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Shows, Galleries, & Events… Oh My!

Exhibit A Gallery

Exhibit A Gallery Wall

Exhibit A Gallery Wall

With the summer art fair season wrapping up quickly over the past month or so, I’ve been busy looking at alternatives to presenting my fine art images to the local market. I’m happy to report that I’m putting together enough galleries and showings over the winter months to keep this fine art ball rolling.

I’m especially happy to announce that thanks to the generosity of Barb at Exhibit A Gallery here in Peoria, I have my first real gallery space. Okay… it’s not so much a space as it is a wall, but I’ll take what I can get. As you can see from the image, I’ve got a number of framed pieces available for purchase so head on out to Junction City in northern Peoria to browse around Exhibit A. Even if you aren’t a fan of my images, Barb keeps a whole collection of local art of all shapes, sizes, and styles.

You know what’s even better? This Friday, November 4th is the 6th Annual Junction City Holiday Open House/Boardwalk. It’s a perfect time to see all of the fun things that Junction City has to offer including the local arts at Exhibit A Gallery!

While you’re out at Junction City, stop by Three Paths Massage Therapy, located in the small building to the south of the main complex, and visit my awesome massage therapist, Jenna. She was also kind enough to let me drop my collection of matted 4″ by 6″ prints off at her business for sale. These make for excellent holiday gifts so make sure to check it out!

Studios on Sheridan – Grand Opening

Also on Friday, November 4th, I’ll be stationed at the brand new artist studios and gallery on Sheridan Road, the Studios on Sheridan! I took a tour of this place last week and I’m so excited to see this empty space becoming a real working artist studio and gallery. Come on out and help us break in this new space and get some holiday shopping done while you’re at it as well!

Peoria Art Guild 8×8 Show

Another exciting event, on Friday, November 11th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. is the Peoria Art Guild’s Annual 8×8 Show. I’m so excited to be a part of this awesome event and have been for the past three years. Not only does the money go toward charity, but the event is so unique, anyone will tell you it’s one not to miss!

Every piece is only 8 inches by 8 inches, but in a wide range of mediums. For those pieces who haven’t been bought via the “reserve price” listed, an auctioneer starts the bidding off on ALL PIECES at the same price. Every few minutes, the price drops. Whoever grabs the piece off the wall first at the price level receives that piece for that price. When the prices get to $100 or less, it becomes a madhouse!

Special Deal

If you attend any of the events in this post and email me a snapshot from that event, I’ll email you back a special discount code for my print shop for 25% off your order!

New Events Calendar

Final Harvest

Final Harvest

Slowly, but surely, I’ve been trudging on through with my photography resolutions for 2011. The main one that I’ve been focusing on (pun intended) over the past few months has been getting out and selling my fine art prints at local markets and fairs.

Well, right before I started down this path of wheeling and dealing, I met with my good friend, Stacy Peterson-Steiner, at the Peoria Art Guild and wracked her brain about everything I needed to know about art fairs, markets, setting up a booth, selling, marketing, and more. While I do work in marketing and design as a day job, the art world is a whole other ballgame so I wanted to be sure I had my bases covered (2 puns in one post? You betcha!).

Stacy was totally awesome and turned me on to a number of local art fairs, galleries, exhibits, and shows that I could dive into. And that is just what I did.

As long as it was reasonable and affordable to do (some of these things can be expensive to enter), I went ahead and paid entry fees, filled out forms, submitted prints on CD and online, and then waited for the letters and emails of acceptance or rejection to come along. I’ve been honored and blessed to not experience a rejection letter yet. I know one will come along eventually, but for now, I’m going to enjoy sitting up on here on this cloud with the silver lining.

So with all of that being said, I wanted to let all of you know where you could swing by and catch some of my prints on display. A small list of events is available at the end of this post, but before we get to that, take a look at the navigation at the top of the site.

You will now see a shiny new button for my Events Calendar. Need a quick view of what I have coming up? Take a look on the right side of the site and you can see an Upcoming Events list as well! Isn’t WordPress great? I think so.

Notable Events:

  • Peoria Public Library Art Gallery – June 11 through July 29
  • Peoria Art Guild Member Show – July 1 through July 12
  • Illinois State Fair Artisan’s Exhibit – August 12 through August 21
  • Washington Fine Arts Fair – August 12 and 13