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3rd Art Exhibition

The Art Junket at Oakland’s Art Murmur

 January 5th is the 3rd annual gallery exhibit of the Art Junket. We are so excited to be showing our work at Warehouse 416 in Oakland. 

When -OPENING NIGHT: January 5th – 1st Friday in Oakland. The evening goes until 10pm.
SATURDAY STROLL: 1pm-4pm every Saturday in January.

WhereWarehouse 416, 416 26th St, Oakland
What – The Art Junket’s 3rd Annual Gallery Exhibit.
Why – To celebrate our work over the past 3 years and come together as artists and friends.

For the last three years, The Art Junket has gathered together artists who are new to the art world. These artists are outsiders, usually self-educated, who bring fresh and guileless art to the community. They produce art that strays from the norms and styles of contemporary art. Similar to the cafés of Paris of the 1920s, the Art Junket provides a safe place for artists to show and talk about their art.

Eleven artists will show select pieces from the past three years. Artwork and prints will be available for purchase.

The Art Junket was founded in Berkeley, California in 2015 by two artists, Maureen Fitzmahan and Erin Mahollitz. For any questions: theartjunket@gmail.com

 

 

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Pricing your art

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by Maureen Fitzmahan

Did you have trouble pricing your art work for our Gallery Show in January in Oakland? I did.

There is a difference between the value of an art piece and what price it will sell for.  The value of your art is made up of two things: 1. how you value your art and 2. how the market values your art.

For example, I am showing two or three of my very favorite photographs.  I have spent most of my adult life learning the art of photography.  I spent a great deal of money on the camera, lens, printer, paper, matting, frames, and the glass I use.  I spent hours and hours making these photos – from taking and choosing the photo to many more hours of developing and printing until I came up with the photo I think is best. More importantly, I LIKE these photos.  I am attached and think they are the best pieces I have ever made.  I am happy to say, that you, my fellow Art Junketeers like my work, too.  So, when I price my work for strangers, I want to say, “This is my very precious work!” Unfortunately, this may not be what my work will be priced on the market.

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Maureen Fitzmahan-On the Shoulders of Giants

The price of your piece is dependent on several factors. A photo is ‘worth’ (in money, only) as much as someone is willing to pay for it.

  1. Fame! Have you established a following, a reputation in the art world?  Personally, I think some of Picasso’s work is not that good.  But, a Picasso painting will sell at Christie’s Auction House for millions of dollars.

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    Leonardo da Vinci. Salvator Mundi. c.1500. Sold in 2017 for $450.3 million.
  2. Who owned your work previously?  Does it have a history?  Recently da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi sold for $450.3 million!  Woah!!!  That is the most money ever spent on an art piece! It sold for that extravagant amount of money despite the fact that the painting is described as “a painting credited to Leonardo da Vinci.”  It may not have been painted by da Vinici, or only part of it was.  And the painting is not perfect…“the picture has suffered”… the painting was “aggressively over cleaned,” resulting in abrasion of the whole surface, “especially in the face and hair of Christ.” BUT there are only 20 da Vinci paintings known to exist. And, this is the only da Vinci painting owned by a private individual. All other da Vinci’s are housed in public museums.  It is the first discovery of a painting by da Vinci since 1909. Imagine owning the only da Vinci!  In your own home.  If you already have gazillions of dollars , why not spend some small amount of that on the only da Vinci!
  3. ARCHIVAL: Did you use archival materials? Unfortunately, this is not a topic we have covered at the Art Junket.  We wanted to encourage you to be free and experimental with your art.  What materials you use and how long your art lasts, need not concern you.  You are learning, expressing yourself, finding joy in the work.  However, if we sell our art, we owe the buyers the information to let them know if they are buying a piece of work that will last a few years or decades. Will your art piece physically survive the test of time?  Is it archival? Did you use materials that will last. These are some factors you should consider. (artistsnetwork)
    1. Do you want your work to be disposable or enduring?For some artists the process is more important than longevity. Cost is also an important factor.
    2. Many of your mixed-media works may incorporate materials that aren’t archival, such as cardboard, old paints, acidic glues, and collage paper. Are you using your materials properly? Painting on an improperly prepared surface can result in an unstable support, leading to paint flaking. Proper technique will contribute to a more stable and long-lasting artwork.
  4. RARE: Is Your art piece the one and only piece like it? Or, is it one of 6 you plan to make?
  5. FORMULA: If you are new to the art market, someone came up with this formula. Pay yourself a reasonable hourly wage, add the cost of materials and make that your asking price. For example, if materials cost $50, you take 20 hours to make the art, and you pay yourself $20 an hour to make it, then you price the art at $450 ($20 X 20 hours + $50 cost of materials)(Art business).  If, like me, you spend an inordinate amount of time making your art, you may need to cut back those hours or pay yourself less an hour.

