September 28, 2010

An Exhibition, a Gallery Contract and an unfinished painting

You must all be wandering what happened to my promise to finish Montreal2 this week. Well my exhibition got in the way a bit. This is the first time I'm in a duo exhibition so I have a lot of pieces that need preparation. I also have a lot of work to do on promotion and I still need to make all the cards to go with the paintings. I have to say I went to a lot of 'OMG why am I doing this' moments this week but now I'm really looking forward to the exhibit, it's going to be fun!
Next to the show this weekend, which is in a local Cultural center, I received a consignment contract from a gallery which makes me very happy. Somehow everything seems to happen at once. This did make me realize that I really have to get back into my studio to get some more work done, I barely have enough to fill up the space at the cultural center and I want to be able to do some solo shows in the future so more work is definitely a priority right now. Well, not Now, now of course, because now my exhibit has priority, but after the weekend its back into the studio to make some art! Montreal2 will be first on the agenda and after that I've loads of new ideas floating around in my head... 

September 25, 2010

Exhibition at the Pierrefonds Cultural Center

Exhibition Denise Buisman Pilger 
 Pierrefonds Cultural Center
October 1st, 2nd and 3rd

Come see the art  and talk to the artist 
Friday October 1st 7pm - 9.30pm
Saturday October 2nd 11am - 5pm
Sunday October 3rd 10am - 2pm
The Pierrefonds Cultural Center is located at 13850 boul. Gouin Ouest in Pierrefonds, QC.

September 20, 2010

Trip to the Netherlands

I just came back from my 10 day trip to the Netherlands. These trips are always loads of fun and exhausting because every single person you know wants to meet up and spend some time, preferably in the evenings because naturally they have to work. So our days and nights were spent driving around the country visiting friends and family and we even managed to have a few hours to ourselves so we took a nice stroll down the beach and did some shopping, we always want to bring a couple of Dutch things home that we just can't get over here. Things like salty licorice, Dutch cheese and speculaas. On Friday we spent the day at a spa with friends, something we try to do every time we visit.
On Saturday my mums took me to Amsterdam where we strolled through the city and visited all kinds of places from my childhood. I did bring my camera a managed to shoot some material so a piece on Amsterdam is definitely coming up. I have to say it was kind of weird being back in the city where I was born. So many things have changed that I almost look at it like any other new city I visit. But then there are places that have stayed absolutely the same and all of a sudden its that same old city again. Its a weird mixture especially because I look at the city with different eyes when I take pictures for a piece. I don't think I have ever noticed the architectural beauty of Amsterdam before. I mean, I've always known it was there, it's something you learn about in school as a child, but I don't think I've actually taken the time to really see it. I think I want to make a piece of it with the material I gathered this time, but since we mainly stayed in the downtown area I think I would want to go back someday and visit all those places from my childhood and see if that results in a different kind of piece. But that is something for another day. 
I think I talked about doing some promotion at galleries in the Netherlands while I was there. I managed to send out 19 artist packages to different galleries all over the country. To my surprise I got 4 of them back within that same week. From earlier experiences I had kind of expected a waiting time of at least three months, I mean I sent out some stuff here in Montreal last year in November and I was still getting replies in July! And although I appreciate the quick replies of the Dutch galleries I have to say I was a bit disappointed when two of my packages were returned without any comments, they didn't even attach a card so I don't even know which galleries the replies came from. I hope I'll be able to deduct this when I've received all of them back. I've never had this happen before, maybe it's a cultural thing. I mean I do get the message, they don't like my stuff and thats fine but it would have been nice to know why. Oh well, you can't get it all right? I still have 14 more packages out there so who knows.
In the meantime I've plenty to keep me busy here at home. I have an appointment with a local gallery tomorrow morning and my second piece on Montreal is eagerly awaiting my return to the studio.