Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Setting up the 27th Annual Shades of Summer Art Show

Today we set up the 27th Annual Shades of Summer Art Show at St. Matthew's Church in Buckhorn, Ontario.

While we were waiting for the main grids to arrive, we set up all the tables along the window wall, the ones at the front, the large table at the back of the room and the one in front of the bookcases.

Each table was then covered with long white tablecloths, followed with smaller green tablecloths to create a pleasing contrast from the stark white.

Next we brought in the short grids that I store for the front display tables.

Now that the main grids had arrived they were set up down the centre of the hall in a zig zag pattern that was carefully measured so each panel grouping was the same distance.

Then the narrower panels were set to each side of the main panels to provide stability so they wold not fall down if they were bumped into by someone not paying attention.

Once the grid set up was completed and each artist's name was put in their space we were allowed to bring in our paintings and start hanging our work in our space.

Once I had my allotted section of the grids completed I started on my area on one of the window tables near my booth space and set up my picture rack and filled it with shrink wrapped paintings.

This time instead of putting small paintings on easels as I usually do I set out my two binders of ACEO one on either side of the painting rack.

It was at this point that one of the artists that was to be exhibiting with us was not going to be able to attend the show leaving a number of extra panels.

I was given two extra of the narrow panels to hang more of my artwork. Fortunately, as usual I brought a number of extra pieces with me to be kept aside as replacements in case some of my paintings sold during the course of the show.

It didn't take long for me to fill the extra panels with a number of smaller paintings which went well together.

I then put two paintings on the front grids where all the exhibiting artists had a couple of paintings to give the public an idea of the works they would see throughout the show.

Now that all the paintings were hung, I put up all the name tags with the paintings and then cleaned any glass that had gotten finger prints or smudged.

Then I made a list of them for the people who would look after sales at the front table.

Next I hung one of my paintings on the wall near the Buckhorn Artists' sign.

This piece will remain in the Church throughout the winter and will be replaced with another painting after the New Year.

Lastly I set up my table and chair at the back of the Church in my usual painting area.

I put the plastic protector on the table, set out my paints, brushes and the pieces I would work on over the course of the show and to the side of the table I placed my sketches in case I wanted to do some pen and ink work.

The hours for our show are:
17 Aug 17 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
18 Aug 17 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
19 Aug 17 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
20 Aug 17 - 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

We look forward to seeing some of you at our show during the next four days.