Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cape Hydrangea Watercolor


I was looking thru my phone today for an image of the gallery I wanted to send to a friend and found this watercolor  / ink sketch I did of a Hydrangea on Cape Cod in August.  I had completely forgotten I had done this.  It made me smile.  I have been so focused on photography and setting up the gallery that I sometimes forget I'm a painter too!  It's a reminder to me to make sure I get my paints out and paint every week.  It is a promise i made myself when I decided to open a gallery and studio.

I hope you find a piece of your art today and it surprises you in a good way!  It's a great feeling.

Keep Makin' Art!
Carl

One step closer...


Nine tracks and thirty four lights later the track lighting is up in Gallery Meraki.  We have a couple small items to get, but for all intents and purposes we are ready to hang our work in the days before our grand opening bash on 9/27!  It is a great feeling to have transformed this empty industrial space into our gallery and studio.  I can't wait for everyone to see it.

Keep Makin' Art!
Carl

Saturday, September 06, 2014

First Portraits in the New Studio





I finally had the chance to put the new studio setup at Meraki Gallery thru its paces.  I did a shoot with Doug Myer from Mountain Cat Guitars.  The shoot turned out great!


Keep Makin'Art!
Carl

Monday, September 01, 2014

Night Sky over Cape Cod August 2014




Ever want to ponder our place in the universe?  Just check out the summer sky at night on Cape Cod.

Keep Makin' Art!
Carl

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Americana













Visitied the the Root Museum of Americana in Daytona today.  It was a smallish exhibit, but had some great old Coca Cola / Racing / and and an old drug store and all its furnishings.  The exhibit made for some fun chances to use my camera and get some interesting shots.

What did you photograph today?

Keep Makin Art!
Carl

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A break from the action at Gallery Meraki






 We have a break in the action setting up Gallery Meraki for a few weeks while we wait for supplies we have ordered to arrive.  In the meantime I headed down to Florida to spend time with Mom and Dad.  I have had some time to run around with my camera while I'm here.  My favorite is me and Mom at Daytona Beach.  

Keep Makin' Art!
Carl

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!
Carl

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!
Carl

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!
Carl

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!
Carl