new opportunities

As I mentioned in an earlier post, big things are happening at my gallery. Yesterday, I went to check on the progress. Our new french doors have been framed in. The sales counters will be delivered today. Also, today: I get to set up my space! I’m so excited about the new possibilities on the horizon with our interior reset. I hung out with Ashley {my friend and gallery director} while she painted over the new sheet rock. In the course of our conversation we got on the subject of ‘First Friday’. {For those of you who don’t know, First Friday is our gallery walk on Paseo. More on that later.}

I’ve had some First Friday glory before. We did a group show at our gallery this past spring. It was a lot of fun, and certainly educational. However, I’ve always wanted my own show. What’s cool about waiting until now, is that with our new interior configuration, I’ll have two to three times the space I previously had.

Enter bacteria.

1013726_142322302635755_1632739760_nSeveral months ago, my friend Ryan approached me with an interesting commission. He is a periodontist. He has tons of images from his graduate work cataloging various types of bacteria found in the human mouth. He wanted four large paintings of his favorite slides. I accepted, of course. However, I was kind of nervous as to how they would turn out. Fortunately for me, and everyone else, they were a success. People loved them. Ashley loved them. So it was a no-brainer that my first, First Friday show should be an entire series of bacteria.

I quickly contacted my friend to see if I could use his images. I didn’t want to just copy some pictures off the internet. As an artist, I consider that a hollow practice. Ryan has some beautiful images. He worked hard to catalog them. He also paid me good money to paint them. I wanted to make him an offer he couldn’t refuse. He scored free advertising and some new work. I scored painting subjects, and one to two future commissions from him. I think that’s a win win.

The show will be in July of 2014. I’m going to spend the next few days mapping out wall space, buying paint, and ordering canvas in order to craft a proposal. We have our soft opening next week. Our grand opening is First Friday: August. I’m excited to see how people receive our new space. Beyond that, I’m even more excited to see what kind of opportunities arise as a result.

Happy Friday!

{You can check out the complete bacteria series under my recent commissions tab}

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