I will be showing 50 Little Birds at the Indiana Artisan Marketplace April 15, 16 and 17th at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. This is a “formal show” in that each artist is assigned a 10′ x 10′ square and is to finish the space as a gallery for their work. The first time I read through the rules I was overwhelmed — Lighting? Walls? Floor coverings?
My wife read the rules, calmed me down and pointed out that I had worked hard to become an Indiana
Artisan and that I should embrace their high expectations. She was right, of course.
I will be constructing the space over the next few weeks. I’ve drawn dozens (or more) floor plans and elevations on graph paper
and have visited dozens (or more) websites. I’ve re-read books and articles and will be diving in this week.
Here’s what I know:
For walls the standard are Pro Panels. I cannot afford them and I’m not sure they are the best way to display 3d work. I will be constructing walls from hollow core luan doors. They are very light and very inexpensive. I visited my favorite home centers and
found I can purchase the 8 required doors for less than one (of 9) Pro Panels. I will connect these doors and paint in colors that reflect my personality and show off the birds.
I found my floor covering! I worried over this for two weeks. I wanted floor covering (even before learning it was required) but
carpet are expensive. We visited a discount flooring place this weekend and were greeted at the door by a gentleman that
substitute taught for me for nearly 10 years. We explained our needs and walked away with 120 sq ft of commercial carpet for
$ .50 a square foot. It’s nice, too.
My work is small and I need to find the means to pull people into my space. It is designed to be open and inviting, but I will aso be hanging four well lit posters of my work across the back wall. I have fantastic photos and walkers-by should pause to look.
I’ve also selected an inexpensive desk lamp from IKEA (You knew
there had to be an IKEA trip in here somewhere.). Using compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) I will be able to light things brightly and stay
under the 500 watt limit.
That’s where I am today. Much more to come.