100 Degrees

"Succession" by Amy Guidry; acrylic on canvas; 6"w x 12"h; (c) Amy Guidry 2012

My next show is just around the bend as July is coming to a close.  My painting Succession will be featured at Wally Workman Gallery in Austin, TX as part of their group exhibition, “100 Degrees.”  The show will feature works by several of the gallery’s represented artists.  The exhibit dates are August 4th through September 1st, with a Preview held during their First Thursday Artwalk on August 2nd, from 6-8pm.  The official opening reception will be held August 4th, from 6-8pm.  You can preview the show online here: http://www.wallyworkmangallery.com/group_show.lasso?itemid=792.

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Visions of the Unnatural World

I’m a little slow to post these given my show at Barrister’s Gallery ended June 23rd.  Nevertheless, I wanted to share photos from the opening reception for my 3-person exhibition, “Visions of the Unnatural World.”  It was a really great exhibit and a great pair of artists – Nikki Crook and Monique Ligons – to show with.  More photos are also online here: http://www.amyguidry.com/events.html.

Artist Amy Guidry with her painting "Survival of the Fittest" (center)
Artists Monique Ligons, Amy Guidry, and Nikki Crook with their work, respectively, at Barrister's Gallery, New Orleans
"Symbiotic" by Amy Guidry; acrylic on canvas; 11"w x 14"h; (c) Amy Guidry 2011; SOLD
"Stallions" and "Mother Nature" by Amy Guidry; 6" x 6" each; acrylic on canvas; (c) Amy Guidry 2012
Installation view, Barrister's Gallery, New Orleans, LA

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Art Melt 2012

I recently attended the Preview Party for the 2012 Art Melt at the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge, LA.  My painting Survival of the Fittest was one of the works selected for the show by jurors Franklin Sirmans (Chief Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art); Ron Platt (Curator, Birmingham Museum of Art); and Thomas Neff (Artist and Professor of Art, LSU).  If you missed the Preview Party and the opening reception, no worries as the exhibit will be up through August 3rd.

 

Artist Amy Guidry with her painting "Survival of the Fittest" at the Shaw Center for the Arts
Artist Amy Guidry with Ron Platt, Curator, Birmingham Museum of Art, and Franklin Sirmans, Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Installation view, Art Melt 2012, The Shaw Center for the Arts
The Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge, LA

These are just a few of the photos from the event.  View more here: http://www.amyguidry.com/events.html

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In the Mail

New postcards featuring "Succession" by Amy Guidry

Just got my new postcards in!  My new painting Succession is on the front cover as well as my upcoming exhibitions list on the back.  If you would like to receive one, sign up for my postcards here: http://www.amyguidry.com/contact.html.  (Just click on the postcard icon.)  And for the over 500 (!) people that are already on my mailing list, be on the lookout for your new cards in the mail this week!

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July 2012 Artwalk

"Adaptation" by Amy Guidry; acrylic on canvas; 36"w x 48"h; (c) Amy Guidry 2007

It’s time again for the Second Saturday Artwalk in downtown Lafayette!  And the hours have now been extended so it will take place from 6-9pm!  More time to check out more great art.  Here is the line-up for July 14th’s Artwalk (and I will be participating this month as well so stop by and say hello!):

Acadiana Center for the Arts– 101 W. Vermilion St. / 337-233-7060
Main Gallery: May 12, 2012 – July 14, 2012- Southern Open 2012
Side Gallery: July 14, 2012 – August 4, 2012- Generic Art Solutions: “Bullet Proof”
James S. Mallia Galleria: June 2, 2012 – August 11, 2012- Inhabiting Horizons: Capturing Fleeting Spaces by: John Oliver, Emee Morgan and David Webber
Coca-Cola Studio: June 9, 2012 – August 4, 2012- Another Time: Paintings by Carolyn Scalfano Faulk and Eric Todd
Vault Series: July 14 – August 25, 2012- Gary Rock

Arts Co-op– 535 1/2 Jefferson St. / 337-344-8657
“Go Figure”-Figure Show and Body Studies

The Ballet Académie Gallery– 200 Polk St. / 337-280-0964
New Realm- Works by Amy Guidry

Cajun Spice– 535 Jefferson St / 337-232-3061
Phyllis Smith

Cité des Arts– 109 Vine St. / 337-291-1122
Danny Clanton

Gallery 549– 549 Jefferson St. / 337-593-0796
Group exhibition

Gallery R (at The Russo Group)- 116 E. Congress St. / 337-769-1530
Sonny Monteleone

Lounge Art Gallery– 402 S. Buchanan St. / 337-236-5570
“To the Water…………” group exhibition

Sans Souci Gallery– 219 E. Vermilion St. / 337-266-7999
Luis Perez

Zoom Photo Studio– 205-AW. Vermilion St. / 337-781-2036
Chris Perkins and Travis Gauthier

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Hi-Fructose – The Great West Coast Migration

Hi-Fructose: "The Great West Coast Migration" PangeaSeed Benefit Art Tour feature

More good press this week- I had a nice surprise this morning when I discovered my painting for “The Great West Coast Migration” traveling exhibit is featured on Hi-Fructose.  Over 100 artists have come together to support PangeaSeed’s conservation and preservation efforts for sharks and oceans in Japan and beyond.  The exhibit will travel to galleries along the West Coast starting this Friday (the 13th- eek!) at Roq la Rue in Seattle.  For the tour schedule and to check out some of the featured works (including my own!) visit this direct link:  http://hifructose.com/2012/07/04/the-great-west-coast-migration-pangeaseed-benefit-art-tour/.

