Show season is approaching
Our show season starts in a couple of weeks, and we’re going to hit the ground running. We’ll start off on March 6th at the monthly First Saturday Arts Market in the Houston Heights. Two weeks later, we’re booked for the Azalea Trails show in Tyler. We’ll also be doing two shows in April: the First Saturday Arts Market, followed one week later at a new show in Fulshear, Texas, the Cross Creek Ranch Arts Festival. I’ll have more info on that one pretty soon.
I’ve done a lot of painting over the winter break, and now it’s time to start sorting out what makes it into the shows. I’ve stacked old and new along the wall of the studio, and just counting the work that’s been matched up to frames, we’ve got over 45 pieces 8×10 and larger, plus a lot of 5x7s. We’ll take less than half that many, so there’s obviously a tough selection process to go through. I’ve started varnishing the newer ones in preparation for framing.
We do know that we’ll take a small group of the little street scenes, maybe six or so. They’ll be matted and framed under glass, like the example shown here. That’s a departure from my norm, but I’m doing it for two reasons. First, they’re very different, and I want to show them differently. And second, I’d like to test the reaction to the framing approach (matted/glass vs directly into the frame). It would be nice to know if it makes any difference in sales. I prefer not to frame them this way, but it would be foolish to miss out on sales because of something that’s easily done. They’ll all be framed the same way with the same frame. Who knows, maybe someone will buy the whole grouping.