Tuesday, October 16, 2007
The official art fair season is over for me. I've decided not to pursue the "Holiday" shows. They're mostly for gifts, decorative or practical, and most shoppers aren't looking for fine art. However, if you're interested, you know where to find me!
Monday, September 24, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
I'm assuming that the community wasn't yet aware of the new location and time of year. Being in a visible commercial area has potential, though it seemed that there was an invisible barrier between the Saturday morning farmer's market (very popular and well-established event) and our show. Produce shopping and art shopping are not necessarily compatible, I guess.
All in all, I enjoyed the weekend, though sales could have been better. It's a relief to setup and take down in cool weather for a change. Oh, and a certain coffee chain has just moved into the vicinity, always convenient!
Monday, September 3, 2007
I do believe our much smaller group siphoned off a small bit of sales from the very well-known (and quite excellent) Deer Path show. At first, I was still annoyed that I wasn't in it, especially since I was informed that there was a space available for me there a few days before the show, but I declined the offer due to having made the commitment to the Artisan Guild earlier. On Sunday, though the weather was great, the crowds were small, and it was discouraging. Monday, also with perfect weather, brought more people, many of whom were existing customers, and more sales.
We had live music, which was very enjoyable and conducive to enjoying the art, and a food vendor. I believe they helped attract attention to our location. The organizers were diligent and welcoming. All in all, like every show, it was exhausting, but, unlike every show, I feel this was a worthwhile experience!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
The heavy lifter and I visited the Art in the Park show in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin last weekend. It has been many years since I have been to Lake Geneva, and I was favorably impressed with the town. It doesn't have that ticky-tacky look some resort towns have. The lake, parks, and businesses look clean. Everyone looked happy and relaxed.
Oh, and the art show. I knew many of the artists from the local shows. All that I spoke with were happy with their sales! This show may have potential for me. Something to consider in the future.
Monday, August 6, 2007
I was awarded first place in watercolor at the Evanston Lake Shore art fair, one of the many good things about last weekend. Other positive things:
- I sold one of my favorite paintings, 'Gold and Silver' a goldfinch perched on silverfeather grass.
Though it was hot and humid Sunday, Saturday was cooler than average and cloudy. Also, the heavy rain was only at night. By the way, the Trimline was watertight during a night's worth of rain. I will never overcome my fixation on weather.
My neighbors were nice. That's rarely a problem, but our booths were shoulder to shoulder, and we made the best of it.
The prints sold well, cards did okay, too.
Not positive things:
The volunteers never actually volunteered when I needed a break. After one came around early to offer assistance if needed, I never saw him or any others again.
I got a parking ticket. It's Evanston.
Since the booths were in close contact during many hours of rain, mildew formed on the top and sides, which I will battle with Windex.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Next weekend, Evanston Lake Shore. . . I'm hearing reports of 90s predicted ( am I paranoid about weather, or what?) but of course, nothing I can do about it now, or then, for that matter.
I've been on the wait list for the Deer Path show, and they won't give me any clue about my position on the list. There's not much chance I'm going to be in that show, but there may be an alternative. More on that later.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
I met with the owners of the Woodland Gallery in Long Grove today. We plan to show some of my work, most likely prints, later this year.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Here's what I learned in the process:
- The quality of the art in this show was superb.
- The photography was the hardest to judge, as I know very little about the process, but I was greatly impressed by the artistry and technical skills required to be a good photographer.
- Most of the artists are so devoted to their work that they cannot be doing anything else.
- My favorites were the creations that were previously unknown to me.
- It doesn't hurt a bit to talk up the judges, it's like making a sale. I must learn to do this when I am being judged as well.
- My booth display could use some more curb appeal. This entry formerly contained the word "pizzazz", which needed to be changed. I just changed it.
Sunday, July 1, 2007
We also discussed the possibility of having a pre-holiday sale of our work at the nature center. I'm all for it, as that may be my only chance of displaying any work in the off-season. We will need publicity to draw potential buyers of nature artwork to the center. We'll continue to discuss this, I hope.
Link to Reed Turner Woodland website:
Long Grove Park District: Reed Turner
Friday, June 29, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
A cicada and its shed exoskeleton.
In the process of becoming an adult.
Monday, June 4, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Thanks to everyone who made us artists feel welcome.
Also, thanks to Friends of Ryerson for inviting me to exhibit my paintings.
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
I do have 20 paintings on display at Brushwood at Ryerson Woods, though, please stop by until April 27.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Monday, January 1, 2007
Anne Gilna was born in Chicago, Illinois, growing up with a love for drawing wildlife and nature, particularly birds.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University, with emphasis on classical oil painting, portrait and figure drawing, graphic design and artistic anatomy.
Soon after, Anne worked in various Chicago commercial art studios, learning many aspects of art production. She also maintained freelance accounts, further developing her skill in portraiture.
Anne has been studying watercolor painting since 1999 under the direction of botanical painter June Hill Pedigo, learning the art of traditional botanical painting. She has merged this technique with her lifelong study of birds to create detailed yet simple works of art.
Anne has been exhibiting work in area art fairs as well as galleries and nature centers, such as Suburban Fine Arts Center, College of Lake County Community Gallery of Art, Artcetera, Deer Path Gallery, Ryerson Conservation Area Visitors Center, Rivershire Nature Center, Wild Bird Centers and the Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago.
She continues to create custom portraits in graphite, colored pencil, or charcoal for numerous clients in the Chicago area.
“As a portrait artist, creating a simple likeness of the subject is not nearly enough. My goal is to capture the energy of the subject. Many of my clients plan to give the portrait to a friend or family member as a surprise. It is tremendously satisfying to later hear from the recipient telling me how much they appreciate the work I’ve done.”
“My goal as a painter of botanicals and birds is not only to depict their characteristics accurately, but for the viewer to understand the beauty of the subject matter. I hope to bring that out using composition and color.”