Prep for NYC show: Dec 2nd – Dec 21st 2008
So its finally here. Well, almost.
Busy right now prepping for the show. This is how its going down.
One of the first things I had to do was send the gallery images of at least some of the paintings to show on their website. I then had to get high resolution images taken – from a professional photographer to send to their print department for invites.
Their marketing consultant sent me two options for the postcard (of the painting that I had chosen), and I approved one of them.
I had two hundred invites/postcards mailed to me. The gallery had printed 1000.
I sent out some to colleagues, friends, people that i knew, and the rest to galleries around the washington dc area.
I also got in touch with the alumni rep from my college in massachussets, and she said that she could mail out a 100 invites to teachers, people in the new york area and former classmates. She was a great resource.
Girls, as you know that is a wonderful wonderful resource – your former college and teachers.
Anyway, I sent Cynthia ( alumni rep) 61 invites. The rest I took care of.
So, thats one expenditure. Another big one is driving up to NYC to drop off the paintings, to attend the show, and later to pick up unsold pieces. Three trips in total. Hopefully, I wont have that third trip – right?
A couple of weeks before the show, I had to have all my works done and my artist statement and bio ready to go. I took pictures of the remaining 4 paintings, and sent them off to the gallery rep along with the statement and my bio.
Remember to have titles as well as dimensions of the paintings as well. The guy I am dealing with of course screwed up all the titles. Sent him an email to rectify that, and he still has to take care of it!!
The other thing that is required of me is to have the paintings ready to be hung. So, I still have to do that. Wiring.
One thing I would strongly suggest is that you girls take care of the sides of the paintings. How do you want it to be treated?
I am painting the sides in a neutral colour from each respective painting itself. This is called “gallery wrap” -as the painting “wraps” around the sides. You could actually continue the painting on the sides, but I just painted the sides a solid colour.
Last but not least, take care of the sides when you are done with the paintings. dont wait too late, otherwise, like me not only do you have to spend extra time on a piece later, but you also have to hope it dries on time for transportation.
Thats another thing – if you do put work in shows, think about how you’re going to get it there. This is a big concern in the U.S.
And absolute lastly (i promise) dont forget to sign the works!