Friday, January 04, 2008

AVA Gallery Show Report

Square 11 [THE GARDEN ROOM]



“Square 11”

By Amy E. Fraser
Mixed Media Painting (Black Ink and Acrylic Glaze/Paint) on 8.25” x 8.25” 110#, Acid Free, Archival Drawing Paper.

Square 14 [THE GARDEN ROOM]



“Square 14”

By Amy E. Fraser
Mixed Media Painting (Black Ink and Acrylic Glaze/Paint) on 8.25” x 8.25” 110#, Acid Free, Archival Drawing Paper.

I have more good news! I am thrilled to report that the two paintings above were SOLD at the AVA Gallery Holiday Show! Hurray!

But, you knew there was a *but* right? Argh! With all of the recent positive feedback, I am now left feeling conflicted about what I should submit to the upcoming N.A.W.A. exhibition! I can’t decide whether or not I should continue working on the new TAPESTRY style pieces or if I should get back to work on the GARDEN ROOM series or if I should stop playing it safe and make something completely new and outrageous? Let’s face it, this is a COMPETITION and the National Association of Women Artists consists of some historically cutting edge artists. For instance, some of the Honorary Vice Presidents of N.A.W.A include Clare Romano, Faith Ringgold, Judy Chicago, Miriam Schapiro, Dorothea Rockburne and Marisol! Wow, right? So it’s not like the organization would be shocked or horrified if I presented a bit of the *old* me. In fact, I became a N.A.W.A. member many years ago on the basis of THIS
portfolio. Maybe they would be more likely to accept something controversial? But then again, safe sells, and thought provoking art statements rarely pay the bills. It’s terrible to think of art in those terms but the reality is that galleries have bills too. So do I create art to sell or art to make a statement? Oh the continuing conflict! But seriously, after all of this inner discord and contemplation, the REALITY CHECK for me is this: With the January 18th deadline looming days away, and the responsibilities of stay at home motherhood always in play, it looks like the time constraints have made the decision for me. The *practical* thing for me to do is to continue to follow where the muse first led. I’ve learned to trust her direction. Besides, I have already invested 45 hours into the new Tapestry paintings so it would be a waste not to see it through. If all goes well, I will begin presenting the new Tapestry paintings on Monday. I’ll be very interested in hearing what you think. I have a feeling that most of you will be surprised at what happened. Think WHIMSY.

[Side Note] I wanted to apologize and let you know that I am not ignoring you! I have intended to respond to your wonderful comments and e-mails but with all of the holiday stuff and now the impending deadline – I haven’t had time to be on the computer longer then these quick blog updates. Don’t worry though, nothing major going on, just the usual crazy life happenings and other frazzlements in addition to me trying to make a deadline. Thank you so much for your continuing understanding and support!

Have a great weekend everyone!

1 comment:

Betzie said...

Congrats Amy!!!!
Gorgeous!!!! You are so amazing. I think you should follow your muse too! She's led you the right path so far!
Caden is so precious...I can tell how loved he is! You can see it in his big grin too! :)
Happy New Year!!!