Sunday, April 11, 2010

Reflecting on the opening reception-

Just relaxing!
I want to tell you what I learned on the opening reception of the show(last night):
- I have an amazing husband and a terrific family. Rea and Dimitri came along with their friends who are really, really fun and lovely people. They stayed for almost the whole time, and had some very intelligent and interesting things to say about the work. I was so moved!
- I have some awesome friends! Eventhough we have been in Vancouver for five years, I am such a lucky girl to have made such incredible friendships with supportive, enthusiastic , and exciting people!
- I have enjoyed tremendously working within one single project for a year and it has proved to be a great learning tool. I don't think I want to live without a specific project ever again! I loved the discipline, the boundaries, the constant revisiting of a single concept, it forced me to change perspectives and make new discoveries.
- I need to get out and meet people, visit galleries more often. I hardly ever step into galleries so why should they bother with me!
- I can't hide behind my natural shyness, its something I have to 'tame'!
-I have to make some changes in my own routines, because this work-drop-work-drop- thing can't go on.
-I need to be more disciplined with my food/coffee habbits because I seem to have very little energy lately. Maybe I should detox someway or other.
- I was dissappointed my advertising of the show didn't bring in more 'new' people. Let's face it my marketing skills suck! This is something that needs urgent attending to!
-All in all I am happy with the body of work itself.
- I do wish I could have been a little more 'contained'- I tend to jump here and there and everywhere, and my work lacks the desired 'consistency'. That's because my boundaries as a person are supremely 'elastic' and I need to hold myself under a very tight leash or else...!
That still requires lots of work-
And actually some more playtime too please!
And more blogging!!!


Mitsy / ArtMind said...

Congrats on the opening of the show. I hope it will be a succes.
Numerous things on your list I need to do too. Time to get out of our comfy hermit place eh?

Kylie said...

Congratulations from me too Annamaria :)
I love your list of lessons and reflections... I can relate to them all. I think public interest is a thing that builds... the most effective means of marketing (in our experience with our shop) is word-of-mouth. There is a snowball effect where word spreads and interest grows steadily... I'm betting the next opening will be pumping :)) Kx

Kylie said...

p.s. I LOVE your new banner artwork :) Kx

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the show went well (pictures please!) and some useful reflections there.Have a chilled week to catch up with yourself! Claire x

Amanda Nicole said...

Wow, congratulations! Sounds amazing :)

our little love nest said...

Congratulations...if it had of only waited to happen for another few months, I might have been able to bring some new faces along with my own. :( Maybe the next show.
I agree with Kylie, word of mouth is the best marketing but it does take time in the beginning. Wishing you a warm and happy day with a bit of play time just for you. xo

Alexandra Hedberg said...

Congratulation on your exhibition! - will you show us photos from it? I'm also a bit curious on how you solved hanging the exhibition...

I always have "after-the-opening-anti-climax-disappointment"...I've had exhibitions where I've worked very hard on getting people to come - and others where I haven't done much. And sometimes with the same result in visitors ... But artist colleges normally come (but they won't buy anything ...)

I have to remind myself often that most people really don't find art as important as I do. And then there is the time issue. Even I don't go to many openings - even though I have the interest!

Photos please!

belinda marshall said...

congratulations ~ am happy to hear it went well and that you could take in the things people said.
definitely more play time please!
i find your list really interesting. it's a handy one to keep! i think we must all be similar, i too can relate to almost all of your points :)

annamaria potamiti said...

Thank you all so much!!!
Annamaria xxxxxxxxx

annamaria potamiti said...

Oooops, I meant to say about the photos- I will post some on Thursday when I have gallery duty...Did I say I forgot my camera on the opening day? i know, no brains at all...I guess I was too nervous to be clever!
Annamaria xx