INFORMATION AND APPLICATION FOR PROSPECTIVE ASSOCIATE
Questions and Answers:
ärt ə ‘ fekts is a co-op art gallery. What does that mean?
As a co-op, the gallery is led by a Board of Directors.
Why would it be beneficial for me as an artist to become an ärt ə ‘ fekts?
First – location, location, location!
- ärt ə ‘ fekts is in the busy downtown art district of Pittston PA. In addition, Pittston attracts visitors from all over the United States yearly for its Boden Outlet, Tomato Festival, Paint Pittston Pink, and St. Patrick’s Day parade, etc.
- It is a beautiful store that offers you the space to showcase your artwork for sale without you having to be physically present each day to sell.
- ärt ə ‘ fekts has a monthly e-newsletter, member page on website, Facebook and Instagram page that will go out to thousands of people.
- You would get exposure and recognition through the following venues: the City of Pittston, Second Friday Art Walks, Holiday Parades and events, Paint Pittston Pink, Tomato Festival and many other city-sponsored events.
- Networking with many talented artists.
What is the review process to become an Associate? When will I know if I’ve been accepted?
- For the jury process, Contact Mary Kroptavich at 570-299-5954 or 570-885-2323 to discuss the jury process. Be prepared to discuss a drop-off time, the number of items required, suggested retail price of each item, etcetera.
- A representative from the Jury Committee will contact you within 7 days of receipt.
- If accepted, you will be given a contract from ärt e ‘fekts, and all applicable fees are due at the submission of the contract.
If I am approved as an Associate, how many hours a month would I need to work at the store?
- Each Associate must commit to work in the store a minimum of 8 hours per month or 2 (4)-hour shifts. The number of days will be dependent upon the number of Associates on the roster and the shop requirements.
How many hours do I need to devote to other things like meetings, committee work and other functions?
- Special events are held from time-to-time. Associates are asked to attend these events. (i.e. events, such as Second Friday Art Walks, Tomato Festival, Artist Openings and Special events).
Do I need to provide my own display items such as jewelry cabinet, shelves, browse boxes?
- ärt ə ‘ fekts design team provides: jewelry cabinets, shelves, pedestals, lighting, artist name signs and wall space. Jewelry boxes are the responsibility of the individual artists.
- Showcasing and display of all artwork through the co-op is at the discretion of ärt ə ‘ fekts design team
How do I get trained to work at the store? Will I be able to work with another Associate until I know the procedures? Are there written procedures for me to follow?
- You will be fully trained by a Board member. For the most part, you will be working alone at the store after being fully trained. There are written procedures for the point-of-sale system. A Board or Juror member will be available if questions arise while manning the store.
How does ärt e ‘fekts publicize?
- Advertising in local newspapers, the City of Pittston website Facebook and Instagram account
- ärt e ‘fekts’ Facebook page
- ärt e ‘fekts collaborate with various City of Pittston organizations via their social media
- ärt e ‘fekts uses a monthly e-newsletter to thousands of people to showcase various artists, events, and happenings
- ärt e ‘fekts a member of Pittston Chamber of Commerce
What are the costs to be an Associate at ärt ə ‘ fekts?
- Must commit to a one (1) year contract
- A $25 non-refundable application fee. This fee is paid by anyone applying. If accepted into the gallery the $25 goes toward the annual fee.
- A yearly membership fee of $100. This fee goes toward overhead costs of paying rent, utilities, insurance, etc.
- Commission 30%. Commission helps cover day-to-day costs of sales, like are POS system, promotions, administrative work, etc. This is what will keep the doors of ärt ə ‘ fekts
Can an Associate receive a lower commission rate if they choose to work additional hours?
- Yes, an Associate can lower commission rate if they choose to fulfill an extra 8-hour shift.
- Example: mandatory 8 hours per month = 30% commission. 16 hours per month =25%. Associates can’t go lower than a 25% commission.