Blue Show Recap – the joy of selling art

by Alden Cole on December 27, 2016 · 1 comment

“For an artist, one of life’s greatest pleasures is having others purchase what we have conjured into existence with our own hands.”
– Alden Cole (18 Jun 1944 – )

blueshowsoldswpFor those of you who weren’t able to attend either of my recent Blue Show Open Houses, check out what you missed by going to Unexpected Philadelphia, the website created by my friends Kate Mellina and Dave Christopher, where you can view their colorful photo essay devoted to this creatively diverse environment I call home.

13-5%22vasarely5modeswpAnd a BIG thank you to friends who put red dots – music to my eyes – on a number of Evening Lamps during the show, including the seven featured above,
filigreeoff-rgb-onwhitewpseen as a group showing comparative heights; and at left and below as individual lamps, seen in 5 modes: Off-R-G-B-On(white).

18%22westwardho-5modeswpVasarely, 13.5″ tall
• Thank you David & Jerry

Extraterrestrial #1, 16″ tall
• Thank you Frank C

Westward Ho!, 18″ tall
• Thank you Beth B
Buddha Contemplates the Blues, 20″ tall
• Thank you Roz & Sid

Beetlejuice, 20″ tall
• Thank you Mike G

20%22beetlejuice-5modeswhitewpMarabella, 20″ tall
• Thank you Charlie & Meg

Extraterrestrial #2, 21″ tall
• Thank you Mike P


21%22%22benedictus-5modeswpAnd thank you Laura S, who bought a lamp that I had not planned to sell, so unfortunately there are no photographs to reveal its beauties, a negligence that happens occasionally. All told, I sold eight evening lamps; plus I received a commitment from a friend who intends to buy four lamps – yet to be chosen – one for each of her four sons.

Both open houses were great fun, with about twenty-five people showing up for each occasion; thank you all for being here. The 12/10 Saturday evening 5-8 edition turned into a party that went on past closing time. The 12/18 Sunday afternoon 2-5 show was more sedate; but it didn’t stop me from getting so caught up in the moment that I forgot all about the fresh chocolate cake that was sitting under glass on the counter, just waiting to be cut and consumed. What a classic faux pas. Oh well, here’s to next year!

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nancy wysemen December 31, 2016 at 11:24 pm

Hi your lamps look like such good company. No spilled drinks yet their lit. Keep sending. Like the winking woman. Happy New Year.


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