My First Exhibition - Painting for Charity!

In my previous post, I explained about how I decided to organize painting exhibition. Now, I am describing my experience in brief.

I would consider it fairly successful, as I was able to sell two paintings worth Rs.2000 (two thousand) each. My main aim was charity (100% of the profit). So, my cost of the paintings was mainly for framing which was around Rs.500 for each painting, and the cost of art materials like paint, brushes, cartridge paper, etc was approximately apportioned at Rs. 200 per painting. So, the total cost per painting is Rs. 700.

This follows that, profit was Rs. 2600 (two thousand six hundred) out of which, 1300 goes to Leo Club of Bharatpur and remaining 1300 goes to Help Nepal Network!

I have sold three other paintings  (unframed) previously to Peter Christian Lagendorf, founder of suknepal.org, worth Rs. 5500, all of which will go to Help Nepal Network as the cost of framing is removed. So, total fund for Help Nepal Network is NRs, 6800. However, I'm yet to realize all the fund in cash! Hope I will realize that soon.

I only remembered to shoot the photos of the exhibition at the evening. Here are a few shots taken by me.
A glimpse of exhibition - 1

A glimpse of exhibition - 2

A glimpse of exhibition - 3

I will update other photos if available. The good aspect of the exhibition was that it was my first exposure, was coordinated fairly easily, and that no one was pressured to buy a painting. The bad aspect was that it was a bit cornered, and didn't attract people's immediate attention as it was a sub program.

Anyway, it was a good experience for me. I invented a beautiful way to create price tags. The price was stated on one side, and labelled as "SOLD" on another side. So, whenever a painting sells, it's tag would be switched to another side. That was really cool.

A small co-ordination problem was experienced, and lack of complete information about the another program, created confusion while setting the flex banner and planning the hanging of the paintings. However, the exhibition was conducted for very short period of time and therefore, I consider it successful in overall.

Update: (June 14, 2015)

I had thought I would post a separate article to discuss about the charity, but I was busy and couldn't find time to do so for a long time. So, I thought I would append the information here itself.

I handed over Rs. 1300 to the Leo Club of Bharatpur's ruling president, Mr. Santosh Majakoti, on a board meeting of the club on the evening of March 20.

Here are two snapshots of the handover (Thanks to Leo Anup Bhujel dai for the snaps) :



Similarly, I also donated 3 cartoon of noodles worth Rs. 1400 to the Leo Clubs' "Earthquake Relief Material Collection" program, on the aftermath of the April 25 devastating earthquake. Previously, I was planning to donate that money to Help Nepal Network.

Organizing a Painting Exhibition

I have finally decided to coordinate an Art Exhibition to showcase my paintings and conduct the charity which I promised about four months ago. I painted rigorously for about two months after which I had problems with my eyes - which was diagnosed about a month later as exophoria (aka Convergence Insufficiency) - a kind of heterophoria. I then stopped painting and joined Leo Club of Bharatpur, in order to participate in social service, develop leadership and so on.

After three months, I am coordinating a first program, in which I will be exhibiting my own paintings. The theme of the exhibition is "Painting for Charity".

I am planning this exhibition alongside another program, the 13th anniversary celebration of Leo Club of Bharatpur, and Lions Leo Family Meet. Therefore, I will be utilizing the same venue which will have dual benefits, lower cost and plenty of visitors.

Art Exhibition Flex Banner
Today, I made this flex banner. The paintings have already been framed about a month ago. The venue, date, and audience were automatically managed. I have already decided on how to split the profit (after covering the cost of art materials and framing, which I have decided at approximately NRs. 700 for each painting) from the painting. Half of the profit amount will go to Leo Club and remaining half will go to Help Nepal Network. Therefore, I am almost ready to go.

However, I have not decided on the prices yet which will be done in consultations with fellow Leo Club Members tomorrow. I am thinking to charge around NRs. 2000 for each paintings, most of which are of A3 size. However, this is not final. I will post updates about how the program goes tomorrow.

Paintings of Nature!

This One-horned Rhino is my latest watercolor painting. I did this painting after about a gap of about three months due to problems with my eyes.

One-horned Rhinoceros
All the paintings below are more than three months old and some are attempted twice in order to improve upon the first attempt.

Rhino Taal Painting
This is the painting of "Rhino Taal" or Rhino Lake of Chitwan National Park. This is a second attempt of the Rhino Taal painting made on the hand-made paper.

Hilly Village Scenery
This painting is also the second attempt of the painting I have made already. It represents a Hilly Village of Nepal and is made by referencing an oil painting.

Narayani Bridge @ Sunset
This is a Narayani bridge, also made on hand-made paper. It is small in size than the rest of the paintings.

Seascape at Dusk
This is also the second attempt of the "Seascape" painting which is made on French Cartridge.

Rural House Scenery
This is a Village Scenary made on one of the best kinds of handmade paper. It is my first attempt on the hand-made paper.

Hilly Village Landscape
Another hilly village scenery, this painting is made on French Cartridge of A3 size.

All of the above paintings except that of Narayani bridge are made on A3 size. All, except the Rhino, are framed already and ready for sale.

In the last three months, I worked on framing and have been successful to frame the twelve recent paintings in total. I am further planning to frame two of my old paintings and the latest painting of the Rhino.

Recently, I am looking for artist friends in order to improve, collaborate for exhibition and thus contribute something for the society. I have vowed to collect around Rupees ten thousand for Help Nepal Network, and the rest of the money will be used for covering painting expenses and learning and further charity and social works.

I have also joined Leo Club of Bharatpur about three months ago in order to serve society and make a difference in the society.

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