The Brushstrokes Water-media Exhibit at the Prevost Gallery was a huge success, but 'success', did not 'just happen'. Both the museum gallery and the members of the Georgetown Water Color Society put a lot of work into this exhibition and it paid off.
First both the Guild and the gallery sent out invitations to everyone we knew. As a result, we had a huge turn-out and the gallery was packed. (Below)
Unlike a art competition where the shown work is an judged and prizes are awarded to the winning artists, this was an exhibition.Tickets for door prizes were handed out to the attending artists and guests. The Georgetown Water- media Society Janice Cowan drew the winning tickets for the door prizes of gift certificates for dinner for two at local restaurants (below). Needless to say one of our members had to solicit those door prizes.
Saying it was not a judged show, doesn't mean there were not any requirements to get ones work into the show:
- Each member was allowed to only one entry
- The quality had to be sufficent to gain approval of the Prevost gallery director.
- The work had to be less than 30" in any dimension including the frame ( There's not a lot of wall space in the gallery).
- The work had to have been painted in the last year.
- The work could not have been shown before within Georgetown County.
- The work had to be for sale, and
- The price had to be commensurate with the quality of the piece.
- The work had to be watermedia.... (This was the hardest requirement for me to as I am primarily a oil painter.)