July 2010 Plein Rein Group Show at the Canvas in Juneau

The Plein Rein Painters of Juneau have hung a new group show at the Canvas Art Gallery in Juneau!  This is a very nice, accessible space on Seward Street in downtown Juneau, Alaska.  We will have a reception on this Friday, July 9th from 4:30 to 7:30.  Please come by to visit and see what we've been up to in the past several months.

Organizing and hanging a show requires a lot of work!  Thanks to our group, and the wonderful support of MK and Donna at the Canvas we have a very nice show to share.  We have publicity distributed, food organized, labels and prices collected and mounted, and a bright, airy and welcoming gallery to show our work.

We have found, over time that the essentials for hanging a show (other than nails, hammers, pencils, tacky stick-um stuff for labels on walls, and tape measures) is:

  1. Not too many helpers – 2 is OK, 4 is good – more than that is not better. Involve someone who has hung a few shows, or an artist not involved in the show to offer objective feedback.
  2. Consider the overall design and viewpoint from the gallery entrance and windows (if any!), but do not spend too much time on the plan, hanging takes a lot of time, and you need to get started!
  3. Line up work on the floor to get spacing and flow down.
  4. Open the wine AFTER you get about half done, but don't fail to lubricate the workers, as this does not have to be punishment!
  5. Don't be afraid to just put a nail in and get started!  Measuring is advisable, but the mathphobia and fractions involved can daunt many an artist – so don't get too "hung up"  (sorry) on measuring.
  6. Lighting is very important, work with your gallery to eliminate dark areas, and replace missing bulbs.
  7. Get your show hung, at latest, the night before the opening, an extra day is really nice, to handle missing labels, bad hanging hardware . . . 


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