Arthop 2009
posted: September 11, 2009
I'll be cutting out of work early today to head up to Burlington, VT for this year's Arthop festivities. Arthop is a huge arts festival, sponsored by SEABA (South End Arts and Business Association) that I've been participating in for the past 5 years or so. Artist's show their work in businesses all over Burlington's South End, which is Burlington's old part of town, and just happens to be where I grew up. It is a massive event. Last year I must have had 2000 people view my work and sold quite a bit. Over the years I've met a ton of people who are interested in my work. This is a great opportunity for me to get out of the studio, meet some people and try to make some sales without the dreaded gallery commission. This year I'm pleased to be hosted by Propeller Media Works that is housed in an old refurbushed warehouse, not far from Lake Champlain. I have what amounts to my own gallery space where I'll be showing a mixture of watercolors and acrylics, some 30 paintings in all. Here is a quick preview of some of my newer paintings.

Back When Robots Were Scary -

I did this for myself. Robots used to scare the crap out of me....
Get off Your Ass...
Shtbnald (Superhero to be named at a later date) - I'm showing a bunch of watercolors about the escapades of this character too....
Green Thumb...
fiedler September 11, 2009
Very cool Hal! Good luck and have a ball!
Hanoch Piven September 11, 2009
Good Luck Hal these paintings are beautiful!
Christoph Hitz September 11, 2009
Hey Hal, snap some pictures have fun and sell sell sell.... Have a great show.
Victor Juhasz September 11, 2009
Great fun. Really enjoy looking at these images. Wishing you much success.
Kyle T Webster September 11, 2009
Have a great time, Hal - I love the robot painting. Robots just aren't that scary anymore!
Cathleen Toelke September 11, 2009
So you ARE exhibiting you work! Great to hear and see. Best wishes with this show!
Mark Fisher September 11, 2009
God Hal these are real fun pieces, good luck and sell out! You should do all the signs for a carnival. Nextfish!
Leo Espinosa September 12, 2009
I want pics of the opening! Solar and Luddite have a brand new something... something really special
Hal Mayforth September 13, 2009
Thanks for the comments, folks. Sorry Christoph and Leo, not pictures were taken. My wife took the camera to Mass this weekend. I just got back last night after wearing my sales/promotion hat for the past two days. I had a table set up outside my "gallery" where I sold swithcplates and showed my sketchbooks, so I only caught people coming out after seeing my work. And I've got to say, for all the effort that was put into making these paintings, all the second guessing and sometimes despair, to see the smiles on faces after seeing my paintings was very heartening for me. All in all, it was a very successful weekend. I sold a couple of originals and a slew of prints and swithchplates. But more importantly I met alot of very cool people.
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