I unlocked one of life’s greatest mysteries.
I have been wondering how individuals get their art displayed in exhibitions.
The answer is stunningly easier than I ever fathomed: Join an art league!
When I attended the first meeting of the Visual Art League of Lewisville, themes were reviewed and I sat with a bewildered look on my face. Are there fees? Our art gets displayed…just like that? How many pieces of art can we submit? Does the art have to be hung on a wall?
What strange, mythical world did I stumble in to and how am I fortunate enough to be permitted to join?
I asked questions. And it’s true. Art gets displayed…just like that!
Full disclosure, there are juried events. I’ve not participated yet, because I joined a month ago and the juried event was earlier this year. But yes, my art is currently on display at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville. <cue the music and Lindy Hop dancers!>
I have achieved a goal I have wanted for years and there’s a bonus. The MCL Grand Theater, where the art is displayed, is in the historic downtown Lewisville area. I love historic downtowns. Having my art in a historic downtown is the icing on the cake. The whipped cream on my Java Chip Frappuccino.
The building itself is very attractive, well-appointed and well-kept with plenty of parking. Below is a glimpse of one of the wings.
View of art on display in one of the main spaces.
Here’s a glimpse of an exhibition earlier this year featuring Barbara Oliver Hartman.
I had an opportunity to meet and speak with Barbara at the Fibernation exhibit. I was so inspired.
If you have the slightest inkling to see your art on display, don’t hesitate. Join an art league. When researching, I discovered there is nearly one in every city in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. Do a search of “Visual Art Leagues” and see what happens.
I chose to join the Visual Art League of Lewisville because I’ve been to several of their exhibits and enjoyed talking to the artists. The venue, as I’ve mentioned, is a beautiful space.
The fees for art leagues vary, but the ones I researched were not expensive. The yearly fee is cheaper than one month of my gym membership and is certainly cheaper than my frappuccino addiction.
The benefits abound: you have an opportunity to challenge yourself by displaying works of art in exhibitions, you get to meet people, you get inspired by and learn from others. Plus depending on the league, guest speakers are invited to discuss relevant topics.
In summation, you get to be part of a whole new exciting world where creativity is celebrated and put on display!
I’ll be publishing another blog featuring my art piece….I’m so excited I might fall out of my skin.
In the meantime, enjoy a couple scenes from a mural in downtown historic Lewisville that captures my excitement.
Visual Arts League of Lewisville
Barbara Oliver Hartman
Lewisville mural on 125 North Mill Street