Art in the Window


Whitewater Study, acrylic, 16x20


It's such a joy for artists to send our art out into the world. Finding a permanent home for art is awesome, but temporary homes are great too. This is where a supportive art-loving community plays a part.

Next week, my paintings are heading out in two such directions. In my last post, I mentioned a group art exhibit In the Blink of an Eye in the Port Moody Arts Centre, where three of my paintings will be included among many works of art by local artists. I am hoping to see you at the opening!

The second place where I am taking my paintings next week is the Roots store on Granville Street in Vancouver, where they will be displayed for the month of May, as a part of the West of Main Art Walk event.

I've never had my art in a merchant's store so this will be an interesting experience. I am very grateful to the Roots staff for accommodating my art display, and to the Artists in Our Midst art group for organizing this event.

If you happen to be in the area, take a peek at the store window, I hope you'll enjoy what you see. The best part is that you will see art in many other stores and venues in the area, all being a part of the same event.



Alpine Summer, acrylic, 11x14


Here are some pointers for artists who are thinking of displaying art in a similar venue:


  • Book the installation and take-down times with the venue staff and make sure this is done at the times that suit the venue.
  • Plan in advance how the art will be displayed, and what kind of props you'll need. Consider display easels of various sizes and styles, splints, hanging gadgets etc.
  • Make sure the art is finished and framed impeccably, but keep in mind that some damage may occur. Expecting a public or commercial environment to be safe for art is optimistic.
  • Write your contact info on the back of the art, and also give your contact info to the store staff.
  • Make clearly readable labels with the piece title, your name, and your website. You can add other info if you wish. I like to keep things simple.
  • If you want the visitors to be informed about some event or a gallery where they can see more of your art, ask if you can display additional marketing materials, like posters, brochures, business cards etc. Understand that this may not be possible.
  • Beware that there are risks in all this - the art may get damaged or even stolen. Once we take the risk, it is ours.


My goals in doing this are to add art to the community, gain fans for my work, and leave a positive impression on the people who help us so that they feel compelled to do it again.

I am looking forward to this experience and keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes well!

Tatjana

P.S. If you see someone running down the Granville Street with a handful of paintings during the month of May, consider a citizen's arrest!


Lighthouse Park, acrylic, 12x9


In the Blink of an Eye



In January 2005, I had my very first solo show in The Port Moody Art Center. This was an amazing opportunity for an aspiring artist. I invited everyone I knew, I was so happy to let the world know that I managed to put together a solo show. Looking back, I remember how eager I was to start my art adventures and I am immensely grateful to the Port Moody Arts Centre that hosted the show, to my hubby for the emotional support, and to the wonderful art lovers who purchased a few of my paintings from that show.


Some of my paintings from  2005


One of those memorable early art collectors was a passionate art-loving woman whom I had met three years earlier in West Vancouver where I was painting en plein air with my art class. She had told me that she would buy my painting if I ever decided to sell it. Three years later, I mailed her a photo of the painting and an invite to the show, and she came. She literally ran into the gallery shouting “Is it sold?”  I will never forget her!



The "Is it sold?" painting


You are invited to the anniversary group show featuring paintings by many artists who have shown their art in the Port Moody Arts Centre over 20 years. Let's celebrate the art and this wonderful community organization! All the details can be found on the poster above.

I will have three pieces in the show. I picked a mix of works created over the past few years, I hope you will enjoy seeing them!

See you in Port Moody!

Tatjana

Dappled Shade is one of my three paintings in this show.
Come visit us to see the rest!