It’s been a super long time since I have blogged anything. Plenty of “posts” and event announcements but not a lick of “point of view” in a very long time. That’s fine. Who cares and who reads anyway? But I do think point of view is important from a curator and artist. And let’s be honest, every time I mount a show and draw your attention to an artist or subject, it is my point of view. It’s not always about what sells. But I guess if you follow the gallery, you see that. And there is nothing sweeter than letting an artist know that their work has sold or has been chosen for exhibit!
It’s been 5 years since the grand opening of Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery. Up until January 2017, I also had my painting studio in the back. But I took on more artists and more art and needed the back room for inventory and client space. Now I paint off-site and although I’m not there painting as much as I want, my time there is very productive.
For the past 22 years, I have been a professional artist. Exhibiting, selling, licensing, and serving public and private clients with my original art. Throughout that time, I have taught art workshops, coached other artists in business and served on boards, giving back to the art community and organizations that support artists. Having a brick and mortar gallery is an opportunity to connect with people. Real live humans seeking experiences for the senses. Service is behind it all. Love is the root of all service. For this reason, my mind does not rest. I always seem to be dreaming up the next exhibit and opportunity to show others the impact of art. Every empty building I pass comes to life in my imagination, full of art, people, music and connecting others through the community and culture that art breeds.
In the tiny 900 sq ft space (that includes closets, bathroom and storage) we have done more than I ever dreamed. Raising money for non-profits, exhibiting over 50 artists, held private concerts, interactive exhibits, costume parties, demos, talks, and live painting events.
What will the next 5 years look like? One thing I know by now, if you can dream it, it can happen. Be ready, do the work, and dream big.
The painting below began out of the ordinary. It was a giclee print of a painting from 2011 sold several years ago. Working on top of the print was a great way to go back in and explore the painting, color choices, marks and collage in a new way. My painting style has changed for better or worse. This was a satisfying process and makes me want to print some of my favorite paintings and do it again!
Below is the original 17″ x 23″. …Good composition, soft, atmospheric collage, it is a pretty little painting. It’s new 5 ft. sister is not so little and has a lot more movement and “pretty” doesn’t exactly describe it. Maybe, “brave” is a better word. I’d love to hear from you. Send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org.