Monday, May 31, 2010

Visiting Artist at the Torpedo Factory Art Center

Collage artist Megan Coyle as a Visiting Artist

This weekend I moved into my new studio for June and July at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town, Alexandria. The artist whose studio I'm taking over let me move in a couple days early. She's a sculptor and she cleared half of her studio space so I can hang up my art and sell my work. It's been a lot of fun thus far - extremely different than what I'm used to with working alone in my apartment. If you're in the area, you should drop by - I've posted a schedule for the days that I'll definitely be in the studio during my residency.

Collage artist Megan Coyle as a Visiting Artist

Here's a picture of the space before installing my work. My parents were a big help with moving everything to the studio and installing the framed art.

Collage artist Megan Coyle as a Visiting Artist

The work installed in the studio. You'll notice that I put smaller pieces on pedestals. When Ben visited me, he helped me rearrange the work on the pedestals (so it now looks different than this image) - when they were against the wall it was too easy for people to ignore them. Thus by moving them out more in the middle of the space, people could see them better when they were walking by my doorway. The artist who owns the studio makes large sculptures so I'm competing for attention with these larger works. We'll see what I shall do to make my side more fun and interesting to lure people in.

Collage artist Megan Coyle as a Visiting Artist

Along with my artwork, I'm also selling handmade magnets with images of my art - they've been pretty popular!

Collage artist Megan Coyle as a Visiting Artist

Here's my work space - it's at the back of the room. I think I should move it more towards the front so people can see what I'm working on. Many times the visitors don't even realize that my work is collage until they read the labels on the wall. I want to make it even more obvious by working in a more noticeable area - not hidden behind cabinets.

Well I hope everyone had a great weekend!


Bella Sinclair said...

SQUEEEEAAAAAL! How fun fun fun! The space looks great, and the magnets look so cool. Gosh, if I were there, I'd be lingering by your desk for hours until you shooed me away!

Joan Elizabeth said...

I wish I lived closer I would definitely visit and I would love to see you at work. Maybe you could do a video of it one day.

cindy said...

oh boy, what a great, great place to spend your summer! i think you'll have a lot of fun there and i'd be sitting with bella next to your desk, too ;).

Nicky Linzey said...

Yes Megan move your desk forward I'm sure everyone will be fascinated to watch you work and I think you'll sell more too. Hope you have a great couple of months. I'd love to visit!

ELK said...

i am so proud of you ...exciting to see the pictures set up in a gallery!!