The art gallery manager was surprised when he was asked to book the gallery for a solo exhibition by a twelfth grader, me. He wavered to give his assent as the gallery only exhibited established artists works. After a little persuasion he demanded to see my artwork – they were sketches and paintings. I already had a few works of mine, which I handed over to him. All of a sudden he was all excited, time and again praising the work. Next movement the dates and the rest were finalized. From then till the closing ceremony of my exhibition the events were all challenging exciting and above all mostly satisfying.
It took me some time to realize that mounting and framing my paintings and booking an art gallery wasn’t all that was to be done. There were a whole lot of things to be done behind the scenes. First thing was selecting about 50 works to be put up in the exhibition. After that came the brochure printing. The brochure had to have a few comments by other critics or artists. I showed my work to two established artists, one being a famous playwright, making folk dramas and the other a renowned painter. Both of them recommended me very well. The design and the layout of the brochure were another laborious job. Things like the background colour, the cover painting font size, colour, inside sketches and the written matter. The layout of the brochure was supposed to be appealing and enticing. The challenge of the designing was a big thing as, this is the fore most important thing that kindles an interest in people to come and see the exhibition.
Preparation of the guest list caught my attention next. A guest list of around 350 people consisting mainly of artists was created. My mother was of great help, being an artist herself. Even publicity was a part of this whole action. Advertising in the newspaper, putting up posters needed a lot of planning; a lot of experienced people helped me out with the tasks. Last of all my friends and m