Saturday, October 29, 2005

Gallery? Yes!

I had a delightful meeting with the owner of Maine Street Art yesterday morning. When I walked she in was vacuuming with her back to the door, so when she finally turned around, she was startled. It made for a comic introduction.

I brought the five completed shrine series -- all nicely framed -- to be considered for her holiday show. All the works on the walls will be under $100. She accepted all five! She was also really enthusiastic and complimentary and that always gives one a good vibe. I also brought about six works to be considered for the January show which will be called "The Spirit of Art" and focus on meditative and healing art. (This is where you come up with an "artist statement" that fits the theme no matter what was the inspiration for the art, right?) She liked five of them and asked me to bring them back in December for final consideration. I think she wants to get a feeling for what other work and sizes she'll have for that show.

So, there you go. It was easy.

Unless you count all the work preparing everything... making the art, buying the foam core and the frames, cutting the foam core, sewing the pieces to the foam core, framing, printing business cards, writing titles and prices on business cards to be taped to the back of each piece, wrapping them up so they don't get scratched or catch on anything while being carried to and fro... etc etc etc

But, worth it!

I can also have upto 10 pieces in plastic sleeves in her display racks. She adored my postcards (like you all did!), so I'll put those all in a nice basket with a big label.

So, if you're near Brunswick, ME, stop by Maine Street Art and buy some reasonably priced original art! The show opens November 9 and will run through the end of December. She's open seven days a week. (Speaking of hard work... can you imagine owning a gallery?! Wow!)

10 comments:

Mrs. Mel said...

the nice thing about doing all that grunt stuff is that it is DONE. And even if it doesn't all sell it becomes 'sourdough' for the next bunch. Each time you refine the presentation and the prep and it gets easier.
Recently I felt I was running low on stuff to sell, and having no time to make new stuff, I went into the closet and dug out some old items, and tucked them into the suitcase. Apparently they had aged well and sold first. Who knew?

Sonji Hunt said...

Congratulations! You are a real doer and go-getter, Deborah. None of that bitchin' and moanin' that I do. I must pattern myself more after you in this respect.

Now, why did you decide to frame your pieces? Did you feel that it made the more "finished" looking? I always grapple with that because the beauty of fabric is that it doesn't really have to be framed, yet smaller pieces look very polished when they are.

Deb R said...

Congrats, Deborah! Yay you!

Gerrie said...

Good for you!! You are an inspiration.

Scrapmaker said...

Hooray, all your hard work paid off! I predict a sell out and greater things to come. Jen

Karoda said...

Congratulations and this is most encouraging!

amanda said...

Yay for you!! Congratulations!! I hope my little one will decide that she likes the car this month so we can journey over to the show/sale.

gabrielle said...

Way to go Deborah! The presentation is perfect for small pieces. Gives them depth and entices buyers who don't get what to do with it unless it's framed. Hope you sell them all.

PaMdora said...

Good job, making the appointment and following through! It's alot of work to make art, but some people get about 80% there and don't do the final 20 or 10% and so never feel the sense of accomplishment that you do right now. Hope you do well with the show, how could anyone resist. Your work is fun and playful and I'm sure will bring someone joy who purchases it!

Robin said...

Way to go Deborah! I hope these sell quickly. I'm sure they will. They are fabulous!