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Why go to an Art Fair?

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Where are you going to buy artwork for your home? You can go to a furniture chain, like Ikea, and get a mass marketed print. You can go online and see if you can wade through the thousands of listings of art for sale.  Or you can go to a Gallery connect with a dealer/art consultant that knows the artists and has done some research in finding reputable, quality made items.

Or you can go to an art fair and wander around to find a piece of art that resonates with you. The best of these events have art that is only original and is made by the artist who is present at the show. This week I will be participating in one of the oldest “original only” art fairs in the US- the Rittenhouse Square Art Show in downtown Philadelphia. This event surrounds a beautiful park like setting and has over 150 artists from across North America that present well made, creative art. Each artist can speak to their process, their purpose and give you a sense of their personality. Elements which can help you decide if you would like to live with the piece of art that is in their booth.

These events are crucial in our times of insular, screen heavy lives. The experience of a face to face place to speak to the maker of art is becoming a unique critical event. When I do these art fairs, it gives me the opportunity to speak about my work in a clear, concise way. I try to bring to the art fair attendee my intention of creating art that can make your home a place of calm and contemplation. In an article, I recently found, titled “Science Shows Art Can Do Incredible Things to your Mind and Body” , studies have found that art can decrease stress levels, increase “pleasant emotions” and improve “better brain activity”.  What more would you want? Considering the last few weeks of chaos, a place to look at, and buy art, would be the best antidote to the whirling winds of drama.

The painting highlighted “Let me Count the Ways” will be available this weekend at the Rittenhouse Square Art Show or you can see a full availability of original art at www.marjolyn.com

 

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It’s time to share New Art!

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For the past 4 months I have been working away building a great inventory for 2017 and it’s time to share this work with the world. I have been focusing on mid century imagery and trying to develop a body of work that holds to my view that memory is the defining factor in our identity.

So now its time to take this fabulous collection to Texas- sharing it in Austin, Houston and Dallas in April. Time to step out of my nurturing little world in the studio and face the sunshine and bring the work to you.

Many artists don’t have the opportunities that I have. That is, the ability to bring my work right to the client at a highly juried Art Festivals that has top notch professional artists. These events are becoming more unique. They are the epicentre of the handmade. The independent artist is one who has their finger on the pulse of culture. We are the one’s who get immediate response or rejection of our ideas and creativity. Unlike Galleries, we can change our vision depending on the success of the communication. There is a clarity to our world that many don’t have. We can get a sense of how our view is understood in an immediate fashion.

Yet it is with trepidation that I show. There is concern that my vision will not be understood. That my enthusiasm will not be received with the same excitement. For many, the risk of showing new work is too overwhelming. This is where galleries become very useful. They buffer the rejection and can offer suggestions for other directions. Something artists have to usually figure out ourselves in our studios.

So I invite you to the Juried Art Fair. Make an effort and go explore the artists who make and create as a response to the culture you live in. Check out my Schedule to see if I will be showing at an event near you!

“The Best thing to Hold onto in Life is each other” Audrey Hepburn

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A New Year, A New Beginning

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This year is proving to be a busy one. In January, my work will be highlighted at Petroff Gallery, in a show I have titled Assorted Delights. It will be running January 18-30. I will be taking over the instagram feed of Petroff Gallery on January 28-30. So check this out for hidden gems of behind the scenes imagery from my studio.

Speaking of Instagram, I would highly recommend you to connect with me on my feed @memoryartgirl to see the back story to my creative process. The creating and making of Artwork goes through many different stages and this instagram feed gives you a bit of insight into my layers of thought and process.

In March and April I will be traveling to Florida and Texas to show some of my new series which I am currently working on. Please check out my schedule to see the full list of shows.

In June, I have a special exhibition at Wall Space Gallery in Ottawa that will be celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial. This show will have a series of pieces that brings a Canadian perspective to my work with images that have been found to have that northern eye. A new series of Landscapes will be introduced. So stay tuned for this exciting new venture.

My work is also being represented by Blue Crow Gallery in Toronto. So if you need a bit of pick me up and want to see a few fabulous paintings check out this wonderful new gallery.

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