What does “NO Unsolicited Work” mean?

So, yesterday I came across an article that listed the top 10 galleries in Brooklyn.  I know there are so many of these articles.  Today, I decided to check each one of the galleries out and see which one fits my style.  From the list there were 3,  I sent my website for their consideration of the December show.   The other two stated “No Unsolicited Submissions”  ……   I have NO idea what that means.  I told my husband and he explained like if I was musician (like in the movie  Coyote Ugly)    The No Unsolicited Submission means the gallery will not look at your work unless you have representation, like a curator or someone who has connections with that gallery.   I understand but its still a bummer cause I really like these two galleries.  So now, I have made friends (or acquaintances) with the galleries,  the owner, the curators and any employees. This is for any chance of someone seeing my work.

Wish me luck or show my work to any art friends of yours.

Mail a Surprise

Mail “HELLO” to a friend or family member. I promise you, it will brighten their day.

It all started with a photograph of a woman in a fancy dress sitting on a crescent made of flowers.   It was very beautiful.

I thought of replicating it in my style but I got a little detoured.  I sketched the crescent on a 24×24 canvas and painted it yellow.  I added my design and loved it.  Than my muse took over and told me to make monogram notecards.

So, now I am going to design notecards for my next show in August.   If interested, email me.


Making a Plan

I think I am at a point of my art world career that I can make a plan to fit in social media every day.    While I walk, I listen to podcasts about building your art business online.  Well, a great tip is to focus on just 2 social media and once you get good at those, then you can another, and another and you get the picture.    I have chosen to tackle all my social media at once and decide which ones to keep.

First step list my social medias and what there function is:

Shy Girl Art website is my everything.  blog posts, art works to view and buy, its how you can contact me and where I will be showing my art.

Shy Girl Art Blog is to journal my art world career and to share with everyone.

Facebook (Personal)  post what is happening in my personal life and maybe a post about my art world.

Facebook (Shy Girl Art)  art updates and festivals, to show off my art!

Instagram (Shy Girl Art) post art pic updates and do a story (story if a 10 sec video that last 24 hrs)

Twitter (Shy Girl Art and rphotog)  to tweet about art business with pic (always) & retweet others that is of interest and/or informative.  a few personal things is ok.

Pinterest (Rachel Meyer)  I pin my own work and others but Iam starting to find lots of sharing worthy articles about art business

Patreon (Shy Girl Art) is a group of supporters who donate monthly and we gift them with art things.

NewsLetter (Shy Girl Art)  I have not actively acted on this but I have a list of subjects that I would like to share with people who sign up for it.  This is coming!

Second is to list:  Need to prioritize what to post when.

I usually post as soon as possible cause I want EVERYONE to see my art.  I love showing it off.   This one is going to be tough, only because I want to share right away.

Third on the list: If you want more followers you are going to follow others.

So, I have decided to add about 10-15 new followers a day…..this could change over time.

Fourth is to set a time when you can spend about a hour a day to do this.   Here is a BIG TIP!  with some of your social media you can schedule your next posts.  I am learning to do this now, cause I see so much I want to post and share but I have to control myself.


If you have any suggestions or advice, let me know.  I am still working out the kinks!