A problem I have found in moving to this part of France is the difficulty in finding galleries in which to exhibit my paintings. This is marked contrast to the UK. We live just north of the city of Pau and have searched here and the surrounding area for galleries and have found very few that are not owned by the artist and are therefore not interested in selling my work alongside their own. I have searched in the more touristy areas as well including St Jean d'Luze, Biarritz and Hossegor on the coast.
Consequently I and my wife have organised my exhibitions in restaurants, mairies, vide greniers and at local fetes. This involves a lot of extra work but does reach cuctomers that might not go into an art gallery. For my classic car illustrations my wife and I set up in the Hotel de Ville during the Pau Classic Grand Prix weekend at the end of May.
What have other artists experienced and any tips that you can pass on with regard to selling and marketing?