Well, the gallery opening on Saturday night was a major success!
In case you guys missed it, I became part of this really cool, supportive art gallery this past week. I’ve never had any of my work displayed in a public forum like this, so it was a little surreal. It was super fun standing there talking with people about my process, inspiration, and funny little stories about each photo. It was also really cool to just stand back listening to what people were saying about my photos without them even knowing who I was.
I learned a lot.
I learned that being an artist is not as easy as you would think. There is a lot of preparation, logistics, and then you have to think about marketing yourself, which I barely did. I was a little scared about having my work subject to criticism and public display, so I held back on driving people there.
Now that the opening event is in the past, I learned exactly what I need to do next – you know, for the next event. I am going to rearrange the layout of my photos, and offer different sizes. Right now, all of my pieces are 16×20 and framed with 3″ mats. I also offer unframed prints for a reduced price.
What I’m going to do next, is hang a 20×30, three 8×10’s under that and 2 16×20’s to the right of them. That will look really nice. I’m going to try to do monthly themes, too. Also, I’m going to hang a low shelf (about 2 feet off the floor) to display my unframed prints for sale, as well as my bio cards. Again, it’s not as easy as you’d think.
In terms of the event, I can’t believe how packed it was. I managed to get a commissioned project out of it, and sell 2 other pieces sometime this week.
Almost all of the artists that had their work in the gallery were present. There is a wide variety of the types of art in this gallery: photos, paintings, sculptures, knit handmades, cool dolls, jewelry, succulent plant arrangements, etc. I think that pretty much every medium is represented.
Again, I’m excited to be in that gallery. If you’re in the Culver City area, try to make it over to the gallery and check out all the work (including mine).
The Word Is Art
9349 Venice Blvd
Culver City, CA. 90232
Here are a couple photos from the event. Enjoy!