Sunday, July 20, 2014

More progress at the gallery...

 In two short weeks we went from this

to this!

Things you can't see are air conditioning, refrigerator, the cabinets have been painted and a hanging system installed.  What's next you ask.  Purple base molding should arrive this week, we order trade show panels to allow us to have more display space n the middle of the space and we will need to purchase and install spot lights.  The big opening / launch party will be September 27th from 7-9.  This place will look amazing when it is all decked out in our photography!  So why push so hard for two weeks if we are not opening until late september?  Well back when this all started we knew late july was going to be busy for all of us and agreed to get as far ahead as possible before we had our break.  Some time in mid august we will finish the install and start hanging our photos.  I can't wait to be able to show you all the finished space… Hopefully in person.

Keep Makin' Art!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Today at Gallery Meraki...

 Exterior walls primed today!  Will we paint white? Gray Purple?  It will have 6"purple base molding where the wall meets the floor for a little funk!
 The relaxation zone at the gallery is starting to feel like home!

 Who wouldn't want to work here?
This great antique table was a gift from our neighbor across the hall!  What will we do with that????  I have some ideas.

Great progress today at the gallery.  Things are coming together!

Keep Makin' Art!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Gallery Meraki - Update

Here are my partners in Gallery Meraki Julie Scholz and Mike Malandra.  We made a shopping run to IKEA yesterday and got the furniture for the 'chill zone' in the gallery.  We even got it all assembled and in place without injury.  Next week I will post an update of what the space is looking like and what we will be doing next before our launch in September.

Keep Makin' Art!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Turning Lemons into Lemonade

The new gallery hit its first snag this week.  Even though we got permission to use the name GARNER24 three weeks ago.  The person who OK'd it did not realize he needed approval above him.  Since we are in Garner Arts they felt the name was too close.  After about 10 minutes of mumbling and cursing I contacted my partners in the gallery (Julie and Mike)  they were great.  they said "OK we'll come up with something else".  While they thought about that I made a list of money spent involving the name like the sign for the door and the website etc.  We worked out a fair deal with our landlord so that we did not lose anything but a little time.  Julie came up with the idea of using the greek word Meraki.

It was PERFECT and really fit the approach the three of us bring to our photography and painting!  So we were able to work as a group come up with a solution and turn a lemon into lemonade!  We are working on logo designs now for Gallery Meraki and I already secured the website address.  All is good!

Keep Makin' Art!

Sunday, July 06, 2014

More Progress at GARNER24 Gallery

More progress made on the new studio / gallery today!  I got the office painted and cleaned up.  Next step in there is the chalkboard paint we bought for over the desk.  In the gallery itself I spent a couple of hours doing touch up work.  The space is really coming together.  Now I am getting quotes for portable partition walls to make more hanging space and a hanging system so we don't have to put holes in our nice new wall.

I can't wait until we are ready to open and have our launch party.  We will do that in September when folks are back from summer vacations.  That gives us a chance to take our time and get everything right before we open the gallery.

Keep Makin' Art!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

GARNER24 Gallery

I mentioned in an earlier post that I took an 800 sq ft studio / gallery space with two of my favorite photographer's Michael Malandra and Julie Scholz.  Here are some photos of the space as it progresses from tired and old to a vibrant gallery space.  We (along with our amazing spouses Wendy, Susan and Durant) made great strides in the first full two days of work we have been able to put into the place.  So far we have internet / AC /  Carpets have been cleaned / we did some demo work and painted the interior.  The gallery (We are calling it GARNER24 (Garner Arts Center building 24) is in the old Garner Dye works where fabrics were made since the mid 1850's.  Later this week I will share some photos around the old factory complex.  It has really fueled my artistic inspiration.  Next up for the gallery.  We will paint the office gray and white with a big space of blackboard paint for ideas and notes.  We will paint the windowsills gloss black and start to figure out what to do with the exterior space in the hallway.  Should be another busy week.

Keep Makin' Art

Here is the space as we first saw it.  A little tired and old perhaps, but tons of potential

We opted to paint the walls a nice clean gray that will really show off our photography.

Here is the start of day 2 of work.  Notice the stairs are gone.  That opened up about 80 sq feet we can use for a 'chill zone' with a couch etc.  Also the kitchen cabinets went from oak to the same white we painted the long brick wall to help make them less noticeable.

