Monday, March 22, 2010
Making new gallery space
Over the past few weeks, Dee and I have been (occasionally) painting the big room over the studio to prepare for a slight change in the way we use it. It's been spare space for us since we moved into this house, used as a gallery one weekend a year during our holiday sale in December. Otherwise, it's been a rarely used guest room and once in a great while (when Sunday night Masterpiece Theater conflicts with big football or baseball games) the place I go to watch televised sports.
Now we're painting the darkly stained barnboard walls a gallery white, pulling up the vaguely rose-colored carpet and installing linoleum across the whole room. Then we'll build some movable screens and the room will be turned into half-gallery, half-guestroom/workspace.
The plan is to use the multi-windowed gallery space to display particularly good pieces that come out of my kiln, saving the gallery/shed in the back yard for most of my output. We'll see how that works, but I've thought for a while that the very best of what I do sometimes gets lost in everything else. This will be a way of separating out the pieces that I think should have higher price tags.
Dee is home today, her regular day off from her massage business, and is painting the trim on the window frames. We've got some cold spring rain falling outside today, which is good, because if it was a sunny day my live-in painter would be out digging somewhere.