Thank you for your interest in DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery & Gifts. This information is for professional artists who are interested in becoming active members of our gallery. Membership is open to professional artists and fine-crafts persons living and working in southwest Florida and surrounding areas. Our gallery is artist-operated and focuses on the quality of artworks, unique inventory and exquisite presentations.
How this gallery works
This gallery is a member/cooperative space. Every member artist is involved in the day-to-day operations of the gallery from press, marketing, hanging, painting, replacing bulbs, gardening, dusting, cleaning, etc. What makes this gallery look amazingly attractive and most of all, successful, is the hard work, creativity, teamwork and resilience of every member. Active participation by all members is essential to the daily operations and sustainability of our gallery. Members are encouraged to work in the gallery, and receive a discount on their dues for every day worked. Keep in mind that you may be the best promoter and seller of your work. Therefore, consistent and continuous presence in the gallery may result in more opportunities to promote and sell your own pieces.
During the working days, tasks such as handling inquiries, transactions, and basic daily duties are performed by the member artist(s). A monthly schedule, distributed in advance, appoints coverage during business hours. The business hours may change during season (October to April) and off-season (May to September).
An administrative committee, responsible for handling the accounting and taking care of the legal, financial and business matters of the gallery is already established. The administrative committee handles all proposed changes that may affect performance, presentation, economics, finances and/or aesthetics of the gallery. Members do not take part on any administrative matters.
Fine artists or crafts persons residing in southwest Florida and surrounding areas are eligible to apply for membership. In addition, we display the works of other non-member guest artists, in combination with member artists or during solo shows, monthly or under extended guest-artist agreements. We believe this enhances the gallery’s recognition and allows member artists to exhibit and network alongside other established/emerging artists and their clientele.
Potential new members must submit a completed application along with a non-refundable fee of $35 paid in the form of a check payable to DAAS CO-OP. There is no limit in the amount of images or information submitted with the application. The Administrative Committee will review all submissions and may request feedback from current members before making the final decision. Once the decision is made, the Administrative Committee will notify the applicant via email. If selected, the email notification will contain further instructions and effective day of membership.
The cost of the membership is as follows:
$100 per month for member artists, with a $10 discount for every day worked in the month. For example, a member artist working 4 days this month, will pay only $60 in membership on the first day of the following month. Artwork for member artists is displayed year-round and automatically enters juried/invitational exhibitions.
50/50% commission for Guest Artists (non-members), whether it is for an extended period or participation on a monthly exhibition.
NOTE: Payment of the membership is due every first day of the month. Commission checks are paid to artists during the first week of the month.
What is the member artists’ commission?
- Member Working Artist commission is 80%, with a 20% to the gallery fund.
- Non-Member guest-artist commission is 50%, with 50% to the gallery fund.
Paying the Membership Dues
The preferred method of payment for membership dues is by check, payable to DAAS CO-OP.
A member of the Administrative Committee, who has been entrusted with accounting responsibilities, will collect all the checks to tabulate and deposit into the gallery’s account in or around the 6th day of the month. Member artists who fail to submit their check payment by the 5th day of the month will be charged an additional 10% on the membership payment via credit card. This extra charge is NOT a penalty, but reimbursement to the gallery for the transaction fee incurred due to the manual use of the Point of Sale system.
Gallery Hours of Operation
Regular business hours are Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Sundays 10am to 3pm.
Special Event hours are 6:00pm to 9:30pm, or otherwise coordinated.
These hours may change.
Applicants for membership must submit the following:
- Completed application (enclosed)
- OPTIONAL: Resume/ bio, artist’s statement or printed examples of their work (we recommend 6-10 images)
- Website link
- Sample Price List
- Two references (included in application)
- Non-refundable check payable to DAAS CO-OP in the amount of $35
The application package can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or hand delivered to the gallery in a sealed manila envelope. If you prefer to mail the information, you can send it to:
David Acevedo / DAAS Application
10051 McGregor Blvd STE 202
Fort Myers, FL 33966.
Notifications of decisions are sent via email, usually within two weeks from submission.
Duration of Membership Contract
A membership agreement for a minimum duration of one year is required, under contract. However, the Administrative Committee reserves the right to terminate any agreement due to, but not limited to the following reasons:
- Inappropriate/unprofessional behavior
- Failure to work your scheduled gallery shift
- Customer complaint
- Poor artwork quality (artist will be given one opportunity to fix, redo, etc.)
What we ask of our members (working artists)
Membership in the DAAS CO-OP is a privilege and as such, it involves certain expectations and responsibilities. The gallery is a wonderful place to highlight and sell your work, but members must never forget that the expectations keep the business running. Working artist members must work their scheduled days, on a full shift. (A full shift is defined as: starting/opening at 10:00AM and ending/closing at 4:00PM, with a 30-minute lunch break, during season months; unless splitting a Saturday shift or working Sundays.) On Sunday, we will open from 10:00AM to 3:00PM.
Every artist is responsible to find coverage or switch with another artist, whenever they are unable to be cover their scheduled day(s). Complying with scheduled shifts is the responsibility of each Working Member.
DISCLAIMER: Any Artist Member who fails to show up for their shift will be required to pay $50.00. This money will go to the gallery fund.
All members are encouraged to attend pre-scheduled, general meetings to stay informed on gallery business. Member artists are encouraged to think about where their talents lie and put these to use for the sake of the gallery. The more effort put into this (your) gallery, the more success we will have.
Areas of interest may include:
- Maintaining our mailing list (snail mail and email)Marketing & Design
- Painting, Maintenance and upkeep
- Web design/maintenance
- Schedule upkeep
- Public Relations
- Exhibit set-up and labeling
- Selecting Committee artists only – jurying and selecting artists/art
- See something missing that you can help us with? Let us know
Artist Agreement for Displaying Artwork at the Gallery
All artists must agree to the following statement, upon delivering artwork of any kind to be displayed at the gallery: “I understand that I am supplying artwork to be displayed or stored at DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery & Gifts at my own risk and expense. DAAS Art Gallery LLC is under no obligation to repair or reimburse me for any loss or damage caused by any unforeseen situation outside of their control.”
We ask artists to maintain a good inventory, meeting gallery standards and secure that works displayed remain fresh and up to date. Varying the work on display at least quarterly helps keep the gallery interesting and inviting for visitors to come back.
Also, we ask that you inform your collectors when new artwork is brought into the gallery.
Artist Inventory Limitations/Size Restrictions
Artists inventory consists of a maximum of ten (10) 2-D pieces. Print racks count as 2 pieces. Due to limited wall space, 2-D pieces must not exceed 36” on any side. Larger artworks can be presented on easels during the artist’s shift, at the artist’s discretion, however these must be removed at the end of the shift. As an alternative, larger works can be listed on our website with the options of direct purchase or appointment to see the work in person. Details regarding the gallery’s website will be released upon acceptance and during scheduled meetings.
This inventory limit does not affect 3-D pieces for now, however the administration asks for courtesy and balance. Artwork can be rotated on a monthly basis and it is the artist’s responsibility to make sure all pieces submitted meet the **gallery standards.
Note: The membership agreement does not restrict the artist from showing their work elsewhere, but it does encourage certain exclusivity and respect. Member artists should have the courtesy to maintain a logical distance between the galleries that carry their work.
**Gallery Standards list will be supplied to the artists upon selection.
1815-3 Fowler Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 3pm