Kathy, right: the "exposure thing"! Often that does not come through as planned. It's a good idea to donate unframed art (if a person is going to donate), though a year ago I did give a piece to a nonprofit that quite vocally frowned on that and I had to weigh all the pros and cons very carefully.
FYI: the letter I got yesterday requesting art came about because of a show I'm in right now. Little did I realize that getting juried into this exhibit made me "eligible" for the auction: apparently artists who get in (and pay the usual entry fee) are then tapped for this annual auction to raise money to keep the art galleries going. The twist - obviously to get our hopes up and encourage the art to be forthcoming - is that cash prizes will be offered (none were given for the "regular" show) AND that the 8 lucky people who get prizes will be offered a later exhibit where they can show up to five pieces. There's the usual blurb about lots of press, promotion, etc.
I do feel put upon. After all, isn't the entry fee I already paid, and the percent the venue takes when art sells, supposed to keep the place going? Haven't we artists already done our part? Okay, got that off my chest. . . I feel better.
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