The Small woodworking guild I belong to opened a show of our furniture last week at a small gallery in a very small town about 40 miles away. We haven’t had a show for about two years, so we were looking hard for a venue. There’s not a lot of galleries in this area of Central California (even though there are a ton of artists & craftspeople.)
This gallery, though small and out of the way, had a “good reputation” for drawing in lots of people — the owner has a giant mailing list. So we were all game for showing our work there for a month. A prerequisite for guild members was that we had to have at least one — preferably two — wall pieces. There’s a lot more wall than floor.
So came time to set up the show, we all brought our stuff (less one member who flaked on us) and with direction from the owner, put things in place. Now keep in mind I said this gallery is very small (25’x25′??) but we all managed.
The problem for me, is that the gallery carries a lot of what I would call chotchkies(sp?) You know, more of a low level small craft item. My feeling is that these items should have been removed from the showroom but they weren’t. In fact many of them were used as accents for the furniture pieces — seriously detracting from the furniture itself. (I guess, these items are more of a seller item than our furniture pieces.)
Anyway, here’s some images of the gallery to show what I mean. You can decide for yourselves. Click on images for larger view and comments.