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May 14, 2004

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Paige

Zeke's Gallery - http://zekesgallery.blogspot.com - sent me this in an email and he said it would be cool if I shared it here:

Howdy!

As I only deal with fetal (not yet emerged) artists, the number of bodies at a vernissage (opening here) are extremely important. The openings here were getting to the point where there were just too many to fit into the space, so what I have been doing is scheduling 4 different vernies. A non-smoking, a smoking, a kid friendly and a pet friendly.

This a) makes the total number of people coming through larger than just having one, but b) makes the numbers at each one way more manageable, and c) gets people in the door who would not normally come to an "Art Opening." Which to me is a very good thing.

It tacitly recognizes that everybody likes a party, but makes the parties more fun. Watching an artist try to answer some 6-year old's question about why they painted the boat like that puts a smile on everybody's face, including that of the artist. Adults just don't ask the same questions as kids do.

Play ball!

Bob Ragland

Hey Paige, I enjoyed your wrting about the art gallery opening. I have attended many of these events over the years. I have found that it's very difficult to speak with the featured artist also. One of the things art galleries do in this part of the artworld is, they will try very hard to presell the art. As you have mentioned it's very exhausting for the artist and gallery people to conduct openings. When the art can be presold it certainly makes the opening worthwhile. Art openings are more fun if one goes to a limited number in my opinion. I always feel for the artist who is pulled in so many directions at the opening. I think some people just want to say that they had some contact with the artist. Often the people who spend alot of time with the artist at the opening are the ones who don't buy any of the artist's work. My habit is to see the art before hand if it's possible.

Robert

Count me among the people who are gallery opening-phobic. I do like the idea of having access to an artist, but I know it's awkward for many artists to have more than a 30 second conversation about their work at a crowded party. I prefer an actual talk and Q&A if I'm going to hear from the artist (there's no need for me to have a personal connection), and otherwise I'd rather look at the work when it's less crowded.

Cedric Caspesyan

Openings have nothing to do with being an art amateur.

They are the cases when you go because you want to buy something before it`s off.

Any serious art amateur will prefer going see the art when no one else is around.

In the past 4 years I`ve been to less than 4 openings and people I`m sure thought I was the geek going there to get the free food. Duh.

Cheers,

Cedric


Andrea Davis

Apologies to post this item here, but can anyone help me in selling a piece of photographic art by Jonathan Callan.

Many thanks.

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