This past Thursday was the Fall Pop Up Gallery at Oaklyn Library in Evansville, Indiana that I co-hosted with my friend Lori Rivera. All summer long, we’ve painted for this show so we’d have new paintings to sell. We planned out marketing it with various ways like our newsletter, social media, blog posts and local online calendars.
You may remember we had a show last spring at Noco Park with our friend Vicki Wilson. I feel like we were a lot more organized for this one and I kinda felt like I knew what to expect. But each show is different, so you never really know for sure.
First, I want to say that I’m so grateful to my friends and collectors that came out to the show. We’ve got our location for a very short time and we need time to set up and tear down so the “open” hours are just two. So we really appreciate all that came out and supported us. Below, see the guy in the white shirt? That’s Jon Siau my high school art teacher! He’s been supporting me since then in everything I do. He’s a fantastic artist and I’ve always looked up to him for not only his art, but his attitude about life as well.
Now the part that no one really likes to talk about. Disappointment. Below is as busy as it got. Our spring show was such a success that I thought that a fall show being closer to Christmas would be successful too. When I say success, I mean in the way of sales. Just having people come and support me I also consider a success. But in reality, I do these shows to try and make sales. An artist has gotta pay her bills right? I also am proud of myself for painting during the busy summer.
Not everything I do is successful, far from it. I just keep throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks. Perhaps two pop up galleries were too much. Maybe people were just thrilled that Spring was here in March and wanted to get out and that’s why I did so well then. Maybe there are too many options in September, there really is a lot going on. Who knows. But I know I’ll keep trying different ways to get my art out there and keep trying to make a living as an artist. No one has ever said that is easy and it’s not. I’ll never give up though.
I did have a great time though. The fun looking chick in the middle of the photo below is Lisa. She has been such a great supporter for both Lori and I. She’s helped us with both of our pop ups and I can’t tell you how much that’s helped us. She’s the one that has taken all of these photos. She helped us set up and she has a great eye for display and corrects our messiness. We just love her and her whacky personality. She’s kinda adopted us and I love it. She’s a collector and a friend.
Thank you for supporting Lori and I’s efforts. Even if you weren’t able to come to our Fall Pop Up, maybe you live far away or just couldn’t do it… we appreciate your support. Your encouragement through being on our email lists, commenting on our social media posts, sharing our posts, commenting on our blog posts, buying our art and even just wishing us well has me so grateful. Thank you. I’m looking onward and the future looks bright.
Learn more about me on the ‘About’ page under the additional links menu. I’m an artist – a painter mostly and an avid gardener. I paint a variety of subjects including birds, koi fish, my gardens, ponds and flowers as well as anything having to do with nature especially trees and tropical scenes. I also enjoy painting abstracts and have started created more and more of them. My most favorite thing to try to achieve in my painting is is mystery and telling mystical stories.
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