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Posi+tive Magazine

Posi+tive Magazine: Interview with Amy Guidry- Between Photorealism and Surreal Composition

I’m excited to announce my recent interview for Posi+tive Magazine is now online.  I am honored to be featured and thank Editor Matilde Casaglia for the interview.  Many paintings from my In Our Veins series are included as well.  You can check out the entire feature at this direct link: http://www.positive-magazine.com/art/interview-with-amy-guidry-between-photorealism-and-surreal-composition/.

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Pay to Play

I’ve mentioned vanity galleries on here before but given some recent discussions, I felt it necessary to post about this controversial topic again.  I can tell you that I have never heard of anyone ever selling out a show or gaining ANY type of success from a vanity gallery.  Never.  If that were the case, we’d hear other artists singing their praises.  I know that it sounds great- a solo show in a major city (usually New York).  But that’s all you are getting.  A show.  There will never be a single show that will send your career into the stratosphere.  You’re thinking, right, of course not.  Well, if you’re willing to pay around $3000 plus all other costs associated with a show, then that show sure as hell better send your career into the stratosphere.  But again, that doesn’t happen.  So why even entertain the thought of showing in a vanity gallery?

OK- so here is the breakdown:

Vanity galleries are any gallery that require the artist to pay in order to show with them.  Not to be confused with a co-op gallery, which is owned and operated by the artists involved.

Vanity galleries charge an outrageous fee, this ranges anywhere from $1500- $3000 or just shy of selling a kidney.

Most vanity galleries also require that the artist install and de-install the show themselves.  Aside from this being a lot of work for the artist, after all, what are you paying the gallery for, but you’ll probably need a plane ticket as well if you don’t already live nearby.

Let’s not forget you are also responsible for shipping costs.  Plus you’ll be paying return shipping when the work does not sell.

You’ll most likely be responsible for invitation costs, so aside from printing costs, postage adds up quickly.

Vanity galleries do not push for sales.  Sure, the work is for sale, but nobody is going to work hard to sell it for you, they’ve already got your $3000, remember?

Many vanity galleries require that you do your own gallery-sitting anyway, so you’d be the only salesperson in that case.

You’ll also be responsible for drinks and food during the reception.

Lastly, and this is probably the worst of them all, your reputation is sullied in the eyes of “real” galleries.  Galleries know who the vanity galleries are and do not look kindly upon them.  If you think you’ll get a show with an established gallery with a vanity gallery on your resume, you are dead wrong.  Sorry to be so blunt, but I’m telling it like it is.  Galleries want to show artists that are successful based on their merits, not on how much they’re willing to pay their way to “success.”

And so, the big question here is “what are you paying for exactly???”  Just what does $3000 pay for?  Why does the gallery need that money?  I would love to hear their response.

If you’ve shown with a vanity gallery, the best thing you can do is to remove any mention of them from your resume, website, blog, social media sites, etc.  Make as if they don’t exist and move on.  Galleries that are new to your work don’t have to know.  Consider it a learning experience and just keep moving forward.  If you are still considering showing with a vanity gallery, the only other thing I can recommend is to Google them.  Look up their name with the word scam or just look up their name alone.  More than likely you will find horror stories and you can hear directly from artists that did participate.  Just keep in mind that no career was made overnight.  Even “superstars” that appear out of nowhere have been behind the scenes, working diligently for years and years, except no one was aware of that part.

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Sold

"Spring" by Amy Guidry; acrylic on canvas; 5" x 5"; SOLD; (c) Amy Guidry 2009

I just realized that I’ve been slacking a bit and did exactly what I would tell other artists not to do.  I forgot to get photos of a few paintings.  They were in an exhibit almost immediately after being finished, hence the mistake.  Though I’ve had plenty of time since then to rectify it….  One is now sold, which at least if I need a photo of it I can get one from the buyer, but that is not always the case, therefore it’s important to always document.  The good news is I do have a photo of the other painting that sold- Spring.  Both paintings are acrylic on canvas, 5″ x 5″ each, and from my New Realm series, which you can see the larger paintings in the series here: www.amyguidry.com/beginning.html.

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Muse Musings

I get so many questions about my work ranging from simple to philosophical, so today I thought I’d post about one of the more fun ones.  Sort of a Where’s Waldo post.  So some of you have asked about the models I’ve used in my paintings, which have always been varied from series to series.  However, there is one model that has been used for almost every body of work.  If you’ve been following my work since the early days, you probably know the answer to this.  Aside from using my own face, the next cheap and readily available model I know is my husband.  Depending on the painting, some are an exact resemblance, some take artistic license, and some don’t even feature his face (i.e. Everything’s Coming Up Roses).  So here are some of the paintings he has appeared in some form or another:

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