Mid day things are shaping up.  Mike is moving so fast he showed up in the picture three times!

End of day 2.  Three tired but happy artists (Julie, Mike and Carl) have a nice  fresh gallery.  It is almost ready to hang a show.  That will happen later this summer.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Today is the final day of my Show in Piermont.  It has been a great show and I have had a wonderful time meeting new people and catching up with friends and fans of my work.  Next for me is the giant leap of getting our new place GARNER24 Gallery up and running.  We will be working on the space this summer with a some work up in August and a big opening bash in September.  More to come on that in the next few weeks!

Keep Makin Art!

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Best Comment Ever...

I just finished my second weekend of my show 'Close to Home' at the Piermont Flywheel Gallery.  Having a solo show at a gallery is a very interesting experience.  In general my shows are well received by the people see it and I get nice comments.  Sometimes my work will move somebody and that is really great.  Other times I end up having these amazing conversations.  Today I had a compliment that I will carry for a long time.  I'll think about it on those inevitable days when I question choice to follow my dream and pursue my art full time.  A gentleman took a while looking at my photos and not saying anything.  He kept coming back to this photos.  Finally he spoke and asked if I was the artist.  I said yes.  He was interested in how the photo came to be and had some technical questions and some nice comment.  The last thing he said, without knowing me and passion for the work of Edward Hopper and my deep connection to him, said "If Edward Hopper were a photographer this is the kind of photo he would have made."  It made my day to hear those words.  

Keep Makin' Art!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Spring Photo Workshop

On Tuesday, June 10th I taught a spring photo workshop with the very talented teacher and photographer Michael Malandra.  We spent the morning photographing Stony Brook in Harriman State Park and then went to the Torne Valley Winery for editing, printing and a wine tasting.  We had 8 students of all levels and they all got amazing photographs, as you can see by the images below.  Everyone had a fun day!  Michael and I are working on a schedule of future workshops which I will announce here.  Artistic balance Photography is off to a great start.

Students hard at work making their masterpieces! 

Our home for the afternoon the beautiful Torne Valley Winery 

One of two IMac editing stations set up at winery for the workshop.

The Amazing work produced by our students.

Keep Makin' Art!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The adventures of Artistic Balance

Close to Home exhibit at Piermont Flywheel

So where did I leave off with the adventures of Artistic Balance.  Oh yeah... I remember.  I started this blog for two reasons.  the first was to show off the work I was doing.  The second was to have a place to talk about the work life balance of an artist with a full time corporate job.  In the 6 or so years I have had this blog I have grown in so many ways as an artist and a person.  I'm now convinced growing up is a process we do our entire lives.  I have had much success in these six years and have found the biggest struggle has been having enough time and energy to do everything I want to do and do it well.  I finally came to the decision this year, with my lovely Wenderina's help to pursue my art full time!  I am cutting back at my job to a per diem roll of two days a week.  That helps us pay the bills but gives me time to purse Artistic Balance as a business.  June 1st is when this took effect.  Since June 1st I have had a booth at a street fair, taught a nature photography workshop (with the excellent photographer and teacher Mike Malandra), opened my third solo show at the Piermont Flywheel Gallery. and signed the lease on an 800 ft studio  / gallery space I am opening this summer with Mike Malandra and the very talented photographer Julie Scholz.  The solo show is called close to home.  I have posted about that in recent posts.  The Studio / Gallery (we really need to figure out a name) will be a work space during the week where we can work, do shoots, teach classes and workshops and on weekends be converted to a gallery.  It is a very exciting time for me.  I will continue to use this blog for my photos as well as weekly updates about the things I learn about starting my own small art business for those that care about such things or are considering taking the same giant leap of faith I am taking.  I could not do this with out my amazing wife Wendy, our loving and supportive parents and our friends who are encouraging me on.  I am really excited to be starting the gallery with Mike and Julie.  They are both incredible artists but also and more importantly great people.  Wish me luck on this new, crazy adventure I am on!

Keep Makin' Art!

P.S. Thinking of my friend Dave King today.  He would have been cheering wildly and sending all sorts of greetings from England in that wonderful understated way he had.  I miss exchanging comments with you daily sir.