Artist reception in Art show.
Today is the Art Show Reception Day of The Night Heron Watercolor Artists Group. When artists exhibit, the gallery hangs pictures, labels, creates brochures and promotes them. Then, on a specific day, they make a reception day and invite family, friends, art collector and art lover who the artist and the gallery know. Since the schedule is mainly released to the public, individuals interested in this group or painting also visit.
This day was very meaningful because I personally participated in a group exhibition in which I personally prepared and exhibited works, rather than attending an artist working group meeting to an art show. In other words, it is an exhibition that is opened after meeting, getting to know each other, and seeing the process of drawing, so it was more natural to talk with the artists and it was much easier to exchange opinions about the work.
I love Reception Day. I try to attend whenever possible. Because I know it's hard to see a gallery full of so many people during an exhibition.
In this way, on reception day, bring a table and prepare a light snack or drink such as water. Therefore, the reception is a great opportunity to enjoy a well-prepared snack, chat with the artists who drew them, hear their stories about the paintings, and view the paintings in a festive atmosphere.
Here's an editorial from a professional curator who reaffirms how important reception is for artists.
Personally, I have participated in 44 exhibitions so far, so now I have more time to compare the various receptions with each other. There is one thing I always check when I attend a reception. It's just a napkin. Most organizers don't care about napkins. Because you just have to list the food, there is no reason to worry about the shape and color of the napkin. But the team that planned the reception was sure to have a nice and nice napkin on hand.
As always, depending on your personal personality, attending a party-like reception can be difficult. This is very natural. I was also extremely reluctant to express myself and tell my story. Of course, a lot has changed while painting and exhibiting. Because I had to do this to survive. Let's remember that just because I like to be alone in my closet doesn't guarantee that my paintings will be the same.
And I have attended over 40 receptions and confess that each has been meaningful to me. And if you get the chance, it's easier to talk about these receptions.
Myungja Anna Koh