…for five minutes anyway. I received an email invitation to show my work at a New York gallery! Alexandra from the Agora Gallery had seen my art here and was offering her services to represent me, and charge a fee for promotion.
Basically, no reputable gallery should charge you to show your work. Sure they take a commission on sales (normally 25% to 40% or more, according to NAVA) but they don’t charge you to have an exhibition. Galleries that charge you a fee upfront are known as vanity galleries, because you’re paying them to show your work (like vanity publishing a book). And galleries don’t usually email you to offer their services. Most galleries receive lots of unsolicited submissions from artists eager to show there.
Before you consider selling your work through a gallery, do some research, ask about their commission and artist contract.
Anyway, at least someone in New York found my blog! and the email did make my heart flutter momentarily…