As part of my 2016 plan to get out and market my art more aggressively, I approached the Hartford Arts Council for submission rules. While there, I was able to speak with one of their coordinators about the submission application timelines. As I was about to leave, the coordinator told me of an opportunity to display my work in the office of the Secretary of the State of Connecticut , Denise Merrill . After making contact with the Secretary’s assistant, they selected fourteen of my scenics and abstracts to be be hung throughout the office until the end of October. This certainly is an example of the luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not considered.
The point I am trying to make is that good things tend to happen the more you take an active role in trying to market your art. Wishing and hoping your art will get discovered on is own may not be enough. And of course it takes time, energy, and courage to take the leap of faith to increase your artistic exposure. If you don’t have enough faith in your own art that it might be of some value in some way, then why would anyone else?
So, what is it that I am expecting from these “good things”? I don’t know, but I’m willing to find out. As discussed in a previous blog article, my marketing goal simply is to get my artwork in front of as many different pairs of eyes and at as many levels of viewer participation as possible with the hope that this may open doors previously unknown or unavailable to me in the past. Having some choice is better than having no choice and a sour attitude. The only one truly responsible for my success or failure is me.
It may take time, or maybe it will never happen, but at least I came out of my comfort zone and tried to make something happen.
So, if you happen to visit the Connecticut state capitol between now and the end of October, have a look at my art in the Secretary of State’s office. Visitors are welcome!