Metropolitan Cafe Art Show, The Story

Last Saturday, April 30th, I got a call from my friend Jessica wondering if I’d like to show my art at the cafe where she works for the month of May. I paused for a second before asking, “May. As in, tomorrow?” She laughed and admitted that yes, it was kind of short notice. Apparently the artist scheduled for May had backed out, and they were looking for someone to fill in. Not one to back away from a challenge, I decided to go for it. Luckily there was no major rush, so I was able to take a few days to gather my artwork together and figure out the framing.

I decided Thursday May 5th would be the day to hang my work and started working toward the deadline. On Tuesday I woke up with a sore neck, which made everything that much more difficult. I admit that at one point I considered calling the whole thing off because I was in so much pain. However, I really wanted to do the show, so I went to the chiropractor and then adopted an easier pace, taking frequent breaks from working when I needed to.

Somewhere in between all that drama I was concerned that I wouldn’t have a cohesive looking collection of artworks to show. I tend to be all over the place when it comes to art, trying this and that, but not usually focusing on one style or subject for any length of time. After sifting through many drawings and paintings, certain styles did become apparent. Ultimately I decided to have 3 distinct groups of art. One would be shadow drawings, of which I had several large pieces, as well as a few smaller ones, another would be a set of pattern-y drawings, and the third would be a selection of my most recent geometric circle drawings.


Slowly but surely everything started to fall into place. As with other projects in the past, I worked until the last minute, but also like the past, I got everything done. I even made pricing labels to affix to the side of the frames.

I drove to Baltimore yesterday with my trunk full of framed art, and with the help of Justin Wainio, the coordinator of the artshows at Metropolitan Cafe, I got everything hung up within an hour and a half.

Art Downstairs

One of my main goals has been to show my work in public, and while I didn’t expect for a show to come together so precipitously, it feels really great to have accomplished something significant in such a short amount of time.

17 Replies to “Metropolitan Cafe Art Show, The Story”

  1. Congratulations to you for reaching a goal! I’m so happy you were able to see through the obstacles and make it in time.

    What sort of frames and mattes did you use on such short notice?

    It looks great and I imagine this isn’t the lats post where you discuss where you are showing your work. πŸ˜‰

    1. I used IKEA frames and the mattes they come with! I actually love how simple & clean they are, and I frame most of my art in them when I can. I prefer the birch wood frames, but they seem to be phasing them out and switching to a slightly darker beech wood instead, so i went with white for 3 of the frames I couldn’t get in the right tone. Yes, there might be another post coming… πŸ™‚

  2. Oh, wow! I never would have guessed you had such a short time period to pull this together. Everything looks fantastic. You should be so proud of yourself!

    1. thank you so much! For a while I didn’t know if I could pull it off, but I just kept working on it!

  3. What an adventure!
    It’s great you managed to pull this all in the short time you had, & everything looks so fresh and neat!
    Bravo! ∠( οΎŸΟ‰οΎŸ)/

    1. I feel that way about it! I love when life works out perfectly–sometimes even better than how I could have planned!

  4. anika,
    good for you! way to jump in there and get it done! i love ikea frames too. i can’t decide which of your works i love the best!!

  5. Congratulations, Anika! Great story of hard work to take advantage of such a fortuitous opportunity for a show. I can relate to having too many different art styles ~ but you did a great job finding three themes and the art is lovely and looks great on the walls. Very happy for you! πŸ™‚

  6. Congratulations my dear! Your very first solo show!!! I’m so happy for you, you totally worth it. I wish for many more to come!

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