Monday, February 7, 2011

An Eventful Week

I was down for the count this past week with the flu, couldn't believe it because I don't think I've ever had the flu before and have never considered getting a flu shot. That might change now because I spent a miserable week of laying around in bed.

The next thing that happened was a little more exciting ... for a moment or two. I was contacted by an art gallery in New York City asking if I would be interested in being represented by them and could they send me their contract to look over. This really excited me, a gallery in NYC looking to represent me? And I didn't even have to hit the pavement with my portfolio! However, when I read over the contract I realized they are looking for the artist to pay $2950 per year for representation. It seems that most of the art exposure is through their website or advertisements, and perhaps for one collective exhibit in the gallery itself. Plus they still take 30% commission on sales. I'm not in a position to spend this kind of money but I'm wondering if anyone else is familiar with this practice or have heard whether an arrangement like this is worthwhile? I would be interested in comments.

Meanwhile, I have started another candy apple piece for my Rock/Candy exhibit with Debbi Friedman. The surface is 3/4" cradled Ampersand Gessobord with Terra Cotta Colourfix Primer, the usual surface I like for my candy apple pieces. I add a little bit of water to the Colourfix before applying it so the surface is a little less textured. I've started by laying on the first layer of color on the apples, mingling the pinks and reds.


Kathy said...

As usual, another candy apple piece coming along - can't wait to see it with the background! They just look like you could pick them and eat them and get all sticky doing so. love them!

Looking forward to seeing yours and Debbi's show next month. I'm making every effort to get there!

I wish I could advise you on the gallery(!) contract, but as you know I'm not quite there in my art! I do know that there are many articles out there about signing with a gallery - the dos and don'ts. The first thing that comes to mind is Professional Artist Magazine (formerly Art Calendar). Maybe check them out online and search galleries and contacts? Hope it helps.

Kendra said...

Hi Kathy, thanks for the comments! I hope you can make it to our opening but if you can't, we'll know something came up! Hope your family is well.