Respect... want some? Resonating in many artists' dialogue about their work is a hope for respect: a desire for public recognition, acknowledgement by the art world, and perhaps even a legacy.
If you want other's respect, value your own artwork. By this I mean, keep track of it (yes inventory!), handle it well (not talking white gloves, but don’t throw it in your trunk), and label it (a simple, name and title will do, but you could get fancy with contact information and the like).
Oklahoma is a very familial art scene, but that doesn’t mean you should be casual about your artwork. If you account for your work and show you think it’s valuable, others are more likely to do the same.
See images: simple label with just title and artist name, no label (we wrote the artist’s name on there to keep it straight) and slightly scary label (what if that post it falls off, then we know nothing).