One of the first things young and beginning artists are told when starting out is to network. Of course rarely does anyone tell how to start on this journey of networking. So the question remains: how does an artist begin networking? If that happens to not be an option, how does one start selling their works? What if an artist goes solo, how does that come about?
The ever popular networking option for artists to get out there is an important tool for beginners and professional artists alike. It is often one of the first stops for artists to visit when attempting to become known in the world of art. Networking is nothing more than finding a group of like minded artists and bringing their combined resources together and creating ways to get into the public’s line of site. An example of this is one artist having a studio, another has the financial means, one has the art materials and one has the website. If you bring all of these shared pieces of the puzzle together under one roof, all the artists get everything they need to help get their artworks noticed. A simple idea of sharing what you have to get something you need. The best places to find the artists that are willing to network is to visit some of Fresno’s local art galleries and talk to those involved with the galleries. Or visit the local art festivals that are coming up in autumn and ask around. Artists love to talk art so discovering this information will be rather simple. As for the art festival schedules, visit the Fresno Chamber of Commerce and ask for the up and coming art festivals and bazaars. Now for those out there who can’t network right off the bat a good way to go is to create a website. Relax, take a breath and keep reading. There are many sites out on the web to visit that will help artists such as yourself to design a custom site. Don’t think that the websites cater to only the professional business folks. It takes a bit of searching but there are sites where those who are a little shy on funds can create their own site for free. Sites like utopicstudios.com, weebly.com, web.com and wix.com offer these services with a free setup option. Also for all those who aren’t technically savvy, these sites are user friendly. Should any of the mentioned sites end up not being a good fit, all you have to do is type in a web search for free website design and find another. So there you have it, two of the ever growing ways for artists to get their name and works out into the world.
There you have it, the 101’s of networking and website building. Never underestimate what the web and other artists have to offer you in advice, a place to start, experience and just about everything else one may need as an artist. The true first thing to do is get out there and try, search and ask around. You’ll be surprised as to how far that will take you and your art.