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 under one of our three Membership Tiers. Memberships are 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. Under two of our Membership Tiers. artists are required to work in the gallery and promote theirs and other artists’ works accordingly.
The current available Membership Tiers are:
Tier 1 – The Tier 1 membership consists of artists who do not work at the gallery but wish to sell their works and be represented. These artists will pay a full monthly membership fee of $100, with a payable commission of 80% from their sales.
Tier 2 – The Tier 2 membership consists of artists who will work the gallery a minimum of 2 days per month, will pay no monthly membership fee, with a payable commission of 60% from their sales.
Tier 3 – The Tier 3 membership is for artists that will work the gallery a minimum of 4 days a month, pay no membership fee with a payable commission of 80% from their sales.
All Tiers have an inventory and size limit on two-dimensional artworks consisting of 10 pieces, not exceeding 36 inches on any side. The inventory should be maintained by the artists, replacing pieces as they sell.
Currently, there is no inventory limit on three-dimensional inventory, such as pottery, jewelry, fine crafts, etc.
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, including selection or rejection of applicants. 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. The non-member guest artists’ selections are handled and decided by the administrative committee. Introducing other non-member artists monthly enhances the gallery’s recognition and allow 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 number of images or information submitted with the application. These images should be emailed to email@example.com in JPEG format, once the printed and signed application is submitted. 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.
NOTE: Payment of the Tier 1membership is due every first day of the month. Commission checks are paid to artists during the first week of the month, after all accounting for the prior month is completed. For example, items sold in the month of August are paid to the artist on the first week of September.
What is the member artists’ commission?
- Tier 1 Members commission is 80%, with a 20% to the gallery fund.
- Tier 2 Members commission is 60%, with a 40% to the gallery fund.
- Tier 3 Members 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. Checks are left at the gallery in a determined space.
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. Tier 1 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. Any Tier 1 Member artist paying dues with a credit card will be charged an additional 10%, for a total of $105.00.
Gallery Hours of Operation
Regular business hours are Wednesday to Sunday, from 10:00am to 3:00pm. This schedule may change, depending on demand and availability of artists in the membership. Updated hours will be shown on the home page of our website.
Special Event hours are 6:00pm to 9:30pm, usually on the first Friday of the month, or otherwise coordinated.
Applicants for membership must submit the following:
- Completed application
- 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
- Images in JPEG format emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The application package can be emailed to email@example.com 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 (see penalty fee information below)
- 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 year round, 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 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.
Any Artist Member who fails to show up for their shift will be required to pay $50.00 for the missed day. This money is considered a penalty and will go to the gallery fund.
Failure to show up for two working days within a 30-day period may result in termination of your membership.
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 proper 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 and clients when new artwork is brought into the gallery.
Artist Inventory Limitations/Size Restrictions
Member Artist’s 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
Wednesday – Sunday: 10am – 3pm