I have been getting some response about my proposed co-op (more about that word in a bit) gallery specializing in works on / or of paper. Based on some questions I have been getting I think answers and explanations are in order.
First, the idea behind the gallery was to showcase and specialize works that use paper as a major component. This might and could include printmaking, photography, painting, three dimensional works (hanging or standing), collage, drawing, and artist books as well as work in which paper is mounted on canvas, or panel.
By concentrating on paper it is hoped that the gallery would set itself apart from other galleries, co-op or otherwise, thereby making it a destination for art buyers.
On the subject of membership; the gallery was never intended to be solely for RRAA members. It turns out that RRAA members were to first to hear about the idea because I had easy access to a communication tool. I have been trying to get the word out to other artists but have run into roadblocks in that regard. It is something I am trying to resolve.
Given the above problem I and since the holidays are fast approaching I am holding off on contacting any other artist groups until after the first of the year with an organizing meeting to take place in late February or early March. As to those who are interested and have contacted me I have saved your contact information and will contact you after the first of the year.
As to location, cost of membership, etc; though I have done some research in those areas they need to be determined by the members of the co-op.
Finally, as to my use of the word coop in place of co-op I apologize for any confusion it might have caused. I don’t know if its Northeastern, which is where I hail from, thing but I have heard and used co-op and coop used interchangeably.
I hope this post answers some questions.