Aftershow afterglow

My solo show at the Gallery on the Green has come and gone; a week of installing and fine tuning and more than six months of work culminated with the opening reception on Saturday night. It was wonderful to see so many old friends and new friends come out to help celebrate! I’ve come to realize that the communal celebration by friends, family, fellow artists and supporters is what it’s all about. It really is a big party to say “Wow! You did it!”

The undertaking is enormous; so much work, so many hours, many of them spent alone in your studio for days and weeks and months. Lots of time thinking and doing and rethinking and redoing and then, finally, the day comes; ready or not, it’s time to install. You look at your gallery space, clean and pristine, waiting for your hand and your work to transform it. You stand there and try to imagine how it will look, and then you begin. There are always last minute changes and adjustments and the odd thing that comes up you didn’t anticipate but somehow, it all comes together for opening night!

The pieces take on a life of their own once they’re installed. On the gallery wall, they “become real”. It’s like sending your children off to school, they are yours but not yours anymore; they take on another identity and a new life, out in the world. They can now speak for themselves and make their way in the world. They are launched!

Ahh, there’s nothing like it!


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