03/21/2005: "All painted up, and no where to go"
There are many fears and stresses involved in putting a show together. What if no one comes, or nothing sells, or it gets bad press...believe me, if there is something to fear, I'll find it. But worse than that, worse than anything, is putting all this blood, sweat and tears into a show and then finding out in the 11th hour that it's not going to happen!
You heard me right folks, due to circumstances beyond their control (i.e. city construction that has restricted access to the building) the owner of the Friendly Planet that houses my very favorite gallery space in town, the Loft Gallery, let me know today that they were going to have to cancel the show. It isn't their fault, it's just...it's just so fracking late in the game! I've already done the invitations, wrote the press release, invited everyone that has come into the library in the past several weeks...Rick timed his visit to see this show, talked me into it as a matter of fact, and this is the month of the Alaska Folk Festival, my whole inspiration for the show.
I feel like I've been sucker punched.
I mean, I have a lot of $$$ tied up in this show and now I've lost my main venue for selling the work. I've had several people already express an interest in purchasing several of the pieces that aren't even finished yet but if I sell them off piecemeal through my website I won't be able to show them as a body of work, which is the entire point really (in my mind).
There is a very cool woman in Baltimore who wanted me to have a show there this summer but I didn't think I'd have enough energy to create a new body of work by then (July). I could see if she thinks this body of work would go over very well there, but I doubt folk music is very big in the chic neighborhood in Baltimore where the gallery is at, not like it is here in Juneau where people (including me) are mad for it.
The other option is to hold off selling or showing anything until next April and get another show during the Alaska Folk Festival and by then the paintings should be perfect and I could get prints made up ahead of time like Iím always saying Iíll do but never have time for.
The irony is that this was going to be my last show for an entire year. I was going to take time off from exhibiting to work on technique and be more experimental without the pressures of working within a theme. Oh well. Oh top of it all I think I'm getting a cavity. It's really hurting tonight, I think my tooth is upset that the show was canceled. I know how you feel buddy!