So it has been about eight months now since I opened this gallery. Seven shows have come and gone. There has been much to learn along the way about finding and presenting high-quality art. A key part of the presentation is putting on an Opening Reception – an opportunity to let clients meet the artists and generate a little buzz in the press for the show. Let me tell you about yesterday’s Opening Reception for “Unconventional”.
Planning these things has become fairly routine. A couple of weeks in advance I cue the caterers and write the press release. A week before the show I put together an email about the show to send to my client list. The days before the show are busy with getting in the art and hanging it. A few days before the show, I try to do a blog post about the show and point to it from Facebook. The morning of the opening is usually quiet, the action starts around noon when the caterer arrives to set up. The artists begin to trickle in and by 1pm we are ready: artists in place ready to talk about their art, nibblies laid out for our guests, punch and glasses set out, and the art ready for viewing. The press arrives to talk with the artists and take photos of their smiling faces in front of their art.
Then it happened. The president of Headwaters Arts walks in. With a baby bottle in his hand? Followed by an eight day old lamb!?? To a chorus of coos from every woman in sight, the food is of no interest, the artists are lost in the crowd and the art on the walls becomes invisible. You just know what the press was shooting. Do the galleries on Queen West have to deal with this?? (We had fun anyway.)
The working title for this show came about when I realized there was an unconventional aspect to the work of each of the artists featured in this show. Susan Gale’s landscapes are gently abstracted with a chunky pointillism. Elaine Heath’s oils are highly abstract representations of reality. Floyd Elzinga’s landscapes are fabricated in steel and rust. My own photography is presented in unusual ways, from being digitally hand-coloured and printed on aluminum to being printed, then painted over with watercolours. An interesting show. It opens tomorrow, the opening reception is 1-3pm. Perhaps I’ll see you there?
The Friday Jan 6 print edition of the Mississauga Times calls tomorrow’s opening of the Sabelis show at the Crimson Feather a “Best Bet”. Come out and see why.
The artists’ reception will take place in the gallery tomorrow 1-3pm.
The Mississauga News gave a nice write-up about the next show here at Crimson Feather. “Eye of the Beholder” featuring the work of Sabelis opens Wednesday January 11 and the Artists’ Reception is Saturday Jan 14, 1-3pm.
Childhood Joy - Sabelis
Sensual lines and rich colours characterize David Thai’s glass bowls. A thin silver foil textures the outside surfaces. It is easy to see why the Government of Canada has these in four of our embassies as examples of Canadian art.
Glass by David Thai
This is the time of year that many of us bring coniferous trees into our homes. Crimson Feather regular Floyd Elzinga lets us do this year-round with his steel pine cones. They range in size from 8 inches (I’m a small tree) to 6 feet (Holy cow, its a redwood!) Shown below is the door-step sized 36 inch model.
A photo from the opening of “Stories Lost & Stories Found” last week end. Thank you to all who came out to meet Alice Vander Vennen and talk to her about her art. The show will continue through the holidays, ending January 8.
Crimson Feather Gallery is featured in an article in this month’s SouthFields Village Voice. The editor interviewed Elaine and I last month and has given three pages of her magazine to the article and several photos of our work and the gallery. If you live in Caledon (with the exception of Bolton and Palgrave), you will get this delivered to your home.
This is it – the last week end to see Hugh Russel’s bronzes and Yaohua Yan’s exquisite watercolours. Yaohua has been one of the best-selling guest artists yet to show in Crimson Feather! If you haven’t seen his work yet, come out this week end to take a look.
Streetcar - Yaohua Yan
This morning a show of work by Crimson Feather Artists Craig Bell and Elaine Heath opened in the Dining Room of the Millcroft Inn & Spa. If you get a chance, drop by and check it out!