A trend I've noticed with some galleries is the move away from big openings with printed invites and festive eats at openings... if you've had to share these expenses with your gallery, you are aware that it's quite costly. I've been lucky to usually be with galleries that pick up all opening expenses but some still insisted that the artist split the cost. In recent years the thrill of such openings has run it's course and I'm just pleased with decent wall space.
My Atlanta gallery has seldom had big openings but now has even given up printed invites. Instead they've made the move to designating 'featured' artists, usually just two, for a month's run. No opening, no printed invites, just an email announcement and the usual newspaper listings. It's my turn this month, so tomorrow I'll take four big paintings over to round out the inventory... and it looks like rain all the way there and back... yuck!