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purple_hippo
« on: June 01, 2005 03:25:23 AM »

I'm having an art show in September! wooo! My first! BUT I am scared as all hell, and I'm worried I seem like a real amateur. If you have any advice, share it here!
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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2005 04:30:55 AM »

Hey Purple Hippo,
I think most people experience this- I know I sure did. Here's what I do to help (I still get nervous even after a couple dozen of these things):
-Only put in work I'm super confident about,
-Be really organized (if you have to install yourself, plan it really well and get someone more experienced or reliable friends to help you if possible, if you're still making work give yourself a deadline way before the exhibition start date so you don't stress out up until the last minute)
-Don't invite crabby aunt Thelma who hates art and is totally likely to say the wrong thing even if she's trying to be nice
-Remember that in these kinds of situations, a little self confidence goes a long way. The more confidence, the better people respond.

And finally, there's really nothing to worry about! In my experience, everyone is usually very positive and kind at exhibitions. It's not like a critique from  fellow students, teachers or friends, it's more like an occasion to celebrate!!!

BEST OF LUCK!
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2005 04:58:58 AM »

1st off - congratulations!   

I second chromaphile's comment about only putting in work you're super confident about. if you don't think it looks good - you'll be convinced no one else does either. 

try to think of your pieces as a whole - what is a theme to tie them all together ? if they're all prints, having them matted and framed the same way will give them continuity. but it's always nice to have a body of work, like if they're all done the same style or concern a certain subject matter. for one of their senior show's, an art ed major just put in things from all her different art classes, and it felt really random. almost like she was just trying to fill space.

think scale. the gallery is probably larger than you would imagine. a small, framed 11 ' by 14'' will be dwarfed by a wall, but several arranged together looks better. go for impact - people equate big with impressive. 

but on the other hand, if this doesn't reflect what your work is (i don't think you mentioned), do something that works for you and your work. ohh - and advertise! get the word of mouth out.  there are several websites that provide cheap cheap postcards, where you can have a picture of your piece put on the card. and tell everyone you know, because probably only 2 out of every 10 people will come, so be your own pr person. 

just enjoy yourself and relax. you've got all of summer to think about it.   
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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2005 05:46:47 AM »

it's going to be mixed media (i suppose thats the right term...a combination of collage, stamping, sketching, embroidery and everything else i think suits) about fairytales. i'm still unsure of the exact specs - except that its happening
yes i have all winter Tongue to think it out, but keep the suggestions coming. i'm worried my work won't be a good enough standard.
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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2005 11:15:15 AM »

And if all else fails, there's nothing like a nice big glass of wine to calm yourself down.  No matter what I did in the months before my first show I still worried like a maniac.  One glass of wine in front of the gallery with some friends about an hour before the show was all I needed.  Otherwise, everyone else's suggestions are great!
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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2005 10:18:31 PM »

If you do something wrong, like hanging things out of line, just act like it's intentional. People who know how things (apparently) should be won't be fooled, but people who really don't know any better than you will *have* to believe you.
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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2005 04:41:49 AM »

well i'm meeting with the arty person at uni on friday and she wants to see some stuff. gulp. im a crafty one, sure, but my "art" per se....ugh, now i'm nervous!
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