Realistic Flower Paintings–The Sherry French Gallery

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I am incredibly excited to be in a third show at the Sherry French Gallery in New York City, “Flowers in February.” It is an honor.

The Sherry French Gallery
601 West 26th Street
NYC, NY 10001
212-646-8867

“FLOWERS IN FEBRUARY”
Representational Sculptures and Still Life Paintings

January 30th thru February 23rd, 2008

Mary Baker, (artist’s website)
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Realistic Paintings-Flowers, New York City Art Gallery

Rose

Rose
Oil on Paper
7” x 8”
Mary Baker © 2005

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Group show at the:

The Sherry French Gallery
601 West 26th Street
NYC, NY 10001
212-646-8867

The show is:

“Small Sizes-Prescious Pieces”
Representational Paintings and Sculpture

November 28th-December 29th, 2007

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Sunflower 3
Oil on Paper
5” x 10”
MaryBaker © 2005

Mary Baker, (artist’s website)
(For a detailed a biography, please press here)

Realistic Landscape Paintings and New York City Art Gallery

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Marsh 4
Mary Baker © 2007
Oil on Paper
6″ x 20″

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And a nice thing happened.

A New York City realist gallery, specializing in Contemporary Realism (the kind of realism I paint) contacted me, and the art gallery has taken a few of my paintings and will include them in a couple of group shows this year.

This happened a few of weeks ago.

The Gallery is:
The Sherry French Gallery
601 West 26th Street
NYC, NY 10001
212-646-8867

The first show opens September 5– September 29, 2007.

“Mainly Maine
Landscape Paintings from Maine and Beyond”

Getting contacted by a New York gallery is nice. And seeing the realistic landscape, “Marsh 4” by Mary Baker, hanging in the heart of “Chelsea,” that has now become the heart of the art world in New York City, is nice too.

Mary Baker, (artist’s website)
(For a detailed a biography, please click here)

Art, Realistic Painting, Content and Quirkyalone

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Pansies
Oil on Canvas
24” x 36”
Mary Baker © 2004

The realistic painting in this post, “Pansies,” could there be a better example of “Quirkyalone?”

Here is this lovely pot of pansies sitting on a stoop on an early spring Newburyport, New England day, bathed in light, obviously utterly content in its solitude. Not schmaltzy, sentimental happy, but content.

My father, who is 88, could be considered quirkyalone. He has a lovely lady-friend, and the ladies still love him, but he has lived alone for the last 16 years and seems quite satisfied.

One of the things my father loves, loves, loves to do is go out for dinner alone. He lives in New York City so there are a lot of great places to dine. When I am in New York with him and we go out to eat, everybody seems to know him and he knows them.

My father will go and sit at a table or sometimes at the bar and order dinner. He will ask the waiters and waitresses and bartenders about their day and their lives with genuine curiosity and care. And he will often give me updates on who is doing what. No wonder he always gets seated.

My father is also one of my biggest art encouragers as an artist. I am incredibly lucky to have my Dad. Qurikyalone and quite content.

Mary Baker

(Editor’s note: I just found out that “Quirkyalone” is a book by Sasha Cagen, written in 2004. I’ve just gone to the bookstore and bought a copy and am about to sit down with a cup of tea and read it.)

(Editor’s Note: Please do not use any image that belongs to Mary Baker. It is a copyright infringement and it is against the law. I have found at least one image on another site, used without my permission, in a way that is unacceptable. The image has not been removed, and I am not pleased.

Unfortunately this forces me to put copyright information across the art images, which ruins it for everyone who would like to see the paintings. Mary Baker)

New York Stories-submitting your art work to art galleries

It is very hard submitting your art work to art galleries. It is difficult to get rejection after rejection and to still have the energy and will to keep creating your art work. I figure for every 25 submissions I make, I am lucky to receive one positive response.

When my first New York gallery took me on, I discovered an amazing fact. The art gallery received 4,000 slides a year! That’s right 4,000 slides!

I tell young artists that if they get even a personal response from an art gallery saying that they liked the artist’s work, that that is huge; and to definitely follow up on that contact when they are submitting their next round of slides.

If an artist gets asked by an gallery to show them his or her art work, but the artist doesn’t get accepted to be a part of the gallery…that is also huge, and to definitely follow up on that contact as well. These are encouraging signs.

It takes a great deal of courage to submit art work to art galleries. And if you are an artist who is in the process of doing that–good for you!

New York Stories-looking for an art gallery

Looking for an art gallery

I somehow finagled my way into sitting down with a gallery director on 57th Street in New York City when I first decided that I wanted to be represented by an art gallery. I showed him my slides and he gave me a very interesting piece of information that I have used now for almost twenty years.

What he told me was that art galleries want twenty slides all of a similar subject matter, all in the same style, all done within one to two years and all available. Art galleries were not interested in seeing that an artist could do a wide range of either subject matter or styles. The art gallery wanted to look at a set of slides and envision exactly what a one-person show could be like.

I never learned this in art school or from any artist. When I talk to young artists this is big news, so it’s definitely a piece of information that’s worth passing on!