Yesterday, my friend and co-exhibitor Jeanne Williamson and I met at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA, to hang our upcoming show, Walls and Webs.
What seemed like a lot of work in my dining room, when stacked and ready to transport, was soon swallowed up in the huge space at the gallery! I felt overwhelmed when we arrived! Here's a section of the gallery, as it looked before we began to set up. (This and following photos taken by my husband, Kevin Seward.)
Luckily Jeanne has a sharp eye, and we soon placed our works in a way that reveals what we have in common as artists, and what is different about our two styles. Here we are, beginning to arrange the work.
As we worked, we were amazed to find that, time after time, the color and pattern choices in our various series led clearly into one another, or contrasted interestingly with one another. It was like a carefully laid out plan, that was never planned!
During the setup, I realized the great value of seeing one's work in a range of settings. You simply can't get a true feeling for a painting's or a series' impact from viewing in just one location. Different space, different light, different energy, TOTALLY affect the way a painting comes across.
Working from mid-morning to 5 PM, we managed to get the vast majority of the work hung. Just a few additional pieces today, plus finishing-touch tasks like adding labels and the wall title. Phew!
My fab photographer husband has agreed to accompany us again today (yesterday he was recruited as a transporter), to thoroughly document the show. So I'm looking forward to posting the results over the weekend.