Gift of Gab: How to Talk about Your Work in a Genuine and Successful Way
Gift of Gab is part of the workshop series Art Steady: Career Development for Artists. If you’d like to attend all five workshops, purchase the full workshop pass here.
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Thursday, March 25, 10-11:30 am
If the idea of talking about your work at a gallery opening gives you the heebie-jeebies, you’re not alone. Being able to connect with art on a personal level is a huge motivator for buyers, and one of the best ways to help people to connect with your work is to talk with them about it. But figuring out what to say during gallery openings, studio visits, and art fairs doesn’t always come naturally. In this workshop, the queen of talking about art, Elaine Ritchel, will show you what to talk about and how to turn awkward “small talk” into genuine, fruitful conversation. This workshop will be interactive and several participants will have the opportunity to practice talking about their work.
Elaine Ritchel is an arts educator with over fifteen years of experience facilitating conversations about art in museums and galleries. She holds an MA in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and has worked as a gallery teacher and art museum educator in the U.S. and abroad. She specializes in discussion-based teaching and encouraging visual literacy. As founder and owner of Santa Fe Art Tours, she talks with hundreds of people about art every year and loves every minute of it.