The 19th Fresh Arts group show came together today in Molong…34 works from 15 artists brought together in one space. It’s always challenging even when there’s a theme, such as the one we set this time – alchemy. Bringing together the concepts, mediums, details, images and artist statements together into something called an exhibition is nothing short of a miracle. Meeting deadlines, framing works, delivering them, working out what the best combinations are in the space (how the works “talk” to each other) and then getting them hung so that they are spaced well, hanging evenly on the wall, the right running line is achieved for the space and then getting the works labelled correctly is just part and parcel of every exhibition.
Today was made easier by the fact we had an independent curator – Joy Engleman. A good curator is worth their weight in gold and Joy seemed to bring it all together almost effortlessly (while we were enjoying lunch in the sun!), which says volumes for her professionalism and experience with the job. Having curated a few shows over recent years, I know it is not an easy task.
Well, Alchemy is now installed…the coordination team of Laza, Tamara, Laura and myself enjoyed a lunch in the sun and a gelato from the Molong Gelato Factory on the way home as part of our install day. So, all is good. I’ll probably sleep tonight…dreaming of what to do with the blank canvas now confronting me in my studio – due next week for the Red Door Gallery’s Small Art-Big Heart exhibition in June.
We still have the Alchemy opening to get through next Sunday, 15 May. Hoping for a big crowd to fill the room and hopefully buy a few pieces on the day…got to pay for all those paints, photographs and framing somehow!