It is January 2017. That means, I've just realized, that the little gallery has been in business for seven years.
(I am twelve days late in realizing this. January 1st should be an easy date to remember. But I blame the Jones chronic-anniversary-forgetting genes. My Mom blinks at me whenever she has to recall my birth date. "May....? March...? Maaaarch...?" Your firstborn, Mom.)
At our seven-year mark, we're doing pretty well, I think. Running like a (mostly) well-oiled two-person family business. Caleb and I both know the appropriate level of squawk to get one another to pay attention and complete the necessities. We have a detailed database of artwork! How's that for well-oiled! (Caleb's doing. I never database anything, to his lamentation.) I still fester over the creative side of this enterprise, but that aside, we're navigating this entrepreneurial maze with an attitude more of I-know-how-to-do-this-thing rather than I-hope-this-works.
BUT IT WAS NOT ALWAYS THUS, I SAY. I was once young and stupid, specifically, young and stupid in 2010 when I opened the gallery. So young and stupid that comparatively, I am now the epitome of age and wisdom. I often remind Caleb to bask in my age and wisdom. Bask, underling.
My project, for the next few months of this, our seventh year, is to share some of the things we have learned since 2010. Joking aside, I do hope that this small blog series will be of some benefit for my artist friends or fellow folks who are trying to make their way in the art world. I also hope that it will be of interest to the general reader who would like some insight into my studio practice.
I preface these tidbitties of wisdom with the caveat that some may be wrong, or poorly conceived, or ridiculous. I promise a revised blog series in another seven years (good grief, 2024), in which I'll probably sigh over the naivety of 2017-me.
Topics to come! Essential business tools for the artist. How Caleb and I organize the gallery. Some words on the gallery-artist relationship. Dreaded self-promotion. Time management and structuring a productive studio. ET CETERA. Please, dear readers, feel free to make suggestions or ask questions as we proceed.
In other news, I have an opening tomorrow evening at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre. If you happen to be in the Fredericton area, please join me. I would love to see you. The exhibition, "Familiar Frontier: Paintings of New Brunswick's Urban Spaces", runs until February 20th.