Courtesy Assiniboia Gallery
Sheila Kernan, "Catching Dreams", mixed media on canvas, 36" x 48"
Born: Saskatoon, 1982
Studied: BFA, Alberta College of Art and Design, 2007
Price Range: $1,000 - $5,000
Mary and Jeremy Weimer at Assiniboia Gallery in Regina have embraced social media as a way of communicating with potential collectors and making sales.
For example, in the gallery’s last solo show featuring Sheila Kernan, they sold one of her paintings over Twitter to a first-time art buyer. He had been following the gallery on Twitter and was intrigued by the information circulated in the days leading up to the show. So he emailed the artist directly (by googling Kernan) to ask specific questions. He ultimately came to the show, met the artist and bought a painting. “It’s all about making things easy, transparent and fun for the buyer,” says Mary Weimer.
After four years of painting professionally, Kernan is on the fast track, currently represented in several Western Canadian commercial galleries. Her work is often described as intense, electric and buzzing, as the bold primary colours she uses have the impact of neon lighting. She often paints urban streetscapes, and seems fascinated with how cities come to life at night, a theme ideally suited to her palette and process.
Use the internet, Facebook and Twitter to search out new artists. Don’t be afraid to email or text the artist or the gallery with questions, to find out about new work and upcoming exhibitions. Enjoy the thrill of the hunt – however, you choose to hunt!