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I mentioned yesterday that I’d be working at Newburyport Art Association today to help with the jurying.

And – YES!! I did get in. And I think I was really lucky. There was a lot more work submitted for this show than there was room. So there were some pretty wonderful pieces that did not make the cut.

So thank you to the universe and all my readers who had their fingers crossed for me.

The reception is Saturday, February 13th from 7 to 9pm. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to go as I have another commitment that evening. I’ll have to pop in another day to check it out once it’s all properly hung.

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One of the local art associations that I belong to is Newburyport Art Association. We’re in the middle of the Winter Members Juried Shows. Part I, which included sculpture, watercolor, digital art, drawing, oil and printmaking, just finished up. Part II, which includes acrylic, fine crafts, mixed media, pastel, and photography, will be open to the public on Friday, February 12th.

I’m hoping that you will see two of my social media pieces in the exhibit. For this exhibit, the work is actually brought to the gallery and the juror will choose which pieces to include by looking at the actual artwork. Then the pieces not selected will be stored for a few days until the artists can pick them up.

Although this can be a cumbersome process, there are some distinct advantages over selecting from digital images. First of all, the juror sees the real work, in particular the real colors and textures, and can even compare pieces side by side. Secondly, it is easier to judge scale when you’re seeing the real thing. A third minor issue is the framing. And good or bad framing can really change the overall look of the artwork.

Tomorrow is jury day and I get to help. YAY!! One advantage of working on jury day is that you can see what is selected and what is declined. (Because my job is to store the declined pieces.) I get to see at least some of the pieces that don’t make it, but rarely know why they were declined. It’s still fun. And it’s great exercise. The storage area is on the second floor, so it’s a lot of up and down stairs.

It also means that I can pick up my pieces tomorrow if they don’t make it. Hopefully, they will get in. Keep your fingers crossed!

Here are the two pieces I submitted –

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Just heard back from ALL, Arts League of Lowell. All three of my pieces were accepted into this show. YAY!!

It will open tomorrow and run through November 15th.

The reception is Saturday, October 17, 4 – 6 pm.

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Abstractions 2015 is the next exhibit at the Arts League of Lowell, ALL. This is an open juried show.

I have a soft spot for this exhibit, because this is how I came to know ALL. I think I’ve been in this exhibit 2 or maybe even 3 times in the past. Hopefully, at least one of my pieces will make the cut. (I wish I had 3 of the new series to submit, but I didn’t get them completed in time to be framed. )

These are the pieces. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

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It’s that time of year again. A couple of exhibits are ending and new ones are beginning.

Yesterday we drove to Plymouth to pick up my work from “Force of Nature – Exploring the Power of the Feminine” at Plymouth State University. It was sad to see this exhibit come down, as it was a wonderful exhibit with work from all across the country. I had hoped to get another day at the exhibit earlier this month, but the rest of my life was just too busy.

The exhibit at the Sheafe Warehouse which is part of the Prescott Art Festival will come down tomorrow. Just this weekend left to view it! If you live in the area and haven’t had a chance, it’s worth the effort to get in. Plus the location on the river is breathtaking.

Tomorrow we start another exhibit. The Abstract Artists of New England is having their annual exhibit at  Newburyport Art Association starting Tuesday, August 25 and running through Saturday, September 5th. Tomorrow evening we’ll all drop off our work and let our hanging committee do their magic. Since the gallery is closed on Mondays, Tuesday will be the first day the exhibit is open to the public.

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Earlier this week, several members of the New Hampshire Art Association “hanging committee” gathered at the Sheafe Warehouse to get the Prescott Park Arts Festival Open Juried Exhibit ready for public viewing. Due to unusual issues with the building, we’re a week late getting set up this year.

This is always an interesting exhibit to hang because of the setup. A large part of the exhibit goes on movable panels which we position in two rows down the length of the building. The panels are made up of pairs of hollow core doors hinged together and painted in a neutral color.  There are also spaces on the interior walls of the building for larger pieces.

This is a fun exhibit. Because of the location in the heart of the Prescott Park area and the connection with the Prescott Park Arts Festival, we see lots of traffic for this exhibit, including visitors from around the world.

If you find yourself in Portsmouth this summer, please consider stopping by for a wonderful selection of local art.

The hours are:

Monday                                     Closed
Tuesday & Wednesday            12 – 5pm
Thursday & Sunday                12 – 7pm
Friday & Saturday                  12 – 8pm

Somewhere towards the back, you’ll find  my piece –

Ethel Hills - Bands of Color #35 - Mixed Media Collage on Mat Board - 7" x 5"

Ethel Hills – Bands of Color #35 – Mixed Media Collage on Mat Board – 7″ x 5″

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There are two juried art shows in my area this time of year and delivery was last weekend. Good news and bad news. I was accepted into the Prescott Park Arts Festival Open Juried Exhibition at Sheafe Wharf in Portsmouth, NH, but was turned down for Regional Artists: An Open Juried Show at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit, ME.

