The Art Speaks Gallery December artist of the month is Mathews resident and Bay School instructor, Virginia Coyle. Virginia’s paintings are inspired by her family, nature and personal experiences. She is self-taught in all her artistic media and other skills. Her favorite medium to work with is watercolor, because it is so unpredictable. Virginia loves to paint mermaids, local interests, children, folk art scenes, and sometimes something just out of the ordinary. She also enjoys being creative by drawing, sewing, and participating in other forms of artistic projects and crafts. Virginia’s artist of the month display includes a total of 11 paintings and various Christmas decorations.
We are having a Holiday Jewelry Pop up Show from December 6-24th. This will be a great opportunity to shop for the holidays. The Holiday Jewelry Pop up Show is an exceptional collection of unique wearable art. Each piece of jewelry is a one of a kind piece of art! There are a total of 9 artists offering their one of a kind creations for this show Each artist creates their art using very different styles and techniques including silver, gemstones, leather, paper, pine needles, felting, fused glass and more. Come, shop and see some very unusual jewelry!
Fall into Art October 29 2019, 0 Comments
A reception Friday, October 25th kicked off the Bay School‘s Art Speaks Gallery’s current show Fall into Art. The reception was well attended. Many visitors came in costume and took advantage of the photo booth that incorporated spooky art and a giant “Black Widow” by Gloucester artist Garrett Jones. Reception food reflected the festive atmosphere of the show ; pumpkin bread, hot cider, decorative cookies and cupcakes. Fall into Art is a collection of pottery, jewelry, wall art, gourds, baskets and 3 dimensional art depicting autumn inspired colors and themes. There are paintings and photos of autumn colored trees and leaves, a variety of pumpkin pottery, Fall Fairies, and more artwork incorporating all the beautiful colors of this season. A total of 19 local and regional artists are participating in this autumn themed show. Fall into Art runs October 25th through December 2nd.
The October artist of the month is Greg Versen. Greg Versen was born and raised in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Versen is an award-winning photographer and has been an active photographer for more than 50 years. He has attended workshops at the Maine Photographic Workshop, Rockport, and the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, Missoula, Montana. In 2003 he switched from film to digital photography and uses Nikon cameras and Canon printer with archival inks.
Among Versen’s photographic interests are architecture, travel and landscapes. He enjoys putting together programs that provide education and information with complementary imagery. Another endeavor of Versen’s is the development & hosting Blues Valley on public radio WMRA 90.7 FM. He has large canvases, framed photos, guest books, and many matted photos, some depicting favorite Mathews points of interest. In addition to the Artist of the Month is current gallery exhibit Gauge and Grain. Gauge and Grain is running until October 22nd and features work from 12 metal and wood artists. Fall into Art will be the next exhibit running October 25th through December 3rd.
The current Bay School Show Gauge and Grain is one of the most exciting and unique ever. Gauge and Grain features twelve artists that work with wood or metal to create some very unusual pieces. The artwork consists or jewelry, wall art, hanging art, some very large sculptures and more. We anticipate that this show will be appealing to a wide variety of people. Shows like this can bring in both new and regular gallery visitors. Gauge and Grain runs from September 27th through October 22. Come to our meet the artists event October 5th, from 9-2:00 during Autumn on the Main event.
An Artist’s Journey runs August 30-September 24.
The Creative Exchange Exhibit is a joint effort by both Gloucester Arts On Main and the Bay School. The Creative Exchange is an exchange of 10 Mathews artists with 10 Gloucester artists. Both shows will run through the last week of August. There is a wonderful variety of mediums to admire at both locations. Beautiful landscapes, abstracts, photography, portraits, sculptures, furniture, folk art, unique pottery, fiber arts, jewelry, and collage. There is a lot in this show that will appeal to art fanciers. Anyone admiring work from either show would have to be impressed by the amount of local talent that we have nearby!
Two receptions kicked off the event. The first reception in Mathews was held Friday, June 28th and the second in Gloucester was held on Friday, July 5th. Both were very well attended by participating artists and gallery visitors. Participating artists got a rare opportunity to meet and engage with their local counterparts.
The Bay School will be hosting another event to celebrate the exchange of artwork and ideas on Friday, July 26 from 5-7. Attendees will get a chance to learn more about our participating artists. Creative Exchange Artists will have the opportunity to exchange their creative views with their counterparts. It should be an very interesting evening!
