I am retiring from my job as Planning Director for the City of Lapeer MI at the end of the month. There are a few people who I have worked very closely with over the years, whose assistance and collaboration and friendship I am very grateful for. So I decided to give some partings gifts of my art to three very special people. Their choice. Here is what they've chosen:
On my last day, Friday October 30th, I'm having a little farewell celebration at Tilted Axis Brewing Co. It's a newer place in town with a wonderfully renovated second floor that I think will provide the perfect ambiance for a fun get-together. In addition to snacks and beverages and socializing, I have an idea for an art swap ... because, why not?
I am quickly learning how important it is for me to keep track of my artwork in a reasonably organized manner. I know artists are commonly considered to be eccentric personalities, which often goes hand-in-hand with being disorganized or at least appearing that way, and it seems to be quite acceptable and even expected. Sorry, that doesn't work for me. I can accept it from other people but I can't accept it from myself.
Yesterday my husband took eight more pieces of my artwork to the gallery in Cass City to replace the items that sold last Friday, plus 2 pieces that broke and one that a friend selected as a gift. Each piece has a sticker on the back with the title and medium, and a tag to stick on the wall next to the piece which matches the sticker but also includes the price. Everything is listed on an accompanying inventory sheet, which is page 2 to attach with the initial inventory sheet I provided with the first batch of artwork - which has been updated to reflect items sold and those removed from sale.
In the mean time, I am getting some pieces ready for the next exhibit: the Lapeer Art Association's annual Holiday Show at Gallery 194. For the past 2 years they have opened their annual Spring show to non-member artists and I have participated. This is the first Holiday Show open to non-members and they invited me, so of course I will submit work! So that means figuring out what I want to submit, making stickers and tags and an inventory sheet, and keeping straight which items are in which exhibit.
I also have been tracking costs on a spreadsheet: How much money I spend each month on supplies and entry fees, and how much has sold (minus commissions), with monthly totals and a running year-to-date total. So far this year I am about $500 in the hole because I bought a tent and some other display items earlier in the year. At some point I hope to start realizing a profit. Probably not this year though. But hey, at least I'm organized :)
Last night's reception at Artistic Endeavors Art Gallery in Cass City was fabulous! The display looked great, and Marilyn and Marianna provided some yummy refreshments and wine. And not only did people actually show up, they even bought some of my work! Took the art right off the walls & home with them. And we met some really wonderful local art-loving people. It was a very fun evening.
Now there are blank spots in the gallery which will be filled when Cliff takes a little mid-week road trip to deliver some more paintings. I owe a HUGE thank you to Marilyn Biefer for hosting last night, and for hosting my work all month.
I just made a promo flyer for my upcoming exhibit at Artistic Endeavors Gallery in Cass City .... got the inventory list about 90% done .... need to work on tags next .... then arrange a time to deliver all my artwork. I'm so grateful to Marilyn Biefer for the opportunity!