Artist FAQ’s

Determine the dimensions of the package you will be shipping. Weigh both the box and either the actual piece or one of similar size on a quality postal scale. Packaging materials will add a little to the weight. If you have a Paypal business account, you can estimate shipping costs at a business rate, which may save you some money. Enter in all the details along with a sample mail address to view pricing options from several maling services. You may want to include costs for additional services (insurance, signature on delivery, etc.) Sometimes it can be less expensive to ship USPS flat rate depending upon the size and weight of your art.

 Most of us send extra gifts already when we send art to collectors. They are the small prints, postcards, notecards, etc, letting collectors know how much we value their business. Each Collector+ member will receive a package including a random sampling of these artist gifts.  All of the pieces can be the same, or you can vary your gifts.  Pieces can be prints or originals, but should be new to collectors for this show. Please make sure these are unique and not items that collectors have already received when they bought a piece from you in the past or will receive if they purchase something from you in the future. This is a great opportunity to introduce yourself to potential new collectors and to remind current collectors why they love you and your work. You can also write a short thank you note and add your website address on the back. Please do not send business cards or coupons. Make sure you include an envelope if you are sending a note card and package them together in a plastic sleeve. We can accommodate flat items up to 8″ x 10″. 

Marketing for Artburst shows is a group affair!  From sending out invitations to our mailing lists, giving sneak peaks on our social media accounts and spreading the word locally, marketing will be done on many levels.   Artburst Studios is specifically gathering all of the items created by everyone as part of the Marketing Options list and will be featuring artists, telling their stories and messaging on our social media accounts and in our newsletters. We’ll also be purchasing ads on social media. Artists will be provided with a marketing kit that includes a sample press release, posts, photos, hashtags and suggestions on how to promote yourself and the show. The Artburst leadership team will be seeking opportunities to speak on podcasts, do interviews etc. If you have any suggestions, please let us know. 

Artists will be paid through Paypal for the first show. Within 48 hours of the end of the show, 25% of monies due to artists from the sale of their work (less 30% Artburst commission) and 100% of shipping costs will be transferred to your Paypal account. Forward shipment tracking codes or confirm personal delivery of items to collectors to Artburst Studios. Once we receive confirmation of shipping/delivery, we will forward the balance of monies due (less 30% Artburst commission) plus any affiliate earnings from the sales of Collector+ memberships sold by way of your affiliate link within five business days. Those earnings will also be paid through your Paypal account. We will be researching other payment options for future shows. If you have any suggestions, please let us know. 

We have all been there.  Marketing and selling art or art shows may not feel comfortable for you so we are going to do our best to make it easy to market this show and to also market yourself in the process.  We have created a marketing options list to give you some idea or you can design your own promotions. We will be sharing samples on the private Facebook page and will be providing sample promotions where you can plug and play in your current promotion systems (like social media, your newsletter, or even press release style promotions).  

We recommend a few simple things:

  • Share our prepared posts
  • Make progress pictures of your art and share them with your audience
  • Ask your audience to tell you what they like about your work.  Asking questions and engaging with your collectors is a great way to create engagement
  • We will be highlighting information about each of our artists on our social pages and we encourage you to share that with your list.  It is a great way to tell our story while also promoting your art.  

If you have questions about marketing, ask questions on the private Facebook page and we can all make suggestions.  We will all work together to create amazing content. 

The Zoom meetings are optional, but we hope you’ll be able to attend at least a few. It’s a great way to get to know your fellow artists. We are all in this together and collectively, there is so much wisdom in the “Zoom room”. We will record the meetings so you can watch them later. If you have specific questions, please add those in the Artist FB group a few days before the Zoom gathering so we can plan to address those questions more fully. 

We’d love to receive your ideas on artists to include in future shows. We are looking for artists who have a specific style and provide incredible customer service. Send us an email with the artist’s information and have them apply on the website. The more amazing artists we can recruit, the more collectors will join us for this and future shows.

One of our goals is to host shows that have a variety of artists, so the same artists will not be appearing in every show. Currently, the plan is to consider artists for a maximum of two shows a year. We want to host shows that are always fresh and exciting and feature the best of what we as artists have to offer. So, even members of the Artburst leadership team will not be included in all shows. We will keep you informed of future show opportunities.

If all artists submit twelve pieces, which we hope they do, we will be processing information on almost four hundred pieces of art. All of those pieces will be created as separate products in the system, many with multiple photos and specific details. We plan to get this right. You’ll have an opportunity to review each piece for accuracy. After your review and approval, all of these pieces will be included in the design of a custom downloadable catalog to be sent to Collector+ members a minimum of seven days before the show begins. We’ll also be teasing some of your show offerings in social media posts. We want to get an early start knowing the holidays will be a busy time for all of us. 

We’ve done our best to keep the commission rate as low as possible, while still covering costs and the hours we dedicate to Artburst Studios. The commission pays for website development, costs of doing business, marketing, contract hours for specialists and ultimately, all of the time we spend on business related tasks.