Helping Others, Helping Ourselves

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On some occasions, there are times when some of my artist friends call on me for help on installations and set ups in diverse spaces and galleries such as the one above at the O on H Street gallery in DC where I helped install a painter friend of mine and studio partner, Marsha Staiger’s work for an upcoming collaborative show, in this recently renovated space in a new and upcoming part of the District of Columbia .

It is important to be able to collaborate and hang shows with other artists to assist them with another set of eyes to make sure artwork is properly represented in different environments and spaces it increases a stronger sense of an Artist Community. Hoping that it will inspire each creative person to open themselves up to the opportunities to do set up and help other artists hang shows even if your experience is limited. In this way, you can discover the diverse venues and  spaces where art is shown and meet other artists normally outside of your network.  Artistic expression is diverse as the artists that create them. Meeting other artists helps broaden the artistic network from gallery and business owners to artists and art lovers. We sometime do not know  if all locations and spaces that we look at are the right fit for our work,  through the networking system between artists and primarily through word of mouth. You can open the horizons to places and contacts  to show your work or at least come in contact with another part of the creative art market and the individuals that run them.

New venues sometimes have technical restrictions set into them  like the work which we hung (above) , the restriction was that nothing could be nailed to the walls and the use of the hanging system had to be used for all pieces in the show. how we see our in different spaces sometimes has to be modified to fit in the technical requirements  of a show. While at the gallery , I was able to meet a couple of the other artists as well as the show organizer of the upcoming show .

The space is fantastic. Just another place and space to put in my address book for future reference. Be open to giving yourself new opportunities to meet and discover places where your work can be shown. Increasing the eye traffic on your art and learning those that run the galleries to help promote art in your neighborhood.

the Hornypotter

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