• What We’re NOT

    Posted on November 30, 2013 by in Chirps, What's Hatching

    Whether new to the art scene or a seasoned collector, oftentimes it is confusing to discern the difference between the types of venues where art can be seen and sold. So, for those of you wanting an overview of the various formats in which creative works are exhibited and offered for purchase, we’ve tried to make it easy as 1,2,3.  

    All of the art environments give both the artist and their work an opportunity to be showcased, either for an interactive experience as a community, or to singularly view and purchase works of art.  Not only is it a mission of Robin B Gallery to provide such a forum for emerging and established artists to display, but it is equally important for us to help educate those on art and the Arts.

    In an effort for you to understand what Robin B Gallery is, the following venues are

    What We’re NOT:

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    ART MUSEUM: Art Museums are places that provide exhibit space for various genres of art. Museums can be both public and private and are distinguished by the type of collections. A museum can purchase a collection of work(s) –  or have a collection of work given to them by a private collector.  Museums display a broad spectrum of the arts including painting, photography, drawings, sculpture, the decorative arts, textiles, furniture, and installation art.  Galleries, also called exhibit halls, is a space within a museum setting that provides a separate area in which to view specific collections of art.

    PLUS: The opportunity to see significant works of art

    MINUS: Art is not for sale

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    BIG BOX RETAILER: While some big box retailers sell home accessories and “art”, most do not sell Fine Art or Artisan work, which is one-of-a-kind and hand produced. Oftentimes such stores offer mass-produced items, such as a photo on stretched canvas or a framed print. In some cases, the prints may be signed and numbered, but are a large print release. These items may provide color and interest to a space, but in the end, have no investment value, and yet can cost the same as an original work of art which increases in value over time.

    PLUS: Inexpensive opportunity to purchase something to hang on walls

    MINUS: Not one-of-a-kind and does not have long-term investment potential 

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    ARTIST CO-OP: An artist co-op is an environment in which the artist pays to exhibit their own work. Co-ops can be set up as mini-booths or a defined area within the space and the artist then pays rent for the square footage allocated. This venue gives the artist an opportunity to showcase their work in a setting other than an office or retail establishment, such as a restaurant. Many times the artists take turns working shifts at the co-op in order to cover the cost of employees needed to manage the space.  These exhibitor environments offer the public a venue to see a variety of work, both in quality and price. However, depending on the square footage allocated, these venues oftentimes provide limited visual space to view the work. 

    PLUS: A chance for an artist to have a place to exhibit and an equal opportunity for the public to view art. 

    MINUS: Not curated and therefore a variety of quality and price offerings.

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    ARTIST STUDIO: Artists who maintain studio space oftentimes collectively rent space in large buildings where they not only can work, but also showcase their work. Studio space is generally a raw environment, offering few amenities other than square footage at a reasonable rate. These venues allow the artist enough room to work and also store their materials. Due to the nature of the space, it is not an ideal space for selling or viewing work, although some studio spaces offer the public a timeframe in which they can visit and purchase work. 

    PLUS: A raw environment for creative freedom

    MINUS: Limited opportunities for viewing and purchase of work

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    STREET FAIR: Street Fairs provide artists the opportunity to showcase their work and the public an opportunity to see art in all mediums coming from all places. While many times street fairs are a firsthand experience for the public to view and learn about art and the various types of work produced, it is usually a “survival of the fittest” venue. The limited timeframe of street fairs creates a “buy now” frenzy, which can lead to buyers remorse later. Connecting with the piece is an important part of the purchase of art work. Therefore, the crowded space makes viewing work challenging. Color, texture, composition and scale are important components in the selection process but can be compromised due to the surrounding environment. Still, the street fair circuit is popular among the public and helps to attract those who might otherwise never have the opportunity to learn and view art. 

    PLUS: Art is everywhere

    MINUS: Distractions galore


    What We ARE:

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    CURATED GALLERY: A space in which an artist is chosen through a selection process based upon professional credentials, quality of execution of work, alignment of art subject to gallery’s intent either in genre or medium of work. Likewise, a curated exhibit is one in which the purpose of the exhibition features work of similar requirements. A show can be comprised of a single artist or group of artists whose work forms one subject matter or type of work. A curated gallery provides a consistent quality and value to the customer as the work showcased has been determined to be of a specified caliber.

    The Curator of Robin B Gallery, Allison Osborn, has a Bachelor of Arts in Curatorial Studies as well as a BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA*) in Baltimore. 

    *MICA is consistently ranked in the top 10 art schools in the United States.

    PLUS: Curated art that is affordable, one-of-a-kind pieces that are investment worthy

    MINUS: Not enough space to display the 3,000 works of art we represent!

    (Call us and we’ll show you exactly what you’re looking for!)