Necessity is the mother of invention.
Economic times like these call for creative approaches to keeping business flowing. Developers, artists and not-for-profits have come together to call upon the "strength in numbers" philosophy. Beautilful model homes in posh Naples and Fort Myers, Florida are showcasing artists, changing each month and donating the commission to charity. Affluent home-buyers traffic through these lovely models throughout the day, plus there is a reception every second Saturday, giving good visibility to the art, possibly even more than in many galleries.
Something else that was neat for me was to see my art hung on the walls of a nice house. It was as if someone had bought a ton of my work and hung it, and I got to visit their house to see.