A Great Day at the Gallery

I announced my big news to my Facebook buddies last night, but I need to also post here.

The Rappahannock Art League, of which I am a new member, hosts monthly shows throughout the year. Each month is a different theme or is special exhibition for one or several members. This month’s theme is “Small Works” and was open to all members so long as each piece was under 144 square inches including the framing. I submitted three.

The show was hung on Monday, June 27th and the reception was yesterday evening. There were nearly 90 works submitted for display. All were offered for sale. And ribbons were awarded.

Imagine my surprise when I arrived to the Reception Monday evening to find red dots on two of the three paintings I submitted. Now, granted, they were (as one of my plein air painting buddies said), “priced to sell”, but I did not have the feeling I was giving things away as they  covered my costs including the 30% commission to the gallery. The two that sold were Across from the Boat Launch , a little 5X7 plein air piece I did on a grey day at Belle Isle State Park; and Junk Shop Finds, a very tiny 6X6 still life on ArtBoard.

I was even more happy to receive an honorable mention for my painting The Grenadier.

Who knows, with the show being up all month, maybe even the last one will sell. It has been a good thirty days as I also recently sold Azaleas, another small oil painting on Daily Paintworks. And while I did not receive any money for it, I also completed the donated commission on Jack.

Next week I travel to Hanover County to deliver two pastel painting for the Mid-Atlantic Pastel Society’s Show. These two are a portrait of one of our cats: Sam and a large landscape, Fredericksburg Falls. Friday is the reception. My fingers are crossed, but I have seen the work of the other MAPS members and know the competition is beyond stiff. Just hanging in this show will be honor enough, I think.

And now I need to prepare for the Labor Day Show at RAL and the MAPS Small Works Show this fall.


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