I was thinking about the tour again especially after TPAC sent a survey last week. The survey was terrible in general and badly worded. I won't go into the details of the survey or my comments, but it makes me think twice yet again about doing the tour next year. I think I can probably do just as well just hosting an art event at my studio and inviting people over. In fact, I have done just that a couple of years ago...in conjunction with the Open Studio Tour. I was at another studio and we decided to open early and have a special event by invitation only: brunch. It was highly successful. Everything we sold was sold during our early opening hours to people on our mailing lists. Neither of us sold anything for the remainder of the weekend to the random folks that come to visit during the tour. I'm not saying it wasn't worth it to be open all weekend, but it sure felt like we didn't need to. While it's great to have people visit and see you work, get to know you, etc. the ROI isn't exactly motivating me right now to do it again. But I'll see what happens in 2011!
And there you are!
PS: Here are images of the 4 paintings I sold during the tour. Everything as tiny! All of these are 5x5x2", three of them went to one of my collectors.