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The Art Market at Spui

It is appropriate that I introduce you to Wim van der Meij after yesterday's post on my dad.  When I first saw his etchings, I told him they reminded me of my dad!  I met him through Petra, who hitched a ride with him that Sunday she and I met.

On many a Sunday from March through December, you can find Wim here at the Spui Artplein in the center of Amsterdam, selling his etchings. 

Though he is not a SCer, he often comments here.  I wish you could meet him in person.  His art is totally up my alley.  In fact, we have already purchased this piece (on the Brouwersgracht canal in our apartment's neighborhood) and will surely buy more over time. 

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


The Art Market at Spui

It is appropriate that I introduce you to Wim van der Meij after yesterday's post on my dad.  When I first saw his etchings, I told him they reminded me of my dad!  I met him through Petra, who hitched a ride with him that Sunday she and I met.

On many a Sunday from March through December, you can find Wim here at the Spui Artplein in the center of Amsterdam, selling his etchings. 

Though he is not a SCer, he often comments here.  I wish you could meet him in person.  His art is totally up my alley.  In fact, we have already purchased this piece (on the Brouwersgracht canal in our apartment's neighborhood) and will surely buy more over time. 

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (27)

  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 18 Jun 2007, 00:07
He looks like a great character. There's a slightly wicked glint in that eye, I fancy!
Ginnie Hart: HA! I wonder what Wim will say about that "wicked glint." smile I feel very lucky to have met him and his excellent work. My dad would be totally fascinated by his craftsmanship!
He looks rather pleased with himself.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, he does, Busola. He knew we had just purchased a piece of his work and that I was taking pics of him. Nor do I think we were the only buyers that day! smile
I like how the shot captures Wim, his work and clients, Ginnie. Also like your treatment.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Bridge. I did like that there were several people milling around his fabulous work.
  • Kay
  • 18 Jun 2007, 00:16
Hi Ginnie, Wim's art is very good, I agree! Thanks for introducing this kind soul to us. Do you know what 40 euros translates to in USD? smile

Lovely picture, Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Wim's art is excellent, Kay. There's lots of artisty in my family, on both sides--Mom's and Dad's--so I've been around good work all my life and know it when I see it. Wim's work is excellent!

BTW, if you Google "40 euros," this is what you get: "40 Euros = 53.30400 U.S. dollars."
  • Petra
  • 18 Jun 2007, 00:55
Wim is starting to get famous around here Ginnie...
he is on mine also today, but not as good looking as on yours....lol!!
Great photo of a great etcher and also a great friend!
Petra
Ginnie Hart: I hope so, Petra! Maybe if we send enough buisness his way we'll start getting a commission! grin

Thank you for introducing this great artist to me. I'll always think of you whenever I think of him. smile
It is always fun to find the few good artists at these art markets. This actually looks like a pretty big operation. I am sure it was fun to browse there.
Ginnie Hart: It's a very lovely way to spend a Sunday morning or afternoon, Martin. It's about a 10-minute walk away from our apartment! To actually know one of the artists there is frosting on the Amsterdam cake! smile
très beau portrait
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, O-P.
That's a great picture. He seems very happy to see people looking at his work, no ? smile
Ginnie Hart: Very happy and pleased, I'm quite sure, Flo. smile
Semms like a man proud of his work . Thanks for the into.
Ginnie Hart: He better be proud of it, Shakara, because I sure am! smile
Like the B&W The picture really tells a story
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Aussie. I totally agree.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Jun 2007, 12:07
good color tone
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal.
Oh, the days of standing in a booth selling your wares is very familiar to me but it's over for me now, thank goodness.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Spoken like a true trooper, Mary! smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 18 Jun 2007, 12:49
Very nice. How often is the art market open? Does Wim work in a capacity other than as an artist? Sounds like he's making a name for himself. That's wonderful.
Ginnie Hart: From what I understand, Ruth, there are approximately 60 artists in this community, 25 of whom are at the art market on any given Sunday, March through December, so no one artist has to be there every Sunday. If you go to Wim's website, he tells you what Sundays he'll be there in any given month. That helps us, if we ever plan to go by and say HI.

