Unlike most art shows, where I only had a few weeks at most to prepare, this time, I was ready. I got the call from curator Phil Hyman over three months ago, and that gave me plenty of time to get some new fancy art work together.
It's no secret that I am a regular to this gallery circuit. I've covered two other shows by Phil in the past, which were The Outsiders Show and the Transitions Show. These shows are always amazing- not only do they pull in a great crowd of art enthusiasts, but they cost absolutely nothing to participate in. I can't express exactly how rare a gallery like this is. While most shows/galleries take at least 50% of an artist's sales, Phil Hyman's art shows take no profits from the artists. I really respect that... I really wish there were more art shows like this around to be a part of!
Anyways, I decided that this time I'd give the readers a sneak peek into what it was like as an artist to prepare for the show, and reveal a little "behind the scenes" stuff. I was lucky enough to have my boyfriend take a lot of pictures while he was at the gallery! It's hard to stop and take pictures myself when I'm busy running around.
|First thing's first... and I do mean first. Writing my name on the official sign up sheet for the gallery. They use this list to keep track of all the crazy artwork that comes pouring in!|
|Part of the venue that was completely empty when I arrived. By the time the gallery opens, these walls would be filled with awesome original artwork.|
|One of the scariest parts of "The Mind's Eye" show for me was staring at the vast empty room and trying to decide where I wanted my art to be located. This is a picture of me fussing over that very issue.|
|So.. Many.. Pillows!|
|Yes it's true, I am a pillow maker.|
The particular pillows I decided to put in The Minds Eye Show were made out of recycled t-shirts. I plan on covering my pillow collection more extensively in a future post, I have way more to say about them than this little paragraph can handle!
|Also making it's public debut- a brand |
new bottle cap wind chime! It's so cute..
Here's me hanging it in the corner of the
gallery for some reason... I guess I
thought it would look good there?
(if that's you, leave me a comment! i'd totally do a dolphin-like flip and it would make my day.)
|"Nervous System" Tape Sculpture and Yarn|
|Here's the legs chilling outside the |
venue, greeting the lovely citizens of
North Charleston as they hustle
and bustle around town.
"C'mon In!!" The legs exclaim.
|More behind the scenes- I'm busy cutting out flyers for the show! |
My boyfriend and I ran all over the place passing these things out.
|Peter Scala and Fred Jamar's work waiting to be hung on the screens. These guys are regulars in the Downtown Charleston art circuits and it shows. Got to admit that I was a little bit in awe, their artwork was of really nice quality. I suspect we will see more from these guys a little bit later...|
|Personally, I think my favorite is her toy gun series. I want some of those tiny gun ear rings!|
|After being in the empty gallery for a while, things got a little weird.|
|To attract people to the gallery (and soothe boredom,) I spent a lot of time drawing my BF.|
|My easel and recycled board to lean on.. plus a little bonus "Trina is Artsy" doodle!|
Apparently this picture of me is my "Artist's Face," the face I make when I'm seriously concentrating on a drawing, I guess!
Here's the charcoal sketch I came up with. It's my boyfrand all bundled up in his hoodie. You can never be too prepared for cold weather, you know.
|Does this style look familiar to you? This awesome piece welcomed viewers to the gallery. It's done the same artist that made the giant wooden transgender sculpture at the Transitions show.|
|Dragging in the last of my artworks in my comically large picnic bag on the big day.... it was nice to see how the gallery came together once all of the artworks were in place.|
|An intriguing little contribution by Crystal King. My, has she blossomed as an artist! She has consistently been participating in Phil's shows... I even remember when she was just a shy artist showing her first ever piece in the Outsiders show and now she exudes confidence. You Go, Girrrlll!|
|"Metal Dancer" by Eric Doran.. a very elegant piece that still manages to resemble a Swiss army knife.|
|A collection of illustrations by various artists. The girl hanging from the moon is so cute and was drawn by Kailee Driggers.|
|More Oompa Loompas by Phil Hyman.|
|Clint Eastwood by Phil Hyman|
|Twiggy. I think it captures her likeness perfectly.|
|More Phil Hyman stuff- Happiness is a warm gun!|
|Like Father, like daughter! Phil's daughter Zoe also showed a piece in the gallery! It embodies the "Mind's Eye" and I love all the tireless detail she added into it. The silver designing is really cool and shiny in person.|
|One of Peter Scala's art works displaying. |
His stuff vaguely reminds me of Picasso, but in a more modern, contemporary way.
|I really like Fred Jamar's use of such rich colors. It was the first thing I noticed about these lovely paintings of Downtown Charleston.|
|Artist Tina Ballentine and others browse my collection of crafts.|
|My displays were old re-purposed art supply suitcases you get as a kid. Finally, they come in handy for something! Here they are keeping all of my bracelets and necklaces.|
|Another surprise reveal... a new series of hand made hair bows! I just can't wait to show off all of the (remaining) scrunchies in a future blog post.|
|Fish and Skull keychains still available.|
My keychains and stickers being displayed. By the way, I also made some new troll face sticker packs to show at the gallery... this time the envelopes are golden, so fancy.
|"Ugh, this light is too bright for my wine!" What an interesting portrait, I didn't catch the name of the artist.|
|A rather large recreation of a classic, but with a modern twist. That demon monkey looks so mournful!|
Some incredible artwork by James Christopher Hill. He says that he is inspired by the artist Syd Mead, who drew the concept sketches for movie classics like Tron and Aliens. All I have to say about that is, Keep Gettin' Inspired, James.
|An interesting digital art contribution. The print was incredibly high quality and smooth!|
|The colorful tie-die frames were made by Special Ed students of Cane Bay Highschool. This really shows how open and accepting these art shows can be. What wonderful contributions.|
|The gallery was hopping on Friday night! The turn out was great considering the message got out mostly by word of mouth|
|The "Siamese Twins" by Angela Morgane.|
|Tina Ballentine's recycled signs! She was able to get her hands on some awesome displays from her work, which she transformed into these awesome pop culture shields. I'm not sure which one is my favorite, they're all so cool!|
|My boyfriend and I's stick snakes gaurding Viktor Allan's vinyl stickers. I don't know which is more adorable, those stick snakes or Vik's weirdo monsters.|
|A gallery tradition- you must draw on the sidewalk with chalk!|
|The Theme- "In the Mind's Eye" of course.|
|Finally.. On the second day of the show, |
I found a more suitable place for my
wind chimes. People were able to touch
them and hear their chimey sound!
|I really wish I knew this artist's name, too- she was wonderfully talented and super nice... she was the one that bought my Nom Nom Bunny pillow, how perfect.|
For the grand finale, Geoffrey Cormier and WAYANG Modern Shadow Puppet Theatre put on a live performance that was part puppet show and part live artwork. He used stencils to create colorful silhouettes on the surface of the screen. It was a pretty intriguing performance, and it cost nothing to be entertained for Free!
|"All the sounds, hustling, bustling, and the people."|
|My legs resting on a bench after a hard day's work.|
To conclude this mini cyber art show, I would like to say that community art shows like this are such a great experience for everyone involved. If you are curious about getting into your own local art scene, take a look around... check facebook, local newspapers, craigslist, any thing that may have a few clues on how to get into that local art scene. Because it's so rewarding to get live, instant feedback on your work. It's inspiring and it feels good to be around people with a like mind, too. Once again, thanks to Phillip Hyman for making all of this happen. Without him, the Charleston art scene would just be boring!
Until Next Time..
Photographs by Eyeball Art, Mystic Ghazala and my main man Kevin.