Monday, May 21, 2012

Excitement of the Art Exhibition

The art exhibition and sale I participated in this weekend went very well, to my surprise. I really didn't know what to expect, how many pieces to show, who might attend, and if prices would be in the range of the possible customers. Any nerves I had at the start left me after I finished setting up my space and mingled with the other artists.

My booth at the Art Event
A large part of the show was meeting different people, looking at artists' work, finding the direction of their work, a lot of art speak and exchange. Some artists brought work just to exhibit. Others wanted to sell to make room in their studio for more artwork. I did plenty of networking.

One never really knows what kind of art the public might be interested in purchasing. Since this was a show of Greek-American artists hosted by the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York, in a largely Greek community in Astoria, NY, I thought I might include some Greek inspired watercolor paintings, along with my still-life work of late. A boat and beach scene here, a Greek column there, a monastery work, a portrait of a grandfatherly man, a few breezy paintings.

Sometimes people want to see anything but heritage kind of work. They may want a fresh look at a colorful something else. I displayed a variety of work, and brought along my portfolio too. On the odd chance a viewer might be interested, I brought along some of my jewelry pieces. Just for fun.

There was a variety of mediums displayed, oils, woodcuts, acrylics, photography, and cartoonists. All very interesting work, styles, and personalities.

People wanted to know about my background, my process, the inspiration behind my work, and we enjoyed lively conversations. Another exhibitor came by my station and said "Tell me about all this!"

More about my event excitement tomorrow. Right now I'm tired and I need to paint something new.



4 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Dora! I love the way you set up your booth and the photo is great. I am so happy for you- glad it was successful!

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    1. Thanks Sheryl! It looked good to me too after I set it all up. It was alot of fun.

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  2. Hi Dora, Many congratulations on a successful exhibition - hope you sold some - they do look very good set out like that.

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    1. Thank you Ann! I did sell some items and it was very exciting.

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