QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Never judge a book by its movie.”
– J. W. Eagans (and the nice woman that quoted this at my exhibit)
Taste of St. Louis Recap
First of all, I’d like to thank St. Louis weather for playing nice and staying beautiful all weekend. After the downpour at the fair in Clayton a few weeks earlier I was terrified of the rain. Secondly, I’d like to thank everyone that provided support from near and far during the last month. Overall, the weekend was a confidence booster from all of the compliments I received on my new mixed media style and painted bottles, especially from the other artists. I couldn’t be more inspired to continue developing my style and painting atypical St. Louis scenes. Click here to view my latest six paintings that were in my show.
As I had hoped, the major accomplishment of the show was getting exposed to the community and fellow artists. For those of you that couldn’t make it, you’re in luck because as of yesterday I’m now showing at Soulard Coffee Garden near 9th and Geyer. The man in the tent next to me is the curator and offered me the show which will be up until early November. I’ll have a reception in late October and will announce the exact date and times as soon as possible.
It was a very long weekend, though definitely worth the effort. Below are some photos documenting my experience:
The nine bottles I painted for the artist awards, which included the extras for the event producers. I met most of the artists that received a bottle and all were very excited (about the bottles, not about winning money). They’re all the same on the back sides too, which features a guitar, Busch Stadium, Arch, Old Courthouse, and Union Station.
I rented a 10×10 tent and set it up Thursday night, and took this photo at 10 pm when it was just me, the mosquitoes, and a few security guards.
Showtime! The moment I had been waiting for, where everything was hung and I could just sit back and relax for a few days. Aside from the vinyl walls, I did my best to recreate the gallery appearance I got so used to in high school.
Here’s a closer look at the hand-painted wine bottles. The one on the left is Hendricks gin, then champagne, and a wine bottle. The box below was engraved by Wine for a Wedding, and its uniqueness received a ton of comments over the weekend.
My big sale! A daughter discreetly bought “I Fratellini” for her mom, who couldn’t take her eyes off it. She had never even heard of the restaurant, and to think it was a last minute addition to my show.
Here is what I woke up to Monday morning after the dust had settled… have you ever heard of an art tornado?
My kitchen didn’t look much better, so this was my lunch…
I’ll be spending the next month or so on my list of commissions, and then travelling for an event marketing program in mid-November. It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas gifts since I’ll be starting on those as soon as I get back.
Thanks for following my journey,