You may wish to try volunteering with an Art Guild in the area. You could learn many skills including hanging, curating and also make many connections. They may also encourage you to do and show your art which could build a portfolio.
Judith recommends the following next steps:
- When you do your art, build an online presence with a web site such as FASO.
- When in the Guild, see if there are small groups which you could join which show around town, such as cafes, hotels etc.
- After you have gained experience, apply for gallery assistant positions in fine art galleries in your city.