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All Bear All Bear by Paula
Posts: 5,162

Ellen, I've just emailed you ... the reviews came through my British Bears on the Net chat group.  The museum show seems to have been a big hit with both exhibitors and visitors!

Yvonne Bebbin Bears
Posts: 1,109

Paula, Ellen,.....I am so with you on this topic, wouldn't it be fantastic if there was a fair purely for high

end artist bears, that was free from retailers, bear memorabilia etc. where the bears could shine, and the

collector could be assured of quality work. A museum sounds great....or a gallery. I think venue is very

important, our collectors  are decerning people, who are looking for an enjoyable day out in a pleasent


Anyway, sadly, it seems Ally Pallys days are numbered for us, as I read in the paper yesterday that it is about

to be sold, and redeveloped, as an upmarket leisure centre!!!!!

Yvonne.  bear_flower

bearlyart Canna Bear Paint
Posts: 749

I think we all love the idea of being in a magical, beautiful place for a bear show, to highlight that bear artists can offer exquisite works of art. 

Then reality sets in  bear_original

I wonder perhaps if we are discussing two different things.  The "average" bear show vs. a star-studded spectacular bear show that would happen once a year.  Magical, beautiful venues always come with a high price tag.  Always.  If every "good" bear show were at such a high-priced setting, the majority of bear artists would either (1) never be able to attend (2) rarely be able to attend or (3) be able to attend, but perhaps only do a show or two a year.  Is that really the goal?

It really isn't all about the venue.  The most beautiful show venue that I've attended was in a drop-dead gorgeous ballroom at a hotel.  The collectors did not show up.  I think every artist went home with a loss for the day.  Compare this, for example, to this year's show at Bristol, CT, in a high school cafeteria.  It was bright, open and clean, and many enthusiastic collectors showed up.  Give me a cafeteria and a crowd any day over a pristine ballroom with nobody in it.   The venues definitely did NOT matter in these two cases, but everything else that goes into making a show a flop or a success did. 

The thought of an art gallery hosting a bear show scares the living daylights out of me.  Fine art galleries typically take a commission of 50-80% when a painting sells out of them.  I'd sell out of the trunk of my car first, in all honesty.

Best wishes,

psichick78 Flying Fur Studios
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 3,073

Interesting things to ponder kelly. Thanks

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