Friday began the process of prepping for Artomatic 2011 and I’m starting to get stoked! Artomatic is a large exhibition that the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo hosts, and this will be my second time participating as a featured artist. Two days ago we got to select our official space and I think I scored a great one.
The ACGT has been holding this exhibition every two years. This year it will be April 2nd, 9th and 16th. Unfortunately, we have a variety of vacant buildings and warehouses in downtown Toledo. The ACGT selects one (this year, two buildings were selected due to the need for more space), and allows any artist to showcase their work. At the last Artomatic, there was a great variety of artists: jewelers, painters, crafters, singers, poets, cartoonists, clothing designers, performance artists, photographers, etc. It’s such a great thing for Toledo and our artists…. and it’s free to the public!
This time around is a chance for me to apply the lessons I learned from 2009. I barely made it in to sign up for the event last time, so I didn’t get a great space. It was in the corner and the existing lighting wasn’t great. I still tried to make the best of it by adding lights and painting the walls:
BEFORE: Artomatic 2009
AFTER: Artomatic 2009
This year though, I made it in the top 20 artists who signed up so I got to select my space in the first hour. Awesomeness. I selected a space on the 2nd floor with huge windows, high ceilings and walls I may not even paint. One wall of windows faces east, the other faces west, so the natural light will be a great benefit for showcasing my watercolors:
It is a smaller amount of wall space, but I think hanging the paintings closer together will be more visually appealing than how I displayed them last time. I won’t have floor space for a table, but I will improvise by adding a shelf or something similar for my business cards and flyers… or use the windowsill. Exciting stuff!