Archive for November, 2011

AVA Art Exhibit, Part 2

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

The Association of Verandah Artists (AVA) held its first art exhibit, “Verandah Visions,” November 7 and 8. As I wrote last time, I was responsible for getting it off the ground. But our members came through: Sixty percent of our membership actively participated by displaying their work. One member contributed his carpentry skills to provide a two-sided folding wall from which we hung some of the 2-dimensional artwork. Construction costs were met through individual donations. Other members contributed helpful suggestions, based on their own organizational experience and the specific needs of their media.

The exhibit of more than 150 pieces included sculpture, acrylics, watercolor, mixed media, photography, painted pottery, glassware, jewelry, and textile art in several forms.

2011 AVA Art Exhibit

Participating members took turns manning the room and talking with community residents who dropped in to see the exhibit, which had been advertised through the community newsletter and email notices.

As well as viewing the artwork and purchasing some of what appealed to them, a number of residents took the opportunity to sign up for classes or to become members of the AVA themselves.

Was the exhibit a success? You bet!

Will we do it again? Possibly; the jury’s still out.

AVA Art Exhibit, Part 1

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

What does it take to pull together an art exhibit? I have an opportunity this fall to find out for myself.

The Association of Verandah Artists (AVA) has decided to hold its first art exhibit to acquaint the community with our availability as a resource and with our members and whatever artwork each of us wishes to show. As president of the recently organized group, it falls to me to plan, organize, and … well … pull it off.


Admittedly, I don’t face a lot of the issues that some organizers would. Verandah is a gated community with a clubhouse and established security. Participation will be limited to AVA members. As an organization promoting encouragement, education, and support among both novices and more established artists within the community, and with the stated purpose of the exhibit being to acquaint the community with our existence, focus will be more on variety than on quality of artwork. Therefore, we won’t have to institute a jurying process.

But how many members will participate? With snowbirds just returning to their Verandah perches, it’s difficult to estimate. How many fields of art will be represented? Probably fewer than the number of participants. How our various media (paintings, sculpture, photography, and possibly more) should best be displayed becomes a game of “What If?”

At least after working around wedding parties, dinners, and more, our venue has been booked: “No problem.” The dates, again after working around wedding parties, dinners, and more, are set: “No problem.” However, there is virtually no wall space available to hang paintings. Now, that is a big problem. Can we beg, borrow, or build movable walls to accommodate our hanging pieces? We can certainly try. I began canvassing members and recruiting assistants to help with both ideas and people-power. Meanwhile, I continue lining up participants and artwork.

Will it fly? Can I pull it off? Check back in a couple weeks to find out.