Yesterday was the show at the Bott Shoppe in Mamaroneck, NY. I was happy to see how well my work was displayed, and I met a lot of nice people. Most of the people live or lived in NYC, so in a way, it felt like reunion, as people spoke of their memories of places in the City. Very pleasant.
The Bott Shoppe is owned by Laura Bott. She’s got a great business going there, and if your in the Westchester area, and interested at all, in art, you should check it out. Not only is there a gallery, there are little items based on original art of the Westchester area. In the back, is an art studio for classes and activities for children. For instance, there was a class in drawing superheroes, but in the process, children learn a lot about figure drawing. It’s good art skills, made fun.
Laura convinced me on the importance of having a statement piece, so I will invest money on one very soon. In the meantime, back to making art!
I’ve been accepted into the art show of winter themed art, “Winter Wonderland”. It’s going to be at the Botte Shop in Mamaroneck, NY on January 20th 2018 from 1:00 pm to 4:00. I wish I could be there, but I have to be elsewhere.
The elsewhere I have to be, is the Michael’s Store in Wilton, CT from 11:00am to 3:00pm. They’re having an open house to promote the classes. The good news there, is that I’ve been approved to teach watercolor.
Anyway, despite best intentions, I’ve been having a couple of crazy weeks, timewise, and I haven’t gotten a chance to do any more artwork. So, for no particular reason, here’s a repost of one of my other winter pictures that I haven’t shown for a while.
Thought I’d give you some updates and some pictures from the opening of my show. The turnout was small, but I’ve come to expect that. It was a beautiful spring day, with a of other event going on, so I’m happy with support I did get. Plus the show will be up about three more weeks.
So, first picture by my friend, and helper to whom I owe a debt of gratitude, Cathy.
One of the things that Cathy helped with, was setting up the refreshments. We had quite a spread. It also helped with traffic. Some library goers, took the food, but felt obligated to at least look at my show.
Nearly had one sale, but my work was the wrong color for the area of the viewer’s home. I don’t really expect much in the way of sales from local shows, getting my name out is the motive. Sometimes, in the future, people who have seen the show contact me for commissions.
So, it turned out well..
I should mention, the show is a part of the Accessible Arts Program, by the Artisans’ Alliance of Northwest Connecticut.
I said I’m going to put drawings in the Redding, Connecticut show for the benefit of the Mark Twain Library. Well, I’m not. I realized that by the time I bought frames, paid the fee and donated a piece, I’d be out several dollars. I figured I’d get more bang for my buck to get my out art there….or art out there….by doing a smaller show, where I can be there in person. Just as I love working in retail stores, meeting people and just getting to know them, I feel the same way about local arts and crafts shows.
I’m entering the Winter Boutique at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Danbury, CT on December 3, 2016 between 10 am and 4 pm. For those of you who’d like to come, see me and my work, the address is 24 Clapboard Ridge Road. I will have a few inexpensive items for sale, but really, it’s the best kind of advertising I could hope for! Even if I don’t make a dime.
So, from now until then, I’m going to be working in items for the Winter Boutique. I have some coffee mugs and magnets, but I also am drawing some original, hand drawn holiday cards, and doing some repurposed items, with my artwork on them. So, I’m going to duck back into hiding, and show you a few of the cards I made last time.
You will be relieved to know that I am not making a blog post about the current presidential election when I talk about a decision. As a matter of fact, I’m doing my best to help you keep your mind off it, by giving you something else to think about..so here goes:
I just recently came across a post for a juried art show at the famous Mark Twain Library, in Redding, Connecticut. That’s really just a hop and a jump down the road for me. It’s been a long time since I’ve done a show, so, I figured…why not? What have I got to lose but twenty dollars (which is a very reasonable jury fee).
So, then the decision…which drawing? I looked at the judge’s artwork, very nice, real but idealized still lifes. So, given that is the type of work she does..what would she look for?
I am going through my work and looking….so here are a few candidates. Any comments or opinions are very welcome in this.
All the work has to be for sale, so of my other work that you may have seen…yes, I’m open to opinions about them, too, but a lot of them are no longer in my possession or I do not want to sell them. I also plan to donate one, which will not be judged, so it will be seen no matter.
So, there…didn’t I give you something else to think about? You’re welcome.
I bet you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been posting. Well, no, not really, I expect you all have lives other than reading my blog. But the truth is I haven’t posted for a while…and there’s a good reason. I’m working on a drawing, but it’s a secret.
Why keep it a secret? In some cases, I suppose, fears of plagiarism, thinking someone might steal your incredible idea and come out with a work, first. Or maybe, it’s a work that so stupendous, you don’t want to lessen the “Wow” factor when it’s done. Or maybe it’s a gift for someone who reads this very blog. Yeah, it’s the latter.
So, in the meantime, I’ve got my show up at the restaurant “The Opendoor” in Long Island City, Queens, NY. Also, a drawing of mine has been accepted into a juried show, “Woman Up”, organized in celebration of Women’s History Month. My contribution, if you haven’t already seen it on this blog is “Black Madonna”.
Yesterday was the festival for which I neglected artwork, and housework for. I had a good time, but, no sales. I feel I might have been successful if I had done some small portraits of people for not too much money. It was a very child oriented event. Lot’s of face painting and arts and crafts for kids.
I did get some good exposure though…gave out some cards, and magnets. Little by little I’m getting the equipment together to do more high end outdoor shows, too. I bought some gridwall. I also found that an EZ up tent that costs over $400 on Dick Blick, is available at KMart for $149. Promptly put one on layaway.
I may do the show again, next year, but better prepared. So, now, back to work on “Scraggly Weed”.