Hosting - What? How? Why?

My plan going forward with my work is to have each painting go on a traveling exhibition of sorts. I plan to have a party in celebration of each painting upon its completion, inviting family, trusted friends and their trusted friends who are art lovers. Any invitee may offer to host a painting. Hosting is a non-commercial arrangement. Each host will have the painting for up to six months. I will come and hang the painting and then I will come and retrieve it at the end of six months (or sooner if the host requires). 

I decided on this hosting idea after some personal inquiry into my motivation for painting. The reason I paint is to communicate, to connect. Through offering my work to be hosted for free and for relatively short periods, each work has the opportunity to be known intimately by many people, hopefully from many diverse backgrounds over my lifetime and I have the great opportunity to hear from and talk with each host about their experience with the work. 

I am not certain that I will never sell my work again, but for now, the commercial aspect is off the table.

If you would like to live with Philamenial in your home, you may!  Contact me and we will discuss the painting, your interest and your specific logistics. Essentially, if I don't already know you well, I would seek to establish trust with you and then figure out how your interest and availability fit in with those of other interested hosts and determine when the painting could be hung in your home. Hosts need not live in San Francisco. My email address is cristie@cristiehenry.com .


If you're curious how it looks living with a painting and kids in the mix, here's Philomenial on an easel in our living room on a typical afternoon with friends over:

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