|"A Celebration of Color|
mixed media art by Jeanne Rhea and Michelle Davis Petelinz"
Jeanne Rhea and I had a wonderful time last night at our very first Raleigh First Friday exhibit. Held in a space within The Blake Street Galleries, our work looked absolutely wonderful together, just as we thought it would. We greeted art lovers who were genuinely interested in learning about what we do--I think Jeanne explained the processes behind her ink paintings about 300 times, and I was asked about bamboo, hand cutting small shapes with large scissors, and how I choose my color combinations. We made some sales, and even more connections, with possibilities for future opportunities to show our work. Here are some shots of the "before" and during the show. Enjoy.
|Jeanne's room, "before"|
|Jeanne's ink painting magnets and larger pieces|
|Stan, measuring for the next mirror to hang|
|My mirror display, reflecting the handsome|
photographer, Tribal Vibe II, and our delectable
|My bamboo bowl wall hangings looked great on a white|
gallery wall...a first!
|Thanks to all who came!|
I'm so used to seeing my work in my home and on our tent panels at shows, that I hadn't realized how different my work would look in a gallery setting. Seeing the 15 bamboo bowls on a long expanse of white wall, and The Elements Series on a wall of its own was exciting! They took on a museum-like feeling, and I enjoyed seeing people react to them. And though I've had less than positive experiences with having my work in galleries (longtime Artventuring readers will recall a few, I'm sure), I do think it shows well.
Who knows? Perhaps as a result of last night: a contact made, a business card kept, a visit to my website or even this blog will result in another opportunity to try the gallery thing again. Stay tuned.