I apologize for taking space on this forum when I am not an artist but I was looking for some ideas for the donation of my mother's art. My mother passed away 7 years ago from kidney cancer. She was a life-long artist and did many shows throughout Southern California. My mother was treated at the City if Hope, a wonderful hospital that specializes in cancer treatment and research. I decided that I wanted to try and sell her remaining paintings (120 or so) and donate the proceeds to the City of Hope. It was an ambitious project for me, a non artist, who works full-time and lives in Northern California.
First, I put her art in storage in Pasadena. She had a website but it did not include many of her paintings. I hired a photographer to help me document all of the paintings with photos and I uploaded them to her website. Next I wrote to all of the people on my mother's mailing list (200 or so), people who had either been to a show of hers or bought some of her work, told them of my project and offered to deliver the paintings to them personally if they lived in Southern California. I received a good response and between that and a City of Hope auction, I sold 40-50 paintings. Over the years, I sold a few more and donated some to a senior center in Pasadena.
I have enjoyed doing this and am proud of raising thousands of dollars dedicated to kidney cancer research at the City of Hope. But at this point I realize I have exhausted my main avenues of selling her work and do not have the time I would like to dedicate to this project. I believe I have something like 60-70 paintings remaining. My mother did have a lot of people who admired her work and I would like to donate it, if possible. But that is not easy. Although she had a good following in Southern California, she was not famous. I have tried writing to banks, hospitals, cafes, hotel, etc. but they all have many people who want to show their work there. I am out of ideas and I have a few questions of the artists on this forum:
1) Do you have any ideas on how to donate the art? I hate the idea that it is in storage. I want it out there for people to enjoy.
2) What do you want your children to do with your art once you die? Before she passed away, my mother told me just to throw away her art. I have refused to do that but I cannot afford to keep it in storage forever.
I have thought of placing an ad in local papers or online, inviting people to come and see the paintings at the storage unit when I am in town but other than that, I am out of ideas. The website is elinorjanisstudio.com and I am appreciative of any ideas. Thank you so much for reading this.