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January 20, 2009 7:12 PM Subscribe
I'm a painter looking to show my work in a cafe or restaurant. Help me make this a happy experience for both of us
posted by LC to Work & Money (10 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I think an upscale cafe or restaurant would be the optimal location. Most get good foot traffic and people look at the walls while they wait to be seated. Who knows....I might just sell something!
I'm planning on walking around downtown Baltimore with one or two of my small paintings and a business card and stopping in and talking to restaurant owners. The main reason I want to avoid galleries (especially in this economy) is so that I can keep 100% of each sale. I assume the cafe/restaurant would be happy to have art on their walls, and not take a commission, but that may just sweeten the deal for them. If they do want to take a commission what is acceptable? 10%? 20%? Is it odd not to be a customer of these places before I ask about displaying my work? Should I request they sign a contract to secure payment and other legalities? Is it likely they can put the paintings under their insurance or is that my responsibility? And if it turns out to be difficult for either party to insure the work should I walk away or just bite my tongue and hope they aren't damaged or stolen? When I chat with the owner how much "selling" of myself and the work should go on? If a particular establishment hasn't displayed outside art before and are a little leery what can I tell them to assuage their doubts?
I know restaurants don't need anymore things to worry about so any ideas to help this whole process go smoothly are appreciated.