Party All the Time

nia-cool-poseSaturday’s NIA Gallery Party was a big success! Maybe that’s why we look so triumphant in the photo to the left. Clockwise from the left: Christina Bosco, Dean Johnson, Terrie Byrne, and Christopher Berry (kneeling).

We sold six of the nine wine glasses we had hand-painted, and several visitors left freewill donations. All of those proceeds will help to pay for NIA Fine Art Friday, our December 2 art show. In addition, I sold my Al Capone piece, and our host, Terrie Byrne, sold two of her paintings.gallery-party-donation-jar

As with our previous gallery parties, this event took place in a private residence — the home of NIA member, Terrie Byrne. We all agreed beforehand that the party would serve as a preview for our upcoming NIA Fine Art Friday. With that in mind, we each limited ourselves to three of our pieces.

gallery-party-christina-boscoAt left, you see Christina Bosco with two of her beautiful, expressive paintings. This was Christina’s third NIA event, and she always manages to surprise us with her inimitable vision. You can see more of her work on her website.gallery-party-chris-berry

At right, you see Christopher Berry with some of his lively, abstract pieces. The party was Christopher’s first NIA show, although he has been working with us all year to shape the trajectory of NIA. You can view more of Christopher’s work on instagram.

gallery-party-terrie-byrneAs usual, I didn’t manage to snag a solo shot of our host, Terrie Byrne, standing still! She was too busy graciously attending to everyone’s needs. At left, you see two of her elegant paintings. Terrie’s website is undergoing a renovation, so please follow her on Facebook.gallery-party-dean-johnson

At right, you see me standing with my cutouts in the background. You are already aware of my website, because you are here! You can also find my work on other platforms, such as Deviantart, Tumblr, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and Facebook.

The party was well-attended. There were at least 30 people over the course of three hours. We had planned ahead and brought brochures to give away for NIA Fine Art Friday, and we posted signs for the event all over the apartment. It is highly likely that most of the people who came to the gallery party will also attend our show in December.

gallery-party-crowdThese results prove the purpose and efficacy of planning ahead. NIA has been meeting approximately once per month since the beginning of the year. After each meeting, we all know what is expected of us in order to prepare for the coming month. Nothing is left to chance.gallery-party-wine

If there’s one thing I can impress upon up-and-coming artists, it is the importance of planning ahead. We’ve been working on NIA Fine Art Friday literally all year, and each of our smaller events has been building up to the show in December. I know it’s going to be an amazing exhibit, because we’ve put in the work.

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Got to Party Up

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This Saturday, NIA is hosting an exclusive preview of our upcoming exhibit, NIA Fine Art Friday. Each of us participating artists will present some of our latest pieces. You are invited to view the work, pick our brains, or even purchase a piece. In addition, we will have wine glasses hand-painted by NIA artists for sale.

img_3384-1More than any of that, this is a party! It’s a chance to hang out with artists and art-lovers, drink some wine, and listen to music. You can meet NIA members, Christopher Berry, Christina Bosco, Terrie Byrne, and Dean Johnson. It’s a little thing we like to call NIA Gallery Party!

You may remember a similar event from two years ago…. Believe it or not, the Gallery Party concept pre-dates NIA. You can trace its origins to Third Thursday Club, a figure drawing group that met once a month in the apartment of NIA co-founder, Terrie Byrne. After we’d been drawing together for awhile, we decided to present some of our work in an informal party setting. Thus, the Gallery Party was born!img_3385-1

There was a second Gallery Party before NIA‘s first version of the event. NIA went on to produce two formal group exhibits at ChiPRC, the location of our upcoming NIA Fine Art Friday.

Our party venue is located on Addison St, just west of Lake Shore Dr.

For additional details, e-mail us at NorthsideIndependentArtists@gmail.com, or view our Facebook event page.

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Learning on the Job

I am still brimming with excitement over my inclusion in the Catholic Charities Gala of the Arts last week! None of my work sold, but I learned a lot about how to manage this type of exhibit. Sometimes, those learning experiences are more valuable than art sales. Based on things that happened during this show, I would do a few things differently next time.

The afternoon of the show, I received a call from one of the event volunteers who wanted to know where my work was! I had hired an Art Handler to drop off the pieces, and he had sent me verbal confirmation of the delivery two hours before I got this call. As far as I knew, the art should have already been on location. Needless to say, I was freaking out.gala-box

Eventually, the box of art turned up. The only explanation I can figure is that someone on the staff had misplaced the box. The lesson for me is that I need to better document all deliveries. If I had supplied my Handler with a form for the person who received it to sign, then the event staff would have been responsible for the art.

Consider a worse-case scenario: the box would have never been found. Maybe someone walked off with it, or it was accidentally thrown away. With proper documentation, I might have been able to obtain reimbursement from the event’s insurance carrier. Without documentation, I would have had nothing.

The work was installed in time for the show, although it looked to me like it was installed in a hurry. See the picture below. The placement wasn’t close to being as precise as the layout design I had submitted. I have to wonder how the display would have turned out if I could have helped the staff locate the artwork sooner. Documentation would have led us to the last person to see the box.

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