Last Monday I was in Süchteln at the local Volksbank Viersen branch and met the branch manager Mr. Neumann (a likeable man!). And yeesss! I will get my first solo-exhibition at the "Lichthof" gallery of the Volksbank Viersen in Süchteln from June to September 2017. My name is already on the list for upcoming exhibitions. Here's the link http://www.lichthof-galerie.de/
Mr. Neumann told me that my style was very distinctive, colourful and refreshingly modern. Having my style acknowledged as "very distinctive" - which is what all artists strive for - was great praise for me! I went home feeling somewhat enthusiastic, spread the news and started working on my next painting right away.
Mr. Neumann said he was missing an artist's bio on my homepage. Well, I could easily explain that: I had nothing to write down there up to that day. I mean ok, I published my at calendar and my postcards in September but I have only just applied for exhibitions. So, now I have an exhibition list on my homepage as well (admittedly a rather short one, for now).
Here we go! My first solo - exhibition! Thanks to Mr. Neumann and the Volksbank Viersen! A great thing to let local artists present their art there.
They have a sort of all-round carefree package for artists (flyers, posters, insurance). Nice! There is still a lot to be done. After all it is my first exhibition. How do I hang? / which artwork? / in which rooms? Which paintings should I exhibit in Süchteln which ones in the Viersen Open Art?
I need a pricelist and business cards. Business cards should not be a problem it is just that I wanted to print all my social media sites there as well and I don't have a Facebook or Instagram account, yet. That needs to be fixed soon. Well, at least I now have a homepage and a blog! I didn't know that 100 business cards are more expensive than 500 cards. (Tsssk, think big?)
When asking myself the first question (how to hang the paintings?) I quickly realized that I don't know anything about that! They have a hook on a nylon cord hanging from the ceiling, so I need a nylon cord fixed across the back of my paintings' frames. So (DIY'er that I am -NOT!) I went to the nearest hardware store and when I stood in front of all those thousands of screws, hooks and hinges I thought that this is probably how East-Germans felt after the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 when they first went into the supermarkets in the West (25 different cornflakes packages???). I bought a few different sized screws and hooks and some hinges (for the really big paintings, maybe?). I will try that out (suddenly all those weird DYI TV spots came to my mind - uugh!).