The past several months have been really busy here at “Studio Clara Nartey”. Since last summer, when I got to know that I’ll be getting the opportunity to show my work at Heather Gaudio Fine Art Gallery in New Canaan, Connecticut, I’ve been hard at work.
Reflecting on the Exhibition
I was just thinking about it today; it took seven months from the time I got the initial contact from the gallery to the time the exhibition opened. And all that time I was working non-stop for my solo-show to open at Heather Gaudio Fine Art gallery. And for the past two months since the show has been open, it’s been a flurry of activities. Reflecting on my solo show – The Joy of Living– which ends soon, I’m amazed that more than half of one year has been focused on a single exhibition. From the initial contact to the show closing has been a total of nine months.
The Joy of Living at Heather Gaudio Fine Art has been my biggest exhibition thus far, yet I feel like I’m just getting started. There’s so much more work I want to create. And there are so many people who haven’t seen my work yet, whom I want to see my work. And there are a ton of venues I’ll like to show at. That is to say, there’s nothing as motivating as showing your work. It makes you want to make more work and share.
I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve received to show my work. I can’t tell you how much it fills my heart to see people interact with the work and be moved by it. It’s an absolute privilege for me to have the chance to be able to get my work out there into the world. And when people buy my works and decide to live with them, and give them new homes, it’s an honor. A true honor to be welcomed into different homes across the country.
The Exhibition Comes to An End – at Heather Gaudio Fine Art
As this exhibition comes to an end, I can’t help but reflect on what the experience of it all has been. I’ve worked with the art dealers/professionals at Heather Gaudio Fine Art to pull the show together. I met and communicated with people who admire my work. I coordinated materials for the press and created more than two months worth of social media promos. And so, so much more. It’s been quite the ride.
So, what’s next for me? In some ways I feel like I should get into planning mode for the next exhibition since it takes at least half a year to pull this size of a show together. In other ways, I think I should focus on creating new works for now. Then, strategize about a bigger vision and long-range goal for the type of exhibitions I want to see my work in.
Needless to say, what’s next will require me soul searching as well as planning. And you know you’ll be one of the first to hear about what’s coming up next at “Studio Clara Nartey”.
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