Sunday, August 1, 2010

LocalColour—My Solo Art Show June 2009

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LocalColour was the name of my solo art show last June, a play on "artandcolour" and the "local" vintage images used in many of my pieces. These photos were taken the night before the opening reception, after a couple of nights of hanging the pieces. I had about 25 pieces I didn't use in the show, but had no idea which ones would make the cut until I started hanging the show. It was really more of a space issue—I would gladly have shown them all, but the room was only so big. Most of the shows in this venue place 40-50 pieces and I squeezed in 77. 

The three-hour opening reception went very well, with old friends coming in from at least seven states, and the local population of the small hamlet making a nice showing as well. I had four cases of really nice wine—two reds, two whites—and a complete "spread" with literally hundreds of cold shrimp, small sandwiches, many cheese and fruit plates and non-alcoholic drinks and bottled water for those that desired. Mary created the flower arrangements, which were gorgeous and really added to the festive atmosphere. I had about 135 people sign the guest book and by the end of the almost-month long show, had sold seven pieces, quite a good percentage I think for the less-than optimal economic times last summer. 

At the end of the show I donated a piece with my mother sitting on a local farm wagon as a child. The first few years of her life were spent in Stony Creek, the little area of town the show was in. She also used the library the gallery is located in for the last ten to fifteen years of her life, and was quite well-known there. It's nice to think of her hanging in their in perpetuity since she had so many good friends that worked and used the library.

You can read a review of my show here, or as always, there is a link on the right column of this blog.

Five more images after the jump.

12 comments:

  1. I really love your work Casey, it is so unusual there is some rather haunting about each piece. I would love to experience them in person.

    Your work has inspired me to try something on my own. I can visualize it in my mind, now I will see if I can get out in some art form.

    Thanks as always for sharing your work with us.

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  2. CASEY, I WISH IN A WAY THAT I COULD HAVE BEEN TO THAT ART SHOW. YOU HAVE A VERY SPECIAL SOMETHING IN SIDE YOU TO BE ABLE TO CREATE THIS PIECES. I'D HATE TO BE THE JUDGE BUT I THINK ANNIE AND I COULD DO THE JOB. I LOVE ALL YOUR WORK. DID I EVER TELL YOU I PAINTED AN APPLE ONCE OR TWICE ALSO DAISIES. I ALSO PAINTED TWO OWL PICTURES WHICH TURNED OUT QUITE GOOD BUT THE FOOL THAT I WAS AT THE TIME, I GAVE MINE AWAY AND THE OTHER ONE I GAVE TO MOM. NEVER SAW IT AGAIN.I PAINTED IT WITH A Q TIP. I COULD NEVER DO IT AGAIN. THE GAL THAT TAUGHT IS LONG GONE.
    I WOULDN'T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN. ALSO I DID A LITTLE PEN AND INK. THAT WAS A FUN THING AT THE TIME. OF COURSE BEING A GIVER, I GAVE EVERYTHING AWAY.I WISH I HAD THOSE DAYS BACK. AS A NEICE ONCE SAID, DEAD AND GONE FOREVER.
    BAD NEICE.

    GRANNY

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  3. Thank You, Annie and Granny-heh heh, you sound like a singing group together! the show was a lot of fun to put together. I've done 5-6 group shows too, but I don't like them as much.

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  4. SORRY ABOUT ALL MY MISTAKES WHEN I POST SOMETHING. MY FINGERS DON'T TYPE WHAT I'M THINKING. I ALWAY USE THE EXCUSE THAT I NEED TO CUT MY FINGERNAILS. OH WELL, I THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY. I THINK ONE WORD AND TYPE ANOTHER. I'VE DONE IT ALL MY LIFE. OR I LEAVE A LETTER OUT OF A WORD. SO BE IT. YOU'LL EITHER LOVE ME OR HATE ME. I LOVE ME. LOLLOLLOL.

    PS. IF I WAS SMART AT THE TIME I SHOULD HAVE HAD A ONE MAN SHOW OF MY $1.00 PAINTINGS. WHY NOT THEY WERE REALLY GOOD.

    GRANNY

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  5. Granny, your typing is just fine! I've never had a problem reading them! I still have about 75 pieces just collecting dust around here. I should have a $1.00 sale, lol.

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  6. IF YOU HAVE A DOLLOR SALE. CAN I BE FIRST IN LINE?
    I'D EVEN GIVE YOU $2.00 PLUS.LOL
    NOT REALLY KNOWING YOU YOUR PROBABLY SOMEONE VERY FAMOUS AND HIDING DOWN THAT LANE. FAMOUS OR NOT YOU SHOULD BE. I'D BE HONORED TO KNOW YOU.

    GRANNY

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  7. You need more shows, my friend. I could hook you up in Michigan but I know how little you like to travel.

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  8. I also can't believe that you've gone from secretive about your work to being totally out there. I love it.

    I know that your move to new digs was traumatic but I'm glad to see that you were able to salvage the family and historical stuff.

    Ya know, you edit table-top books for the best. I'd love to own a tabletop book of your art, family treasures and collectables.

    Kinda like this blog, but heavier.

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  9. thanks Barry! this blog will evolve into a book one of these days. all of the work I'm putting into these entries will help when i'm pulling it all together for print. but it will be much better in high-resolution.

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  10. Put me down for one.

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