My First Exhibition - King & Ayres
I was super delighted when I was asked to be part of a local group exhibition at King & Ayres in August. This was my first ever exhibition, and I was so excited to have my work on display amongst talented artists in such a beautiful space.
The exhibition is called "Thirty 30", as it includes the work of 30 artists for 30 days in 30 x 30 cm format. Working on such a small scale was challenging for me, as I generally prefer much larger works. The smallest I tend to work with is 45cm x 45cm and I really enjoy working on large canvases around the 1-metre size. I was amazed at how working on a smaller scale than I was used to, made it quite a challenge. There was plenty of problem solving, layers and changes to make them work for me.
I continued with my recent explorations of mark-making, with repetitive lines and patterns for this exhibition. I ended up creating 6 or 7 works so I could choose my 4 favourites for the show. The works not in this exhibition sold quickly both at Co.LAB in Berry and on Bluethumb, so I knew I was onto a good thing!
The exhibition opened on Wednesday the 17th of August and I was delighted when my artwork "Razzle Dazzle" was sold on opening day!
Razzle Dazzle, 2022
The official opening night was Friday the 19th of August, so I went along with my good friend and fellow Artist Lauren Ward. It was a lovely evening browsing beautiful art and I was thrilled when my Mum and Dad popped in on their way home from Sydney too, which was very special!
It was exciting to have my work in front of new eyes, expanding my reach and growing my audience. I had lovely feedback on the night and enjoyed the atmosphere immensely.
I'm happy to report that one week into the exhibition, all my pieces have now found homes and I'm so delighted and humbled by the response to my work. I was thrilled to bits that my art connected with collectors and it's times like these that give me a much-needed boost to keep going with my art journey.
The King & Ayres Thirty30 exhibition runs through until 15th September, so be sure to pop in and have a squiz at all the beautiful remaining pieces if you are Wollongong way.