After 25 years in the business, a local gallery owner honors the artists and industry she loves with a new book that offers an insider’s perspective. Read on for more.
Cincy Chic: We heard you’re launching a book! What’s it called?
Litsa Spanos, Owner of ADC Fine Art and Author of Secrets of the Art World: My book is called Secrets of the Art World: Getting Real About the Process, Business, and Selling of Your Work.
Cincy Chic: What inspired you to write a book?
Spanos: For over 25 years I’ve built my business Art Design Consultants, Inc. selling artwork to corporate and residential clients. Without artists, I would not have a business. My success is my artists’ successes. When I realized I was celebrating 25 years of business, I knew exactly what I wanted to do: I wanted to give back to the artists that make my business possible. So I thought of all the things artists need to be successful in the current and ever-changing art world, and I put them all in a book just for them.
Cincy Chic: When will your book be available for purchase?
Spanos: You can pre-order the book now on my website right here. And on June 9th, the book will be available on Amazon.com in both hardback and e-Book formats.
Cincy Chic: What was the most enjoyable part about writing Secrets of the Art World?
Spanos: I loved going down memory lane. I couldn’t have shared what I know about what it takes to be successful in the art world, if I didn’t share my own challenges as a business owner. I also know I couldn’t have made it without the support and encouragement of my parents, my husband, and my team here at ADC. Looking through old photos and writing our history—the highs and the lows—was definitely a profound experience for me. And it confirmed why I needed to write this book. So many people played a role in my success, and I not only wanted to give back, but pay it forward as well.
Cincy Chic: What makes your book unique?
Spanos: There are a lot of books out there that will tell you they have the “secrets” to making of the art world—and they’re usually written by one person with one point of view. As much as I know about the industry, I know there are countless “experts” in all aspects of the industry who have a lot to share. So I included a number of interviews and profiles with gallerists, designers, trade show owners, and artists who each have unique perspectives, tips, and advice to help artists make the most of their art career. I don’t want people just to take my word for it. There is no other place where artists can find everything they need to know to supercharge their career—no matter where they are at in their career—than my book.
Cincy Chic: Is there anything else new on the horizon for you or ADC Fine Art in 2017?
Spanos: Oh gosh, yes! For starters, we just launched a new website and redesigned it to include a new Art Resource Center—so artists can find everything they need to be successful in one area of the site. We still have all the same offerings for our clients, but we made it easier for them to shop our gallery and get the service they deserve with easy to navigate site. We will also be launching a Success Summit for Artists. This 2-day Summit (June 9th-10th) is just for artists. We’re offering free portfolio reviews (to the first 9 registrants) and a two-day packed schedule of sessions designed to inspire, teach, and empower artists. We’ve gathered some of the top names in the art industry in the nation and we’re bringing them here to Cincinnati. (For more information or to register, click here.) We’ll also be hosting an amazing party to celebrate 25 years of business. And that’s just the beginning. We’re also in the middle of launching our annual Blink Resource Guide and a new catalog and website that will target individual art collectors online.
Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about you, the book, or the gallery?
Spanos: To learn more about Art Design Consultants, Inc. (ADC) visit us at adcfineart.com, where you’ll find out all about us and how you can purchase Secrets of the Art World: Getting Real About the Process, Business, and Selling of Your Work.