So, what does all this mean?

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Ansel Adams. Moonrise, Hernandez. 1941.  In 1996, Adams biographer Mary Alinder estimated that 1,300 prints of Moonrise, Hernandez had been made over 40 years — often produced by Adams whenever an order for a copy came in, most of them done in the 1960s and ‘70s — worth a cumulative $25 million. Sotheby’s New York includes a print of Moonrise in its photo sale on Oct. 5, 2011, printed in the late 1960s or even 1970 at what is called a “mural size” (30 x 40 in.), estimated at $300,000-$500,000.
  1. First, don’t be disappointed if your work does not sell. You and your art are very valuable.  Keep on showing your work.  Don’t be discouraged. Ansel Adams sold his first photo for $100.  Today, that print sells for a million dollars. Of course, he’s dead. And very famous!
  2. Second, it is OK if you don’t really want to sell your art piece. So, price your painting at any amount you want. Or, trade your art to me for one of my photographs.  I’d love to trade! I think your art is incomparable and would love to put it on my wall. (That is how the great artists of the f/64 photo group and the artists of the Paris cafes first started. If no one will buy your art, trade with your fellow artists.)
  3. Third, if you really want to sell your work, price it at an affordable price. Think of it this way – you are providing a piece of art to someone and that will bring them great joy to have a piece of your art in their house. And, you will have sold your first piece of art! Bragging rights!

 

3 Years of Art: Congratulations!

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1st Art Junket Salon and 1st Junketeers. 2015. Maureen, Ana, Sara, Erin, Lorren, Cristelle, Katie.

2015

1.1 Illumination (https://theartjunket.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/art-event-illumination/)

Maureen: “Well of Souls” (Native American pot); “Glass of Light”

Erin: Fairy Houses

Katie: “Underlying Colors: Rocks of Point Reyes”

Ana: “Cielito Lindo” (Rotablo)

Lorren: “Illumination” (mosaic)

Kay: “Illumination” (photo of self in office)

 

1.2 Rhythm (https://theartjunket.wordpress.com/2015/04/20/19-april-the-art-junket-rhythm/)

Maureen: “Man and Guitar” (photo of Don)

Erin: “StoryTeller” (handmade book)

Katie: “Phases” (flowers in memorium of Leo)

Ana: “Mexican Hat Dance”

 

1.3 Taboo (https://theartjunket.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/1-june-the-art-junket/)

Maureen: “Electric Plug”

Katie: “Silence”

Ana: “Aztec Moon Goddess”

Lorren: “The Two Faces of Green”

 

1.4 Self Portrait  (https://theartjunket.wordpress.com/2015/07/26/july-26/)

Maureen: self portrait as photographer. Acrylic

Erin: “Be Still, My Beating Heart”

Katie: self portrait  –

Ana: self portrait – dancing mermaid

 

2016

2.1 Enigma (https://theartjunket.wordpress.com/2015/11/16/series-2-1-enigma/)

Maureen: “Searching for God”. Acrylic

Erin: “Be Still, My Beating Heart”

