exhibition and sale will
feature work by DARts Supporting
& Richard Ray, Chris Bergquist Fulmer, Sheila Cunningham,
Paul Rogers Harris, Carol Wilder & Larry Enge, Danna Jackson,
Anila Agha, Norman Kary, Art Shirer, Suzanne Truex and Linda
Leroy. The show will
open with an Artists
Party 6-10 pm Friday, December 6 and
be open 9-6 Saturday
& Sunday, December 7 & 8.
It started when one of Kathy (Dello Stritto)'s students at The
Creative Arts Center
asked if she'd be interested in hanging some of her art in an
unsold home to entice buyers and maybe sell some work.
Kathy told me, and I
suggested it might be a great place for DallasArtsRevue's first-ever
exhibition. We visited several potential houses with Ebby Halliday
listing agent Marianne
Elliott, and chose the one in the
invitation above, because it was pleasant and had lots of
bright white walls. It was also open, well lit and in a great,
green neighborhood with lots of tall trees. It looked like a
fine place to hang -- and maybe sell -- some art.
I told the Supporting Members about the
idea in the late October Midnight
Ramble and asked for feedback, of which we got plenty. I
added their feedback to the bottom of that page, as usual.
Then I followed up with a quick notice
of a meeting, which five members attended, making them the official
exhibition committee. As such, we visited the house, measured
the wall space and agreed on exhibition policies. I put those
on the site (in the Members Only section) to elicit more feedback
from other members.
Then I put the calendar of deadlines
and hanging schedules the committee developed and started cajoling
members to be in the show. 15 agreed to be in the show by the
deadline, and I designed an inexpensive postcard
invitation. One member E-mailed after I'd got the invite
together, and I was sorry to tell her she could be in the show,
but her name couldn't be on the postcard.
Almost every aspect of the 1026 Tranquilla -- I just love that name; it's somewhere between
calm, cool, collected and Tranquility Base on the moon -- has
been proposed, discussed and promoted online. The postcard is
our only bow to conventional communications -- albeit a necessary
There [was] a (members-only)
Questions + Answers page,
so we can deal with those as they arise. Other pages have all
the exhibition policies and legalistics,
full calendar, a gallery sitting schedule
with names in time slots and a list of exactly
what info we need from each artist for the Price List.
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Marianne and Kathy
in the space.
Note the big back windows.
At the Sunday afternoon, first meeting
of the Exhibition Committee, Carol Wilder
mentioned that the whole thing sounded in many ways like an artists'
co-op. I like that allusion a lot.
We are a community of artists, even though
I've never laid eyes upon some of the members. Yet. And we're
joining together to do something artists have always felt a need
to do. Show and sell our work.
I should mention right about now, that,
since we're incurring no expense for the use of the building,
we're not charging commissions for work sold. This is not a profit
making venture. All sales will be handled by the artists whose
works is sold. DallasArtsRevue.com is not getting into the art
sales biz -- although that has been suggested often.
The biggest boondoggle any arts organization
can get messed up with is acquiring space. I've seen DARE
and a lot of otherwise intelligent organizations fall into that
trap. I hope to follow the Tranquilla show with many other art
opportunities for DARts members, but we will not be getting any
more involved in real estate than hit ad run.
DallasArtsRevue's home is in the online
aether. And there we'll stay.
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be in the show?
Great question. I wish I knew. Marty and Richard Ray say they'll show collaborative pottery. Normally,
he's the painter and she's the potter (both of which roles he
has illustrated on his
DARts Member page). I'm hoping he'll bring some new paintings,
too. I just put one
of his older ones on the cover of the JR's Collection
suite of pages.
I'll print some of my digital photos
Rock Lake. Kathy's
painting up a storm on some new stuff. Chris
Fulmer asked me to photo her work, so I'll assume it's all
new. I'm sure everybody else is scrambling to see what new they
Chris Fulmer will print up Price Lists visitors can take
off with them, and I might even finally get around to a one-page
version of the brochure Kathy's been after me to do for the last
Larry Enge is building us some wood
print bins for unframed work, so there'll be a wide variety
of art available for the three day event.
Please join us at the opening Artists'
Party. The show is going to be great fun. And if you've been
thinking about becoming a Supporting Member of DallasArtsRevue,
now would be a terrific time. So you can be on board in time
for our next outting after Tranquilla, wherever that one might
by most of the DARts
Supporting Members in the 1026
Tranquilla show on
their DallasArtsRevue membership pages. All member pages are
linked on the DARts
How to join information
is on the How
to Support DARts page.
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