A beginner artist should make first a simple art show with his family and friends. It is sufficient to invite by word of mouth and join the art show to some family event, having it as a big surprise. He can then discuss, listen to comments and suggestions on how to make his works known publicly.
School or club exhibits
The confidence brought about by family and friends’ commendations should enable the artist to embark on his own public show by having a select gathering of people he has known, like in school and art clubs.
First, he must negotiate with the school or club for a space or venue and, perhaps, have it on a fundraising scheme, so the school will be encouraged to give him the venue. He should provide invitation flyers to be distributed to students and professors.
The show should run a whole week to give students ample time to drop by, look and appreciate the exhibit. At all times he should have one or two of his family members help him with the orientation and tour around the venue. At the opening, he should have a presentation of his concept, theme, and works of art. There should be a guestbook for signing in, a comment book where guests are encouraged to write their critique and calling cards freely available for guests.
In wrapping up the event, he can have a forum where students can have interactions.
Mall exhibits
Very often malls invite artists for public display of their works. The same strategy used in school should be applied here. Added perks would be a visual profile of the artist and his signature work, among others.
Gallery shows
Learning from the two exhibits, the artist is now more confident to go into a solo exhibit. He has to choose a good venue like a hotel or the cultural arts center.
Using the same strategy in his first community exhibits like the school and mall, brochures, guestbook and comment book should be conspicuously placed in the reception area. Also, he should have tarp ads in front of the venue where it is allowed or in other prominent areas. He could promote via TV shows, print media, Facebook, Twitter, and email. Promotion is a sure way to get information across and extend invitations to art enthusiasts.
He should make the venue eye-catching and interesting and always have a receptionist available to accommodate any inquiries. After making sure that his works are mounted presentably with just the right lighting effect and ambiance, he should make preparation for his guests’ comfort, like having cocktail available for everybody and a comfortable sitting area where they can lounge longer after the walk through the gallery. With everything set the artist and his works can now have the stage and open it for public viewing.
Putting up a solo exhibit may be taxing financially but it can also be rewarding. However, an artist can always partner with another to go on a double exhibit with a theme complementing each other’s works. This can be done when both artists are in sync with each other. The presentation should showcase the artists’ profiles and their works of art, giving each his own uniqueness and style.
An artist can also join other artists on multiple shows for a fundraising cause or upon invites from schools or communities. This can foster a common bond for all known and struggling artists. After all, they can pat each other’s backs because they share the same telling experience of an artist’s ordeal.
Artists come and go but their works live on after them. Many popular artists’ names have become a trademark or signature for their art and occupy the spaces of rich clienteles and palaces. Others may be not as popular but may have touched other people’s hearts and found their pieces of art in homes, offices or edifices. But their original piece is always a treasured one in their own homes and family. The art industry is still thriving because artistic minds evolve through time and bringing in new ideas and concepts to the world. Governments, institutions, and enthusiasts should support this industry and help artists thrive.

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