I cannot believe that it has been about one year since I had received notice from our local art gallery, ArtZ, that my work was selected, along with two other creative artists, for a month long exhibit in August 2018.
Over the last several months I have been putting the final touches on framing, print packaging, labeling, pricing, and locating the ideal show props for the wall that will display my photographic creations.
Having no idea a year ago just how much time would be involved in this complete process, I dove in head first and suddenly here we are!
I wished and planned for a complete exhibit look that married happily with my theme of the "sophistication of utility". I feel it came together perfectly...
The photo above is a small section of the display and was right after the initial "set up" on August 1st. There was so much activity and I was on cloud nine!
I wanted a unique piece to hold my matted prints that I had for sale and when I discovered the wood laundry basket and stand, I just knew it would be perfect. With my old blue and white quilt, it makes a wonderful display that fits with the theme.
Then "the hanging".....
On Set Up day, I was delighted to have so much help from the gallery representatives and the "hanging" process went smoothly. I snapped this photo of my amazing "helpers" during the process! Small adjustments were made once the prints were hung and again, I could not stop smiling!
It was a bit tricky to get a nice full wall shot with all of the set up taking place and using the camera on my phone, I hope you get the idea.
Oh man...those wood floors....LOVE!!
My collection, although small in size, worked very well together. All in all, I completed nine framed prints and 15 matted prints for the exhibit. Below is a quick phone snapped gallery of the prints....
I am thrilled with how the vision of the muted print colors on cotton rag fine art paper, combined with the white heavy mats and champagne gold painted vintage wood frames all came together. It truly speaks "me" and "my work".
For the first time showing my work in a gallery, I learned a mountain of skills, worked through several challenges, internally smiled at various stages of the process, and now finally see my work on display.
It was truly a moment when it all came together....almost magically surreal for lack of a better explanation.
I will be attending an Artists Reception at the gallery on Friday evening (8/10) and that will be the icing on the cake. With my work being shown the entire month of August, I am hopeful to receive feedback (good or bad) from visitors and area creatives as that will continue my artistic growing adventure and one I will remember for the rest of my life.
I send so much love and thanks to my family and friends for all of the encouragement and patience over the past year while I prepared. Many thanks to the wonderful gallery representatives at ArtZ (Amery WI), and to my small and wonderful group of blog readers. Each and every one of you gave me the courage and fortitude to make this dream a reality.
I sincerely thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart.
PS.....Can't wait to show you what's coming next!!