Sunday, June 25, 2017

The First Show

Sandy Rosbeck's Heavy Metal Chair,Schools Out was a
big hit
Day 3 (6/25/17)

Last night we had our first opening at the Old Town Hall Studio & Gallery. After a year of renovation and planning the night was finally here. We are very proud of how everything turned out. We had set out to develop a gallery space that would be friendly and inviting. Our unofficial slogan is “Serious art in a not so serious environment. Our first show lived up to that promise. The artists that participated in this show were selected because they had somehow helped to make the gallery a reality. That made for a very eclectic show with some artists who were seasoned professionals while for others it was there first time showing. The quality of the work was wonderful running the gamut from figurative to totally abstract. Each artist had also been given a Samsonite folding chair from the original hall to alter and decorate. They did not disappoint. Like the artwork the chairs went in many different directions from representational to abstract. One artist created a Heavy Metal chair while another altered hers to represent crackers and cheese. Others took a more conventional route and did paintings and drawings on their chairs. We lined them up in such a way as to simulate how they would have been set up for board meetings. The chairs were a big hit. We also had installed a loft/lounge where you can get away and relax while taking in the surroundings. It is a great space for children to play with games and coloring materials. We are hoping to develop it further as time goes on. The old cigarette machine that we converted to an “Art in the Box” was a big hit. It took awhile but once people started getting small art others had to give it a try. We had no idea what to expect going into the event. We had kind of dropped the ball on advertising since we had been so busy with everything else. As it turned out we had a nice group that attended. Everybody seemed to have a good time and to finally see the gallery filled with art and people made all the hard work worth it.
View from Above

I love Dan Hernandez's watercolors.

A sculpture by Chris Hindle

Emma Larson's Watercolor 

An Airbrush by Mark Nelson "Government Issue"

Grant Van Driest's Paint Peel Chair

Sally Van Driest's "Curl"

Nate Urness's "Fold Up, Face Out

Kay Jelenik's "Go with the Flow"

Tieva Campbell's "Midnight Snack"

Eileen Urness' "Bits & Pieces"

Jim Burton's "Grousspapp(Grandfather)"

Grant Van Driest's Paint Peel Chair

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for including me. I have not had anything in an art show for over 20 years! It was really fun and nice to exercise my art brain again.