Ready, Set, Go

Tis the season when multiple art shows will be popping up all over the place.  As you look at the work of the artists, you may picture a painter at an easel, brush or palette knife in hand, and think, “Oh that looks like such fun.  I wish I could do that.”  I’ve heard similar comments.  What they don’t realize is that there is a lot more involved in being part of an art show than painting a group of canvases.  They have to be framed, of course, and a record of them kept that shows when they were painted and where they have been exhibited, so as not to keep showing the same paintings in the same annual shows.

My painting are in five shows this month.  Two shows are in Lawrence.  Delivering two paintings to the Phoenix Underground, the lower floor of the Phoenix Gallery downtown, was no problem.  The next local show will be Lawrence Art Walk, Saturday Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday Oct. 23 from noon to 6 p.m.  There will be a map showing where the various participants are located.  (Check for details online.)  My paintings are already hung on the walls of my basement family room but I will still have to make sure each painting has a card listing its title, media, and price, which means printing cards for the newer paintings and placing cards with each painting.

I made a special trip to Topeka to turn in three paintings to Warehouse 414.  That business is having a show honoring the Topeka Art Guild, of which I am a member, on their 100th anniversary.  Two of my paintings will be in the Kansas Artists show at the Topeka Art Guild Gallery  and two or three from the last show there will go on to the nearby Eagle Car Wash.

After preparing for all those shows I wasn’t sure I wanted to enter another.  But an email message said more artists were needed for the Lawrence Art Guild Holiday Art Fair at Lawrence Art Center November 19 and that that day was the last day for entries.  Oh well, why not?  I printed a copy of the online entry form and could see that this was going to be more work than I expected.  Not only were three photos of my work required but also a photo of my proposed exhibit.  That meant getting my screens out of the garage, setting them up, going to the basement and bringing up enough small paintings to fill them, finding the hooks and hanging them on the screens so I could photograph them and then putting everything away.

Next I had to transfer the photo of my exhibit to my computer and print it on my color printer, plus finding photos of three of the paintings on the computer and printing them.  Then I discovered that I didn’t have a padded envelope to put all this in for mailing so I had to go out and buy one.  Next I addressed  the envelope and added the photos, entry form and a check.  Artists not only have to pay to enter shows.  If they sell anything, they have to pay a percentage of that as well, which is why art sold at shows and galleries my seem high priced.  So finally, I have entered and am glad for this season at least, to have places where others can see what I’ve been doing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Getting Ready for Art Walk

Kentucky Street, Acrylic, 14" x 20"

Kentucky Street, Acrylic, 14″ x 20″

Now that fall has arrived with cooler days that encourage folks to be out and about, it’s time to get ready for Lawrence Art Walk, which is scheduled for October 24th and 25th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.  This is the 20th year that Lawrence artists have opened their studios to the public and I have participated many of those years.  It’s a great way for artists to introduce their friends and neighbors to what they create without having to pack up paintings, screens, tent etc. and haul them to another location.  But it does take a certain amount of preparation.

I want to make sure some of my most recent paintings are framed and ready to hang, although since I have quite a lot of wall space in my exhibit area, there will also be paintings from past years.  Most will have a Midwestern theme but there will also be paintings based on my yearly trips to Colorado and also from places farther away.  With each of those paintings I will include a card listing the title, media, and price.  I still have quite a few of those to print.  The last few years I have also been making cards with photos of various paintings and those will be for sale too.  I need to make some more since I have been using up the cards for birthdays of my large extended family.  I’m also going to have a stack of unframed paintings from past years for sale at garage sale prices.  But those still have to be chosen and removed from storage.

Maps will be available at each artist’s location and there are 21 of us this year.  We are painters, photographers, and those who work with ceramics or glass.  Since I have to be here with my work, I can’t see what those other artists have on display in their studios.  But if you and I want to see some examples of the creations of the Art Walk artists, the Phoenix Underground Gallery in downtown Lawrence has an exhibit of paintings by those artists that will continue during October.

I’ve had some good news recently.  My painting, “Kansas Hay Bales,” which I entered in the Topeka Art Guild’s current Kansans Paint Kansas juried show, won an honorable mention.  That show will continue until the end of November.

A Successful Art Walk

From the Barn Door, 12" x 9"  acrylic

From the Barn Door, 12″ x 9″ acrylic

October 29, 2013

 

Art Walk turned out very well for me this year.  More people than usual came to view the paintings that cover the walls of my basement multipurpose room.  And people seemed to like them, even some that were not favorites of mine.  At the last minute I decided to also set out some cards that each contained a photo of one of my paintings.  I didn’t have very many on hand but when people started buying them, I began making more in between visitors.  Fortunately, I have a good color printer and they are easy to make.

Better yet, I sold three paintings, including the one pictured above.  Before Art Walk begins, those who are participating may pick up postcards  advertising Art Walk to send to those who have purchased a painting in the past or to anyone else who might be interested.  I don’t usually get much result from sending the post cards but this year a couple who had purchased one of my paintings a year or two ago did come and they bought three more.  So this year was one of the few years I earned more at Art Walk than the high fee charged to be in it.

I have paintings depicting a wide variety of locations and it is interesting which paintings people are drawn to.  To my surprise Kansas rural nostalgia seems to be popular.  I paint a lot of rural Kansas scenes, since I paint with two artists who live in the country.  Sometimes it is hard to think of something new to paint when I have been at those locations so many times.  But I gues it will be worth while to take another look.

 

Art Walk is Coming

Oct. 24, 2013

One again it is time for the annual Art Walk in Lawrence, Kansas.  Artists open their studios, many in their own homes, to the public from 10 am to 6pm on Saturday October 26 and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday October 27.  Twenty-seven locations are listed on this year’s Art Walk map. Mine is number 5.  There will be a sign in the yard of each participant so you can’t miss us.  Mediums include ceramics, drawing, glass, jewelry, metalworks, mixed media, acrylic painting, oil painting, photography and Sculpture.  The Lawrence Art Center at 940 New Hampshire, as well as the individual artists involved, should have maps listing each location.  You can see samples of the artists’ work, bios and contact information at http://www.lawrenceartwalk.org.

If you live in the area, do stop by and see what I’ve been busy arranging this week in my basement art gallery.   You’ll see scenes I have painted on site in this area and other done from photos from my travels.  I really love autumn and have a number of paintings done in that season.   I have 73 framed paintings on the walls quite reasonably priced.  I also have 14 unreasonably low-priced unframed paintings you will want to take a look at.  Don’t stay away just because you think you won’t buy anything.  It’s okay to just come and look.  Art is a form of communication and I’d like to have some people who enjoy art to communicate with.