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Last weekend, a few deviantART staff members were in London for a combination of community fun and srs bsns.  While deviantART has become quite adept at hosting deviantMEETs, we decided to try our hand at something a little different -- hosting an art exhibition featuring Prints by deviantART artists local to the area.

On Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012, deviantART sponsored Urban Blighty, a unique showcase of hand-selected Prints by United Kingdom based deviants. These Prints were chosen based on a variety of criteria -- curation quality, previous Print sales, genre, etc. -- in order to exemplify the breadth of works available for sale on deviantART. In contacting our selected artists, we were pleased to hear they were excited to showcase their works and that many were able to attend the gallery show in person.

The day before the Gallery opened to the public, grieves05, codenamepanther, and I (Ayame-Kenoshi) met with the featured artists to give them a private preview of the gallery space. All of the Urban Blighty art was displayed on the walls as beautifully framed Fine Art Prints.  After the private preview, we headed to dinner, where everyone sat down to discuss the Prints program.  As active Prints sellers, these artists have an intimate understanding of the selling process and provided great suggestions for future Prints program efforts. 

dA London Gallery Show 14 by cei-

dA London Gallery Show 30 by cei-
Photo credit: cei-

On the day of the show, we were joined by DEVlANT, dxd, and Heidi who helped in our last-minute efforts to ensure the gallery looked pristine. We opened the doors right at 4:00 PM, and a queue had already formed outside! Not only were we thrilled to see all the familiar faces from Saturday's deviantMEET, but a whole new crowd of people showed up to appreciate the amazing artworks we had on display. Urban Blighty was open to deviants and non-deviants alike, and many attendees who walked in from the street were incredibly impressed by the wide range of artistic talent found on deviantART.  

The featured artists were introduced to the crowd and were able to talk directly with attendees about their work, process, and what inspires them to create art. Each piece was situated next to a placard with the title of the art, artist name, and deviantART username, so interested art appreciators could check out the online versions, fave them if they pleased, or make a note to keep an eye out for these gifted artists in the future.

dA London Gallery Show 9 by cei-

dA London Gallery Show 10 by cei-

dA London Gallery Show 12 by cei-

DA Crowd.. by 3ddream
Photo credit: cei- and 3ddream

Throughout the show, a raffle was held, allowing all attendees the chance to receive a Print directly from the wall.  By the end of the night, every Print had been carefully bubble-wrapped and given to a good home.

Thank you to everyone who attended and a special thanks to our featured artists!

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Untitled by darknetcs
Photo credit: darknetcs

We had so much fun, that we can't wait to do it again! But we need your help. Are you interested in seeing more exhibitions like this in your town? The Prints staff would love to do events in different cities, and we want you to be able to make it! So let us know if you're interested in us do a Gallery Show a bit closer to home. Don't forget that you can keep up with the latest Prints news by joining the printscommunity!



While deviantART has become quite adept at hosting deviantMEETs, we decided to try our hand at something a little different -- hosting an art exhibition featuring Prints by deviantART artists local to the area. On Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012, deviantART sponsored Urban Blighty, a unique showcase of hand-selected Prints by United Kingdom based deviants.
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DAnnsCreations Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Loved this, how exciting for soo many deviants to be featured! :woohoo: Exactly what I wanted to do here in Phoenix, only show every kind of artisan, from metal works to prints, jewelry to paintings! All the offerings Arizona has available! :w00t!: Although, I would rather show it all, from around the world.... like a little UN, Ambassadors of Art! :love:

Will share this on FB too! :blowkiss: Wonderful! :iconcarameldansenplz:

Blessings,
Pegs
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lady-cybercat Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Please do this in Savannah Ga! there is SCAD there and I'm sure the community would LOVE to have DA visit! Or Jacksonville Fl!
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elfftw Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
boo -__- I was in london july 4th. So close.
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Zorua1 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist
Oh, I wish I could have been there, but I live too far away. Dx
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DarraChese Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it is simply amazing! I would like to go there):cd:
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ColorGold Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice ... wish i was there
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MystiStar Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant.
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Yamis-Chan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Would have loved to be there! another onein London would be great. Or maybe Cambridge?
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littleheartl Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
I live in Cambridge so I would love to have one here!
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sergweltman Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
nice
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