Works in Constellationism

ART4LIFE Auction 9/22/2012

Added on by Matthew Gantt.
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I nearly missed-out on being part of the 2012 ART4LIFE Annual Art Auction & Fundraiser for 2012.  But as it happens, I knew two of the co-chairs and was able to submit a piece in time for the deadline.

I submitted my piece "Seraph", which has always been a favorite, but never seemed to sell.  I knew that it would catch a good price and that the money would go to a great cause, namely to fund AIDS Research.

The night of the silent auction was very exciting.  Justine and I got all fancied-up for a night out with a lot of really fantastic artists and collectors.  Drinks and nibbles at The Station Museum of Houston.

 A photo of my piece in the auction catalog.

A photo of my piece in the auction catalog.

Just having my work in the same venue as all these other great artists was satisfaction enough for me, but my work was bid on three times and went to a really great guy I was able to meet.  I know it went to a good home.  It's always nice to meet the people who buy my work at charity auctions.

If I remember correctly, ART4LIFE raised around $60k that night.  Great job, everyone!  Glad I could help too!

Across The Line 10/27/2012

Added on by Matthew Gantt.

I was part of a group show put on by The Montrose Art Society at Spring Street Studios, together with several other artists who were displaying their drawings.  This show was about celebrating drawing technique, something that somehow doesn't seem to get as much credit as painting.

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The installation was outstanding, and the reception was lovely, I would definitely take part in another MAS event.  I got to meet a few fellow artists and I even bought a piece for myself.  

Although I didn't sell anything at the show, it was great fun and great exposure.

Cha Champagne & Wine Bar 8/14/2012

Added on by Matthew Gantt.

Despite the tiny road-bumps like group show falling-through, issues with moulding, timing and all, my show at Cha was a success.  The turnout was great and the feedback was strong and positive!  Although I always start off quite nervous, I quickly found my bearings and was able to confidently talk about my work with people and enjoyed answering any questions they had.  Because my work comes straight out of my subconscious, I find my subject matter interesting, so I guess it's easy for me to be excited and/or curious about work.  I think that comes through when I talk about it, so it must radiate to some degree.  It was a lovely night indeed.

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Many thanks to everyone who made it out to the show! It was great having you all there. For all those that wanted to be there but couldn't, I completely understand, so please don't feel bad about it, I felt your support in the warmth of my heart. 

Super thanks to my collectors, old and new, for falling in love with something I created. I know my babies are in good hands with you.  I sold four pieces!  Thank you Troy and Renee, for your wonderful comments, as well as Syd, I had a lovely time chatting with you about the work, you made me feel like a peer.

Special thanks to: Bree Hess and David for letting me show at Cha, to Tina Lucas, who introduced me to Bree, to Mike & Heather Welsch from Art & Frame Etc., who helped me frame the work beautifully and masterfully, 90% of the people I talked to mentioned how great the frames looked, thanks to all the staff from Cha who took care of everyone's bubbly needs throughout the evening.

Eternal thanks to my wonderful wife, Justine, for your support and pep talks (especially when I'm overly critical of myself), without you I could not be realizing my dreams. Thanks for taking care of Brixton while I was working at the show.  Cheese sandwich, baby!

Again, you all have my love and gratitude.

Paper Tigers 12/09/2010

Added on by Matthew Gantt.

In the second half of 2010, a couple of my good friends and fellow artist suggested that I have a show in order to introduce Constellationism to the public.  S I quickly started framing older pieces and began working on new pieces in order to have enough to select for a show.

Fellow Houston artist, Micah Simmons, really helped me out by sharing the show with me; not only did his participation help silence my fears of carrying a show on my own, his patronage at Winter Street Studios meant we could rent the gallery space upstairs at a discount (even if it was only for one night).

Micah, who usually works on canvas, had recently done a series of paintings on paper and he was looking to exhibit them, so I came up with the name "Paper Tigers" for the show, since all the work was on paper.  Also, we were born about a week apart from one another, so the Year of the Tiger also played a cool part in the name.

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Everything was coming together, our friends over at Octane Coffee Lounge helped out with supplying beer and wine for the show, a friend of Micah's from Winter Street loaned us their credit card swiper for  purchases,  and I got busy and assembled a flyer to distribute.

Our very close group of friends also helped out by offering to take turns serving beer and wine to the attendees.  Without our friends, there is no way we could have had this show.  I am grateful for them all.

In that one night, Micah sold three pieces and I sold four.  I was actually able to cover the cost of the show, so bonus!  Not to shabby for my first show in over ten years!  It was a great experience and I am so happy that I could finally share my quirky style with the public.  Special thanks to my collectors, I hope you continue to enjoy your purchases for years to come!

Although I have the show next year at The Jung Center of Houston, I need to try and get into a few more shows between now and then.  Wish me luck!