Pig Barn Gallery

Serena and I had lunch  again yesterday at the Happy Hen in Fort Ann.  This time we had the chocolate cake.

After discussing the show at at Gallery 99, we got to talking about the Pig Barn Gallery.   The first show will be in the beginning of June.  The working title, “From Everyday to Art”.  The theme being the everyday and the mundane made into art.  There would be 5 artists: Jon ( his everyday objects photos), Diane Swanson (paintings on computer parts), Jack Metzger ( found object sculptures and photos) Serena  ( Gourd Art, that’s Serena in the photo with some of her work at Gallery 99) and my everyday  stitch scenes made from recycled clothing.

We were thinking of ways to be more inclusive.  A way of bridging the gap between artists and audience.

I thought of some of the things that always made me uncomfortable in galleries and museums:
The funeral silence. The expectation to say something “knowledgable” about the work.  The fear of saying something “stupid”.  Feeling bad about not buying something.  Being ignored by the person at the front desk.  Being watched by the person at the front desk.  Feeling like my clothes or glasses aren’t  funky or hip enough compared to the other people in the gallery.

I’d love to know what you think, let me know your likes and dislikes about your gallery experiences and maybe we can  avoid the bad and incorporate the good.

10 thoughts on “Pig Barn Gallery

  1. At last, I see it in print, the feelings I have had of going to galleries and museums. However, this will NEVER deter me from the sheer excitement/enjoyment of seeing the artist, their results of long hours creating and the pleasures they give to all. Thank you Maria!!!

    1. Maybe it’s true that good art can override our feeling of exclusion. I wonder how many people it does deter? and what we could do to change that? I think this kind of communication on blogs and facebook works. We just need to bring it into the galleries and museums. Thanks Dee

  2. I feel like Maria – what to wear to a gallery or museum, the elitist culture at certain museums and galleries, negligent museum guards who do not enforce the “no cell phone” or “no photography” policies, rude visitors. Here is an experience from the Matisse show at the Art Institute of Chicago, my only membership, last year. A group of women, standing in front of a large Matisse painting discussing someone’s divorce! I asked them to provide room for visitors who were truly interested in the art rather than petty gossip (I am sarcastic). Thankfully, they stormed off. I also stopped at the Members desk to fill out a complaint form about a guard at the exhibit, who was talking loudly on her cell phone when there is a no cell phone policy at the museum. Also, why do people take photos of the art, when it is not allowed, when they can go to the museum bookstore or even look online for better photos of the art?

  3. I enjoy the sterility of a museum, the hush hush and focus on just the art on display. I always notice the security guards, with their black heavy souled (sp??) shoes – that adds to it for me. Such important work – heavily guarded – makes me really try to absorb it – and I usually relax and take it in, actually. I love that you will turn your pig barn into a gallery this summer. Absolutely opposite – earthy, warm, and I picture music and laughter – and just as much an appreciation for the pieces/pictures on display.

  4. I agree with Dee. What to wear; what to say – why does it matter to us? I am sure the artist cares only that we care enough to come and observe. Visiting an art gallery or a museum is food for one’s soul!

  5. Sometimes the silence can be somewhat intimidating so I have thought soft contemporary music might help. Thanks for asking and best of luck with the Pig Barn.

  6. The last really fun gallery I went to was the Torpedo Factory in Northern Va. over 35 years ago. I don’t particularly like art galleries. I’ve been to some stuffy places, mostly places in DC, when I was required to go by a college art professor to exhibits I did not like. I think art should be approachable, fun, useful. I feel though, Maria that you would make a gallery a fun experience, not to mention welcoming.

    In high school (1970s) we liked to mess with the security guard’s heads. There was this cool place, I think in Georgetown that the high school art class went to where there were a bunch drool worthy Mark Rothko paintings. We were there during the moon landing, there was a giant screen that showed the landing. We might have been at the National Gallery. Sure can’t remember. I just remember the large screen, the moon landing. The exhibits the national gallery had then were the kind where you could experience something. Like going into a small tube like room where there was color globs every where, lit up with a black light. Made an impression!

  7. A place where one could feel comfortable and wear their Crocs would be nice. Make folks wish to not leave and anzious to come back for a future visit. Trust your good judgement and it will be a special place.

  8. HI,

    why worry about what you are wearing, saying, other people??????
    The front dest, the back desk, just enjoy the art that is made
    available to everyone.


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