The Dead End Tour Ends with Coconut Grove

I flew home from the last show in AZ, because I had the opportunity to attend a meeting regarding the possibility of acquiring a commission or sale from a local business.   After that meeting, I sat alone at home thinking about The Dead End Tour and decided to discuss with Robin the idea of bringing The Tour to an end after our next show—The Coconut Grove Art Fair in Miami.  This is fitting, since I’ve done that show many, many times and it has always been my favorite outdoor art fair for a number of reasons.

I decided screw the show circuit game.  It’s not financially viable anymore because of the ravages of the recession and because of the politics of getting into the shows.  Then there’s the matter of the reliability of our vehicle and the increase in our overhead including utilities, taxes and insurance.  All of the expenses for doing the shows—fuel, motels, boothfees and jury fees– have increased, but lots of shows are doing less advertising, thus bringing in fewer and fewer qualified buyers.  Art fairs have been popular for 30 some years and the original collectors  homes are filled and most of the younger ones that could become collectors are more interested in electronics, body art and entertainment.  And more so than at anytime in our lives people our age are living on a fixed budget and thus invariably want a bargain that won’t cover our overhead, much less provide us a decent living.

We have no other choice—we don’t have any other source of income to feed our habit of making art—art that enhances the beholders lives, art that grows their souls, art that teaches what it is to be human with compassion.

But at this juncture it no longer matters why we can no longer make a living through art fairs.   It’s over.  Coconut Grove is the last, unless a really tempting offer comes by.

Robin and I have decided to take the dive.  Now is the moment, not at the end of the year.   We don’t know how much more time we have left to make art—we’re in our 60’s.  We have to make the work we know we’re capable of.  That’s what we were meant to do, what we were born to do.  We weren’t destined to waste time making 6 more pieces of such and such size because that size is popular and we’re all sold out, and by the way, the blues are selling better now, so make more blues.

We will be showing our work locally and making contacts with galleries outside the immediate area, working with corporate art buyers, selling on-line, and working with a few designers.  Our savings are now gone—they  allowed us to survive these past 5 years since the recession ruined the shows. We’ve had purchases from some wonderful patrons during the past 5 years, but by and large the shows just kept putting us further in the red.  That’s over now.

We can use help from patrons with a passion for art and artists to assist us through this tenuous time.  Come to our Gallery, come to us on-line, come to our studio and home–you won’t be sorry.  We have things to show you that you have never seen before.

Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated–including references and introductions, following us on social media, spreading the word about our story and our talent.  And beware, if you visit our studio and home you’re gonna fall in love with the art.  I know that’s arrogant, but I’m just saying…..

4 responses to “The Dead End Tour Ends with Coconut Grove

  1. Sharon, your words are oh so familiar to both of us and after the decision was made, a real peace came over me in particular. Our lives have changed unbelievably and we couldn’t be happier. Good luck to you both!

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  2. Oh Sharon we are so sad to read this. You & Robin are in our thoughts & prayers for better things ahead. Both of you are such strong, dedicated artist with unique talents that you are bound to have a better future. Many of our artist friends are going through similar situations. It seems that the art festival directors & boards are totally out of touch with how their current policies are damaging the livelihoods of many artists. All cost of doing the festivals have escalated while sales have declined. A terrible combination for economic survival. We wish you a happy new adventure in search of better, more profitable ways to sell your unique works.

    Best & warm regards, Claudette & Paul Gerhold

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