BGAA April 2014 Quarterly Meeting

BGAA General Meeting

BattleGround Library

April 19, 2014

10:10 AM – Welcome and Introduction:

Melisse Laing, Brandi Rink and Teresa Anderson (sub for Linda Kliewer) committee members.

Spring Show Update:  Michael Kay gave a brief update of the 2014 BGAA Spring Show.  Michael thanked all the participants and said it was the best show to date and the attendance was up 12%.   The show had seventy-three artists with 192 entries.  Sixteen pieces of art were sold.   BGAA had fifteen new members sign up giving us a total of eighty three members.  Income from other show activities includes:

Donation table -   $569.00

Silent Auction - $1,078.00

Donations - $170.00

Presentation by John Roz:  John Roz is the former owner of Pines Gallery gave a presentation on how to get your art into galleries and make sales.  John said that every gallery and area is different and it is a competitive market out there. 

John had his first gallery for ten years until it burnt to the ground.  He managed a gallery in the Pearl District of Portland for a while, nine months later Pines Vinery needed an art manager.  John’s own artwork is nudes though he said he doesn’t do much art.  He enjoys representing artists through word of mouth.  People still call him now and then.  Next spring John plans to open a gallery in Portland.

John said to find a gallery you like.  They have to be hungry for sell your art.  Galleries get 30 to 40% commissions.  He would work out an agreement percentage price with the artist for large pieces.  John recommended that the artist be practical and assess art whether it will be purchased at the price you are asking.  He said Tom Wheeler and some other BGAA members put art in his gallery in the past.

Keep in mind that when you take art to a gallery the work needs to be connected.  He suggested 2-D work have matching frames as gallery owners like consistency.  John said to be true to yourself when creating your art.  He collects abstract art but it doesn’t sell much and neither does photography.  John suggested if you paint on canvas to clean the edges.  Imagine how your paintings will look on the wall and with the lighting.

John suggested $1,200.00 to $2,000.00 for standard art depending on its size.  He suggested the price start high making room for negotiation.  3-D art sculptures sell for $1,200.00 to $6,000.00 depending on size, etc.  An artist needs a sales person to represent them.  Advertize on Face book and use all available resources.  John said fund raisers are good and if you donate pieces you get your name out there.  Capture the feel for your clientele.  Try to stay within your area.  What you think people would like.  Larger pieces sell better in 2-D as smaller pieces get overlooked.  But 3-D large pieces can be hard to sell.  Really large paintings that don’t fit into the client’s vehicle are hard to sell unless they agree to it being shipped.

Make it marketable.  Big sculptures are good for advertizing.  He said you have to show people how to group paintings to fill up the space on their wall.  Never sell art for the bathroom.  Great fiber artist use to get a bad rep as craft artist.  We see less fiber artist.  One member said it is hard to get fiber art in galleries.  John said people like texture and to feel the art.  Ask the gallery prior to show if the art can be sold and removed during the show.  Ask if the gallery has insurance or get your own insurance through your home owner’s policy.  The value can be subjective.  Study your market when pricing items to be sold in other parts of the country.  If you have fragile pieces expect accidents.  Transported art always gets nicks and dings and is part of the business.  The more items are transported in a vehicle the more times it can happen.

Photography must be big enough so people can see the image of wildlife.  It is a tough market but be persistent.  If a person was meant to get a painting or artwork they will get it.  Get their contact information if they buy your art.  People love to meet or get a phone call from the artist.  Keep track of who purchases your art.  It has to look like your artwork all the time so they can recognize your art.  Always have at least six pieces from an artist in the gallery.  John’s rule of thumb; never sell anything not put in his house.  Some artists keep up with current trends and colors while painting.

John said if you don’t get rejected from a gallery five to six times a month you aren’t doing your job as an artist.  Galleries change out shows every month or so with art from stable, steady artists.  He said he had never done a solo show.  John said it is a fun business and his first gallery was in a logging community.  Now it is an artist community in White Salmon.