You would see Dad all over his work! I can hardly wait to show you the piece we bought, up close and personal. You'll especially love the way he frames them.
A great artist he is, visit he´s web site and found alot of good etchings. Thanks for the tip smile
Ginnie Hart: He's a fabulous artist, Magnus. Glad you got to see his work.
He looks like a kind person. Nice portrait. I'm curious about the art marts hours too.
Ginnie Hart: AsI told Ruth, Josie, there are approximately 60 artists in this community, 25 of whom are at the art market on any given Sunday, March through December, so no one artist has to be there every Sunday. If you go to Wim's website, he tells you what Sundays he'll be there in any given month. That helps us, if we ever plan to go by and say HI. When he is there, he's there from 10-6. Nice for us.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 18 Jun 2007, 12:59
I was first at Petra's blog and she had a pic of Wim - which I couldn't see for my life. Now with this shot I see him and I also see what she has done. It is now getting to the point where I have to move around on SC to understand the different pics smile

Great capture.
Ginnie Hart: HA! We really ARE a community then, Louis. grin

Thanks.
  • johnnyg
  • In the bowls of Brentford
  • 18 Jun 2007, 13:56
Tell Louis the exercise will do him good ! I guess it rains there as much as it does here from the look of his stall. He must be pretty popular to have so many buyers looking in.
Ginnie Hart: LOL re Louis. Yes, he needs his exercise. smile

It did rain at the end of that day, Johnny, and it's been raining here almost once a day for the last week or so. But then the sun comes out!
  • Roger
  • Denton Texas
  • 18 Jun 2007, 14:54
Ah. The happy sales guy. He has a great smile.
Ginnie Hart: Yup. He sure does. smile

Thanks, Roger, for stopping by and commenting.
Here is the photographed person himself: Thank you all for the kind words. I really love what I do, and have been doing it for the last thirty years, the last twenty of those I earned my bread with it.
The market is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Spui in the centre of Amsterdam. Which is a nice place next to the Begijnhof and the Amsterdam Historical Museum.
And Ginnie: hope to see you again on the market these days!
Ginnie Hart: I think all of us are in awe of anyone who can earn his bread and butter by doing what he loves to do so well, Wim. Congratulations. Your work speaks for itself!

We go back to Atlanta this week, Wim, but expect to be back here in A'dam after July 9 and will keep an eye on your website for when you'll be back at the Spui.
  • mal
  • 18 Jun 2007, 15:30
the most famous face on shutter today! Well, at least I get to see what he looks like with your image Ginnie! lol

all the best. mal
Ginnie Hart: HA! Wim didn't know we'd all "attack" him today. I bet he's eating it up. grin

Thanks, Mal.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK.
  • 18 Jun 2007, 15:32
Wow, you really are a gadabout, Ginnie. Not just a photoblog, but Shutterchance is a wonderful communication tool too!

Good to meet Wim, too. Looks like he has a great talent and some very presentable work there.
Ginnie Hart: A real gadabout, that's me, Colin. You're so right. smile

You would be very impressed with Wim's work. He's a master at what he does!
Estoy de acuerdo con lo que dice Colin! El cuadro del canal que has comprado es muy bonito. Y Wim, tiene un photoblog que también es muy interesante!

I am in agreement with which Colin says! The picture of the channel that you have bought is very pretty. And Wim, has photoblog that also is very interesting!
Ginnie Hart: He's a real artist, Jose. You'd really like him in person. smile Thanks.
  • Les Auld
  • Southport UK
  • 18 Jun 2007, 21:15
Like the toning, monochrome adds to the image. Well seen.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Les.
This shot conveys a very relaxed feel. I like it. All the best, Dave
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Dave.
  • Dotun
  • 18 Jun 2007, 23:05
lovely shot Ginnie, you do one the best conversions on shutter.
Ginnie Hart: You are too kind, Dotun, but thanks.
Hi Ginnie. I like the stark change in tone between the b'ground of viewers and that behind the artist. Excellent range of tones that really convey the different textures. I feel that I am next in the queue! Mike.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Mike. You're a sweetheart.
Like very much this shot and the way you catch the expression of the man !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Zeb. You'd like him. He's a true artist, just as you are. smile

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