I was contacted last month by The Conception Arts group. They hold one night, event-style art shows in major cities around the country. One of their principals had seen my work on Instagram and suggested I submit for the show coming up in November at the Hard Rock here in Las Vegas. I did and was accepted!
It was a bit of a challenge in that my allotted space was 5′ X 5′ – which would be fine for an artist showing smaller work; but my things are BIG! I have one piece up at The Corner Gallery this month that is 6′ Square!
So I had to be judicious in my selection. I decided that a few well placed pieces that followed a rough artistic theme would be better than cramming as much as I could into my small space. I chose one medium sized piece (‘Dog Joy’) and three smaller pieces relating to Western landscapes.
This is a picture of my chain-link fence space. In addition to an Artist Statement and Name Banner, I included a QR code that led to my website. Also, I borrowed an idea from my friend, Marsha R. Bonner. An extraordinary person, she posted a ‘Take What You Need’ sign on Facebook a few months back and I thought it was an excellent idea (Thank you, Marsha – you enrich me). I printed my website address on the back of each tab.
Not in the picture are two Conductor’s Music Stands. One had an 11 inch tablet velcroed in place, playing a slideshow of my paintings. The other held my ‘Book,’ a leather binder with large photos of all of my work.
As the night progressed, my big yellow ‘Dog’ drew people over. ‘What do you see?’ I’d ask. I got: a whale, a pig, a horse, a nude on a sofa and two people having sex. Oh, I also got a dog having his back scratched. From there they’d usually focus on one of the smaller pieces or gravitate to the tablet. I had one group of three youngish people spend about half an hour going through the slides.
Almost everybody stopped to ‘Take What They Needed,’ though a few read the sign, thought, and then said, ‘I have everything I need.’
I didn’t sell anything, though I ran out of cards and had serious conversations with a handful of people I hope to stay in touch with. The surprise of the night came when the show closed and it was announced that I’d won The Excellence Award – their equivalent of Best of Show! True, I didn’t come to win an award, but it sure will look good on my resume! And — though I also have everything I need — a little external validation is always appreciated.
I did a short interview with one of the show’s organizers. We talked about process and concept and what I’m trying to communicate. Here is a short clip of from that conversation: