The Year the Art World Stood Still

The year 2020 will be remembered by most as the year people stayed home from work, students attended school online, or small businesses took big hits. The latter is most true for artists who make a living from art shows.

Almost all art shows were cancelled. Of the 10 or so shows I had applied for, only one went on. Although I made some good money at this event, it was nothing compared to what I could have earned.

I imagine some artists have retired or quit the art show circuit because they made little to no money this year. I am sure many tried online sales, as did I, only to find sales few and far between, or non-existent.

Many artisans will agree with me, I hope, in saying that art must be experienced in person to be appreciated. A photograph of a canvas or sculpture does not do them justice. Art buyers want to see, and perhaps feel, the work before buying it. This can only be accomplished through art shows or art galleries.

While us artists struggle with these hard economic times, there are things art buyers can do to help us out. Visit the websites, online galleries, and virtual art shows of all the artist friends you know. If possible, visit art galleries and art centers to view their creations in person. Also, look for local artists who may have displays in their own homes.

Artists tell me what you have done in lieu of art shows this year. Did you go online with shows or websites? Maybe farmers markets or local co-ops?

Art buyers, what can artists do to make their artwork more visible to the public?

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Published by Rick Decorie

I see beauty, an untold story, in what I photograph. The old barns, trucks, and other items I photograph are rusting and decaying away. I preserve them through my work. Their stories can only be imagined. The old pick-up truck in the field may have brought produce to market. The forgotten barn could have housed farm animals that produced food for the family long gone. The old factory, items for the home.

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