Well I survived.
What a fab night it was. Everything came beautifully together. The 90 guests, the 3 perfect wines, and a selection of tasty morsels which people are still talking about, from the chef at The Bathers kitchen. Oh yes and the paintings.
I was so pleased with the hanging and they definitely look best unframed. That means I can keep the prices down. The average cost would be $300 – $400, but there are some for less.
Sales were off to a good start so we had red spots poppin’ up everywhere. The buyers had a real relationship with the work they chose. For instance, one chap hadn’t known I’d travelled to his small Greek Island, and became quite teary when he saw this one. He is thrilled with it.
Another friend loved the Paris painting with the Seine and Eiffel Tour, a spot she’d been to and knew. Relationships seem to be the key. To the place and the story the painting tells.
I must say the whole thing has given me such a boost. We painters can work in a bubble at times and to have the feedback from the guests is so good for me. It is so motivating.
Can you believe I’ve booked another exhibition in 2years!! That will keep me focussed for certain, and all the paintings I do from here-on will have somewhere to be in 2012.
It’s early days and I may feel like moving the paintings around as they sell. I want people who come upstairs from the 2 restaurants below, to see a fresh look each time.
It’s quite a different way to show work, exhibiting for 10 weeks. One gets a great passing audience, as The Bathers Pavilion is a busy restaurant. I don’t have to be there unless people make a time to see me – which is happening. Not that I need a reason – I order a superb ‘Skim flat’ ( an Australian style coffee ) and check that everything is hanging square.
I will let you know what I learn from this, except I know already that the traditional gallery has never suited me. I am a bit too individual for that, and like a more flexible venue. This gallery space is open from 7am to midnight. People can view virtually any hour of the day and make a purchase, which they are. If they wish they can take their painting straight away. I love it. No cranky gallery owners with their restricted hours for me.