Thoughts on Exhibiting

The second cARTwheel Collaborative exhibition has wrapped up. The walls at Percolator Gallery are once again bare and wait quietly and expectantly for the next group of hopeful artists to mark their presence on Brisbane’s art scene.
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Being part of this creative community is wonderful! I think every artist can benefit from surrounding yourself with like-minded artsy peeps. My little group began quite by chance after a callout on Facebook. From there we held our first show in 2013 and EIGHT of us exhibited at Percolator for 2 weeks. This 2015 show we had 4 artists and we had the space for 5 days. Boy, it seemed to fly by. I felt that just as we finished hanging….it was all over!
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Every time we’ve exhibited I’ve learned so much about what is required to manage your own exhibition. Choosing the date, flyers, photographs, pricing, entertaining on Opening Nights, rostering, selling, schmoozing, payment facilities and so much more.

This time I felt like I really “owned” it – what I produced came from years of experimenting and learning and moving into my own style and headspace.
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I’m incredibly proud of my current work. For some, being proud of what you’ve achieved and saying it out loud, it is unnatural. It was for me for a long time, but I love this series and I have more canvases ready to go in different sizes and slightly different compositions. I can’t wait to begin.

Thank you again to those that came out in support. Thank you to my fellow collaborators Carol Lee Beckx, Janine Whitling and Vicki Donaldson. It’s been a wonderful experience.

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GiSt Girls have a Home

Some people come into your life and they pop up later when you don’t think you need them, but you really really do.
That’s what life’s like for me and Anissa, owner of Knitch.com.au.
We met so many years ago when we were both Scrapbookers. Anissa diverted into thread, yarn and felt, while I took the Art Journal/Mixed Media road. I didn’t think anymore of it until, by chance, I wandered into a new funky storefront in Paddington called Knitch.
It’s a delightful store with delightful, welcoming customers (yes, even the customers will have a chat with you). I was wanting to do a class with Mum to get her out of the house. The owner (who looked vaguely familiar) got me to sign up to her newsletter but when she saw my name, she (re-)introduced herself and it was as though the planets had aligned to put us back together again.
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So after a few Block-a-long sessions and catching-up sessions, Anissa offered space in her shop to display my artwork.
And I am grateful.
To Anissa for opening up her walls for me and other local artists and artisans to display and sell their wares; and to Fate for giving me the courage to walk into a quaint store with yarn-bombed bicycles, chairs and utility boxes and finding an old friend beyond the door.
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So now you can see my artwork anytime the store is open.
No waiting for markets.
No awkward feelings about coming into my home to see the art.
It’s there for anyone to see.
And it feels great.
I feel like part of the Knitch family.

The store is on Latrobe Tce, 2 doors up from the stalwart Bizzel’s Garage. You won’t be able to resist the gorgeous, yarn-bombed front fence.
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And while I was there, Anissa offloaded a pile of vintage women’s magazines. Could barely contain my excitement!!!
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Some are from the 1930s….oh, how could I possibly rip these beauties up?
Well I can, and I will hahaaaaa…..

Life is Good
Get creative – and messy – and out the door.
Winter is beautiful!

xx Giovanna

Art for Sale at Percolator Gallery

Here is a list of my artwork at Percolator Gallery, 134 Latrobe Tce, Paddington in Brisbane.

Our exhibition finishes Sunday 27 October.

Open Tue-Fri 10am-6pm; Weekend 9am-4pm.

See all the excitement of our hugely successful Opening Night celebrations on our cARTwheel Collaborative website.

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Genuine
200×250
$160

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To Listen
300×400
$280

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Music Maiden
300×400
$280 SOLD

Courage & Confidence 300x400 $260 SOLD

Courage & Confidence
300×400
$260 SOLD

Becoming 250x300 $210

Becoming
250×300
$210

Whispers 250x300 $210

Whispers
250×300
$210

Embrace Me 200x250 $180 SOLD

Embrace Me
200×250
$180 SOLD

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Life’s Purpose
250×300
$210

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Little Things
300×400
$260
(note: hair has been worked on since this photo was taken. There’s more dimension and highlights)

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True Dreamer
250×300
$220 SOLD

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Just Do It
200×250
$180

If something piques your interest, please contact me directly to purchase or have something similar customised to your personal taste and decor.

xx
Giovanna