Mini exhibition (with not a miniature in sight!)

Every year the Workshop Arts Centre, where I hire a studio each week to paint, gives members the opportunity to be part of a self-managed group exhibition for a weekend. Despite having just returned from overseas, and about to go off again, I decided I would like to be part of it this year. The whole workshop was used for the exhibition, with artists displaying their work in studios and the gallery. The positions were allocated by lottery, so I was very pleased to get a space in the gallery, with proper hanging facilities and good lighting. We were asked to not bring too much work, as in past years there has been more of a garage sale atmosphere than exhibition, so I decided to restrict myself to drawings and small paintings, so no prints or miniatures, but I did bring some of my miniature books. We each manned our own space and were responsible for our own sales and organisation.

Fewer people than we hoped for came through, but I sold some of my small paintings and covered my costs, however, the positive for me was the opportunity to see my work massed together, and most importantly, talk to visitors as they came through. It was fascinating to see which works they responded to, and which artists, as the work on display was very diverse. I was particularly relieved to get a good response to my drawings, with people coming very close and studying them carefully, and showing interest in the inspiration behind the works and the techniques. I am very aware most people tend to gravitate to colour, so to get a positive response to graphite work was satisfying. Next time maybe they will put their hands in their pockets …

My space in the gallery
My space in the gallery
The centrepiece, exaggerated, overblown tulip in coloured pencil
The centrepiece, exaggerated, overblown tulip in coloured pencil
The small oil paintings
The small oil paintings
Pencil drawings, exaggerated flower and pod forms
Pencil drawings, exaggerated flower and pod forms
Three pencil drawings, one pen and ink
Three pencil drawings, one pen and ink
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24 thoughts on “Mini exhibition (with not a miniature in sight!)

  1. Great work! I love those little square paintings! I’ve made a series once for an art show using same size canvases..they’re so fun to work with.

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  2. You’re a good curator, Anna. The way you have hung your drawings looks inviting. I like your style. Regarding talking to people, I think it can be intimidating for some members of the public to engage with artists. To go up and scrutinize work when the artist is right there – can be daunting. I must say I’d want to have a closer look if I was there. And another thing – I really like your framing…and I would frame very similarly. The frames are simple and stylish – not distracting at all from the work. Congratulations.

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    1. I do appreciate your comment Julie – I find both hanging and framing a challenge! I was really happy with those frames though, they do work well with the drawings. Generally I like understated framing – I made the mistake of blue frames once, which looked great with the images, but they were a disaster, screaming ‘look at me!’ And yes, choosing the right moment to approach visitors is tricky. Most of the time I tried to keep out of view, then pop out if they looked really interested!

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  3. Your exhibition looks really lovely Anna. After seeing the flat images of your work in the blog it is lovely to see them in a real life setting as such, gives them a different look. I agree with the others I like your framing, and agree with the reasons for your choices. Simple but elegant, it can never go wrong. Congratulations. Karen

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    1. Thank you so much Karen! One of the things I particularly enjoyed was getting the works up on a wall, and having them interact with one another. Putting them on a wall at home is somehow not the same. I was lucky with the position too, on the end wall of the gallery.

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  4. I love your little square oil paintings!! They are so atractive 😉 I hope one day I can even have half of your taste to do such a wonderful display of your work! I’m happy it was worth for you!!

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  5. How lovely to see your work again displayed Anna .
    Everyone else seems to have stolen my compliments Lol …. will just add your little square oil paintings are in a class of their own ….

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