COCO Art Gallery Details
The two COCO Art Galleries (website: cocoartgallery.com), established by the Art Council of Southwest Florida, are open to all artists who maintain a membership in one of the Art Council's affiliate organizations.
While facilitating sales of artwork by the artist members of the Council's organizations, the Gallery extends its goal of encouraging creativity in the visual arts through experience in art design, art marketing and curating.
For details on how to join the COCO Art Galleries, please access the prospectus here. To fill out an application, please visit here.
Can any artist/craftsperson submit work for exhibit/sale at the COCO Art Galleries?
No, to show/sell work at the COCO Art Galleries, the artist must be a member of one of the Art Council's 21 affiliate organizations. (See website page Council member organizations for list of member organizations and links to their websites.)
Can any piece of art or craft be exhibited/sold at the COCO Art Galleries?
Everything exhibited/sold at the Art Galleries is juried in order to offer the best quality produced by our member artists and craftspeople. The Prospectus describes those items that may be juried "out" of the show, with the jurors' decisions final.
Does the exhibit/sale of work at the COCO Art Galleries provide any benefit to the ACSWF member organizations?
With each sale, 9 percent of the sale price in Estero and 10 percent of the sale in Naples goes to the ACSWF member organization to which the artist/craftsperson belongs. In several cases, this money may exceed the amount that the organization pays for membership in the Art Council.
Why are those exhibiting at the Galleries required to work as sales personnel at the gallery one day a month?
The Art Council emphasizes the Galleries are a co-operative, highlighting volunteer service while providing the value-added experience of marketing, selling and curating of artwork, along with the opportunity to network with other artist volunteers while staffing the Gallery.