- First: I was picked up by a new gallery... and dropped again - long story. Short version: I built their website out, added hundreds of pics and links and text but once the site was up and running successfully and the audience grew to hundreds of views a day, the gallery manager took over aaaaaaaannnnnd....... gutted it. Completely gutted it and turned it into a horrible mess. I expressed my sadness, asked when the "reorganization" would be done (bc I had to start promoting my show) which resulted in me being dropped. One month later, the site is still an utter and complete, unfortunate, useless train wreck and I am on to other things. A very, very sad situation but there we are.
- Second: On the upside, within a week of being dropped, I was booked for 3 more shows in the NJ/NY area.
- Third: I did NOT get the fellowship I'd applied for a couple months ago. The money was designed to be used for a large scale portrait show I've been working on. Again, sad but oh well.
- Fourth: In response to all the no's, I started submitting work to venues and open calls. That's not something I've ever been completely comfortable doing but I'm doing it anyway - it's good exercise.
Now, for some reason, I thought Jerry's was a juried thing...turns out, it's not. Winners are based on votes made by facebook users - do a bro a solid and go vote: https://apps.facebook.com/promotionshq/contests/330629/voteable_entries/69038741
If Alice Neel, R. Crumb & Thomas Benton all got together
and made offspring ....this could be it. Say yes to the chest - vote:
Prior to Jerry's, I submitted work to the Providence Art Club & Silvermine in New Canaan, Ct. The Art Club held their annual open call - because I'm afraid of being told "thanks but no thanks", I've made very little effort to apply to open calls but, I put on my big girl panties, and submitted one piece, "Melanie". To my shock, out of almost 200 entries, mine got in - I tend to think my stuff is a little too different for most venues so being accepted by the Art Club is a real boon.
|"Melanie" - oil on acrylic and aerosol with oil crayon & marker on 48" x 48" canvas. |
Prints available thru Saatchi Art Online:
Still feeling victorious, I decided to take a major leap and submit for membership to the Silvermine Arts Center. Twice a year they accept submssions for membership - you are not guaranteed acceptance but IF I am accepted, I would be sharing a venue with the likes of the great Alice Neel. www.silvermineart.org. Whether I am invited to be a member or not, I'm submitting work to their 64th annual Northeast Exhibition.
Other ballsy/I'm feeling stronger projects:
- My new website is done and running: www.becklaneartist.com
- My graphic designer, Rafael Cuello www.rcuello.com is putting together a new portfolio presentation kit for me that includes a new brochure, new business card and new logo
- and I'm working on new paintings for several shows book this summer & fall.
- And, finally, I joined the Saatchi Art community - for the first time I can sell original work, prints and gallery wraps online! http://www.saatchiart.com/becklaneartist