This is over half of my paintings, wrapped and ready to go to Alstonville for my solo show, the Daughters of Gaia, opening on Wednesday the 26th.
My husband delivered my framed drawings and a few of the larger paintings the day before. I drive a small Toyota Echo and was concerned about them fitting into my car.
Last Thursday we spent the day hanging the show. It is at Arts Northern Rivers, the peak body for the arts and cultural sector in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia.
This isn’t me, it is Nadine. She is the curator of the show and owns the Art Piece Gallery in Mullumbimby. She is also brilliant at hanging shows. Thank heavens, because I am not.
I had an idea of hanging the show chronologically, beginning with my most recent watercolours and working back to the oils.
Nadine put the artworks out on a large table and grouped them visually and in stories. Not stories that I had told her, but from what she saw in the paintings. It was fascinating to watch her work.
Hanging took the entire day. Deciding which paintings go together, grouping them, measuring and remeasuring to make sure that they are equal distances and straight. Putting wires up with ladders and taking wires down. Finding more hooks, looking for blutac, trying approaches that work and ones that don’t.
The opening is this Wednesday 5:30pm – 7pm. I would love to see you there.
And just for a change of pace, because I have been very stressed and am SO GLAD everything is up and ready to go: share this beautiful ocean with me. 🙂