While I was off on my African Adventure five of my artworks were in the Annual All-Student Juried Show at the Station Gallery in Whitby, Ontario.
Before I left I had helped get the show put up at the Gallery. That was a great learning experience; seeing how much work goes into the process. Very physical and tiring. I went in every day for a week to do whatever I was asked to do. That involved unpacking and unwrapping the art, laying out the works in the various rooms, arranging them in theme groups, then moving things around, putting up the labels, etc.
Originally we were limited to entering three pieces, but for whatever reason, they opened it up and asked for more works. That’s why I ended up with five in the show.
The show took up the whole building which meant our art was in three main gallery rooms, hallways, lobby, etc. Was pretty impressive.
It was extremely exciting to see my art up in an art gallery. It never really gets old. I’ve had art in shows before but wasn’t involved, other than dropping it off, so this was a new experience for me.
Here are my works:
First are my two mixed media pieces, “My Chickadee” and “Evolutionary Ladder”, which had been hung together in the middle gallery.
Then my acrylic nature study painting called “Autumn Reflection” was in the back gallery in a grouping with others of the same project/class.
Then my painting “Blood Moon” was in a hallway by the entrance with other fantasy works.
And finally, my ink blot painting called “Windswept Forest” was in the main gallery.
Hanging art is hard. Measuring repeatedly, deciding what goes together both by size and theme, mounting, hammering, repositioning… it isn’t like home, where if you are slightly off centre you say “good enough”… nope, take it down and start over.
When I got home from my trip on June 6th, there was mail from the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington – it was a cheque that said “Durham Art Show Prize”! I was very excited but there was no notation to tell me what it was actually for.
I emailed my professors and classmates who had been there to find out what it was awarded for. My piece “Evolutionary Ladder” was chosen as best mixed media work.
This was created by making a collage (I love Mod Podge) using recycled original work of mine in watercolour, pencil crayon and micron pen, as well as tearing up a few magazines and cutting up cardboard. Then creating a paper tole (a three-dimensional effect by layering multiple layers of the same image that has been cut out) of the ladder/double helix drawing. Then adding gold watercolour paint, then both dimensional fabric paints and acrylic paint applied using a squeeze bottle. Finally used Sharpies to add some details. The piece is 18 x 24″ and very light as I built it on foam core.
When I got back to college this September I discovered that all my work from the show was now on display throughout the college.
Four of the works are in the B-wing in the second year display case (only four of us have our work there!)
The other painting “Blood Moon” is on display in the Entrepreneurial Centre in another building.
I am “chuffed” as the English say! I can’t think of another word to use at the moment. Although proud and thrilled do work.