I only have a few minutes….3 grandkids, granddog, and 11 boxes of paintings coming to my doorway some time today. My NC gallery is closing their brick and mortar storefront until such time as they find another suitable space……so home all the work has to come. Hopefully, they will find another as the owner has been a joy to work with and she sells my work, too.
Ooops…..the boxes have arrived……not a pretty addition to the decor I’m afraid. I’ll unpack and check off the list as the day goes by. One was not in good shape but the small works were okay.
I’ve put that darn 48 x 48 Brown/Black away to stop looking at it. Sometimes you get bogged down with one work that just doesn’t work and it keeps you from doing anything else. So off to the closet it goes……hum, well maybe as with all that work coming home every nook and cranny of closets, walls and hallways may be filled.
I’ve started looking for another gallery as I only have two now and I figure 3-4 is about what I need. If possible, maybe closer to home to keep from shipping but not if something good comes along. I had one Dallas gallery ask me to send a CD of my work and since I was doing that I also made up another for another gallery there I’ve always enjoyed visiting and think my work would fit. Now for the wait around that goes with gallery submissions.
I’m excited to have my work in a mixed media museum show opening on July 15 here at my local art museum LMFA. As all artists know, it’s hard as heck to be recognized in your own home town by museums. This is a really great little museum that has a small permanent collection, an educational collection and also changes rotating exhibits about every six weeks. Best of all for people who appreciate art, it’s free to the public. If anyone is around Longview, TX on July 15…7pm come on by the museum (105 E. Tyler St.)and say hello and view the 44th Invitational Exhibit.
I’m happy to say that things must be going well on the rebuilding front in some areas of southern Louisiana…….as I just sold two painting there to a hospital. Much is yet to be done and will be for a long time in all those areas Katrina and Rita hit but renovation and rebuilding is coming along or they wouldn’t be buying art.
I think a lot of us have experienced the multiple boxes in LR decor… hope she is able to reopen in a bigger, better spot soon. Maybe you'd best save those boxes! Congrats on the hotel sale in So LA. People I talk to down there are very optimistic. Rooms To Go just opened a big store… that's a good sign!
Finally got all the work out of the boxes. Some of it is still scattered around and under the work table in the studio but at least unpacked and inspected. A couple of frames got dings and one has a corner problem I hope can be fixed later. I find that framed work is the worst for shipping as it needs lots of bubble wrap and padding.
I have a "thing" about being too crowded when I start working so I'll have to figure something out soon.
Oh, do I ever know the feeling!! A bunch of mine have to go somewhere out of the living room immediately for house guests over the week end.
But long term, I'm slowing phasing out of galleries, which means looking for a permanent solution, such as . . . gasp! . . . remove them from stretchers and roll them!
So, Martha, you are phasing out galleries altogether. You'll have to tell us more about how you are going to maintain sales through other venues. Hopefully, I'll come up with another gallery soon..BUT sometimes it takes awhile to make a good fit.