Gallery docent instructions

BE A GALLERY DOCENT

You can show your support for the artistic passion in your life, do a good thing for the community and do it in a fabulous facility. Volunteer at the MCL Grand Gallery in the name of the Visual Art League.  The MCL Grand has great potential for exhibiting artists, produces a fine array of shows, and accommodates all kinds of events both commercial and private. The Grand is home to VAL, and and your volunteer help is greatly appreciated.

There are two types of volunteering that VAL does. One is sitting the gallery during VAL exhibits. The other is greeting visitors for other exhibits and to work for the Grand as needed in the office, or during other events, such as ushering. This is our way of supporting the MCL Grand as they support us and our art.

THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN VOLUNTEERING AS A GALLERY DOCENT

    1. Being a gallery greeter at the MCL Grand allows exposure for VAL, and an opportunity to communicate with visitors about art and the MCL Grand facility.
    2. Word of mouth is everything…if you receive people in a friendly manner they will want to come back, and they will share the experience with friends.
    3. Introduce yourself as VAL’s representative; explain the theme of the exhibit, and answer general questions as you can.
    4. Get familiar in the beginning with the exhibit…walk around look for tilted pictures or name plates missing, and that the area in the gallery is clean. Get to know the art on display so you have things to add and talk about to your guests.
    5. Dress nice when you come; don’t be shy, visitors love talking about the exhibit. Visiting with you may be their most lasting memory of  VAL and the Grand.
    6. If you are an artist, you may bring a sketchbook to work on; visitors like to see artists in action.
    7. You may find it easy to walk a bit with visitors, but don’t crowd. If they have questions you are nearby to answer. Also asking a visitor what they like and why is always fun.
    8. Have visitors to sign in our guest list.
    9. If someone wants to buy a piece of artwork, call the artist for arranging payment and pickup after the show. If you can’t reach the artist, have them contact the artist directly to handle the sale. A list of exhibiting artists and their phone numbers should be available in the desk drawer.