There are plenty of things to think about when putting together your own art exhibit. If you take the time and prepare in advance your art exhibit will certainly be a hit. There are also a number of things that you want to be sure not to do. I've chosen three to discuss here:
1. Not sending out a save the date via e-mail. Doing this three weeks in advance will ensure that people mark it on their calendar.
2. Waiting until one to two weeks before the exhibit to finish your artwork. Aim to have everything completed a month prior to the exhibit. This way if there is a problem with framing, creating correctly sized pedestals or proper photographing of artwork it can be sorted out well before the show opens.
3. Being shy or getting caught up talking to one person. This is your art exhibit and people want to meet you and learn about your artwork. No one can sell you or your artwork better than Y-O-U. Circulate and pay special attention to potential buyers. Have a drink in your hand so that you don't appear to be twiddling your thumbs and smile. Smiling is contagious and makes you approachable.
If you find that you are already doing all three of these then hooray! Doing these things makes you appear as a professional artist. Not doing all three of these things yet? It's not too late. Set your mind to accomplishing one or all three the next time you are preparing for an exhibit. It will make you better organized and will in turn build confidence in potential buyers because they will see you acting professionally.