The big news was our first foray into the world of Manhattan art at the Manhattan Art Center (MAC)
The Manhattan Art Center invited us in early 2020 to present an exhibit in the main gallery for the period 25 Sep to 24 Oct. We accepted their offer and invited contributions from our members at all levels.
Most of us make bowls and lots of them. A display of all bowls just wouldn’t show off what woodturning can be, so we encouraged all of you to get creative with your bowls and also to branch out into more artistic pieces. We displayed about 50 pieces, mostly on pedestals and shelves scattered around the gallery floor, along with some wall hangings.
This was an exciting opportunity for Flint Hills Woodturners to strut our stuff in front of our home crowd. We constantly speak of being a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization. This was the perfect opportunity to educate a whole different segment of the area population through our show at the MAC. Unlike a craft show, where all work is displayed, we were asked to create a juried show, where work at all skill levels would be evaluated and the best representations of our art chosen to be displayed. Like other juried shows at the MAC, work could be offered for sale, and we asked you to indicate on your application form whether you wanted that work offered for sale and at what price. For the several sales we had, the MAC collected the taxes for each piece sold as well as a 35% commission on the sale price, and paid the artist the balance.
There are several photographs of the MAC exhibit in the November 2020 newsletter which can be found in the sidebar under Regular Monthly Meeting.