Trying for a different approach to reaching patrons, a friend and I participated in a salon at the home of my sister and her husband in northern lower Michigan. Our thoughts were that by showing work in a home setting, and by creating an event that had at its heart an open forum for discussion and comment, we'd be able to open up the possibilities for engagement with a new group of individuals.
Royce Deans and I each hung new work and in addition, we showed a couple series of still life paintings that Royce and I make collaboratively. We managed to fit over 40 paintings! You can see photos at www.angelasaxon.com. Click on SALON at the top of the page.
Early in the evening, we gathered for a lecture of sorts: my sister introduced the evening and then Royce and I each made a presentation. We then opened the discussion up to everyone present. Conversations were lively and engaging--it seemed that everyone enjoyed the openness of the evening.
We decided to keep the work up for a few weeks and then have a salon closing the weekend of May 8/9th. Email me if you're going to be in the Ann Arbor area and would like to attend. firstname.lastname@example.org