We are excited to announce the launch of a new Art Speaks Gallery event sponsorship program. Our community partners will help us present our exhibition openings and other gallery events coming this year.
We are thrilled to have Custom Comfort by Winn as our first gallery sponsor. Thank you for your support!
Our first gallery event of 2019 is the opening reception for Transformation - A Solo Show of Mixed Media Works by Allyson Childress. Allyson works with a variety of media, allowing the intuitive creative process and intention behind each piece to guide her in choosing the appropriate materials. This show will include ceramic work, acrylic on canvas, and her signature large-scale resin and wood pieces. The exhibition opens January 25 and goes through February 19.
Allyson will also be offering an experiential workshop in conjunction with the show, Monday February 11, from 6-8 pm. The artist will lead participants on a journey through the body and to the soul, combining art prompts based on her recent body of work, live sound healing, brief meditations, and journaling. The experience will provide participants an opportunity to fully absorb the healing and growth offered through each piece of art by opening specific areas of the body via sound, journal prompts, and group sharing.
“I have no idea what to charge for this piece.”
This is something we hear fairly consistently when artists bring their work to the gallery to be displayed. As an artist or creative, it’s often a struggle to put a price on something that we feel, over the process of creating it, has become an extension of us. How do we boil down what we love to do into a figure that is fair to the artist, the gallery and the buyer? Do we overshoot or undercut?
Creating a pricing system for yourself will not only allow you to walk into a gallery or art fair with confidence in your prices, but it will allow you to be prepared when someone asks the inevitable question, “Where did you come up with that number?” If done correctly, a pricing system is also a valuable record-keeping tool that can help your artistic business grow.
Let’s jump right in shall we? While size and medium are two main factors in determining the pricing of a piece, there are many intangibles that go into pricing that need to be considered, some of which can only be answered by you, the artist.
Consider your skill and where you are in your artistic career.
Are you just now beginning to forge your path and have only taken a handful of classes, but are still developing your style as an artist? Or have you been expanding your skills for years, developed your own techniques and have even begun teaching others in your medium? Like your typical “9-5”, the longer you have been in a position, the more likely you are to advance and receive additional responsibility and pay. Your artistic career works the same way. If you’re just starting out, you’re wanting to get your name out there which means you’ll need to price your work to sell in order to create a market for yourself. If your skill is highly developed and you’ve been consistently producing work for some time, you’ll need to take your experience into consideration.
Consider your goals as an artist.
Do you create on the side out of sheer joy and passion? Do you have debt that you’re looking to whittle away? Figuring out why you create will determine how important pricing your work will be. Do you need to be a little more serious about setting a price that will assist in chipping away at your mortgage or can you afford to price your work in a more casual way.
Consider the amount of time it took to create the piece.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was your finished piece…well, usually. It takes time to create and time is valuable. This is where things can get sticky because if you’re anything like your average artist, you probably get lost in your process and therefor lose track of time. Try setting “office hours” for yourself while working on a specific piece. Mark the time you began, the time you finished and any breaks in between. Like being in a class with a compressed timeframe, keeping time on your piece will allow you to really focus on your work while knowing exactly how much time went into its creation. Think about an appropriate hourly wage for your time and work that into your pricing system.
Some additional things to consider when pricing your work:
-Take a look at the art market in your area. What are similar pieces selling for (or not selling for)? Of course you can never know the amount of time that went into creating the pieces or the exact brand of paint used, but you can get an idea of what people are spending on what type of pieces. When in doubt...ask.
-Keep a price list and document everything you have sold. This can help you explain why you’ve priced a piece a certain way and will also assist in determining what price point sells the most.
-Know your materials. Keep track of everything you purchase for a piece. A new brush, that tube of heavily pigmented paint, that slow-cool glaze you couldn’t live without…all of it. Keep your receipts and rope those costs into the final price for the piece.
-Remember to factor in any commission. If you’re displaying your art in a gallery, industry standard for commission is around 50%. So factor this amount in when you’re contemplating your bottom line. Depending on what you’d like to receive, you might need to mark your price up.
Of course, in the end, you can price the piece for whatever you would like. Art is subjective and even after all of your price calculations, in the art market, the piece is really only "worth" whatever someone is willing to pay for it. Don't be discouraged! What doesn't sell now may sell later and vice versa. Figure out what works best for you.
These are tips we've compiled from a variety of sources and have found to be useful to us. If you have any ways that you've streamlined your artwork pricing process, we'd love to hear them. Feel free to leave a comment below!