Crash course in running an art gallery (Boston)

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    Jun 23, 2012 4:36 PM GMT
    Last month, a property owner in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood asked me to turn a small (400 sq ft) ground floor office space into an art gallery, which I would also run. Today, we spent a long time looking at the space (on W. Cedar St nr Cambridge St), as well as discussing the vision, expenses, commission, revenue, insurance, staffing/interns, hours, maintenance, marketing, and more. By the end of our conversation I felt comfortable and was excited to work on this project outside of my full time job.

    That said, although I have experience working with and managing artists, I don't have any experience running a commercial art gallery. If anyone has advice on pitfalls, opportunities, and other things to consider, I'd appreciate hearing it. We're looking at a mid-Sept launch, so there's a small window of time during which I can tackle my learning curve.

    Naturally, the art lovers out there are welcome to attend the launch.

    Thanks!
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    Jun 23, 2012 8:34 PM GMT
    Oh FUN! icon_biggrin.gif

    Wish I could be there....
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    Jun 23, 2012 8:38 PM GMT
    Fingers crossed that this venture works out well. You'll have another place to visit during your next trip to Boston. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 23, 2012 8:40 PM GMT
    Give me a year, lol!
    I have so much financial catching up to do....
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    Jun 23, 2012 8:54 PM GMT
    Hmmmm... i dont know if these folks can help you learn anything...

    I know you cant attend this event. But maybe if you contact them they might give you some tips.

    http://www.facebook.com/hamiltoniandc

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    Jun 23, 2012 8:59 PM GMT
    That's awesome man keep us updated!
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    Jun 23, 2012 9:09 PM GMT
    I'm envious!
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    Jun 23, 2012 9:18 PM GMT
    @Caslon19000, thanks for the resource. I figured I'd ask people here anyway just in case there was a hot, athletic gallery owner in our midst.

    @Tenesseetexan, will do.

    @Alpha1, still an untested product at the moment. Let's see how it goes...then you can be envious. icon_wink.gif