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An Inside View of Hanging the Gallery for our Jeanie Thorn – John Horejs Show

by Jason Horejs on 03/20/2013 · 21 comments

This Thursday, March 21st, we open a show for Jeanie Thorn and John Horejs (my father). We began planning the show almost a year ago and Jeanie and John have been hard at work creating the artwork ever since.

Yesterday, all of the artwork arrived and we set about completely dismantling the gallery to hang for this show. It’s a lot of physical (and mental) work putting a show together, but this one was a lot of fun because Jeanie and John did most of the planning for the layout of the gallery. Jeanie even had a precisely measured and rendered schematic of one of the walls where she hung 15 of her pieces.

Not only did they help plan the layout, but both John and Jeanie, and Jeanie’s husband Gary, spent the entire day in the gallery helping hang the show. Gary even did touch-up paint on the walls and proved to be a paint-rolling speed-demon.

By the end of the day, the character of the gallery had changed 100%. The show looks amazing, and I’d like to publicly thank Jeanie, John and Gary for their hard work creating the work and putting the show together in the gallery.

It’s always exciting to launch a new show, and it adds another dimension to have the artists so intimately involved in the entire process. Dave Newman and Guilloume were also deeply involved in putting their shows together this Spring.

Perhaps the most exciting part of the day came when we sold a major piece by my father to a couple from Colorado, before it was even hung. We had also sold a piece for Jeanie from the show catalog the day before – not a bad way to get things rolling!

I thought readers might enjoy getting a bit of an inside view of the installation process. Below are some action shots of the show installation. You may also view the show catalog and a copy of the e-vite to the opening.

The show opens Thursday evening at Art Walk, 7-9 p.m. Join us if you can!


Front entry


Clearing the Walls


Tools of the trade


Positioning the movable walls


Gary giving the walls a fresh coat of paint


Figuring out where art will hang


Even I picked up a hammer . . .


Gary making sure things are level


Precise measurements - measure twice, hang once . . .


Jeanie giving Roger Hubbard (kinetic artist) a preview of the show


This piece sold before it was even hung!




Complicated hanging, but the wall looks great!



Coming together nicely!



John Horejs' work hung


That precisely measured wall is finished!





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Jason Horejs is the Owner of Xanadu Gallery, author of best selling books "Starving" to Successful & How to Sell Art , publisher of, and founder of ARTsala. Jason has helped thousands of artists prepare themselves to more effectively market their work, build relationships with galleries and collectors, and turn their artistic passion into a viable business.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan Ashley March 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm

This really looks as if it has been there for a long time as the gallery statement. Very nice.


Xochi Madera March 20, 2013 at 3:15 pm



Laura Segil March 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Thank you for sharing the hanging, I love to see the insights of other galleries! The show looks great!!!

Laura Segil
Segil Fine Art
110 West Lime Avenue
Monrovia, CA 91016


Sharon Otstot March 20, 2013 at 5:48 pm

I was surprised by your father’s work. The only ones I had seen of his were the landscapes. I love the new ones.


Chuck Staley March 20, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Fantastic! Wish I could be there for the opening.


Tom Christiansen March 21, 2013 at 7:26 am

Wow, you’ve been busy, It looks great. Here’s hoping for many red dots.


Susan Klinger March 21, 2013 at 7:28 am

Very nice show. Thank you for sharing!


Michelle MacKenzie March 21, 2013 at 8:00 am

Wow! I am thrilled to be coming to Scottsdale the first week of April and I will be able to come see the show! The work is amazing!


elliot bell March 21, 2013 at 9:41 am

nice design


Audrey Ross March 21, 2013 at 10:24 am

Lovely! All is beautifully done.

Thanks for documenting the installation.

Audrey Ross


Penny Overcash March 21, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Really a great looking show! Wish I was there to see it in person! Love the artists work – BOTH!


April Rimpo March 21, 2013 at 3:01 pm

The exhibit looks great. I’ve created wall layouts for my solo shows in the past and it really does help. I get my art organized the way I want it and it saves the gallery a lot of time. You can really tell how much this helped for this exhibit. Thanks for sharing.


Michael Molick March 21, 2013 at 4:34 pm

What a great idea sharing with us the preparation for a show! Thank you.


kathryn March 22, 2013 at 10:28 am

wow…fantastic gallery space…you can definitely tell that a lot of time and effort went into the hanging of this show…you all did an amazing job…it look awesome!!


Amy Wagner March 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Thanks for sharing! Looks fantastic- the hanging and the show!


Mary Manning March 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm

What a delight to preview an art show in progress, Jason. Thank you so much for sharing.



Sharon Sieben March 27, 2013 at 5:32 pm

This looks like an amazing show. I definitely plan to see it!!


Vicki Pritchard March 28, 2013 at 7:36 am

Hi Jason. Beautiful show. I took your workshop at the Appleton Museum in Ocala Florida, and loved it. Thank you for all you do for artists. Your dad’s work is awesome and Jeanie Thorn’s is also, both complementing the other’s perfectly. Best of luck.


E. J. Barnes March 28, 2013 at 11:00 am

I’m impressed, but I have a question. I note that your storefront has big picture windows (presumably facing the street) and for a gallery that can be both good and bad. You want people to be able to see inside and see that there is art there, art that might possibly interest them. On the other hand you don’t want direct sunlight on the art all day. Do the diagonal partitions I see near the front solve that problem?


Jason Horejs March 30, 2013 at 3:55 pm

E.J. Great Question and good point about sunlight. There are two factors at play for us. The first is the orientation of our gallery – we are north facing and have metal over-hangs (not visible in the pictures) that protect the art from direct sunlight. No artwork is exposed to prolonged sunlight.

The second factor is simply that we rotate art in and out of the window areas with great frequency so that nothing is exposed to any light for an extended period.


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