Coming Soon Terrill Welch Gallery

Yes, you read correctly and I shall tell you more shortly. But first let’s catch up. I started writing this series of blog posts a little less than seven months ago following a conversation about how everything has been done before that we can no longer see the moon for all its representation in painting, sculpture, installation, film, writing and song. My purpose has been to bring you “the moon” in a way you will remember and notice for all time. In order to do this, I knew I must live my best life. I have been required to travel deeper and even more focused than ever before. My intention was clear. My inner compass set. But how are we faring so far? Is the actual and symbolic “moon” more noticeable in your daily adventures? Please I tell me, I truly would like to know because I am about to approach this moon seeing challenge from a slightly different perspective.

These past couple of weeks have been invigorating, focused, exhilarating and short on sleep. You may have noticed from last week’s shared post from the website “West to East Coast Canadian Landscapes in Paint” solo exhibition is up at Shavasana Art Gallery & Café on Mayne Island. Two painting sketches have sold already and I am working on a request for a small arbutus tree painting sketch that may result in a new series of arbutus tree paintings before “their” work is rendered. Here is the first release as part of exploring where mine and the collector’s vision may meet.

Arbutus Ridge 10 x 8 inch acrylic plein air sketch on gessobord

Details and purchase information available HERE.

This past Sunday morning, following the opening, I worked on a plein air painting in oils standing looking out on the view at the gallery.

I went back for a second and final painting session the next morning and it is now released and will be on display at the gallery by this coming Friday.

Summer Seas, 14 x 18 inch oil on canvas

Details and purchase information available HERE.

“But what about this Terrill Welch Gallery business?” you ask.

Well, I have rented a modest commercial space in a 1925 house where there are other retailers and small businesses in the central area of Miners Bay on Mayne Island. I have a vision for this gallery space that will focus on current art and painting conversations – such as “the moon is no longer there.” I anticipate, because of my own placement in exploring these intriguing questions, this will take on a global or international flavour. Selling work to collectors will likely be more of an afterthought or value-added option for in-person and online gallery visitors. The intention and focus instead will be on meeting and getting to know specific pieces of art, including the work of a small number of other artists, through conversations with possibly art historians, art teachers, art students, art collectors, art fans and maybe even art critics. The art in the gallery will primarily represent painters because this is what I am interested in and know the most about. There will be an intimacy and simplicity by design. The Terrill Welch Gallery will focus on depth and meaning rather than breadth and wall coverings. There will always be an online component as well as the bricks and mortar gallery space. Less is more, will be uniquely configured in this fresh (or refreshing) gallery approach. The opening is anticipated for early August. Seasons, days and the hours of the gallery will reflect island life and the needs of a working artist. For now, with the help of friends, I must tackle a different kind of painting – walls! Do I need to say that I how I feel about painting walls is similar to how I feel about painting edges on paintings? No? I didn’t think so.

So there you have it – the adventures of one artist off the southwest coast of Canada. I am fired-up with ideas and blowing purposefully, softly, on the flames of possibilities. There are at least a thousands good and rational reasons to say – no. The calculated risks are that I can fail miserable in front of a very public audience. Still, my heart says – you must do this hard thing. You have no time to stand shy on the sidelines of your own life’s adventure. Get in there and give it your best! Who can argue common wisdom with one’s heart and hope to hold sway? Not I.

For now, the Terrill Welch Gallery will be presented within my usual online platforms. It will receive specific mention in the Creative Potager posts and in my current website at TerrillWelchArtist.com.

 

What about you? What is your heart’s advice to you today?

 

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Liberal usage granted with written permission. See “About” for details.

Creative Potager – Visit with painter and photographer Terrill Welch

From Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada

For gallery and purchase information about Terrill’s photographs and paintings go to http://terrillwelchartist.com

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14 thoughts on “Coming Soon Terrill Welch Gallery

    • Thank you Laurie! It feels like a big reach and I just keep telling myself that I have the vision, skill set, experience and determination to tackle the task at hand. It will be grand adventure I am sure. 🙂

    • Thank you Leanne! I have some thoughts on island gallery walks that are still in the very early stages but the idea has promise and interest. So we shall see. Of course this adventure will need to be a key component to more than our island to be viable and that is where the real work needs to happen. Thankfully I do have a few global connections to tap into 😉

  1. Shazam and Congratulations Terrill. I just must get my art collecting family connected with your work. 2 now live in Victoria… (And I am happy to say that I just got your posts reconnected to my inbox. Whew!)
    Stay cool. Love your work.

    • That would be great Patricia and good to hear about the inbox reconnect. There is something to be said I think for gallery space instead home studio space. I am excited to see what the gallery asks me to bring to it. I sure it will change and evolve as we find our way with each over and visitors.

  2. Congrats Terrill! I am so excited to be sharing this beautiful house with you! Both of us artisans, just different mediums as I ‘paint’ with scents. Yahoo! Hugs to you my friend! 🙂 Barbara

    • Thank you so much store neighbour! I so loved how you came by this afternoon while we were planning our painting of walls strategy Barbara. I love that I have company rather than being in a stand-alone building. Just think of the mischief we can think up? 😉

    • Thank you Shane! 🙂 and it is exciting. It will be a couple of weeks yet before I have everything ready to open. However, in the next few days the painting will be done. The hanging equipment has been shipped as of this morning and sometime next week I will go get the track lighting. First week of August I am guessing. So soon 😉

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