Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Support the art and gallery

Karen Solem Gallery is having a Holiday Sale for the art that is currently exhibited in her gallery. There are several exceptional paintings on exhibit and I should know since three of them are mine - ha!

This is a great opportunity to purchase an original, inspired piece of art and support a gallery that wishes to continue to support the artist and the community of Elmhurst.

There are all the creative aspects of being an artist, the excitement and nervousness of exhibiting, the emotion and self doubt, the practice, the mess, the fear etc... This is true in all authentic creation just for the sake of creation alone . One of the best responses I have heard concerning the definition of artistic passion was when I asked a classroom of junior high children was this. "It is just when you have to get it out" - that was just beautiful!!!

and there is another side to being an artist (welcome to the dark side - not really is it???)

Seldom do we think of art as a business, at least for we artist, I prefer not to think about it. There is a very important, time consuming aspect of marketing, promoting and selling.

Enter the gallery owner who is as passionate (the good ones only, there are also those who have little or no integrity) about the art, artist and providing for her collectors/customers - art appreciators - an artistic experience into the emotions of the painter and the painting. The show opening is an opportunity for that experience with the artists and a chance to connect with the work. It requires a lot of work, overhead and money to produce those events and I for one wish to see the good gallery owners (Karen Solem) able to continue in this town and prosper too. So go to an opening, have an exceptional time, and if you connect with a piece of art see if you can work it out and take it home with you (hopefully after paying for it).

I know I am rambling as usual...

To the point I wish to acknowledge the passion, work and service Karen provides and to request you to attend this Friday.
Who knows you might have fun too and that is always a good thing.

Chicago Show Holiday Sale
This Friday, Dec 4th 5:30-8:30pm
off all hanging art
Please join us for this special event!!!
karen solem gallery
124 W. Park Ave.
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season!

Finally, In the spirit of the holidays (which I love) I will extend 25% off my originals and giclee prints that I currently have available. Contact me if you see something from my website, blog or want to rummage around the home studio!
Offer extended through December 31, 2009.

Merry Christmas


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