What an incredibly slow day today here at the Black Bear Art Gallery…
In this current economy that all seems to revolve around the price of gas, it seems like things are slowing down to the point where drastic measures my merchants are being taken. Measures not taken in many years in fact. I would figure that the first place to take a hit will be the restaurants and small eating establishments. The price of rooms and cabins is not going to change and the price of gas is not going to change. So when we wish to travel we will have to cut back in other areas to make up for the rise in the cost of getting there.
In my mind, I seem to think that the typical art buyer doesn’t live on a week to week budget anyway, but that doesn’t mean that those with disposable cash are still disposing of in any way the wish to. Since I already keep the prices of my works incredibly low, as I hope that it will sway a possible art buyer into one of my works instead of them just “passing” on buying some that cost more. Since I am the one doing all of the printing and framing of my Giclee’s, then I can afford to cut the cost a little to try and gain some sales from areas where there might not have been one at all.
I guess only time will tell, since according to most merchants here in Gatlinburg, that “the season” doesn’t really hit until Memorial Day weekend.