Katie: “Canyons of the Unknown”

Ana: “Mar Rojo”

Lorren: “The Life After” (two half hearts (clay, feathers)

Tony: “Composition #3” (inspired, in part by son, Raylan)

 

2.2 Bed (https://theartjunket.wordpress.com/2016/02/07/series-2-2-bed/)

Maureen: “Erin, Katie, and the Country Fence”

Erin: “Dreams and Visions”

Katie: “Morning”

Ana: “Bedroom, Albuquerque, 1982”

Lorren: “White Light”

Tony: “Blackstar” (David Bowie)

2.3 Angles (https://theartjunket.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/soiree-23-angles/)

Maureen: “On the Shoulders of Giants”

Katie: “San Francisco: A Day” ( 3 pieces)

Erin: “Triangles” (hanging curtain of triangles)

Ana: “Hopscotch #2”; “Las Casas Rosas”

Tony: “TONY”

2.4 Poetry (https://theartjunket.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/soiree-24-poetry/)

Maureen: “Blades of Grass”

Katie: “Breathing”

Ana: “Usufruct”

Tony: “The Apple Tree” (mural)

Mary Louise: Turtle”

David: “Mad Fish”

2.5 Zen (https://theartjunket.wordpress.com/2016/09/02/soiree-25-zen/)

Maureen: “A Study in Curiosity”

Katie: “Changing Faces. Changing Lines”

Tony: “With a Hose”

Mary Louise: “Zen Doodle”

David: “Recycle Zen” (fountain)

Kay: “Sans Souci-Yerba Buena Gardens”

 

2017

3.1 Dissonance (https://theartjunket.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/soiree-3-1-dissonance/)

Maureen: “The Scree of Time”

Erin: “Awash”

Katie: “Your Brain on Nature”

Ana: “Mar Rojo”

Lorren: “Of Ashes”

Tony: “Sound and Vision ”

Mary Louise: “Fall”

David: “Recycle Zen” (fountain)

Tao: “Landmarks 1”

Brian: “Light the Fire, Catch the Wind”

Annelise: “Choose your Adventure”

 

3.2 Genesis (https://theartjunket.wordpress.com/2017/04/29/salon-3-2-genesis/)

Maureen: “Kafé Japan”

Erin: “Potentially”

Katie S: “Eve”

Ana: “Popol Vuh, Revisted”

Tony: “Purple Reign ”

Tao: “A Way of Seeing”

Brian: “Genesis 1”

Annelise: “Tears”

Lucy: “She Took the Apple”

Zoey: “Flow”

Kate O: ”Connections”

 

3.3 Still Life (https://theartjunket.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/salon-3-3-still-life/)

Maureen: “Dusk” (Photo and Ink)

Erin: “Suspended”

Katie S: “Alcatraz Island”

Ana: “Adelita Dress”

Tony: “Distill Life ”

Tao: Untitled (black and white photograph)

Brian: “Cast Offs”

Mary Louise: “Still Life” (watercolor)

Lucy: “Still Beautiful”

Zoey: “Sacred Stillness”

Katie O: ”Still Life”

3.4 Blue (https://theartjunket.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/salon-34-blue/)

Maureen: “The Moment: 2017 Solar Eclipse”

Erin: (layered paper and light)

Katie S: “Blue Whale”

Ana: “Quinceañera”

Tony: “Blucifero ”

Brian: (3 etchings)

Annelise: (mountains, moons)

Zoey: “Lady Lion”

Katie O: (burned flower painting)

 

Salon 3:4 – Blue

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by Maureen Fitzmahan

Blue: The Salon was held in Berkeley, California at Zoey Olbum’s home.

The Salon was attended by Maureen Fitzmahan, Ana Perches, Brian Nelson, Kaitlin Fitzmahan Strange, Erin Mahollitz, Tony Jones, Zoey Olbum, Annelise Dohrer, and Katie Osenga.

