The Best of Artsy Shark 2012

by Carolyn Edlund

What were the most-read articles published on Artsy Shark this year? Here’s the annual countdown.


Artwork over a sofa


10. Sell More Art Using This Smart Strategy –  helping prospective customers visualize how the art could work in their own home or office can make a huge difference in closing the sale.


Greeting Cards


9. Evolution of a Greeting Card Line – Entrepreneur Barb Kollen created her own card line. Here’s how she did it, from concept to finished product.


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8.  How Artists Can Make an Effective Press Kit – Make it easy for the press to find you, use your images, and write stories about you. Here’s what you need to include in your press kit.


Heart Tags


7. Etsy is Going Wholesale. Will it Work for You? – Artists and craftspeople who want to sell wholesale need to know the facts before they jump in.


O+ Poster by Tom Cingel


6. Artists and Doctors Create Their Own Healthcare Reform – How medical and creative professionals got together to improve healthcare for artists, and provide a model for communities.


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5. A Gallery Owner’s View: What Artists Need to Know – Suzanne Connors of Sax Art Gallery gives her honest opinion on the difficulties of the business, and why artists need to partner with their galleries.




4. 10 Steps to Better Art Show Sales – Want to increase your art sales at fairs and festivals? Here are ten tips to make the most of your show.


Art Show


3. 8 Negative Booth Behaviors that Lose Sales – Are you making the most of your time taking advantage of sales opportunities, or are you sabotaging yourself with these common behaviors?


art gallery show


2. Top 10 Ways that Galleries Find Artists – Throw out the unsolicited requests, cold-call gallery visits, and moaning about how you will never have a chance to even speak with a gallerist. Here’s how artists really connect.


Kimberly and Andrew Kitchen

Kimberly and Andrew Kitchen


1. Online Sales Tips from the Experts – Andrew and Kimberly Kitchen founded the Handmade Artists community. They share their best tips for selling your art or craft online, including frequent mistakes and why you need your own website.



  1. This just tickled me pink Carolyn, that our article was number one!

    • Andrew, I think this shows the interest of readers in selling online, as well as the loyalty and appreciation of the members of your community.

      It speaks volumes about how you treat the sellers on Handmade Artists. Congratulations!

  2. This was terrific news to all of us that have been with Handmade Artists from the beginning! We all appreciate the professionalism that is shown to us as members as well as friendships that have developed. There is no place I would rather be. 🙂

  3. thank you Carolyn for this opportunity and also a big thanks to readers who took the time to visit our website.

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