Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Do People Buy Art They See Hanging in Restaurants? I Hope So.

In October, just after the tour of homes, I received an email from Jason at Stone Soup Kitchen asking if I’d be interested in hanging a few paintings in the restaurant. Now, SSK is one of my favorite Grant Park restaurants—and one of our best kept secrets—great for weekend brunch (you can actually get a table without the 45-60 minutes wait) or weekday lunch. They always have interesting art from local artists hanging in the restaurant, so I’m happy for the opportunity for some exposure. Guess putting my card on their bulletin board back in the spring paid off.

Early in December I hung six pieces from a series I did on fall trees, which will hang in the restaurant until the end of January.

Colors of Change, Winter's Solace & Barren

Signs of Change & Fall Trees
They also invited me to be part of their Holiday Art Sale & Party, which was held at the restaurant on December 16th. This was my first event of this type, and I was curious to see if it would be worth the time. I sent out an email blast to my local mailing list and a few people made it by. It was a great chance to meet other local artists—from whom I learned about ICE Pop Up Shop—and make connections.

I enjoyed talking to friends and potential buyers, and sold two paper cuts—A Day in the Country (my personal favorite of the paper cuts) and The Guardian.

A Day in the Country

The Guardian
The night before the show/sale, a colleague of Mr. Man’s and her husband came by the house to buy a piece for each of their parents—Mockingbird in Dogwood and a tree painting I had just recently finished.

Mockingbird in Dogwood

Not a bad December.  Now if I can just do that every month.

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