Open Studio: October 4 and 5
If you're in the Portland, Oregon area on October 4 or 5 please drop by to see where I work, how I work, to meet me for the first time, or to lend support if you know me well. I'd love to see you.
And I'd love to have you buy a piece or two of my art work for your home or office or as a gift. Christmas is just around the bend. There are lots of works that no one has seen and many older works will be discounted 25%. I'm simply running out of storage.
How to prepare for Open Studio.
So, how does one prepare for an open studio? I've only done this once before and worked entirely too hard at making things perfect. This time I'm aiming for simple and casual. I'll de-clutter the studio somewhat but mostly you'll see it as it is on a normal workday.
The first thing I did once I made up my mind to proceed was to grab my studio journal and make a Mind-Map plan, jotting down anything that came to mind. Then I prepared a project sheet and started a list of things I need to do before I open the door on Saturday Oct. 4. It's quite a list. But since I've decided that this will be a casual event I can drop my usual obsessing and just get ready for the party, one step at a time.
Items to Do, culled from my mind-map:
- Plan promotions (blog, FB, email, mailing, handouts)
Order invitation postcards.
- Line up kitchen and studio help
- Choose art to display and create an inventory sheet
- Frame as much as possible, mount and bag the rest in clearbags.
- Update email list
- Prepare studio: de-clutter, remove extra furniture and personal stuff, set up sales area, select soft background music,
- Hang art in public rooms and studio. Set up display racks.
- Prepare refreshments
- Prepare demonstration station
- Welcome guests
- Follow-up and review
If you need directions to my home email me at the above address.