Last weekend I had the opening for the first gallery show I have done of my own work since about 1980, when I was still working with dolls and puppets. The space is THE GALLERY AT RED GATE FARM in Plymouth, NH. The people up there are lovely and enthusiastic. Even though the space was small, I packed a load of art into it. I had a many pieces of art framed: about 15 pieces from Tex and Sugar, and about 12 pieces from editorial work and other books. I also offered unframed art for sale (in the print racks) and I had arranged to get professionally shot and printed giclees of the Tex and Sugar illustrations that were framed. I offered those for reasonable prices; they are being done in editions of 50.
For an extra dimension of fun, I brought a few remaining soft sculpture pieces from home, not for sale, but to add flavor. Here are the two busts that live in MA in our piano, and are meant to be "at the bar." Martini's anyone?
I like the idea that this showing took place in a gallery that also houses fine handcrafts created by skilled artisans from all over the USA. The setting appeals to me because that is how I began my first real gallery shows--working in fiber, and with the best craft work from the glory days of the 1970's.
Here are shots of the show before people arrived:
The hand made furniture you see is by an outfit called Shoestring Creations. And the funny part is that I have a TON of this stuff in my Massachusetts home, so showing my work next to that furniture is how I actually display my art in Needham. I have the same lamp muti-colored lamp, along with several other pieces. And I bought them from this gallery.
The next picture is when I read my book. What a wonderful audience they were! I think they may be my favorite group yet. I love the way the adults got down on the floor along with the kids and that they ALL listened with rapt attention.
The nicest part about doing a gallery show? You sell a lot of books to a sincere group of attendees who get to see your illustrations up close. When the art is tangible and right there in person, people realize that someone actually had to sit and paint for many hours of hard work. I think it makes those signed books even more appreciated.
Thanks, New Hampshire, for a great time!
(don't forget to click on the photos to see bigger images!)