An art gallery is somewhere (a room/ space) for displaying the work of art). Art galleries are either owned by private organizations/people as well as by the public. They could either have an entrance fee or people could be charged to access the gallery. These units are generally meant for artwork display but sometimes they are used for live performances and even poetry. Art gallery characteristics Art galleries are in most cases small businesses that sell art. The sales go to the owner and are channeled to the business capital. The surplus is then treated as profit. This could be the major difference between art galleries and museums since the museums do not make profits. It has a strong base of artists who are brought together by a common style, background or a common tone of artwork. Upon sale, the art gallery will pay the artists minus some fee for presenting the artist’s work. I would say that the art gallery brings artists to work together for easier selling and greater motivation. The art gallery will act as a selling point for a specific artist. Employees in the gallery will always interact with clients and tell them more about an artist if they feel like knowing more. An art gallery is a bridge that connects the artist, his work and the outside world. It preserves the valuable work of these professionals. Before opening an art gallery you should always consider the location so that the work does not take long in shelves. The inside of the gallery should have a good finish, silent environment and well-controlled lighting to give the artwork that good look. The awesome aesthetic will pull more visitors to the art gallery.
1.Commercial gallery This type of an art gallery is where the facility is made purely for business. The gallery and artists major aim is to get profit. People will walk in basically to buy the work. Commercial galleries are of two types. Some are private, customers will have to be members so that they can be allowed to walk in and buy their work while the other type is a public art gallery, which is open to anyone in the streets. The doors are open to members and non-members at any time. Commercial galleries are professional organizations and will always choose their artistes carefully. The artists and the outlet will come into an agreement that they will only sale through the gallery but for a given market radius. The gallery with go ahead and market these artists to the public, more so their major customers. An example of such a gallery is Gallery Vibe in Naples, Florida.
2.Blue Chip Gallery This is a high end gallery that will only market already establishes artists who have been in the market for quite some time. The artwork in these galleries will be expensive. Artists who are represented by this gallery earn comparatively high commissions.
3.Art run initiatives They are also referred to as co-ops will be made by a group of artists who exhibit, run, as well as operate the gallery. These art galleries are very rational which means from time to time artists will get a chance to show their piece of work. Artist-run will give the artists a control over how their work is handled, how they will be displayed, distribution and handling. The artists will set a membership fee, commission to be paid to the gallery on successful sales as well as studio fees. Co-op galleries will ensure that there are no middle men involved in the business and therefore they make more profits from their sales.
4.Vanity gallery This type of galleries is very controversial as it will make its profits from artist fees rather than commissions on sales. The gallery always charges artists for their work to be seen. This class of galleries is used by artist beginners who just want to get in the market. Their reputation is however not good since they give just a small space like a wall and charge over time whether you make sales or not. The art gallery give artists no control over their work therefore they get little profit. They do not care about their clients (artists) because they have already made a profit from the entry fee as well as fees paid to remain in the store. The fees are always paid upfront which means that no way the artist can fail to pay.
5.Non-Profit art gallery Just like the other business world, the art gallery has non-profit members. This type of galleries receive their funding from donations and grants. The commissions are lower compared to other galleries. The art galleries also accept artists based purely on merit.
6.Rental gallery This type of art gallery I purely for display. The type of gallery is made up of artists just like in co-op. Rental galleries, unlike co-op, will charge fees for a period of time to display your work. The gallery will act on behalf of the artist though the artist will be in charge of what is displayed. This type could be risky to artists who do not have a good experience with the market since they will have to pay fees upfront without the assurance of sale.