When musicians, actors, dancers, and even writers have their big events – when we fête them for their new piece, cd or book, there is usually some activity going on like a performance – and then a bit of a party. But when artists come out of their studios to show their work, we have openings. And in an opening, the artist is the center of a lot of attention, much the way someone is when they have their 80th birthday party, or when someone retires from a job of 30 years. I had my own opening last night at the ASK Gallery – a great event for me, as I haven’t been able to produce a show of large-scale paintings for about 10 years. That, and the gallery is a real sweet place.
It is tiring and somewhat mind-numbing. If you’re a bit shy (I really am shy!) it can be a challenge to have all that focus on one’s self. I probably had chats with over 50 individuals last night – old friends, new acquaintances, and a lot in between. I take all the well-wishes and kind words in, the way some mammals store fat for the long winter – to hold me over until the next show which could be years off.
I’m so appreciative of the support, and all the people who spent time looking at my work.
It was also great getting to meet many artists who submitted work to the group show. Helen Gutfreund wrote an appreciative blog post about the opening. Also discovered that fellow painter Jerry Teters is also a fellow jazz drummer. I’m hoping to still meet some of the other artists – quite a community we live in.