This is the best thing that an artist can see at an exhibition of his works:
That little red dot means a painting has been sold and that the artist will live to paint another day. Hope to get a few more while the show is on.
Otherwise the first two days have been enormous fun because I am meeting new artists here in Halmstad and slowly working my way into the art scene here. For example:
Today I met the creator of this sculpture. It is of a woman who became quite renowned for operating a dairy farm using the methods of a hundred years ago. From sitting on stools hand milking cows for so many years, her back became hunched as shown in the piece. They made a well-known documentary about her a couple years ago and she passed away just six months or so ago. The artist installed it on top of this chopped off trunk a few days ago without anyone’s permission and it remains to be seen what the city fathers will think or do. I guess he is sort of like Banksy, the well-known graffiti artist, but working in 3 dimensions instead of two.
It definitely attracts attention, as I saw when I went out to look at it.
Here are shots I took of the gallery, inside and out this afternoon.
The gallery is right across from the major park in town.
Later, I went to the studio of another artist I just met.
From my little exposure to the scene, I would say there is a thriving art culture in Halmstad for a town that is not very large.
Two days in and all seems okay. Three weeks to go.