Once again, the Lapeer Art Association (LAA) opened up their annual Spring Show at Gallery 194 to non-member artists (last year was the first time.) And once again I applied and ended up with 5 paintings in the exhibit.
There was a very nice turnout at the reception this past Saturday. My usual date, my husband, was not available so I went alone. Which of course is fine, I'm certainly not a stranger there no matter who else is there. But then I was pleasantly surprised when my sister-in-law Aileen and her daughter-in-law Allison showed up! So nice of them to make the trip down from Bridgeport. Good conversation, art, wine, food - an all-around fun evening.
p.s. Sharon Samyn's bridge painting, the large one on the far left of the 3rd photo below, blew me away! As did several other pieces. And then there was a blue wolf ... ?? Check out LAA's blog for more.
I sure put my dear sweet husband through the wringer this past weekend. In addition to helping me with my booth setup and takedown, and helping my daughter with her tent, there was also this little project I somehow forgot I volunteered him for: assembling the 20 canvases of this group project securely into one piece. Which means he/we had very little time to figure out a method. And a few people were late turning their squares in, so it was getting done at the very last minute. Then, after it was discovered 3 of them were turned the wrong way (totally my fault), he got to take it partially apart and fix it. Boy is it ever a good thing he loves me!
The end result is pretty cool, imho. And as always, lessons were learned for next time.
Well it's over. My first venture into the art fair circuit with my own booth has come and gone without any major glitches, and with many lessons learned. I got plenty of compliments on my booth and my artwork, which felt really good, and the overall experience was very enjoyable - but I just need to say, art fairs are exhausting.
Today I am back at work and don't have much time to write, more to come in the next couple days but for now just a few photos.
You know how facebook does these "one year ago today" things where a post from a year ago is brought back as a "memory"? I've seen it on other people's pages but never had one come up on mine, until today. And how appropriate! As I try to prepare for my first time ever having my own booth in an art fair to try to sell some artwork, I was reminded that last year I had a few pieces for sale in the main art tent at Art on Nepessing St. - on a bit of a whim - and actually sold a few.
And then I went on to have several more art experience firsts in 2014:
2014 was a very good, productive, artful year.
This year is off to a pretty darn good start too. My work made its way beyond Lapeer, to Grand Haven, Detroit, and Pontiac MI, and San Francisco CA. I started an art website. I am actually blogging, even though no one reads this stuff. I made another exhibit catalog, for the JKPP 5th Anniversary exhibit in San Francisco. I am getting ready for my first art fair booth, and will be exhibiting in the LAA Spring Show again this year in just a couple weeks. Later this year I will have work on display at Cranberries Cafe in Goodrich MI.
So back to Art on Nepessing St. 2015: last year I had just doodle art for sale, this year I will have a variety of landscape paintings, portraits, abstracts, and of course doodle art.
More info and photos to come.
The moral of the story is - Never stop having firsts!