I entered this avant-guard show called the Pushpin Show. It was located on Museum Hill in Santa Fe and it's just up for 1 week. The concept is to hang your work up with just pushpins. I can't be framed or matted. I brought along 3 small oil paintings. I got there about 5:30. The doors opened at 6pm and then you must find your spot on the wall to hang your work. There was about 25 or 30 people in front of me when I got there, and at 6pm, there was about 100 people in line. Fortunately, I got my work hung in a good spot, the lights were in different spots of the gallery, so some of the work was hung in darker spots than others. When I was in line, I was thinking about some of the paintings on paper I can hang instead, I wasn't sure if my work would stay put on the wall. But I decided to go through with the work in hand and hope for the best. 3 pushpins per work did the job, and now my work is hanging in a gallery again in Santa Fe. There was a lot of innovative work, some portraits, illustration, fine art. There must have been several hundred people here at the reception. It's the kind of reception all galleries dream of, a high turnout with a lot of good energy circulating. I hope there will be more shows like this. It's a great opportunity to say, "I have had an art exhibition in Santa Fe", and I'm sure for some of the real young kids in their early 20's, it must have been exciting. When I was 20, I was part of a juried group show in New York City and I thought this was the most exciting thing to be a part of. I look at it as another way to get your work out in the public.
The next exhibit, The Pushpin show
by Joshua Lance Persichetti | Apr 25, 2009