The show is coming together at foothills, more painting one more fox which I forgot to photograph and a lot of work in the jewelry room.......another 8 hour day. Wow that is deja vu when I actually use to work 8 hour days but this was more fun and the time flew. You really ought to go see it it's fabulous with a more artsy flavor than in the past.
Okay hanging a holiday show is huge.....I know that But now I'm learning how huge, really huge, gigantic actually. I was asked by my friend Annette Coleman to help paint the walls at the upcoming holiday show at Foothills Art Center in Golden......it sounds pretty easy, foxes and cardinals. She wants silhouettes so I prepare the night before plus she had a bunch of images as well. Here's some of what I came up with. It took longer than I thought and I have about one more day of foxes to go.
Went to the workshop Zapp had for the CCAF, yesterday. The great thing was you could submit your slides before the workshop along with your booth-shot. and get a critique of your slides. I even had my application but on hold until after the workshop in case I wanted to change anything, cool.
Here are a few things I learned. First you had better have a dyno-mite booth-shot with work that matches the work in the slides because they definitely want to see a body of work. If you are entering slides that have have vertical and horizontal elements be sure to submit in an order that compliments the pieces, in other words if say, you have a four slide entry with two vertical elements and two horizontal elements the book case your pieces. The work is projected on a large wall in front of the jurors, lined up ina five slide row, with your info in front of them on laptops. So if you haven't seen your work big you probably should if you apply and apply and don't get into shows. Don't ever, not ever submit slides with printing on them even though you think your brochure is awesome because everybody said so. Make sure all shots are either in color or in black and white (this would apply to photos) don't mix and match. Don't show the frame on a piece, glare on glass, or stuff behind your work in the background. Make sure you are representing one body of work. So don't include both flowers and portraits of kids in your slides.
On booths I could go on forever, but for now I will say this for starters, read read read the prospectus about ten times so you get where the fair is coming from and exactly what they want to see in your booth shot, if you still don't know then ask. I was a little surprised to hear that the booth-shot could break you even if your other slides of your work clearly showed talent and were presented well. Make sure your booth is hung like you would for a show (for the booth-shot), crop out those lights, grass and extra stuff that doesn't relate to YOUR ART. No people, no bins, no chairs, no clutter, no crowding, and no signage.
I attended the first ever Art Summit in Denver to help the eight different art districts connect, redefine, and emphasise themselves. We have a thriving art community here with two of these districts being very dense, as far as number of galleries and studios, and hosting very well attended First Friday art crawls.
The meeting was 6 hours long, it was tedious at times but they did feed us....breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack! It was divided into three sections, inform, inspire, and engage. One of the most interesting items was to hear how other cities engaged their districts and dealt with problems within the districts to create a thriving art community. This to me was very important given our fragile economy. Although there was a lot of information and I felt totally stud with buzz words, the last phase, engage, really started me thinking. Once we broke into small groups and began to talk about how we would utilize the city and their resources in the the best most efficient way, the ideas flowed. Not surprising that there were obvious overlaps when we presented our ideas. The one theme I noticed was the importance of branding. We all know that as individual artists but it became obvious as districts we need to differentiate between ourselves but at the same time find ways to be more connected, physically. Today I am still thinking about some of the ideas that engaged me.
First Friday kick off to Arts Week in the district, all sorts of stuff going on in the next week. Here are a few shots of, what Dc and I like to call, "Franzia Frenzy" in our studio in the 910 building last night. Check out more photos on the Studio 14 page.
Well we are having weather again....seriously, really. Well it is winter....I guess. Here are a few shots from my front porch down the canyon towards Morrison and up our road. I really like weather from our vantage point, it is pretty darn cool.