The Blue Mountain painting sold out!
Blue Mountain, which was exhibited at Gallery North, has been sold. This Blue Mountain was painted in watercolor. It is a small painting, measuring 6 by 9 inches. Every year, Gallery North, a notorious gallery in the area where I live, helds a holiday exhibition called Deck the Halls. In this exhibition, about 50 local artists collect small paintings of 10 inches or less for a group exhibition. I have been trying to participate in this exhibition as much as possible.
Local exhibitions play an important role in art and cultural exchange in local communities. In particular, it can be seen as a very essential event for modern people who live in an era of information overload such as computers and find it difficult to achieve emotional stability.
As a painter, I was terrified when I first arrived in the New York. Because there were too few galleries to see the paintings. Unlike Europe, where there are many spaces and events to enjoy paintings and culture, here, in a way, it smelled artificial, as if they were just taken out of a single frame, like Starbucks or Burger King, all of which have the same shape and name.
Whether driving, drinking coffee, or traveling, Americans should all listen to the same music and see the same buildings. At first I found this very suffocating and difficult to adjust to. Now I'm used to hearing the same brand, the same building shape, and the same song, but I remember being afraid when I first came to America.
We live as a member of a region, community, and society. In a way, it may look the same shape and color as if they were wearing the same uniform. However, the members within it all have different styles, personalities, and backgrounds. Society is where these diverse members come together to form a pattern, fashion, and color. In other words, society is not a container that confines members within a framework.
In this sense, culture and art play a very important role. This is because it discovers the individuality of each individual and meaningfully weaves each different shape into one art. This has power. So, local art events help local members to have a voice as individuals. While appreciating and interacting with works of art, you can get out of the frame that has bound you for a while and see them.
As a local painter who participates in local events, I am proud of this. So when I finish this year's exhibition, I'm thinking of a small picture to be displayed next year.
Finally, I hope that Blue Mountain will bring a lot of happiness and joy to the customer's home with the beautiful mysterious blue light.
Myungja Anna Koh