If you have ever received a Snapfish photoalbum from me, you know I take a lot of photographs. Maybe it's because I have fond memories of watching my dad develop black & white photos when I was a little girl in Russia. Maybe it's because after receiving a digital camera from my parents 7 years ago I feel like I can take a ton of photos without worrying about editing them as I go. Mainly, it's because I like documenting my life: places I go, things I see, food I taste, and sharing these memories with the people in my life (and my blog readers!).
About a few months ago I received an email from Touchstone Gallery about a semi-annual event they were having: "a unique, non-juried opportunity for local artists to exhibit at Touchstone's gallery." On a whim I decided to email the gallery, pay $65 for the space and put some of my photographs on display.
This has been such a learning experience. Did you know you can't translate a 4x6 photo into an 8x10 photo? Did you know an 11x14 frame actually measures 13x16? I did not. But I do now.
Everything from choosing what photographs to print, to choosing mats and frames, to naming the photos and writing an artist statement has been somewhat stressful [I apologize to all of you, who had to listen to me talk about it!]. At each and every step part of me wanted to quit. But I did not! As I'm typing this, all of my photos (9!) are hanging in the gallery! They've all been named, priced, and all I'm waiting for now is for my business cards to be ready from Kinko's and for the art lovers to come and see my and 87 other people's work. When, how and where? You can find all the information you need right here. I will be at the gallery on Friday for the official opening. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
The first 5 photos below show my 55 inches x 5 feet space and how I filled it up. Thank you Anna for your help, and thank you Jason for the level!
The photographs below are of my matted and framed photographs. Excuse the poor quality.
1. Puerto Rican Dancers
2. The Silver Spoon
3. Light & Movement, 1
4. Young Man
5. After the Meal
6. Light & Movement, 2
8. Pretty in Pink (Thanks, Anna, for the name!)
9. Danger Averted
I have another 4 photographs that did not fit in the exhibit. Maybe I'll wait for the next one, or just give them as gifts :)