Leadership and Member Charter

This document is to identify Fountain Street Gallery, its mission, and the roles and responsibilities of the leadership team and its members.

 

OUTLINE:

  • Mission and History
     

  • Leadership

    • Director: Role and Responsibilities

    • Assistant Director: Role and Responsibilities

    • Advisor: Role and Responsibilities
       

  • Teams

    • Member Roles and Responsibilities
       

  • Member Structure

    • Core, Associate and Annex member benefits and responsibilities
       

  • Member Acceptance Procedures and Timelines

    • Core

    • Associate

    • Annex
       

  • Guest Artists and Solo Shows

    • Process

    • Fees
       

  • Leadership Compensation
     

  • Gallery Percentage Allocation

 

 

Mission

Our vision is to make original fine art accessible, approachable and affordable for everyone, while engaging artists in the process of marketing their work to the public.
 

Our passion is to bring the best local, original art into the hands and hearts of as many people as possible, and to foster connections between artists, art-lovers, and collectors. We achieve this by hosting high caliber contemporary art exhibits by emerging and mid-career artists, juried shows, collaborative projects and installations, and community events.
 

Our mission is to support artists in their creative pursuits, while providing resources that expand their audience and collector base.


 

History

Fountain Street’s founders, Cherie Clinton and Marie Craig, felt that the Metrowest Boston area sorely needed a cutting-edge contemporary fine art gallery, connecting the area’s talented artists with art-lovers and collectors. And so, Fountain Street Fine Art gallery was founded in 2011 in Framingham, MA. The gallery was originally in a 2000 sq.ft. space housed in the Bancroft Building, a historic mill building.

 

In April 2017, the gallery’s unique space in Framingham was closed to the public due to public safety concerns. In order to survive, the leadership team jumped into action and took the next steps to give its artists exposure in Boston’s expanding gallery destination, moving the Gallery to its current location in South Boston’s SoWa arts district.


 

Leadership

Fountain Street is a LLC partnership with 2 co-owners, Cheryl Clinton and Marie Craig.

The leadership team at Fountain Street, and its main responsibilities, are outlined below. Tasks and responsibilities may be added or adjusted as our needs as a gallery evolve.


Director - Marie Craig: The director leads the gallery forward in the mission to present and promote innovative work, while enriching the cultural landscape of the Boston area and beyond. The director’s main duties are to promote gallery artists and exhibitions. The director plans the galleries exhibition schedule, and provides guidance and leadership to its entire membership base. In addition, the director leads the gallery’s corporate partnership mission.

Assistant Director - Tatiana Flis: The assistant director supports the logistic of day to day gallery operations and further promotes the vision of the director. The assistant director guides and assists member artists in marketing and implementation of their exhibitions, as well as leads the efforts for the gallery’s call for art exhibition. The assistant director assists in curation, exhibition production and administrative tasks.

Advisor - Cherie Clinton: The Fountain Street advisor serves on the leadership team. This individual helps the director and assistant director with special projects and operational tasks when necessary. The advisor assists in expanding the gallery’s network of buyers, interior designers, and corporate partnerships.


 

Membership Roles

The contributions of Core members are critical to our success as a cutting-edge gallery in Boston. Member roles are organized into four teams- Sales, Marketing, Exhibitions and Operations.

Member responsibilities are outlined HERE. Tasks and responsibilities may be added or adjusted as gallery needs evolve.


 

Membership Structure

Fountain Street has three levels of membership: Core, Associate and Annex.

Benefits and responsibilities of each level are outlined in the table below.


Membership Benefits

CORE

ASSOCIATE

ANNEX

  • Max No. of members at this level

28

20

15

  • Exhibition Opportunities

2-person every other year

Annual associate group show

3-person Annex gallery group show

  • Sales commission

60 artist/

40 gallery

60 artist/

40 gallery

60 artist/ 40 gallery

  • Representation in the Annex

yes

no

no

  • Online shop on FS website

yes

no

yes

  • Gallery website representation

Full page with images, bio, links

1 artwork image with link to 1stDibs artist page

Name listed on website with one image

  • 1stDibs.com

yes

yes

no

  • Free submissions to yearly juried call-for-art exhibition

3

2

1

  • Annual member group exhibition


yes

yes

no

  • Individual Artist Binder

yes

no

no

  • Membership Group Artist Binder

no

yes

yes


Member Responsibilities

CORE

ASSOCIATE

FRIEND

  • Annual membership fee

$1250

$675

$400

  • Recurring payment option

110/mo.