This month’s theme was “Blue.”

The Art

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Blue Inspiration

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Kaitlin Fitzmahan Strange. 2017.

by Kaitlin Fitzmahan

I’ll admit that recently I’ve been struggling with my art.  To be specific, making art.

The past year has been emotionally, physically, and creatively jam-packed. I’ve changed jobs, got married, traveled to a different continent, changed jobs again, experienced grief, welcomed new life, and started a business.  So I’ve been busy.

But, a lack of inspiration has been the culprit, not the lack of time.  I’ve been uninspired. Depleted. Burnt out? Maybe.

I still draw, paint, and design. I have a pretty good habit of pulling out pen and paper at the brewery, the office, my backyard, in a campground, waiting of the bus, and at the symphony. But art needs more than the act of making. Putting pen to paper sometimes just doesn’t cut it.

I need inspiration, the life, the fullness.

But you know what helps? Its pretty simple. A good mix of nature + adventure + romance usually does the trick for me.  The Sierras, the Bay, or the backyard.

Time to look closely, to reflect, to listen.  To breathe.

Recently, a weekend in the great outdoors resulted in a 38”x 38” canvas of a blue whale.

(Katie wrote today, “I just got out of a very successful meeting with our board members and they congratulated me on all I’ve done since I’ve been back. So I guess the hard work was worth it!”)

 

Blue on Blue

 

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Marc Chagall. “Over the Town” 1918

by Ana Perches

Blue, in Russian, is expressed in different ways, depending on the shade of blue. So that the color navy (which is blue), would not have the same name as another kind of blue. What do I know? I don’t speak Russian but you can look it up. The idea, though, intrigues me.

When do you stop calling a color blue and call it something else, like grey, purple, turquoise, aqua or green, or navy or celestial, yes celestial, like the sky.

In Spanish,  blue is AZUL, which probably comes from the Arabic “AZUR.” (Don’t quote me on ANY of this because I’m just on a roll and messing with your mind.)  But “AZUR” sounds so Romantic, so Middle Eastern, so when Erin said our menu is Middle Eastern, I said YES! Mosaic is blue, indigo blue, deep Greek blue, Turkish blue, ocean blue.

So, going back to “azul” (assul— don’t say the “zzzz” sound in Spanish, do the “sssss” sound). I love “azul”, the name, the sound, the connotations. But when you go to Argentina and something is light blue, they call it “celeste” (with the Argentinean Tango – such a cool accent).  Celeste refers to the sky.

 

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1904 Diego Rivera “El Albañil” 

In Mexico we would just modestly (I insist on the modest) call that same color the equivalent of light blue:  azul bajito, blue but a little ‘low’ (not high).  Bajito, like “baja –the bay.  Like down there,  but in a light way with a diminutive, delicate bajito like soft, soft baby blue as opposed to dark lapis lazuli –  Chilean blue.

We all know the stone lapis lazuli, so cobalt, so deep blue, as opposed to celestial Argentinean blue.

BTW, I just had some Kahlua, which is not blue, but which inspired me to speak of AZUL.(assul –accent on last syllable, don’t voice the “z”; we don’t have “z” sound in my language.  Which is why it’s always so “confusing” for me to say certain English words, but I try.  I have tried since childhood to pronounce English [American English] as correctly as I can.  As I child, I was spanked by my teachers if I didn’t pronounce words right.  So I try not to auto-confuse  – just like the color blue……. that is everywhere!!!!

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‘City Life’ (1968) by Osmond Watson

The sky, the moon, the Pacific ocean and the Caribbean. Yes, the Caribbean waters – when you see them and bathe in them, you know what azul means with its many hues. Hurricanes or not.  Please protect those waters and their living things.

Beauty is blue, blue is life!

I still would like to know how Russians say blue.

Note: “The Russian for blue is синий.  “siniy” – pronounced see knee.” (Thanks to Erin.)

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