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Friday, May 13, 2016

Behind the Scenes at an Art Show or "Life Along Route 11" is Organized

Organizing an art show is task that takes time and organization.  Add 5 artists each contributing paintings and a gallery located a few hours from home and this job demands documentation with back-up.

4th of July
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic on painted paper
16 x 12 inches
(Flowers, flags, more flowers and more flags at this historic house near Route 11)

The week before the art was loaded into two cars for the trip to the Arts Depot in Abingdon, the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge met at Bonnie's church to lay out the show according to the diagram we had received.  After we marked the hallway walls in the same dimensions as the gallery's, we did what Sue called the "Double Line Shuffle".  Art was laid out against the wall and then moved and moved again until we found a pleasing arrangement that had a good rhythm and variety.  

Once the show was set, an index card for each painting was created with a number, title and artist.    The information on each index card was also recorded on the diagram.  Lastly a photo was taken of each painting with its index card for a third record.

All paintings are unpacked from the bins located in the center of the gallery.  
Index cards are placed by each work.  
After checking that the arrangement matches our diagram the paintings are hung.

Here I am double-checking "something".
 This was repeated numerous times!

Finally it is time to attach the labels to the paintings.  
Note that the index cards are still in place.
We did a final double-check to confirm that the notecards and labels matched.

And thankfully there were 4 of us to hang the show at the gallery.  With all the careful preparation and documentation, "Life Along Route 11" went up smoothly and within a couple hours.

And our reward for all this hard work was a beautiful bouquet, good food, and many wonderful people who came to see our art show at the opening on Thursday, May 5.  

If you are in the area, consider this your invitation to stop by the Arts Depot in downtown Abingdon, VA.  "Life Along Route 11" will be on display until Saturday, June 11, 2016.  

Thank you for stopping by my blog. 

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