I participated again this year in the annual Downtown Helena Spring Art Walk. It is usually very lovely, weather-wise, as it was again this year.
In the foreground here, you can see my friend Julia who has a lovely voice and sings with her bossa nova band "Rio". The trees have just started to leaf out, and our downtown is a walking mall, with these fabulous old buildings from the late 1800's. The building directly behind Julia is the one where I had my show.
The space was quite large, a recently recovered lobby space from when the building had been a high-end hotel. Somehow, all the artists who shared the space worked very nicely together, though it was less than ideal. Lighting was a major issue, and having all of the varying types of work spread throughout the space, and the space itself being not quite fully renovated offered each person their own challenges. The host decided to pull out of the Downtown Helena organization's advertising- flyers and website, for an as yet unknown reason. That caused some concern, especially since we weren't notified about it until a couple of days before the event. The host did print posters which they papered the area with and an ad in the local newspaper, so that was good.
My sweetheart was finally talked into showing his photography. There is a lot of photography out there, and in our little artsy town, there is a bunch. Most of it is, frankly, mediocre. John has "a day job" and doesn't necessarily feel the need to sell his photography. Biased as I may be, I think it is unfair of him to not share it with the world. And perhaps the reason his work is so good is because he is doing it for himself. The feedback that he received from the people who came through was fantastic. Four or five of the twelve images really got some excellent attention. Absolutely wonderful debut. You can see some of his work here.
Traffic is always lighter at the Spring Art Walk than at the Fall version. We did have several hundred people through, one of the artists brought a friend who DJ'd and played guitar for us, so the atmosphere was festive.
All-in-all, it was a good show, we had a good time, and I even sold a few pieces. It is always a boatload of work to get ready for a show, then take it down. But hopefully, we've educated the public a little bit about what good art is and gotten some good exposure in the process. I'm looking forward to showing new work at the Fall Art Walk!