I started this summer off right by selling some cleverly framed fish at a repeat tourist friendly venue, then hanging my best framed abstracts and plantscapes at an amazing high volume venue in a convention center. People, you can find places to show your work, almost anywhere. Marketing yourself is not that hard for someone with reasonable motivation and intelligence. Mostly, just love what you do, and feel comfortable talking about it.
I next got a favor which I honestly asked for when even suggested. When you get to a point of good skill + tons of work it pays to be shameless, and ask everyone you trust who has connections or ever said they would help you to go ahead and help you. You have a ton of art at this point to barter for the favor anyways, and if you are good and seriously motivated they look at you like a young race horse ready to win, seriously. So my favor got me my first out of state show near NY, which looks great and sounds great, and IS great! In Seattle we have not