Thoughts on having a gallery to myself for a whole week…

Talking art with some old friends and some new ones.
Talking art with some old friends and some new ones.

I’ve done a few gallery shows before but I’ve never had the run of a gallery to myself for a whole week.  It was a win-win situation for me: if tons of people come in to look at my art, I win; if they don’t, I still get to hang out in a gallery on Lake George drawing all week.  Yep, I still win.

I wanted to use this week to showcase the series of animal portraits I’ve done over the past year or so.  Despite what a lot of people think, I’m not just an “animal artist”, but this being the Adirondacks, I thought it would be a great fit.  I also did a few new pieces for this show: a couple of posters that reference the area as well as some more creative cow-skull pieces that complement the animal series.

Pen and ink, brush and ink, colored pencil on smooth Bristol.  Price: $850
Pen and ink, brush and ink, colored pencil on smooth Bristol.
Price: $850

A brief word on the cow skulls. I think most people viewed these as macabre or subversive in some way and they are meant to be anything but.  The intent is to show that beneath the flesh and fur of these animals, particularly the ones we eat, there’s a sentient, feeling being.  And I think there’s beauty in that parallel between “us and them”.  But I digress.  As far as the posters, turns out they were a hit.  I personally love the symmetry and balance that can be achieved with Adobe Illustrator, especially when it’s combined with a hand drawn illustration.  Rad.

So the opening ceremony was super fun and went off without a hitch.  I was honored by the presence of the many people that came out just to admire some art and enjoy a glass of wine, and particularly so by the friends and family members that traveled pretty damn far to attend.  Humbling to say the least.  And as an artist, the ability to have a concentrated flow of traffic viewing one’s craft is pretty much a dream come true.  The ancillary benefit was that Hague, NY has zero cell reception.  The benefits of unplugging for an entire week are many…trust me.  I also got to put in some miles on my road bike along the lake, and indulged in a nightly swim in lieu of a shower.  Hey, it’s summer; swimming totally counts as bathing. .

Anyway, if you find yourself in the Lake George region anytime soon, check out the Gallery at Hague Creek.  The owner, a great guy and true patron of the arts, has a different artist take over the gallery for a week each summer.  Needless to say, I’m hoping I get invited back next year…

2 Comments

  1. Laura Zamrok says:

    We had the pleasure of visiting Mr. Chismark’s reception. We enjoyed every second of it and are proud owners of two of his pieces. Congratulations, Evan, and best of luck to you as you continue to follow your dreams.

    “Not everyone is meant to make a difference. But for me, the choice to lead an ordinary life is no longer an option. ” –Peter Parker

  2. Evan says:

    Thanks Laura! Great seeing you guys at the show. See you next summer!

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