|Posted by lindasummersposey on September 7, 2010 at 1:24 AM||comments (2)|
My Art Is in a Show in FRANCE!
Here's how it happened: I saw an online request for postcard-sized art for an exhibit in a restaurant in Rouen, France (actually in a nearby town with a long name). OK, the restaurant is in a JAIL, the exhibit organizer said, but what the heck. Hopefully, it's in a former jail. Regardless, how else am I going to get myself in an art show in FRANCE... for free... at this stage in my career?!?! I immediately decided to enter. Why? More on that later.
Since the venue is a restaurant, they asked for food-related art. I chose the Texas peach as my theme. Easier to draw than barbeque, right? I also decided to make my piece look as much like an old-fashioned postcard as I could. I painted, I glued, I textured, I shipped it off and – VOILA! – now my art is on display in France. After the exhibit ends, it will be added to the restaurant's PERMANENT collection. Lah-di-da, s'il vous plait!
See below for an image of the postcard. To see the whole exhibit: http://www.facebook.com/linda.s.posey#!/photo.php?pid=187535&id=100000825422919&ref=fbx_album - Enjoy! :-) (FYI – the "fuzz" on the peach is… dryer lint and carefully applied paint!)
Why did I bother?: I won't get paid for this piece of art. As far as I know, the works aren't even for sale. I just donated my little painting to the restaurant's "permanent collection." And even while it's on display, it's in France for pity's sake, thousands of miles away from where I know a single solitary art collector. Why did I bother?
First of all, for the fun of it. Period. I succeeded at that.
Second, this was a challenge to my creativity, although a small one. Nevertheless, I wanted to see if I could create something that would embody the theme, be fun to create, and be different (in a good way!) from the pieces already showing up on the Facebook page for the exhibit. I feel like I succeeded at that goal too.
Third, I wanted to be able to say I'd been in an art exhibit in France! What better conversation starter for an artist that saying you have work in an art show and a private collection in France. That aspect has been a success too. I've emailed friends, written about the show on Faceboook, and talked about it at one of my networking groups. And the story gets a smile or a laugh - and a lot of genuine "Congratulations," "Atta girl," and "Go for it!" comments.
Finally, it'll look great on my resume. WHAT? This tiny little piece of art in this tiny little show? YES. Anything creative I do is fodder for my resume. The next time I update my bio, this exhibit will definitely be included.
Furthermore, if I can't get some publicity for doing this, I'm just not trying. Already it's given me fodder for my blog! The next media release I send out... you guessed it. The "Diner a la c'art" show will either be the theme of my PR, or it'll be prominently mentioned in the release.
Why do you need to know about this?: As an artist, I encourage you to expand your horizons as I have.
Happy creating -
|Posted by lindasummersposey on August 2, 2010 at 4:51 PM||comments (1)|
Being an artist is fun. Period. Personally, I don't need any other justification than that for what I do.
And being an artist is MORE fun when I can share the fun with others.
Today's fun: Sharing the article that appeared in yesterday's Houston Chronicle (Memorial/Spring Branch section) about my art and about Artists Alive & Well. Here's the link to the online version: http://bit.ly/b02UNF. If you go there, please leave a comment -- that way I'll know that you shared the fun I experienced when it was published. I also suspect that your comments will help the talented author of the article, Kim Morgan (http://www.kimberlywrites.net), impress her boss.
Here's one more way to SHARE THE FUN WITH ME: Please visit our current Artists Alive & Well exhibit and don't miss the closing reception:
Artists Alive & Well Summerview Exhibit
Through August 20, 10AM-6PM, M-F
Closing Reception, Friday, August 20, 4-6PM
Phoenix Tower, 9th Floor Sky Lobby
3200 Southwest Freeway (at Buffalo Speedway)
Meet the artists, refreshments and FUN!
(Free parking if leaving after 6PM -- enter parking garage visitors area from US59 access road)
THANKS for sharing the fun I have being an artist! I invite you to share the fun of bringing out your own creativity with me.
Happy creating -- Linda