all the while enticing food to get close enough to the tentacles to give the anemone with it’s next meal.  Other anemones hitch a ride on crab shells to get around to better feeding grounds while protecting the crab from possible predators. Animals working together with each other are good for mutual survival.

So it is with artists and collectors and designers. When a collector or designer is looking for that special picture, or that splash of color that will look gorgeous on a wall they create a relationship with the artist.  Generally artists love to do works on commission.  Artists like working with people who like their work.  This is true in any career field for that matter.  The result?  A one of a kind piece of art that makes creates a sensation for the collector and the prestige and knowledge that people like what the artist is doing.

4.   Feed! Feed! FEED!

Anemones are animals that hunt by chance; as such they must feed every chance they get.

Artists must create. I sometimes think that it is part of an artists DNA that they must make art.  The amount they create is only limited by the ability they have to work in their craft.

That brings us finally to the collector of fine art.  Collectors also feed on creativity when they buy art.  Each collector has his or her own personal likes and dislikes in art.  They have favorite artists they watch out for and some even enjoy getting to know those artists.  The bottom line is this is only possible when the collector of art buys! Buys! Buys!

So support your favorite art.  Be it as a collector or an artist, you experience art in a dramatic and daring way.  Using the successful techniques of our friend the anemone we can share and generate the beauty around us into a tangible form that hangs neatly on your wall.

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