For me, one of the fun things is to be able to do some of the behind the scenes “stuff”. On Sunday, I helped with take-in for the show at the Barn Gallery and then stayed for the jurying. Take-in is actually one of my favorite volunteer jobs, because I get to see what everyone’s doing and I get to meet and catch up with fellow artists. Jurying can be interesting or boring, partly depending upon the process and partly depending on the juror. Michael Culver was the juror this year and he did not have an easy job. We had something like 206 pieces, which he edited down to somewhere around 80-85. I’m anxious to see what the exhibit looks like now that it’s hung. It’s a strong show and it’s going to look even better once the official hangers get a hold of it. I can’t make the reception on Saturday, so I’ll have to sneak in some other day to check out the final product.

Today, I’m working on the hanging portion of the exhibit at Prescott Park. This is always an interesting process because of the constraints of the building. Most of the work is hung on movable hinged panels which presents a different kind of visual challenge than a rectangular room. We do however have an excellent “hanging committee”, so I’m sure it will go well.

Want to see what got in and what didn’t? These two pieces didn’t make it into the Barn Gallery Exhibit. One of the advantages of being there at jurying was that I know they weren’t the first ones eliminated. The other thing I noticed is that the piece on the left was eliminated first. Interesting, as I’ve always wondered about the relative merit of the two pieces.

And this is the one that did get into the Prescott Park show. And today I’ll get to see how great this exhibit is going to look.

Ethel Hills - Color Block #13 (8 inch panel) - Mixed Media Collage on Panel - 8" x 8"

Ethel Hills – Color Block #13 (8 inch panel) – Mixed Media Collage on Panel – 8″ x 8″

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Well, the short answer is “Of course it does”. And that’s true. It does matter, but sometimes the results are different from you’d expect.

The exhibit at Prescott Park Art Festival just came down this evening. When this exhibit went up, I thought – Oh, good. My painting is in the front of the space, not in a back corner. It was actually in a very good spot – right near the front of the exhibit on the left hand wall. It was with 3 other pieces – similar colors, nothing fought, no piece seemed to overwhelm or overshadow the others, they weren’t all the same subject or technique. It should have worked.

What was really interesting, was watching people come in to view the exhibition. My painting was the second one in this row of 4 pieces. The first piece was stunning and it was also interesting because of the technique. Everyone stopped to look at it and discuss it. I think they were so taken with that piece that they barely saw the rest of that group. It was very interesting to see. And it gives me one more thing to think about the next time I’m involved in hanging a show.

I know my limits. In a group show, you can’t make it perfect. All you can do is your best to make all of the work look its best. Next time you walk into a group show, take a look and notice what you see and what you don’t see. Walk through as you normally would. And now, go through again, and particularly notice anything you didn’t notice the first time through. If you saw everything the first time, good for you. And also, good for the person who hung the show. Hanging a show is an art in itself. One I am very slowly learning to understand.

Just to remind you, this is my piece that was in this exhibit.

Ethel Hills - Sitting on the Dock of the Bay - Mixed Media Collage on Panel - 12" x 12"

Ethel Hills – Sitting on the Dock of the Bay – Mixed Media Collage on Panel – 12″ x 12″

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OK. I’ll admit it. I’m a bit late. Between lots of activity involving several group shows and a cold that turned worse instead of better, I’ve not gotten much done in the studio this week. So I don’t have much new to show you, so I think I’ll share with you one of my older paintings.

Ethel Hills - Fantasia - Mixed Media Collage on Paper - approx 7" x 7", Framed to 12" x 12"

Ethel Hills – Fantasia – Mixed Media Collage on Paper – approx 7″ x 7″, Framed to 12″ x 12″

I was just looking at this painting a couple of days ago. I submitted it for the exhibit “Threshold”, but it was declined. The subtitle of the exhibit was “artwork expressing transitions and new beginnings”, an appropriate theme for a venue which hosts weddings in the summer. I picked this to submit because it really makes me think of a great and wonderful celebration, as befits a wedding.

Like so many of my paintings, I really like this piece. It’s nice to have it up on the studio wall for a change.

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One of my volunteer jobs is hanging shows, not by myself, but as part of a committee. I do it for NHAA (New Hampshire Art Association) almost every month and occasionally on other group shows. Yesterday morning, we hung the exhibit for the Prescott Park Arts Festival, PPAF. This is a satellite exhibit sponsored by NHAA and PPAF, but hung in a historic warehouse right on the water in Portsmouth, NH. The lighting isn’t the best, but it’s a beautiful spot. For this one, we use moveable panels (hinged doors painted a neutral color). Initially it took a while to figure out the best configuration of panels. Once that was sorted, it actually went fairly quickly. And the show looks great!

While discussing when the next NHAA exhibit would be, we all came to the realization that it was next week. And I came to the awful realization that I was hanging 4 shows in 8 days! Last night my favorite band of abstract artists, the Abstract Artists Group of New England, AAAGNE, hung their annual exhibit at Newburyport Art Association. On Saturday morning, we’re hanging another AAGNE exhibit at a local bank. And next Tuesday, I’ll be back at NHAA again to help hang the next exhibit – “People’s Choice”.

OK, hanging shows can be fun and all that. And I really like all my artist friends, so spending time together isn’t a real hardship. But after saying all that, I don’t think I ever want to be involved in so many things at the same time.

So that’s two down and two to go.

And that’s just the ones that I’m actively working on. I’m also involved in a two other juried exhibits which just involve dropping off my work and my paperwork. YAY!

Look for a future post on tips for hanging a group exhibit.

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