Many of you regular readers know I have some issues when it comes to photos and I can't tell you how sad it makes me that I do not have better photos to go along with this post.
When I was invited by The Flying Pig Gallery & Greenspace to bring in my collaged wallets, I felt as if I'd received confirmation from the Universe that many of the decisions I've recently made (less retail, more wholesale, more focus on fairs and most importantly, developing relationships with galleries) are on target.
The Flying Pig is the heart endeavor of Susan Connor and Robyn Mulhaney and I promise you, you've never seen anything like it.
Not only do the have two winding floors of fantastic gallery space, they have gorgeous outdoor gardens (plenty of benches and outdoor art too), a pond, a small cafe (coffee, wine, micro brewed beer) and a commitment to green living and retailing. They support artists of all levels and create a wonderfully eco-friendly and eclectic space for their work. They say it best on their website...
"Carvings, stoneware and metalwork share a well-controlled chaotic presentation along with hand-painted furniture, fine jewelry, pottery, recycled art, paintings and concrete sculpture: The creative works of creative people."
The first floor hosts the cafe and and a retail section filled with handmade jackets made of silk, lots of jewelry (Including my blogging friend Amanda Davie's beautiful pieces), pottery, cards, handmade soaps, smaller paintings and sculpture, a room for children (No adults allowed!) and an entrance to the greenspace. It's busy, full and colorful...you could spend hours looking at everything.
The second floor is more open and more what we expect (I use that word loosely because you never know what to expect when you visit--it's always changing) when we think of a gallery....wall space, airy and with beautifully placed pieces of work by local, national and international artists. The wallets are in the downstairs right now and keeping very good company, but someday, maybe...I'll finish some of my non-wallety projects and submit them in hopes of taking the leap to the second floor! I wish I had pictures...BUT, at about 5:00 in the video above, you can see what the space looks like.
It's important to mention how committed Susan and Robyn are to sustainable practices in both the cafe and galleries. They use reclaimed and recycled building materials, wind powered aeration in the pond, compostable containers in the cafe, natural cleaners and heat and cool the building using geothermal practices (which could be it's own blog post). Speaking of blog posts...they also have a gallery blog.
I am so happy to say that I've landed in my first gallery and it feels good to know that even extra large pieces like these have already found new homes!
At the end of the month they're hosting a party for their friend and employee Pat...with cake, music and artists. I'll be joining the artists in the garden and working on wallets...I'll post more details about the event later.
I'll close with promises to post more often...and some pictures of my newly made displays that were a huge hit at the Broadway Farmer's market last night...