Art Gallery in Sedona.
From June 1st until July 31st I will be the guest artist at The Village Gallery in Sedona, Arizona. Today I made the drive over to hang my work. What a beautiful day, it was sunny and warm and I had just gotten engaged the night before. I’m typically in a very happy mood-this morning I was thrilled and loving my life! I arrived and met Kathy, who immediately welcomed me and directed me to the wall to hang my photos. The blank slate was just as I expected. I had done a preliminary sketch of the wall to figure out what pieces to bring and how it would lay out. Kathy answered all my questions and made me feel right at home as we chit chatted back and forth. One by one we hung my canvases that I had selected to represent my various genres currently making their debut as my collections. I wanted to have ample representation from each collection of horse photographs.
Art gallery red tags at The Village Gallery.
It may not sound glamorous to think about hanging red tags to make the names of your fine equine art photos stand out, or to think of carrying a five foot ladder through the art gallery to do so but to me it is just part of the deal in being a professional horse photographer. As I climbed up to the top and hung one large canvas, I had an idea to do a quick 15 second video to share to invite people out to the opening reception Friday June 3rd from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.. After a few blooper videos I hung my red labels for my equine photos and continued to construct my wall.
The Village Gallery is a local Sedona artist cooperative. Just like my home gallery, Arts Prescott, it is owned and operated by the artists themselves. Kathy, the woman working her shift at the gallery came back in to chat with me some more and to admire my work. She reminded me to bring in a little sign saying that I can directly drop ship my equine art work anywhere in the U.S.. The Sedona area receives a lot of tourists and she thought it would be good for them to know they can have their favorite horse photo shipped home. What a great feeling to have another artist helping me to be successful in this beautiful gallery.
Before I was completely finished marking all my work and cleaning up, Kathy was back to introduce me to another artist there named Mary. It was kind of funny as Mary met me, she started to say “Oh, I hear you are a really great horse photographer”, and with that statement out of her mouth, she turned to look at the horse photos on my wall and said, “Oh, you are a really great horse photographer! You’re work is really great!” I appreciate being asked to be a guest artist at their gallery and the welcome they gave me just today alone was more than I expected already.
It was the fastest I have setup my display area, so far. It just flowed effortlessly. I am beginning to feel how great this summer is going to be and how wonderful the other artists are to me. I do appreciate that about our art community through these smaller towns of Northern Arizona.
Jody Miller is a professional photographer specializing in Horse Photography, Equine Photography, and Equestrian photography. Her work can be viewed online here in her gallery section, and she is also featured at Arts Prescott Gallery, in Arizona.