5 things I did right...

I have a solo exhibit for my fabric art at Black Birch Vineyard (ending September 26) and recently hosted an artist's reception. For those of you who couldn't make it I wanted to share the 5 things I did right at the opening!

Fabric Art

1) I created beautiful artwork and installed it in a way that complements the space and the work. My father and his wife Karen helped me place the pieces and I couldn't have done it without Karen's wonderful eye for art.

It was a bit difficult to photograph this area due to the lights and beams but I assure you it is like a beautiful garden when you see it in person.

It was a bit difficult to photograph this area due to the lights and beams but I assure you it is like a beautiful garden when you see it in person.

2) I created a binder with photos and brief explanations of my technique and inspirations. The binder also contains a page for each piece of art telling the story of that piece.

dawnallenbinder
You can read part of the binder here.

You can read part of the binder here.

3) I had a sales table with small pieces of art, handbags, and little boutonnieres which people could buy at the best price (karma sale: pay what you want)! This was great because it meant everyone could go home with something and I had the great feeling an artist gets when people purchase their art!

I was also very fortunate to have my mother-in-law, Pat, watching the table and helping with all of the sales.

flowers

4) I wore a fabulous dress! I designed the fabric using photos of my three-dimensional fabric art flowers. Then I had the dress made and sent to me. It was quite a hit at the event and I had no need for a name tag; everyone knew I was "the artist"!

dawn allen dress

5) I had fun with my guests. So many people attended the opening and I tried to connect with as many people as possible. It was so fun to talk about my art and meet new people. 

My kids got dressed up for the opening, but here they are a few hours before- showing off "Stone Wall with Irises". 

My kids got dressed up for the opening, but here they are a few hours before- showing off "Stone Wall with Irises". 

You can view most of the pieces in the "Irma and Doris Go Wine Tasting" collection in this online gallery.

I hope to see you at my next artist's reception in Westfield MA at the Rinnova Gallery on October 7, 2016 6-8 pm for another solo exhibit.

Love and Thanks, Dawn