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Art exhibit opens


I hung my pictures this morning in the exhibition area at work. A total of nine pictures that you can see here.


The title of the exhibition is “Living water – מים חיים” which as you can guess shows my water paintings except for “Nahal Banias” that is hanging in my office.

The pictures included are:

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Two updates on the painting front.

Firstly I have finished the pond with reflections of reeds picture. I need to give it a name. I’ll post a photo in the enxt couple of days.

Secondly, the company where I work has an exhibition area where employees can display art and I am putting on a mini-exhibition there starting next week. These exhibitions are open ended kind of affairs. There are not many takers, so the paintings can stay up for a couple of months even until someone will want to put up something new.

I am going to display a selection of my water paintings under the title of “מים חיים – Living Water”. I’ll post some photos of the display when it goes up as well.

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At the end of the exhibition I was left with the question of what to do with the pictures I got back. What was more pressing is what to do with the pictures I had framed because I don’t have any space to store them at home in their framed state.

My walls at home and, as you can see here, my office at work have been the beneficiaries of my quandary.

So you see, some good does come out of not selling any work…

This is the new “exhibition”. Currently I don’t have any plans to expand, but there may be an announcement some time in the not so distant future.

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The exhibition is now over and I can sum it up. Overall, the exhibition was a success even though I didn’t actually sell anything there.

The main positive point is that I got a lot of publicity. My flyers got seen by a lot of people, some of who came to see the show, others who just looked at the work online and others who cam up to me and said “are you the artist?”. Add to that the local news coverage I got in Beit Shemesh and the mention in the “what’s on” in the press in Jerusalem, that’s quite something.

In addition, I can chalk up the exhibition as an event both for my own ego and when talking to potential customers and galleries and in today’s market and in Jerusalem, it’s not so bad that I didn’t sell anything. Everyone is having a hard time selling.

So what next?

On Wednesday I brought all the pictures back from the gallery except for two (this and this) that Haim is keeping there. He has taken the opportunity to reorganize his walls and he has some nice stuff there now. I hung a couple of the framed pictures at home and another in the office and I will put the rest into storage.

I need to work now on widening my channels for showing my work and for sales. With most of my pictures back in my storage, the chance of selling anything has gone down a bit but I have some ideas already and more coming.

  • I am currently working on an upgrade to my website including the integration of PayPal and online checkout. I am also going to do a review of item statuses to reflect that work can be on sale online (and dispatched by mail) in a gallery or by enquiry (larger, framed and more expensive pieces). I have already made changes in the search but there is more to come. You may remember that a couple of weeks ago I sold a piece from the web site so I decided to invest some effort here.
  • I am thinking of going back to my idea of a large piece for a public place to get some work on permanent display (apart from the free publicity when it goes up).
  • I am also thinking of finding a second gallery and not in Jerusalem – like Tel Aviv. This is quite a project for me as I know nothing about Tel Aviv and just getting there will involve investing large amounts of time.
  • What I won’t be doing is disaplaying in any group shows in Beit Shemesh, unless somebody comes to me with a very good proposal for something considerably better than any of the shows that have been up till now.

So as you can see I have a few ideas to be working on. Readers, do you have any more?

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Only one day left…

[Edit] For yesbuts and anyone else who hasn’t been following: Nofim Gallery, 24 Ben Sira St., Jerusalem.

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