The Artist Appreciation Reception was quite the large affair., starting with an extensive line-up prior to the doors opening at 7:15pm. I wasn't sure what to expect going in as I'd never been part of such a large show before. Up until now, all my exhibitions have been solo. I wasn't sure how my two pieces would blend in (or not).
I was pleased that my son Stephen came with me. He was great company in a daunting environment. The first task, other then finding a glass of wine, was to find my 2 paintings. We eventually found the first one (Grizzly Bear Father). I was disappointed to find that the 2 paintings weren't together, to support each other's focus. I saw that it had no red tag, so we moved on to try and find the second (The Raven). It took a number of attempts but we eventually found it. I immediately saw that it had a red tag. I was so relieved; a weight being lifted off my shoulders. My son was thrilled and we clinked our wine glasses in celebration. I am always so grateful when my son is able to share moments like this with me.
'After finding the paintings I went to the Gift Shop to see what was on display there. I saw that 3 of the 5 canvas prints that I had done were on display, along with 1 of the 6 unframed prints. The canvas prints won't be money makers. I may break even after the printing and package costs and commission. But I felt it was a good opportunity to test the prints and to get prints of the series into peoples' homes or offices.
As the Award presentations were done, I took the time to have a look at the great variety of artwork in the Show. Such a range of styles and medium.
The disappointment was the inability to meet new people and network. As the newcomer, aside from my son, I knew no one there. I tried to circulate but I had no way of entering a conversation, for fear of intruding another artist's networking. And naturally, the artists who recieved awards were the magnets of the evening. And with my paintings being separate, I couldn't stand in proximity, without being in front of, or in the way of someone viewing another artist's work. So I stood for a time within the areas where the paintings were, to observe how the public responded to each, and hoped that my Show Artist name tag could open a door to conversation or an introduction. But it wasn't meant to be. It was just a large event with many artists in attendance, and being new to the Island, I simply don't have any visibility yet.
So I am happy with the success and sale of the Raven Totem painting, two days into the show. Having two paintings in this year's show is excellent in any case, and hopefully just the beginning.
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.