April 20, 2011
When I returned recently from being out of town visiting relatives I found good news in my email. Both paintings I submitted were accepted for the Kansas 150 show at Southwind Gallery in Topeka. I didn’t expect to get in but risked the high price of entry because it is such a well-respected gallery, (it advertises itself as the leading fine art gallery in northeast Kansas) plus there’s going to be a book of these paintings celebrating 150 years of Kansas statehood.
The recession has made it more expensive to show art work with less chance of sales. Here’s how it works. Galleries and art show organizers may have reduced sales because most people consider art a luxury. So to compensate, they raise the price artists must pay to enter shows and take a greater percentage if they sell anything. Since most artists don’t see much financial gain from their work, the ones who are less sure of getting in may hesitate to enter the pricier shows. But some of us take risks anyway. And at least this time for me I got lucky.
You can see my entry, “Bowersock Dam” on the Lawrence page and “April in the Flint Hills” on the Rural Midwest page. The 150 paintings in the show will be on exhibit at Southwind Gallery in Topeka from June 3 to July 15, 2011.