One: Managing

Managing shipping, protecting paintings, collaboration
Bringing down the show at the Three Sisters Gallery with lovely Nicky.

Many do not like to be managed. Managing deliveries and pickups in different locations requires managing people. To avoid conflict, I house this process in different language like offers of help and opportunity. 

Managing the end of shows

Managing shipping, protecting paintings, collaboration
Loaded and ready to return to Calgary.

DEVENIR approached the end of our weekly Skype call when the subject of collecting paintings came up. Our show in Salmon Arm had just ended and two of our group of five were at the closing reception. Following a pleasant afternoon, they packed everything up to bring it back to Calgary. Of course, any artist worth her salt has little or no storage room for other artists’ work. Managing storage space becomes a significant challenge as one’s practice matures.

An opportunity

Managing shipping, protecting paintings, collaboration
Unpacking

All sorts of ideas floated around until I mentioned I would be in Canmore the following week to pick up my own solo at the Three Sisters Gallery. Not sure any of them believed I could bring back my own work (over twenty paintings) as well as the work of two other artists in the same load. After all, mobiles take up a lot of room. Not to mention another two paintings I intended to deliver to the Alberta Society of Artists for their upcoming traveling exhibition beginning in Calgary. Managing it all in one trip is ideal.

Managing changes

Plans were set for Wednesday until the email came . The organizers schedule take downs for Thursday instead. Arriving in Canmore at nine thirty in the morning requires an overnighter somewhere. Since one of our members lives half way to Canmore (a little exaggeration) I asked if she could accommodate me. Managing my other appointments proved to be simple although I have yet to reschedule two of them.

Reloading

Managing shipping, protecting paintings, collaboration
Forgotten in the living room.

Upon returning to Calgary to pick up the second set of paintings and mobiles, I decided to unload. It proved essential. While I had loaded the first show horizontally, a vertical format better suited managing the number of paintings available. Except for my four foot square. Setting it up in the middle of the van, I was surprised it actually could sit vertically. Not at a perpendicular angle, certainly. Nonetheless, vertical enough to accommodate the other artwork.

Forgotten items

Managing shipping, protecting paintings, collaboration
Ready to deliver to ASA.

Patricia loaded the last piece when we remembered the other two in the living room. The ones with special packaging to protect the pieces while traveling. And to make life easier for those receiving the work, easy in and easy out. Thankfully a little rearranging allowed us to put them in the back, just managing to close the door.

Other shows

Besides “Earth” opening in Calgary on October 12th between 1pm and 3pm, three other shows open closer to home in November. Do check it out.

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