During the holiday season, many artists and makers open their studios to the public seeking holiday sales. That also means reasonably preparing ourselves for safety and security. That is why the PROFESSIONAL GUIDELINES
has a document OPEN STUDIOS: Artist Checklist.
Open studio events raise concerns that are only important when the public enters your studio.
Do you have business insurance? Homeowners insurance will NOT cover a business loss or liability issue if a person falls or is hurt in your studio.
Is your studio handicap accessible? Legally this is not important but potential embarrassment for all parties and a distraction. Make sure your invitation spells it out.
Is your work priced at full retail? Don't undercut the stores or galleries that sell your work at full retail. If you do....they will not be happy and this will damage your working relationship with your gallery or store arrangements.
Here are a few other thoughts:
- Plan for parking.
- Directions to your studio - signage.
- Safety of your guests -- unplug power tools, remove chemicals, and rope off unsafe areas. Have a plan if your guests bring children or animals.
- Keep your money and phone on your person at all times.
- Have a 2nd person around if you are alone.
Studio space for Harriete Estel Berman. My studio is open for tours and by appointment. Contact me by email any time. Work is always on display in my home and in progress in the studio.
Open Studio events are also an opportunity to gain exposure and to show your community what you do and make. We can educate the how and why we create what we do. We can answer technical questions and address issues of price and materials. We can even dispel a few myths and misconceptions. And, of course, we can open the door to new markets.
Visit my studio online.
Visit my studio with your art group anytime by appointment.
This post was updated on July 1, 2022, to provide current links.