Featured Artists of the Month:
Galleries on the GO
By Betsy Hecht Cramb
We are pleased to introduce you to Galleries on the GO – a unique concept that has provided a viable place for several artists to show and sell their work.
Photo Credit, Sara Mullins, Waterfall in North Carolina
Galleries on the GO is the brainchild of Sara Mullins, whose background in marketing led her to think of ways that artists could market their work more economically. She also found that due to budget cuts in recent years, many municipalities and small governments had been forced to cut back their art budgets. Sara came up with a remarkably workable idea. She presents this concept to small cities, restaurants, and other public places. The locations contract with Sara to provide art in a designated space for a period of time. This takes away their burden of having to seek out artists and decide where and how to display their work.
Steve at Beach Fyre Grill on Clearwater Beach with Galleries on the GO art displayed
Sara is an artist herself so she is particularly sensitive to the artists’ need to get their work shown in order to be appreciated and sold, even when consumers are dealing with tight budgets. She charges a nominal fee to the artist to display his or her work in the specified amount of space. Sara’s set up includes a portable gallery rail hanging system, which gets placed in the designated public space.
In just under two years, Sara and Galleries on the GO have presented very successful displays of art in Indian Rocks Beach Town Hall/Municipal Center, at a business office in Safety Harbor, as well as a restaurant on Clearwater Beach.
Original Painting, Shell Seekers by Kristen Santucci
Sara arranges the locations for displays and helps the public venues to choose which artists they would like to showcase at their location. You can learn much more about Galleries on the GO and see more of the work of some of their artists at www.galleriesonthego.com. To contact Sara, please e-mail her at email@example.com.
Original Painting, Acrylic by Larry Headley
From their website: NEW VENUE! Open and available for artists to show their two- and three-dimensional fine art from March 2014 (until the present). North Clearwater Beach restaurant BEACH FYRE, 605 N Mandalay Ave, Clearwater, FL has made space for us since March of 2014. Galleries On The Go has provided a gallery rail hanging system which allows flexibility in arranging fine art on their walls. Spaces typically rent for $30 per month. Artists receive a 24 x 60 space, website promotion, and multi-media advertising.
This new concept is certainly catching on and in light of budget cuts, it is bound to become a new trend in the field of displaying art.
Also from their website: Need art for your office or place of business? Find out how at NO CHARGE! Galleries On The Go is available to hang an exhibit, produce a reception, and generate a buzz for your office. Fill in the contact form and write “ART WANTED” in the subject line.
Indian Shores Town Hall/ Municipal Center
Photograph by Amanda Mullins
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