~ Please Note ~
The limited time offer for the Totem Paintings has ended, given that these four paintings are now also committed
to the Port Moody Exhibition from August 27 to
September 27, 2015. Purchases can be made through
the Port Moody Arts Centre during that time.
Do come and experience them in person.
Much still to do before I catch a flight to Edmonton early Friday morning to attend the installation of the plaque for the shrine of Centenary Icon of St. Joseph the Worker this Saturday.
Had to also get an Artist Call for Submission prepared today, which is due by this weekend. And of course, my Canon printer has finally died after so many years. So off to Staples in the morning to make a few more copies for the packet, then off to deliver it. And then, fingers crossed for acceptance in the 2016 Winter/Spring exhibitions.
The Port Moody Exhibition is also fast approaching.
I've added a Special for the Totem Paintings where there will no additional shipping for Canadian purchases, excluding the extra insurance against loss. The Special will run from July 27 - August 10, 2015. *new - I've been advised that I will be receiving the confirmed list of paintings to be included in the upcoming Port Moody exhibition. I will then tag those that are available now and those which can either be purchased during the Port Moody Show or here online once it closes on September 25th (TBD Sept. 27th).
If you have any concern about the insurance against loss, UPS have never lost any of my painting and icon shipments. Insurance against damage - no carrier offers such insurance for artwork anymore. All recommend that purchasers cover that under their own policies. But again, with my extensive packing experience, I haven't had any damage occur during shipping.
If you are interested in a particular piece, click on the image in the Store and have a read through the details. I've indicated at the top whether a painting is included or not. Only a few of the lower priced ones haven't been included. You can then click on the 'No shipping required' option to make your purchase and then include your shipping address info. If you have any question, just send me a message the the 'Contact' tab.
I wanted to update everyone as there haven't been any further progress journal entries recently. The harsh reality for an artist is supporting oneself and family. I invested over a year in creating the totem series in the hope that once the exhibits started, that with a bit of luck, sales could sustain us as I continued working on the series. Not being able to afford the Arts Vancouver Show last May was a blow to building the momentum. The old expression that you need money to make money is apparently true. The upcoming exhibition which opens on August 27th will hopefully re-kickstart the momentum again after almost 5 months since the last. But in the meantime, sales outside of the exhibition periods have been none existent and I don't have any studio or gallery space where the paintings can receive the exposure they require and deserve. I know that many have looked through the paintings in the gallery here on the website, and checked out the Store. But I understand that it isn't the same as seeing them in real life. I'm considering offering a special for a few weeks where I would cover the shipping cost.
I've also recently confirmed that I have enough current stock to put on a great exhibit at the Port Moody Arts Centre, so rather then continuing on the 2 new paintings that I had started, I will need to set these aside until September and adjust my icon commission schedule, completing them before the exhibit. The funds from these two commissions are urgently needed for the home front, and exhibits give no guarantees of sales. And even with exhibition sales, you don't receive that money until after the exhibition closes. So it remains the challenge with the gallery circuit: 1) finding galleries that will exhibit your work and 2) not having any funds coming in until an exhibit opens, and if there are sales.
As an artist, I too am concerned about losing my way in the momentum with this important series, as times goes by, and I remain hopeful that the August Exhibit will re-energize the paintings, and get me back in circulation again. I applaud any artist who has succeeded in comfortably making a living in his or her art. It is a major hurdle to do so. But I take one month at a time and so far have been able to cope with the stresses of being on that edge of trying to make ends meet. Art is a risk.
This artist much appreciates your support and wonderful comments which you have shared with me.
Andre Prevost, began his work in theatre in the late 70s after completing his studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts, and in his iconography in 1980, and having a large body of work in each. He has since been based in Western Canada; North Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and now back on the West Coast.