Saturday, February 03, 2007

HollingsworthSquared - the Reception



Well . . . it was a great night! Despite the rather dreary weather, and with no photographic evidence to prove it - the upcoming pix were taken after the gallery closed - the house was packed. Karen and I were stunned at the turnout.



There were the loyal, and true friends that attend all of our openings. Enthusiastic relatives happy to be there to lend their support to their; son, daughter, aunt, uncle, nephew, niece or cousin. And, an appreciative audience of generous guests. Some who came to look, and voice their, very complimentary views, and others that came to purchase.



Sales for the night were impressive. Of the twenty paintings I presented, sixteen sold, one is on hold - needed permission from their accountant to buy, and three remained unsold. Suprisingly, they were some of my favorites: the "Scissors", the small dead bird, "Fallen", and the "Eggs & Fork". I think the little bird just made people too sad.



Karen's sales were even more impressive when you consider that the sizes of her paintings were considerably larger than mine. Ranging from 24 x 36 / 36 x 36 / 48 x 48. Of the fourteen paintings she presented, eight have sold, with one on hold.



It was a wonderful night. All of the visitors that spoke with us were very positive about our work, and happy to see so many red dots. Karen and I drove home drunk on the enthusiastic response we had received from so many guests over the course of the night.

This morning we walked into our studio, scanned the empty walls, and sobered up to the realization that our "fifteen minutes" was over, and it was time to get back to work.

I'd like to say once again, how appreciative I was of the comments you all left on this blog regarding the paintings I was working on for this show. Thank you.


17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on such a successful and entirely well deserved event. As a fellow artist, I lurk in the shadows of your blog and admire each piece. I find myself making up curse words about your speed and ability (not at you of course, just into the air). When I calm down I am always inspired and motivated to paint some more. Thank you for your inspiration and your beautiful paintings. Again, congratulations to both of you! What's next?

Anonymous said...

Everything about your paintings, your blog and your wife's work is classy...!! first rate!!

Jelaine Faunce said...

If that doesn't calm your fears about having your own place in the art world, nothing will. Congratulations!!!!! :o)

Vivienne said...

Congratulations....I look forward to meeting you both and seeing the exhibition.

Bob said...

Bravo :)

bdelpesco said...

Proof: the enthused attendees, savvy collectors, and loving family & friends assembled in front of the fruits of your creative labor to confirm, wide eyed and delighted, that each of you made the right choice to leap into your art. Huge congratulations to you both.I'm so happy for you!

muddy red shoes said...

Congratulations on such a successful show, both of you, and on such lovely work. Hope you dont mind a link to you on my blog, let me know if you do.
Sarah

Katherine said...

Well done - and very well deserved! I'm pleased for the both of you - even more so that I now get to watch all the new paintings for the next exhibition!

I love the way you presented them on the wall of the gallery.

deb said...

Congratulations! As an artist living (in the outlying shrubbery) of ATL, I bask in the glow of your success and am really glad I'm not a painter or I would be enrolling in DeVry about now. It's good to know there's a public out there in an Art buying mood.

And I can't help but make the saddest face whenever I look at "Fallen".

Emily said...

Congratulations!

James Neil Hollingsworth said...

Thanks everybody! It was a really good night. Getting back into the painting groove has been tough. We needed a little break. But, it's been about a week, we're returning to our easels, and it feels good.

Peter Yesis said...

An artist's real work is never sold. It is carried away by strangers and friends, stored in their hearts and displayed to others as joy. Congratulations on the success of the show and for sharing your work with all of us.

Candy Barr said...

Wonderful show and results. THanks for the inspiration for the rest of us. Both of your exhibitions looked super and deserving of all the red dots! Will look forward to the next collection!

Cara Dawn Romero said...

Congratulations to you and your wife.

S. DeGhelder, 24-7-a-painting-a-day, said...

Congratulations to you both on such a successful showing. I hope your well deserved break sparked a plethora of ideas. Thank you for sharing your art and your evening.

Tracy said...

What a great show and such good sales! Holy cow! Congratulations.

I always get a little bit wacky after a show when it comes to getting back to work. Glad to hear that you are able to bypass that!

Carolyn Hietala said...

Neil..... How exciting! Congrats to you and your talented partner.... well deserved for a talented hard working team. So happy for you both. Wish I could have been there.... appreciate the pics though;0)
Carolyn