We keep a stack of sheets on a clipboard in the backroom. Three of them, actually, but the one we’re concerned with at the moment has “Receiving” at the top.
Each sheet has a ton of little boxes, blanks for things like basic info about a piece of art, and whether or not it’s been added to our database, uploaded to the web, had its pictures formatted, etc. It’s how we keep up with our inventory.
Yes, we still use paper. There hasn’t been a more efficient solution. Yet.
Right now, there are a lot of white boxes. A ton of new work has shown up the last two weeks and we’re playing catch-up. Just looking, there is new stuff from Merlin Cohen, Jody Lyle, Ann Hanson, John Knotts, Patrick Dean Hubbell, Natalie Featherston, Dr. Stephen Wood, Jane Osti, James Bud Smith, Mark Bettis, Whitney Forsyth, Rebecca Latham and Karen Latham. That’s almost two pages of blank white boxes. Lots of work to do. No, they’re not on the website yet.
That means you’re going to be eating a whole lot of eye candy very soon.
Most of our new art comes in via shipment. Unwrapping it is not unlike the holidays. Until we actually see the art in person, we don’t actually know what we’re getting. Even better is when the artist delivers the art in person.
That happened three or four times last week.
Merlin was the first visit. He showed up with 11 pieces and told us we are officially his only gallery, which is awesome.
He toted them in from his car and set them on our counter one by one. There were a variety of shapes and sizes, a palette of different colored stones. Some of the carvings I hadn’t seen before, and I like them a lot.
Very cool stuff.
Next year, we’re trying a couple new things. I’ve hinted about them, I think, on the book of faces and posted their dates on the newsletter, but we’re officially letting the cat out of the bag. In 2015, we’re hosting two invitational “concept” shows. The artists have already been invited and they are working on their submissions.
Next June (6/20/2015!), we’re hosting The Lollipop Guild, which is a miniatures show. That means each submission can be no smaller than 5” x 5”, no larger than 12” x 12”. We have more than 70 artists participating, some of whom we do not currently represent, so their work will be new to you.
You can imagine we’re pretty excited.
On October 24, 2015, we’ll open The Birds, which is loosely inspired by the classic film. We started off wanting to do a birds show, but I’d begun naming our events after movies. We threw those two ideas in the mental blender and the Hitchcockian theme emerged.
We’re not saying that each piece is going to have a bird in it, or that anything is going to be a scene from the film itself. It’s more of an “inspired by the film” situation, and how they’re inspired is up to the artists.
We have no idea what we’re going to get … except in one case.
Never let it be said Natalie Featherston is a procrastinator. We received her two pieces for The Birds this week, a year early, and they are awesome. I’m going to be using them to promote the show from here on out. I’ll give you a peek at one, but not both.
We’re actually hoping to give these a forever home and get some more from her, because you can never have enough Natalie paintings. Amiright?
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the show we have coming up in three weeks. I wouldn’t want you to forget about it. Here, again, is the pertinent info for The Wild Bunch:
Show opens at 10am and all three artists will be creating and hanging out until 5pm.
We’ll see you in the gallery.