#28. Post-show challenges (or, getting back in the saddle)

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“New Territory” 53×65″. mixed media on Fabriano paper. ©2014 Karen Rand Anderson

There’s a huge sense of relief after delivering a body of work to a gallery, and leaving it there with the gallery director… the next time you see the work, those paintings (or whatever it is) that you’ve pretty much lived with every day for months— are all installed in a stunning space, beautifully lit, waiting to be seen and experienced by others. [I’m truly fortunate to have my work currently showing at The Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of Art, at the University of Connecticut. The Gallery is dedicated to the memory of the late Alexey von Schlippe (1915-1988), an innovative and accomplished painter, born in Russia, and former Professor of Art at the University of Connecticut at Avery Point.] 

When people begin showing up for the opening, with wine in hand, saying complimentary things, congratulating you, it’s a grand feeling, for a couple of hours.

It is wonderful, if stressful, to spend months getting ready for a show, have it be installed, and then have a big opening. You see old friends, talk about your work, get congratulated. And then…. it’s over.

There is a post-opening grayness that settles in a day or two later. Getting back into the studio and trying to pick up where you left off just doesn’t happen, at least for me. That said—I’m immensely grateful and happy to have my recent work hanging in a beautiful gallery for six weeks, and it is a great feeling. (Of course, it would be icing on the cake to have the work sell.) But—getting back into the saddle is a challenge. Time to make new art. In order to make it happen….(it’s inevitable….) it’s the perfect time to… clean up the studio. ’Nuff said.

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6 thoughts on “#28. Post-show challenges (or, getting back in the saddle)

    • thanks so much Nicole! It is a great venue, however not an easily accessible place, as it’s off the beaten path on a university campus. Th show comes down this weekend, and then I really DO have to get back to work. :-)

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  1. Hi Nancy… “New Territory” is.. exactly that.. this work has been a new place for me to explore/re-explore my connection with landscape and painting in general. I have had two other shows at Alexey von Schlippe Gallery, in 2006 and in 2010. If you’re interested in the gallery you can apply for a show through contacting the director, Julia Pavone, and completing the submission process. ~kra

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  2. It would be interesting to learn how you selected the title for the exhibition and some other information on your relationship with the gallery in this process. Thanks.

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