The JUMP Show was a great success!
It’s safe to say that everyone loved it. The positive responses were not only that of the artwork but also how the show was organized. They loved the idea of showing art outside a conventional venue, such as a gallery. As much as it is an honour to show in a gallery, I believe that you can still convey the same idea in an informal way, such as a house, which is where this show was set. Plus, which gallery would outfit a room in Astroturf, lawn chairs and garden gnomes? No many, I’m sure.
I had my apprehensions and concerns about my finished pieces but in the end, it all worked out. Looking back, I realized that I was being a harsh critic on myself, blaming things beyond my control like the weather, or wanting to do better. I must remember these feelings are common to most, if not, all artists, where we often doubt we make and if it will ever be understood or liked.
Once I became involved in the set-up, I decided that I had to let the work speak for itself. Tacking my work to the walls was a permanent way of letting go my fears. I told myself: if people got it, great, and if they didn’t, well, I was there to answer questions. But people did get it. I loved how the subject was relatable to some people and I loved hearing their comments and praise. Others congratulated me on my efforts. It was definitely boost to my artistic morale.
This show brought a lot of lessons. I now have a list of to-do’s that I would need to tackle for the next show I will participate in. Oh yes, I’m definitely doing another one of these in the future. I can definitely see myself getting used to doing this.
Thanks to all of my friends who came to see the show, and congrats to my lovely lady partners in crime whose artwork is truly inspiring, Julia Burton and Danielle Cole.
Before things got busy, I was to snap a few pics of the show:
Julia’s to-do list. Mine was non-existent.
Julia’s and Danielle’s artwork.
My photography pieces. All film and all cool.
So says art isn’t affordable?
Recreating summer indoors.
The lovely Julia B.
Danielle explaining her work.
The official JUMP Show portrait photographer, Christen.