You see? Could it be that simple? Maybe.
Those of you who are familiar with my ongoing struggle to get noticed as a business, specifically, a gallery will like this. After months of reaching out, signing up, following, liking, tweeting, honking, clapping, whistling, etc., anywhere or with whomever I could find that seemed relevant to the business and the area…a new map was added to the side of one of the buildings a couple of blocks from here showing the galleries in the area. Naturally, gallery:SUHU was not on it, as it was based on some older map of the area… I mean, it’s bad enough that the post office doesn’t seem to recognize the existence of this building (true story–great address if you do not want to receive any mail).
Shortly after that, I heard that a new map was to be published in a downtown rag, in conjunction with ArtLink which is the group that supposedly has been behind the Art Walk. Well, my experience with ArtLink has been very poor. The organization has quite a name, but Iwonder if it any longer exists, frankly, as they NEVER have responded to a single email or note that I have sent them about signing up, getting on the map, asking for information on participating, etc., in the past 8 or 9 months… you look at their website and it has a one line bit of information for something that happened a month ago, something that will happen in another month (this stuff is new, by the way) but has photos and information about last July 2010—-it’s a mess.
So, I sent a note to the magazine (Downtown Phoenix Journal) immediately when I heard they were to publish and to be dissemimating the info, to see if gallery:SUHU was on the map, or how to get the gallery on the map…Much to my surprise, there was an almost immediate reply! I was shocked! A real person actually responded! No, gallery:SUHU is not on the map, but my neighbor, HAZEL Gallery is. Very frustrating. But, the person who replied promised to stop by and chat, and get me on the list for the next version. Admittedly, I was happy to have the interaction, but unhappy that it meant another 2 months of not being on someone’s map.
It’s a great map. It does need some tweaking, as somethings are slightly out of place; and, of course, it needs to have gallery:SUHU on it. But what is VERY COOL, is that on page 9 of the February/March edition of the Downtown Phoenix Journal, is a one-third page color picture of gallery:SUHU !!! It’s all there…the funky Mexican Blue exterior, my gallery:SUHU sign with the address, the flowers, art in the window, the Welcome, Come on In sign next to the open door with my AnimalHealerART logo of the two noses together…. It’s Fabulous! You must grab a copy of the magazine! I have some at the gallery, as well! (So, I won’t whine [as much] for a little while!).
I do look forward to further interaction, at least with the Downtown Phoenix Journal, as they seem truly interested in keeping the local community cohesive and working for the greater good of consumers and business people!
Anyway, remember that we’re open Saturdays from 10 – 2 [sometimes longer], Wednesday – Friday 12 noon – 3 [sometimes later], First and Third Friday evenings from 6 until whenever…