Saturday, August 6, I will be giving a Gallery Talk at the West End Gallery in conjunction with my show, Contact, that is currently hanging there. The talk runs from 1 to 2 PM.
If you’ve never been to one of my talks, they are usually pretty free flowing affairs with a lot of back and forth between the participants and me. I try to make it as interesting and fast moving as I can to make everybody feel engaged and involved in some way. The really good talks usually have me talking at the audience less and just responding off the cuff to all sorts of questions in a conversational manner.
I never know exactly what’s going to come out of my mouth during these conversational talks. I try to be absolutely honest in my responses sometimes surprise myself with what I say so, for good or bad, there is that wild card at play as well.
Of course, if you’re aware of my Gallery Talks, you know that I normally have a drawing for an original painting at the end of the talk. Unsurprisingly, it has become a very popular part of the talks, both for the audience and myself. For me, I see it as an expression of gratitude for all that they and others have given me in this life as an artist with their enthusiastic support over these many years. I get a tremendous amount of joy and satisfaction from this part of the talks.
The painting that I have selected to give away at this Gallery Talk is the painting shown at the top, Private Glow. It is a 12″ by 12″ painting on canvas that has a little story about how it came to this point that I will share at the talk. It has my favorite Red Tree on an island which very much fits with a current theme in my work. I think it’s a strong piece in many ways and am pleased to choose it for this talk.
And, of course, there are usually other surprises at the talks. So if you can take time from a summer Saturday, I invite you to the West End Gallery for this year’s Gallery Talk.
I will do everything I can to make it a good time. Promise.