60/mo.

no

  • A one-time commitment fee

$200

$100

no

  • Attend membership meetings

quarterly

no

no

  • membership commitment

2 years, automatically renewed

1 year, automatically renewed

1 year, can re-apply

 

Member Acceptance to Gallery

  • Core memberships begin and renew on September 1. Applications are accepted in June.  In July, applications are reviewed by the director and co-director, and interviews/studio visits are conducted. In August, the names of vetted applicants are brought to core members for a vote, and are issued acceptance.
     

  • Associate memberships begin and renew on July 1 and January 1. Applications are accepted in May and November. In June and December, applications are reviewed by the a group of core members which includes the sales team leader, and acceptances are issued.
     

  • Annex memberships are a one-year commitment, which begins in January. Applications are accepted in November, and are reviewed by Core members in December. Annex members are welcome to reapply in subsequent years.


 

Guest Artists and Solo Shows

(This is a tentative outline of the process for guest artists and solo shows; the draft will be brought to core members for discussion and vote)

 

In order to maintain flexibility, a limited number of guest artists and solo shows may be available. The gallery may host no more than 1 solo show and 2 guest artists OR 2 solo shows and 1 guest artists per calendar year.

  • Guest Artists: On occasions where the gallery does not have a full component of core members for artists to exhibit with, or an artist feels a particular affinity towards showing with an artist who is not a core member, a core artist may have the opportunity to invite a guest (non-member) artist to show with them. A benefit to the gallery is that invited artists help introduce a new audience to the gallery.
    • Fee: Beginning January 2018, each invited guest artist will be asked to pay a $250 participation fee; the sales split for invited guests will be 50% to the artist, 50% to the gallery, unless invited guest is an Associate or Annex member then sales split will be 60% to the artist, 40% to the gallery.

    • Process: A Core artist who wishes to exhibit with someone who is not a core member is asked to consider Associate and Annex members before non-members. The guest artist must be approved by the Director and Assistant Director.

 

  • Solo Shows: After a Core member has had at least one 2-person show in the gallery, he/she may request for their subsequent show to be a solo show. Process: The request for a solo show must be made in writing, at least 18 months before the exhibit is to occur. Priority will be given to artists who have not already had a solo show. If there are more applicants than available spaces, the director and co-director will select the solo artist. The solo artist may be asked to delay his/her exhibit to accommodate the schedule, but the time between shows is not to exceed 36 mos.
    • Fee: Upon being accepted, a non-refundable $650 deposit is required to retain the gallery for a solo show.


 

Leadership Compensation

Fountain Street is a LLC partnership with two co-owners, Cheryl Clinton and Marie Craig. Compensation is provided to the Director and Assistant Director, as well as the two co-owners,  in recognition of their time, efforts and investment on behalf of the gallery, which in turn drives them to work harder for the collective good.The following compensation structure will be in effect from July 1, 2017, through July 1, 2018, at which time it will be reexamined, once we have a full year of budget and sales data to reflect revenue/expenses at our new location.
 

  • Co-owners: (Cheryl Clinton and Marie Craig)

    • 2% of all sales, each

    • All membership/entry/participation fees waived
       

  • Director: (Marie Craig)

    • 8% of all sales

    • All membership/entry/participation fees waived
       

  • Assistant Director: (Tatiana Flis)

    • 5% of all sales

    • All membership/entry/participation fees waived

 

 

Gallery Percentage Allocation

Fountain Street retains 40% of gallery sales, which is allocated as follows:

For 1stdibs sales:

15% for 1stdibs commission fee

3% for credit card processing

15% leadership compensation

5% loan repayment (borrowed to cover expenses related to our move)

For in-gallery sales:

15% for gallery operating expenses and special projects

3% for credit card processing (usually)

15% leadership compensation

5% loan repayment