Viva Las Vegas!

"Beginning" by Amy Guidry; From the New Realm series. Copyright Amy Guidry 2008

For those of you who do not get my newsletter (Sign up at www.AmyGuidry.com), I thought I should mention my next solo exhibit. Yes, I have lots of shows coming up and in progress, actually, but this is the next solo. It will be in Las Vegas at the newly christened Henri & Odette. Originally the show was going to be at Jennifer Marie Gallery, but they are moving to a larger location and have changed their name in the process. The opening will be September 12th from 6-8pm. And yes, I will be there.

So if you’d like to take a trip out to Vegas, what better reason than to see my new show. And feel free to invite anyone you know in the area. I’ll be showing my New Realm series, so some of those you may have seen before, but there will also be new work in that series on display. And yes, I will have more of the smaller pieces that everyone loves because they’re so cute and collectible. Hee hee.

I’ll be posting more details about the show as they arise. Keep your eyes out for more information on shows in my newsletters.

Cedric

Amy\'s New Realm series was recently on display at the Zigler.For those of you who read the newspaper, perhaps you saw the article in yesterday’s Daily Advertiser about my painting at the Zigler Museum.  Herman Fuselier interviewed me last week about my “Cedric” painting which is now in the permanent collection of the Zigler Art Museum in Jennings, LA.  Even if you didn’t catch the article, you can still read it in the virtual world at http://www.theadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080624/LIFESTYLE/806240306

As mentioned in a previous blog, my painting is now part of the Louisiana collection of the Zigler.  It is among other Louisiana artists, such as heavy-hitters Clementine Hunter and William Tolliver.  The intention is for this expanding collection to travel to other museums and art institutions in the near future. 

Given the fact that my painting is of Cedric Watson, a Grammy-nominated musician and a favorite of the locals in Acadiana, I thought it was the perfect fit for the Zigler’s collection.  Not to mention the museum was pretty keen on it as well.  In addition, Cedric and the rest of his group, The Pine Leaf Boys, are scheduled to play at a museum event later this fall. 

Check out my painting on my website www.AmyGuidry.com.  While you are there, you can see the rest of my portrait series in addition to the new work that I’ve been up to lately.

 

 

Read All About It! Upcoming Shows, Publications, and more…

"Wisdom" by Amy Guidry; From my New Realm series. Copyright 2008 Amy Guidry.

New Work:

I have completed my newest painting “Wisdom” from my New Realm series. You can view the piece at http://www.amyguidry.com/wisdom.html.

Shows:

I have been invited to exhibit my work in “Ameri-Dreaming: Art & American Culture.” The show is scheduled for October 8- 31, 2008 in the Claypool-Young Art Gallery at Morehead State University in Morehead, KY.

I will also participate in “Circus Show and Other Atrocities” this coming September. My work will be featured among 60 other invited artists from the US, UK, and Canada. The show will be held at A Bitchin’ Space in Sacramento, CA.

My painting “Cedric” is now in the permanent collection of the Zigler Art Museum in Jennings, LA. “Cedric” is part of the Louisiana artists collection, which will be a traveling collection, and includes work by renowned artists Clementine Hunter and William Tolliver. The piece is from my portrait series and features local Grammy-nominated musician Cedric Watson.

I was also selected for inclusion in the Art Melt 2008. The juror is Sean Ulmer, curator of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. The show will be held from July 11- July 22nd at the Brunner Gallery in the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge, LA. The opening reception will be held Friday, July 11th from 6:30 to 10pm.

Be sure to check out my piece in the Southern Open Juried Exhibit at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in downtown Lafayette, LA. “Anti-Aging” was selected by juror Peter Frank, an art critic and art historian, who frequently writes for LA Weekly. My work was one of 105 selected from over 770 entries across five Gulf states. You can view photos from the opening reception at http://AmyGuidry.com/slideshow.htm

My New Realm series will be featured at the Jennifer Marie Gallery in Las Vegas, NV. The solo exhibition will be on display this coming September. The opening reception will be Friday, September 12th, from 6-8pm.

Publications:

My work is featured in Volume I of the premier issue of Studio Visit Magazine. Photos of my selected paintings and information about the publication can be seen under the Press section of the Amy’s website.

In addition, my work was selected for the fall edition of Studio Visit Magazine to be published this year as well. The juror was Carl Belz, Director Emeritus of The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University.

I have recently been selected for inclusion in Marquis Who’s Who of American Women. My biographical information has also been updated in Marquis Whos’ Who in the World for the upcoming 26th edition.

Issue 8 of Indie Arts- The DVD Magazine features me as one of their four gallery artists. You can see more at http://www.IndieArtsDVD.com.

Television:

If you’ve been watching MTV’s Real World Season 20 Hollywood, you’ve probably noticed my work in the background. My painting “United Isolation” can be seen outside the “telephone room” where the houseguests make their scandalous calls. And take a look at the bathroom mirror reflection because you’ll see it in there as well. You can view new photos from the show at http://www.AmyGuidry.com/press.htm

Death of an Artistic Salesman

"Awakening" by Amy Guidry; From my New Realm series. View more at www.AmyGuidry.com

One of the trickiest parts of being an artist is sales.  Most artists fail because of their lack of business skills.  Business skills are made up of many components, and one of those is your sales ability.  No, it’s not easy, and there really isn’t any one answer when it comes to sales.  Except diligence.  That’s the one common denominator I can think of in the sales equation.  Other than that, your sales approach can vary depending on who you’re dealing with.  Of course time and lots of practice will help you crack that code.

One specific helpful hint I can give you is to check out the Sales Gravy podcast.  I love this thing.  Show.  Whatever they are… podcasts are great because you can subscribe to them and listen to them repeatedly until they become your mantra.  Anyway, I love the Sales Gravy Power Principles podcast.  I am currently waiting to see when the next one will be out (usually on a weekly basis, but the newest one is mysteriously late).  Oh Jeb Blount, where art thou?  Much of the information on there is common sense, but sometimes we all have tunnel vision and miss out on the no-brainer actions we could and should be doing.  So that’s where Sales Gravy comes in.  Plus, it’s a motivational show, so you should just listen for the good confidence boost.

So if you are an artist, you should check out Sales Gravy.  Maybe you’ll learn something new.  Or maybe you’re already implementing these tactics in your life, but you should still give it a listen just to serve as proof you’re moving in the right direction.

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