05/22/2004: "Juneau Artists Gallery"
I mentioned a couple days ago about applying to see if I could get into the artist co-op here in Juneau called the Juneau Artists Gallery. Today my application packet came in the mail and I was really disappointed. First of all, you have to pay an initial $250 to join, secondly, you have to pay $200 a month for a very small amount of wall space. Thirdly, you have to work 20 hours a month (5 hours a week) in the actual gallery to help keep it open. I figured it out that I'd be paying $2,650 a year plus a %15 percent commission on sales! That's not factoring in my time working the desk (well over 4 grand if you go by my current hourly rates) so, a total of close to 7 grand!
I couldn't make anywhere near that amount in sales so I'd have to be high to try and get accepted there. They have this whole application project and each interested artist's work is juried by a board of directors as well as the other member artists to see if they want to let you in. For that kind of money they should be willing to take anyone. No, I think for now I'll be content with self-promotion, selling paintings online, doing commissions, and having a solo exhibit once a year or so. It's maybe not as hoity toity as having a gallery but it's where I'm at for the time being.