Busy Show Season!

November/Dec have been very busy for KB Studios.  Besides the 5 shows I was in, I was also filming most of those shows. As the Chairperson for the Advisory Board for the Islip Art Museum, I work to help organize and prepare for the year's shows.  As a film and video person as well, I have produced several videos for their shows.  Two of which I have been in and one coming up on February 1st, which is with “The Women Sharing Art” organization.  It’s exciting and busy.  Now I need to figure Christmas and New Years into my schedule.  

The first show was at The Long Island Arts Council, located in Dix Hills, NY.  It’s a members show and I had a piece in it, “Joel” I created in St. Louis, MO.  I did not film the opening, but went there a few days later to do a quick video of my work in the gallery.  Totally self serving, but it shows the gallery, and the next show I will do a complete video of the gallery and all the art.  It was a nice show.  That video can be seen on Kelly Bandalos Studios FB Page.  

The other show in November was a Membership show at the Islip Museum.   This was smaller and had about 35 artists.  The piece I entered was Her Face in the Sky a controlled Acrylic Pour that has been seen in St. Louis at the Soulard Art Gallery in the “Everything Blue show”.  It was very well received at the show and I met some amazing artists and new friends at that opening.   

The next show was the AARP show at the Islip Museum called “Art at 50 Plus”.  It was a very large show with nearly 180 pieces of artwork.  I entered three pieces and the smallest and least favorite was chosen.  I’m sure it  because of its size! It’s by far the smallest work I have ever made for a show. It was a pastel of a foggy port.  The show was to portray your “inspiration” of Long Island.  

The show was great and quite busy.  As the Chairperson of the Advisory Board for the Museum, I made a video of all the artwork and played it in Gallery 2 for the show and it’s whole exhibition through to January 15, 2020.  I also filmed the opening night and shared that with them for their PR. 

Here’s the opening night video: https://youtu.be/8ph4A34JyR8

Here’s the video of all the artists: https://youtu.be/P79kwmVv5jg

The same opening weekend,  I had another opening at B.J. Spoke, a great gallery in Huntington, NY.  This show was not small and the gallery was a cozy space on a fantastic street.  I was very thankful to be included in this great show “Harvest of Artists” which will be on through early January.  The artwork submitted into this show was a favorite that was in the History Museum in St. Louis, MO for "Dia De Los Muertos".  This piece is a controlled pour with mixed media.  It’s one of my personal favorites and was well received and lots of questions about it that night of the opening on Dec 7th.  

We did a video for the opening and sent it to the gallery as well for their promotional use.  I had a great time meeting other artists and talking to them.  I don’t think they realized what I was doing till I sent it to them and they were shocked and very happy, so was I.

Here is a link to the video that evening: https://youtu.be/JbRPSzeT3QU

It was a very busy few months, so now as I finish up a few commissions, I am launched into holiday wrapping, cooking and then 2020!  What will she bring us this year?  All I can say, is my fall has been blessed with new artwork, new projects, new friends in my old stomping grounds.  Good to be home.  Thank you Long Island for making me feel welcomed home.  2020 will be gangbusters.  My wishes for everyone, both friends, artists and visitors to enjoy the Moments this holiday season.