By Diane Pingree
When attending art receptions, shows and other events, keep in mind that the featured artist or artists are the focus, so out of courtesy and consideration for them, here are some guidelines:
- Do not promote your own work at the event by passing out brochures, business cards or discussing your art at length. If, during a conversation someone asks, be brief and discreet in giving out your contact information.
- Do not make negative comments about the work shown. This is not the time to critique another's art. If the art does not appeal to you and you don't have anything positive to say about it, say nothing. This is a time for the artists to shine, so don't dim their place in the spotlight.
- Never touch any piece of art being exhibited. This can not only damage the work but is seen as a violation of personal boundaries.
- Never take photos at an event without permission. If there is a "No Photos" sign, respect it.
- If you have an opportunity to meet the artist in person, do not monopolize a conversation with him or her. Others will be waiting also.
- Remember that what you project comes back. If you are considerate, respectful and encouraging of other artists' work, you likely will receive the same treatment when it's your turn. Artists put their souls on display, so treat them and their art with care and kindness.