Thursday, July 12, 2007


Time away was well spent I took pretty pictures, sketched, did yoga, wrote in my journal, and recharged my batteries. Then BAM upon returning to the city frustration! It was time to take down my show at Bagels Alaska and the Palmer Museum. At the museum I was late so no one knew where my art was at. No worries, I am sure they locked it up somewhere. But at Bagels Alaska one of the employees maby a manager had an issue with the way the artists come in and hang the art and was very high-handed with me about it. Apparently, she said, we stack it in front of the silverware trays and work stations so they can't get around. WHAT? Well I really don't like confrontation so I diplomatically told her perhaps we could do the hanging after business hours and that we would do our best be less intrusive.
Then she said there is no information about the VFAA if people ask. The information is hanging on the wall. So I pointed it out. I was beginning to feel annoyed with her manner so I told her to take it up with the president of the VFAA (Valley Fine Arts Association)Lindsay Shelley the lady that I did my show with, she will be there shortly to take down her pieces.

When I got home I noticed several pieces of my art work had been scratched with a nail, fork or some other sharp object. Mary Mother of Jesus her belly had been scratched, my Raven and Skelton had a big X scratched in its eyes.

I am turned off by this experience the deli holds no responsibility or liability as far as I know. The artists provide an ever changing supply of art to dress up the establishment draw in people who enjoy looking at art. It helps their business immensely and benefits the community. The workers are not expected to sell the work nor do they try, they ask no commission so it is a compromise for the artists.
Ok it's understandable they are selling bagels, pizza and coffee not fine art. So there is the rub. Is it better to show off your talents in a nice uptown gallery where they are getting a large commission 50 to 60 percent or other less traditional venues.

I recently read an article about a violist the recent experiment done by the Washington Post. The brilliant violinist Joshua Bell, fresh from a performance at the Library of Congress with the Boston Symphony, played for free during the morning rush at a Washington Metro station. Of the thousand-odd passersby, only a few stopped, or even paused, to listen. Small change fell infrequently into his open violin case--the very case that holds his $3 million 1710 Strad. Most were oblivious to some of the most beautiful and difficult music ever written for his instrument.

I just want to comminucate through art and share my creations with as many people as possible and be compensated for my blood, sweat and tears.
This experience is causing me to rethink my approach to marketing and selling.
My mantra was:
"The more people who see your work, the more people there are to love it, buy it, and collect it."

Well many great artists have been defamed and their art vandalized but it's like getting hit with a rotten tomato when you're giving your best Auria.


1 comment:

P.A. GIbbons said...

I am so sorry to hear that Judy. Some people have no respect for ANYTHING. They have never been taught.

If they are encaustics, you can work on them a bit and perhaps fix them?

Perhaps however, that is not the venue for you or for anyone. Contact the group that hosted the show too....and let them know what happened.