Beloit – Edge of the Rock – Monday

June 29, 2013
Enlightened; Oil on Canvas Panel 9" x 12"

Enlightened; Oil on Canvas Panel 9″ x 12″

I ventured back up to Beloit on Monday morning. Found a spot on campus which gave an interesting view of  Middle College (the administration building). Had a fun time painting under the shade of  oak trees. Only a few minor interruptions. A couple of campus employees, a family visiting the campus with their young child, and a person gathering photos of painters for the committees website.

After lunch, I made my way to the lagoon at Riverside Park. Found a spot and had an enjoyable afternoon. Again, only a couple minor interruptions. Wish that I had some flyers, cards or other information to hand out and  help get people to the exhibit of these plein air works.

Unfortunately, the afternoon painting was a flop. Brought it home anyway to get confirmation from Helen. Agreed – it was not worth salvaging. To the studio where the effort was wiped away with mineral spirits and paper towels. Certain amount of satisfaction in violently trashing a failed piece.

Out of the five works completed, I selected the two works which I felt were the strongest. These two works were transported up to Beloit on Thursday morning for delivery to the exhibition venue. where a possible snag revealed itself.

Well before sending in my registration, I had contact with the committee. Due to my sons wedding, I would be out of town and therefore unable to attend the Friday evening reception and, more important, the required Sunday morning retrieval of any unsold paintings. At the time, I was told that they would be able to work with me to pick up my works early the following week. I included a note on my registration. On the first day of the competition, picking up my artists packet and getting my canvases stamped, I reminded the chairwoman of my “unique” situation. I was told “No problem.

While delivering my paintings, I asked about retrieving my works Monday morning and was told that all works MUST be picked up Sunday morning – no exceptions. After a few minutes of “negotiation” (basically  I indicated that perhaps it was best for me to take my works now rather than exhibit them). Brief discussion and I was told to contact on member of the committee Monday morning and pick up the works by 9:00am. (Note – this too got fouled up, but that is another story).

Follow up – The committee spent a lot of effort, time and money placing ads in national publications in an effort to attract more artists to the event. They ended up with the usual number of artists. As far as I can surmise, the sales of paintings were weak to non-existent. The exhibition of the works was only Friday evening 6:00 – 8:00pm and on Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm with no additional options for us to exhibit and sell our works to locals and visitors. What a shame. If asked for my thoughts and suggestions, I would say that perhaps time, efforts and resources should be invested in bringing in more buyers to generate purchases of the produced art work. Us artists are like mice to cheese. If we have good results selling our works to an eager,willing and  supportive market word will get around and they will have more than enough good to great artists coming to Beloit to compete in this event.

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