Showing With The Rogue Gallery

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 08-02-2011 06:37 AM 7972 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Going Rogue!

One of the things that I highly encourage woodworkers to do is to show their work publicly at any level that they can. It is a great opportunity for growth as an artist and business person on so many levels.

I recently had an opportunity to share my work and portfolio at a local showing with the Rogue Gallery. The Rogue is a different sort of art gallery as the name implies.

First of all, it does not have a traditional gallery store front, it is a roving gallery that sets up in a different location for each show which lasts for only one evening. This adds a level of mystique, excitement, and anticipation to the shows. The best way to describe the Rogue is that is “Art Gallery Meets Night Club.”

The Rogue purposely stays away from showing the very typical and traditional western fine art which is commonly found in the galleries here in Billings, MT. While this type of art is nice on one hand, the galleries tend to carry it and exclude any of the modern and contemporary talent found in this area.

The Rogue Gallery has become a great venue for showcasing some great talent that is often overlooked. Their mission has been to bring art to the people in a more creative and energetic venue. The Rogue is not pretentious and presents art in a manner that is really attractive to a younger generation. I think their efforts are a key element in sparking & keeping the interest in art alive locally.

Public Showing Is Critical to Success (Survival)

I view myself as a woodworker, craftsman, and artist. I enjoy rubbing elbows with other artists of all types, they inspire and energize me. Being around other creative people influences my view of what my own work can potentially be.

The show was a great way to share what I create with my community and at what level I bring it. It was a great opportunity to show people what fine furniture can be and how pleasing it is. Unlike most art objects, my furniture is to be interacted with, I encourage touching all of the pieces and sitting on the Shaker Bench.

I made connections with a handful of young architects, designers, and associates in architectural firms. Some were aware of me and had an incorrect image of what I build. They were impressed with the quality of work and that fact that I designed it as well.

It is important to make a showing occasionally to keep your face out there. The guys that knew of me thought I had a traditional cabinet shop, but a traditional cabinetmaker I am NOT. A show like this is the perfect opportunity to mold your public image.

The message I am sharing here (without going into a full expository on the subject of showing) is to get involved with your local artist community and show your work publicly.

I put a video together with the footage and images that I captured during set-up and the show itself. I was limited on the pictures I could get during the show since I was talking to a lot of people about my work. You will see my display from 1:20 thru 1:28.

One more cool thing, the DJ spinning discs is having me build a DJ booth in his house. It has been an on-going project but that is another story I hope to share with you soon:)


Now Get Out And Show!

Your Friend in the Shop-

Todd A. Clippinger Share the Love~Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 08-02-2011 12:43 PM

Good for You Todd, for the additional exposure!! Your work deserves it!!
The “Roving” Gallery idea is a good one, too bad they don’t have anything like that around here… :-(

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 08-02-2011 12:48 PM

Seriously good fun I am sure… keep up the great work…good to see you getting the exposure you deserve…

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#3 posted 08-02-2011 02:49 PM

Sounds good, Todd.

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#4 posted 08-02-2011 05:34 PM

A wonderful idea, Todd. Do you know if there is a branch or sister gallery in Tulsa OK?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#5 posted 08-02-2011 08:09 PM

Good advice for any business! I know a talented artist/woodworker who says “this is what my clients want” so….. He sets up a spread of fresh foods, snacks, and beverages on a fresh canvas over a substantial work bench and invites the clients who are paying “top dollar” for excellent work to come and view the progress of the build. There are other equally talented woodworkers without his marketing savy who have shut their doors. By the way he wears a beret and sixties clothes, but in an elegant setting. He said to me “do you think I’d dress this way other wise?” LOL I suspect he might. :)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 08-03-2011 12:58 AM

Sorry LittlePaw I do not know if there is a sister event or gallery to match the one here in Billings.

I know the guy that started it fashioned it after similar ideas in other bigger cities. The important thing is to get connected into your local artist community.

This is key: if you want to be seen as a woodworking artist participate in artist events.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 08-04-2011 03:02 AM

very cool…what a fun way to show your work…I am sitting here grooving to the music too!

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#8 posted 08-05-2011 04:24 AM

Great video , Todd.: ) As always , you’ve done a superb job ! Thanks for sharing this with us.

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