Meet and Greet:  Teresa Anderson handed out list of suggested questions to members to start conversations while they enjoyed coffee and snacks.  Teresa then handed out chocolate candy in plastic eggs along with Word Search game.  Members were given approximately five minutes and chocolate awards handed out to members that found the most words.  Teresa asked members to look for something in their plastic eggs that indicated they were a winner.  A new member won an Easter basket.

Member Art Display and Discussion:

Paul Giregurich brought in “Kermit the Frog”, and explained the different woods and paint he used to create it.  Paul works with rock, wood and steel, and does airbrush painting.  Paul showed his giraffe at the 2014 Spring Show.  He has donated the giraffe to the Doernbecher's Childrens Hospital.

Susan Cushwa showed the group a watercolor of butterflies.   She also showed another watercolor mixed media picture of a fish created with bronze leaf on watercolor.

Barbara Wright is a Natural Science illustrator and likes to make them accurate.  She works with multimedia, watercolor and color pencil.  She showed a Nesting Osprey.  Barbara said the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge is inspiration.  She then showed a Silver lace Wine dot Rooster she created in ink, watercolor and color pencil.  Another art piece, “Paper Wasps” was created with ink and colored pencil.  Barbara passed around her portfolio.  She was in the 2014 Spring Show and is a new member.  Barbara likes the combo of art and science.  Barbara was a math teacher before retiring and took Natural Science Illustration program in Washington and has lived in Ridgefield for two and one-half years.  Barbara was a featured artist in Olympia Puget Sound and will be at Broadway Gallery in June.

Rick Knox, a member of the Wood Turners Guild in Vancouver showed a Maroni wood vase.  It was a delicate and beautiful art piece.

Michael Kay, showed a Chiclay he made from an original oil painting of kittens he found in an old dusty shop.  Michael restored the picture with Photoshop.  The original painting was done in 1914, but his reproduction is current and brought the picture to life where you could see it.  The original was really dark.

Marj Casswell showed a piece she created incorporating words into a colorful painting of trees.

Missy Fant, a photography artist showed samples of her work.  A lot of her work comes from places she backpacks to.  Missy wants to break out into mixed media and is trying macro photography.  She currently does portraits, weddings, etc.

Janet Ellis, a new member that works with fused glass.  Janet showed the group recent melds.  Her melds get to a consistency of honey and she never knows what will develop.  She showed a beautiful yellow bowl.  Janet also creates jewelry and showed the necklace she was wearing.  Janet also creates useable kitchen items.

Rick Sievers, a new member and organic farmer.  He is an Arts Farm writer and writes every day.  He does illustrations for the books he writes.  Rick has a booth at the Farmers Market and creates greeting cards in watercolor and mixed media that are folksy.  He sells his Old Nordic Room Greeting Cards for $1.00 each or $25.00 for a set.  Rick has a blog he writes on every week.  He has a writing group of friends that meet, write and chat.

There was a general discussion about members putting images of their artwork on Face Book.  A suggestion was made to put copyright seal over image to protect art ownership.

Karen Reule, new member and was in the 2014 Spring Show.  Karen does Couching, sewing on every single bead by hand.  She showed examples of her work.  Karen also does beadwork on loom but must use precise size beads.

Kathy Hanson, a painter that loves to paint with glazes on ceramics.  She showed small examples of textured and painted ceramics.  Kathy took a class in bronze work.  She has done big and small paintings, and loves texture.  Kathy was a prior BGAA member and recently joined again.

August 2014 General Meeting and Social:  Committee members are:  Teresa Anderson, Cheryl Hazen, and Brandi Rink.

Other Announcements:

Michael Kay announced the need for volunteers to assist judging the District Student Art Show, May 2, 2014, 3:00pm at Captain Strong Primary.

Ridgefield Show, May 2-3, 2014, 5:00pm

Meeting Adjourned:  12:05