Yesterday I was a gallery docent and gift store clerk at the 29 Palms Art Gallery in – guess where – 29 Palms!
I had a solo show there a couple years ago and this time I entered a painting into the annual membership show. One of the requirements is to gallery sit for a day so off I went.
Something looks familiar here
I’d not gallery sat here before so there was a bit of a learning curve, but there was good documentation for new and rusty docents to follow. When I arrived, a group of the board were doing some envelope stuffing for membership renewals, so I was able to help out there too. Many of the board members stayed through part of my day so I had help.
And I needed it. I had a couple who went into the gift store and chose something to purchase. I had been shown the ropes a little regarding the iPad with the Square on it, and read the manual, but was not prepared for the fact the iPad wouldn’t turn on. It turned out to be a faulty socket where it was plugged in!
There were inevitably a lot of questions I couldn’t answer, but a few that I could. By the end of the afternoon I was a lot more confident of the next time I’m going to be there.
Member’s artwork in the Membership show
The pics are of the membership show in the central gallery. There was also a historical show in the main gallery and a solo show in the west gallery – along with no information about the artists, Reuven Wallach, which didn’t help!
Sorry I didn’t get the pic of the third wall of the membership show, a gallery visitor walked in at that point, then we were busy until closing time.
I am usually willing to do commissions that will not be chosen. I often do a couple of commissions when making a refractured watercolor or mixed media because if it doesn’t it the spot, it can just go into show stock and someone else will love it.
Just Chillin’ II started as a commission and the potential customer didn’t fall in love with it – in part because it wasn’t going to look good in the house because the wall colors weren’t conducive. So, another 16×20″ matted painting is in the bin this weekend.
#1358 “Just Chillin II”. 11×14″ refractured watercolor in white mat ready for 16×20″ frame.
Some of my newer pieces are just flying off the wall. No, it hasn’t been windy, it’s just that a few are going out at every show, which ends up being before I can post them. So, before the next show this weekend, here’s one of the new babies. It’s one of those where the writing is more obvious. It says “Chance will take you places you would never go alone.”
#1354 “Chance”. Mixed media on panel. Refractured watercolor, acrylic and poetry. 12×9″. $90.
Well, a couple of paintings from a recent batch ended up going to forever homes before I had time to post them here! Better get a few more up before the next show takes them away (I hope). Though there are a few I wish I could hang onto for a while before they fledge the nest.
#1353 New Umbrella. Mixed media on panel. 9×12″ $90. Ready to hang and very shippable!
I realize it’s been awhile since I’ve specifically posted a ‘Newer work’ post. This one is from a new batch, and a little different than many of my other refractured watercolor/acrylic/poetry pieces in that I put the poetry on the acrylic in places obvious to the viewer, rather than hidden in the clouds. I’m looking forward to seeing the reaction on this one when I take it out for the first time this weekend.
#1351 “Heaven’s Gate”. Mixed media on panel, 14×11″. Inscription reads: Hevean’s gates have bars. You can see in but you can’t go there yet.
Over the winter I have been teaching an intermediate watercolor class at a gated community in La Quinta. I’ve done a number of exercises that have produced multiple paintings in a category that I don’t usually sell work in. Now that the classes are coming to an end, I have a set of perfectly good paintings in a box kicking around the bottom of the studio. So, Etsy time! Here are three paintings I put up this morning, ready to go to a new home for a reasonable price. $80!
Sometimes life happens to people. I’ve not ever had to bail on a show at the last minute, thank goodness, but last weekend, my neighbor did. I don’t know who it was and there was no message to the organizers, but by 9am on the Friday, it was clear that the space next to me was going to remain a space, and I had an extra wall. Blissfully I’d bought a couple spare paintings, and spread things around, and made the best use of it.
If I’d known it, I would’ve set up differently, though.
The irony was that I had thought, based on the booth map, that I was getting a corner booth. I was, but just not the way I thought.