Tuesday my show was hung in the upstairs gallery at NW Wine (326 NW Davis, McMinnville, OR. Phone 503-435-1295 for hours). It will be up through May and part of June, and the opening is the 20th. The downstairs gallery will feature Luke Zimmerman's wonderful paintings.
I'm mildly surprised by how delighted I am to have all these pieces out of my studio, and to have a huge blank wall to hang new pieces on as I work on them. Freeing up that space seemed to create a vacancy that immediately wanted to be filled with new work.
Another thing I did yesterday was to sort and go through my collection of "stuff" that I use in my art. Over time, I forget what I have (and the old saying, "out of sight, out of mind" certainly applies here), and sorting and reorganizing makes it seem like I have a whole new stash. I cannot put everything into Rubbermaids, label them and put them on shelves. Things have to be open to viewing...and if they are in Rubbermaids, the lids have to be off so I can readily see and dig.
Speaking of a trash stash, in Manzanita there is a great recycling facility called Cart'M. Besides recycling, there is a thrift shop there, and also an area where metal items are dumped. From that area it is possible to purchase old rusty, wonderful things for pennies...all the stuff I love to use in my art.
Anyway, Cart'M has an annual Trash Art Show, kicked off with a Trash Bash which includes food, music and the opening on Friday night (next week). All art must be made from recycled materials, and will hang until Sunday noon. It's going to be great fun to see all the found object art in one place. Go to cartm.org if you are interested in entering.