Sunday, July 13, 2008

Gallery in the Garden

Last Sunday, I participated in the Delta Arts Council's Art in the Garden this year, held at Wellbrook Winery in south Delta. The weather was perfect, the setting was fabulous, there were an amazing number and selection of artists at the event, and we had a pretty good turnout. They placed us under this beautiful copper beech tree, one of my favourites, and it gave us lovely shade all day long. I even managed to sell a couple of pieces! I demonstrated printmaking while there, setting up my new baby press and churning out little prints to hand out to people who were interested. I spent a lot of time explaining printmaking and the various techniques that I use, and specifically showing how relief printmaking works. I had a number of people very interested in learning, a few teachers who will probably contact me to do some in-class demos or workshops with their kids, and a few workshop and demo organizers for various art groups who were likewise interested. All in all, a delightful day, and I hope to be invited back again next year.

Dave spent the week before labouriously constructing these magnificent art display stands, and Mom came over to help out for the weekend, so we set her to painting them a flat, neutral grey. They looked so professional and really worked well for display, as well as standing up very well to the brisk wind that continued to blow throughout the day.

7 comments:

Marissa L. Swinghammer said...

Those are some pretty swanky looking displays! I am trying to figure out how to make some without a woodshop or any skill with such things so I don't have to spend a fortune.

Amie Roman said...

Dave's very fancy; he used all hand carved joinery. They're overbuilt, but fabulous, and they work a charm.

For non-woodshop skilled people, I did see some sandwich board options (should have taken photos, duh!). Basically I think they screwed together a simple wooden frame and mounted pegboard onto it, then screwed a hinge at the top. They seemed to work really well. I'll see if I can get Dave to remember how they were constructed & I'll post a sketch if he does.

Angela said...

Ohh the stands are wonderful! Sounds like you had a great time and I bet they will contact you about classes. :) That's great!!! Thanks for sharing with us!
*HUGS*
Angela

Justin said...

Looks like fun. Congrats on selling some work. That makes a good day a great day.

Tepi said...

sounds like a great time! kudos for setting up a demonstration. can't be easy. look forward to learning more about the new press--hope you'll share some details--dreaming of a day i can have one of my own!

Nicola said...

What a great story! I love that you brought your press outdoors.

Amie Roman said...

Here is a link to search for the Richeson "baby press" on my blog.