UNCORKED – a solo show
The paint brushes are dripping wet and the paint is flying!
All in preparation for a solo show at the Hopscotch Gallery in Glen Ellen, California. My UNCORKED show kicks off on October 16th 2016 with a Sunday Social and I’ll even be doing a live painting demo from 12-3pm. The pieces were curated here at the studio last week, so look for my entire wine series and a lot of my organic abstract work too.
The artist reception is Friday, October 21st from 5-8pm. So please come out and say “hi”. Let’s talk art and have some fun while imbibing in some wine, cider and nibbly things! ALSO, if you love birds, or are a birder, there is a WINGS show – everything birds and it’s truly amazing! As a birder and one who loves birds – you KNOW I’ll be in my glory! I’ll have work in that show too including some carved & airbrushed wood art pieces!
This is a fabulous gallery for a host of reasons, but you don’t have to listen to me, find out for yourself. The gallery is like eye candy on steroids. The Co-owner and curator is Kay Young who is absolutely delightful. So visit the Hopscotch Gallery right next door to the world-famous Wine Country Chocolatiers in Historic Jack London Village all in the cozy wine town of Glen Ellen.
Preparation for the show
You know, the biggest part of any show is GETTING READY FOR THE SHOW. There are countless things to do. Like preparing all your digital files for the printing of postcards, prints & cards. You’ll want to send out a newsletter, email and online event invites leading up to the show. Then you’ll want to send out the invitation postcards, penning a genuine line or two to your past customers, friends and constituents (this part for me takes the longest). Next, there’s framing artwork, getting prints (and or signing LE prints) and matting them. All your archival prints and cards need to have an acid free foamcore back and wrapped in a cello sleeve and labeled. Lastly making sure all your artwork is ready ie: signed, varnished, the hanging hardware attached, Certificate of Authenticity included.
Inventory, tracking and backup
I’m so grateful to have an inventory program that lets me keep track of everything I create. This way I have a record of every detail of a painting captured, along with photos, size, framed/unframed, location of signature, full description, wholesale/retail pricing, who collected it, is it still available, was it donated, exhibition status – all of it. I keep real provenance records of every one of my ‘babies’, they are my loves and my passion made manifest. So it only makes sense for me to keep impeccable records. My digital library of all my paintings is pretty huge too, there are several images of each painting and then redundant backups, just in case a drive fails. If you are serious about your work, start keeping track of all these details now! Once you’re selling it becomes almost impossible to keep up. So grateful for the inventory app.
UNCORKED and BREATHING…
Yes it IS a lot of work, and yes, a lot of planning goes into it too! And though I realize that most people have no idea what goes into a successful show, maybe that’s a good thing?! I just try to remember to breathe and enjoy the journey, however frenetic the pace can be. After all, I have the best job ever. I bring color, life and fun to a sometimes harsh world and what can be better than that?
Love to you all,
– Paint on!