Solo art show in Findlay, Ohio
Welcome back to my blog! Normally, you would be seeing what progress I’m making on my Not #MeToo: No More Casting Couch painting in these blog posts. However, even when you’re working on a big project, an artist’s life goes on. I currently have a large landscape painting show in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, at the GALLERY one at the Double Tree Suites by Hilton Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. But it is also time for my first solo art show with NYC gallerist Paul Calendrillo. He organized a show of 13 of my figure paintings at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts in Findlay, Ohio.
Kevin Grass and Paul Calendrillo pose next to the Primates painting at the Findlay, Ohio, art exhibition.
Getting the paintings there involved me buying tons of cardboard and custom-cut Styrofoam, so I could build the boxes for each of the 13 paintings.
This is what the show looks like when the paintings are all boxed up, ready to be picked up by Pilot Freight Services, so they can go to Findlay in time.
Notice that I put an image of each painting on the outside of the boxes, so that when the show needs to be re-packed, the gallery aides can easily figure out which box is for which painting and also keep the felt that I had wrapped around each piece safely inside the box for the duration of the show. This kind of attention to detail makes take-down much easier afterward.
My wonderful artist friend Ken Hershenson picked me up at the Detroit airport and drove me to Findlay. We had a marvelous time talking shop the whole time, since Ken also uses Golden Open acrylics and does representational paintings. Ken is the friend I made when I went to see the Art Prize competition for the first time in October 2017. He will be visiting my work this time when he drives over to see my Not #MeToo: No More Casting Couch painting in the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum during Art Prize this fall. He also organized that he, a friend of his, and I will have a group exhibition of our works at Galerie Camile in Detroit next April.
This is a more overall view of my show in the Marathon Center for Performing Arts. The nice thing is, people will get to see my paintings when they go to performances there!
A former student of mine from St. Petersburg College even came to see my show!
Nicole Weaver had moved away from the Tampa area, but kept in touch via Facebook. That’s how she found out about this solo show, which is near where she lives now. I think it is wonderful that she made the effort to come to the opening reception.
An art collector from Tampa noticed my Primates painting and purchased it when he saw it before a performance in the Performing Arts Center. What were the odds that someone who is local to my home would see one of my works in the town of Findlay, Ohio? I think he may have recognized the scene from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
I am so thrilled that my gallerist Paul Calendrillo has gotten our new business relationship off to such a great start! It’s motivating me to make more art!
Thanks for reading my blog,
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