Ending exhibition ritual
August 30, 2009
Encounter, Oil pastel on charcoal paper
There should be some kind of ritual to accompany the act of breaking down a show and bringing most of your old friends back home again.
I sold enough to cover costs, just. But still I brought home most of the work I had first departed with two months ago. 170 people visited the gallery, several left nice comments behind in the guest book.
The gallery owner said she’d rarely had a show where people spent so much time enthusing and so little buying. Well, there was a really nice energy around the whole show, and while I would have loved to have sold more, I’m pleased with the overall reception of the work.
There are several pieces I didn’t photograph which I am happy I didn’t have to let go of without a record.
Soon I’m going to have a ‘Featured Artwork’ page on my blog or site where one piece will be showcased every month or so.
Meanwhile, I will hang up some of my returned 17 framed artworks and put the rest gently into storage. I’ll consciously appreciate how happy they look in their mattes and frames and let them rest with us here for awhile before exposing them to the public again.
That is as much of a ritual I can come up with at the moment.