~ by Maria Benner
Last night Scott and I hung an art show at Midnight Sun Brewing, which was a culmination of planning, painting, and getting everything ready for the venue. We’ve done this many times, so we’re getting pretty efficient at it. The process begins several months in advance when I book a venue. Then Scott and I brainstorm about a theme, decide how many new paintings he needs to paint, and what they should look like, and which existing paintings to hang. About two weeks in advance, I submit event information to the venue, ADN, and the Anchorage Press, and a couple days later, create a FB event, and schedule on my calendar the e-mail blast, and social media posts promoting the art show. A day before we hang the art, we work for about five hours making prints, framing paintings, pricing everything, creating an inventory sheet, and signage. Normally we have to wait until the venue is closed to the public to set up. Midnight Sun Brewing closes at 8 PM. So we packed everything up and loaded it into our truck from the studio around 7:30 PM, and arrived at the brewery with just enough time to order a beer before last call. Setting up took about two hours this time. We always have a great time at MSBC after hours, because the employees have a lot of charisma, and they appreciate Scott’s art. They get first dibs, because they’re the first ones who get to see all the paintings, and sometimes, someone buys their favorite piece. Last night the Banksy beer parody sold. The theme for this art show is Beer Art History, and it features many of the beer parodies of famous paintings that Scott released in 2015 on Thirsty Thursdays. We are also unveiling the new Pops series, which is several bright oil paintings of poppies in front of Anchorage scenery.
Scott’s art will be at the brewery until February 4th. We hope you stop by and check it out. You can take the paintings and prints home with you right away. Scott will be tapping a firkin on January 8th at 5 PM, since First Friday was on January 1st this year. Click here for more event info.
Hopefully the firkin will do this again.
Here are some pictures from last night.