Encourage your friends to explore their creative passions even if they aren't an expert it's a healthy outlet for them and by telling them you don't like their artwork you could potentially hurt a facet of their character. So your friend is a bad artist yet she is still an artist and she is tryin to express a part of herself to you.
It would be like if someone was ugly and she asked "do I look good in this dress"
She may not look good in anything at all, but her effort and will should be commended.
You make some very good points. I like the compassion and understanding you express.
But another issue is what do the friends do who attend her party, and may feel pressure to buy artwork they don't like, don't want, and think may be overpriced? Still awkward for them, how do they avoid it?
Just yesterday, at a place we went, there was a new showing of art work, all photographs by someone I didn't know, who wasn't there. A gay club, the owner whom we do know likes to feature talent on a rotating basis, with the pieces priced for sale. A nice thing to do, and contributes to the appearance of his place at the same time.
Well, I walked around and looked at them all. Some not too bad, priced about $300 to $1300 mounted & framed.
But nothing stunning I couldn't live without. I told my husband this, and I said he may be right in encouraging me to do the same with my own photography. If this guy can sell his stuff maybe I could sell mine. I take pics to please myself, been doing it for over 50 years with professional equipment as a hobby, took college courses in it, used to develop the film myself and do my own darkroom work before digital, the whole routine.
But I never saw it as a career, or art, at least not what I do. Everyone can take pics. But my hubby and friends do seem to be impressed, and think I'm missing an opportunity. I wonder what THEY would buy from me if I did have stuff for sale? But honestly, I wouldn't want to put our friends in that awkward position.
To set a price and sell to them, like a merchant. To friends I'd frankly just want to give them away as gifts, those pics that they like.