Whipping Up a Little Art
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Whipping Up a Little Art

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Two months from today will mark the calendar end of this cold, scientifically sad season. Two more months of the cold, the wet, the layers upon layers, and too-closely sharing snow-filled sidewalks with your fellow pedestrians. Chances are the very thought of this may already have you waiting it out, brooding, and creating some winter-inspired pieces of art inside your cozy abode, but the Whippersnapper Gallery would like to “jolt you out of your houses” to see—and maybe even display your work in—”Winter Showcase,” opening February 12 at their College Street gallery as part of their thrice-yearly group show exhibitions. The group shows, according to Whippersnapper, “are excellent opportunities for artists who do not have a large body of work to gain exhibition experience.” So if an entire room (besides your own) filled only with examples of your deepests and darkests is a little intimidating, this might be a less terrifying starting point.
Whippersnapper may be a young (founded in 2004), not-for-profit gallery space that’s punk enough for Ian MacKaye, but there are also many potential Benjamins to be had (just in time for a questionable spring break getaway?). Unlike most other galleries, which normally take fifty per cent of a sale, every dollar from a sale at Whippersnapper goes directly to the artist. Gallery Director and Co-Founder Luke Correia-Damude estimates that “usually about eight pieces sell in the shows. Things that are in the $100 to $500 range sell the most, but we’ve sold pieces up to $5000 before.” The small catch is the $100 exhibition fee for selected artists, but all proceeds go to necessary operational costs. (The fact that they have tables and cleaning supplies on their website’s “wishlist” proves your money isn’t being used for gold shoes and shiny jewels.)
Those Whippersnapper lads always seem to know how to give us a fun, genuinely cool time, and, Correia-Damude enthuses, “The shows are always very busy, with between 200 to 300 visitors on opening night.” Don’t mull over it too long; the submission deadline is just less than two weeks away. Pick out your very best piece(s) and email jpegs along with sizes and titles to [email protected] before Wednesday, February 3. Show opens Thursday, February 12, at 587A College Street (at Clinton).

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