COCO Art Gallery Prospectus
The COCO Art Gallery (website: cocoartgallery.com), established by the Art Council of Southwest Florida, is 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.
ART GALLERY OPERATIONS
The Art Council of Southwest Florida reserves all rights of decisions regarding the COCO Art Gallery. These include: changes in the days open, hours open, artwork acceptance, payment and the requirements for an artist’s participation in the Gallery.
Anyone violating this policy could be jeopardizing the 501(c)(3) nonprofit status of the ACSWF. Anyone violating this policy will be issued a warning after the first occurrence, and expulsion on a second occurrence from any and all ACSWF sponsored shows, events, and COCO Art Gallery participation.
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POLICY FOR GALLERY RECEPTIONS
The COCO Art Gallery is available for exhibits by the Art Council member organizations. Interested organizations should contact the Gallery director for additional information.
GALLERY SPACE AVAILABILITY
Coconut Point Mall for the past nine years has made space available for the COCO Art Gallery (formerly, the Art Council Co-Op Gallery). Mall Manager Jamie Grofik has been an active supporter of the Art Council’s efforts to bring the arts to Coconut Point Mall to people residing in and visiting southwest Florida. We appreciate her support and recognize that space in the Mall is not guaranteed. We very much appreciate her assistance in securing this space for 2019-2020.
Can any artist/craftsperson submit work for exhibit/sale at the COCO Art Gallery?
No, to show/sell work at the COCO Art Gallery, 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 Gallery?
Everything exhibited/sold at the Art Gallery 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 Gallery provide any benefit to the ACSWF member organizations?
With each sale, 9 percent of the sale price 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 Gallery required to work as sales personnel at the gallery one day a month?
The Art Council emphasizes the the Gallery is 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.