On Sunday, Sept. 23rd I participated as a vendor (my first time selling in an art show!) in the Visual Arts Mississauga 35th Annual ‘Art in the Park’ event. I had applied for an exhibition space inside the beautiful Art Centre – it looks very Frank Lloyd Wright inspired and the surrounding park and gardens are gorgeous! Luckily, the crisp Fall weather cooperated for those artists who set up on the front lawn of the Art Centre.
From the VAM press release:
Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) is proud to announce the re-launch of its signature event ART IN THE PARK as it celebrates 35 years of making art in the community. ART IN THE PARK, which has been on a seven-year hiatus, will take over VAM’s Art Centre in Riverwood on Sunday September 23 from 10 am – 4 pm. The facilities will be bustling with guests who will be inspired and entertained by the vibrancy of art, nature, creativity and the music of accomplished local musicians all on the bank of the Credit River.“ART IN THE PARK was launched in 1983 by Visual Arts Mississauga at the Springbank location on Mississauga Road at Dundas Street West”, remarks Executive Director Margo Sheppard-Hébert, “The event ran for 21 very successful years but when the organization moved to its new home in a park named Riverwood, the event was reluctantly shelved”, she continues, “We are very pleased to bring this important event back to the community.”Artists and artisans have excitedly lined up for the rare opportunity to display and sell their work in the splendour of Riverwood, the historic MacEwan Barn and Visual Arts Mississauga’s picturesque Art Centre. Evocative, diverse works of art will be presented alive with colour, texture, form and imagery. This event showcases work encompassing a myriad of mediums including watercolour, acrylic, oil, mixed media and photography. Artisans include jewelers, glass artists, fibre artists, sculptors, potters and more.
The interior exhibitors were fortunate to be able to set up the Saturday morning before – which I greatly appreciated, being a newbie. My husband had just finished screwing the hinges into the wood & wire display screen Friday night, so I was all set to go with my ‘S’-hooks and art works. The display screen itself received tons of compliments – never mind my art that was being hung on it! I had described what I wanted to Dave and he drafted up this perfect prototype – a great early birthday present!
The wire mesh allowed paintings to be hung front and back of the panels, and could be easily rearranged. The four panels all folded together into the size of door, but much lighter since it was mostly wire mesh (I could even carry it by myself if I had too – there were great volunteers helping out at the ‘Art in the Park’, and I had help carrying it from and to my van).
After getting everything hung up and looking good, the hardest thing for me was trying to put prices on my art work – all the artists I asked also agreed with me that this was the hardest part (the second hardest is naming the finished work). You want to be appealing, but not to under value your work, but also be appropriate for the venue and the audience (potential customers). I tried to have a range of prices for the variety of art works (sizes small to large, less to more labour intensive) on display.
Here is one of my encaustic ‘mosaics’ that was finished literally the night before the show (nothing like working for a deadline), from the series, “Thought & Memory – Hematite”. I named the encaustic mosaics after precious and semi-precious gems, since they looked like jewels displayed in a black velvet box. The images worked on a thematic level (thoughts & memories) and coordinated/complimented with the colours in the abstract encaustic painting.
The encaustic mosaic pieces are very different than my more ‘standard’ 2D encaustic paintings (landscapes and collages) and they received a lot of attention and compliments. I had a few people who wanted to come in behind my table to get in very close to see the encaustic mosaic images and textured abstract paintings in more detail.
My other very popular pieces were my scrabble tile pendants and mini domino pendants. I made these using many of the same images that were found in my encaustic mosaic works. These appealed to all ages – young girls to grandmothers. There were such a variety of images that people spent quite a long time making their decision on choosing the perfect pendant!
Next bit of business is to take all my digital images of my new art works and pendants and upload them into my blog Art Gallery page and my Etsy store, Lexi Reid Studio – I’ve spent all of my time making things for the ‘Art in the Park’ show that I haven’t had a chance to update my website and store! Stay tuned for lots of new pictures!