Pre-flight checklist.

The final throes of preparation for the museum show

The final throes of preparation. Three more to pack. Labels, check. Business cards, check. Brochures, check. Tape gun, check…..

This morning I was packing up the last three paintings for my roadtrip that starts on Wednesday.  I’m going over to my other half’s place in Brea to pick him up for a trip up north.  We’ve driven this road, together and alone, several times and are both looking forward to it.  As I was looking around the mess coming together in the studio and contemplating other things that should get added to the list, this sprung to mind for Thursday morning.

Good morning and welcome to flight 395 from Brea to Ridgecrest.  I’ll be your pilot for the journey in this Silverado roadcraft.  Today we have a cargo of 56 refractured watercolors and watercolor collages, a half-dozen ‘Thought inside the box’ trinket boxes and a box of “Skies of Peace and Passion” books.  There is plenty of room in the cargo bay for personal items as there is no booth to take with us this time because our destination is the Maturango Museum to deliver the work for a two month solo show by “world-famous artist Jeni Bate” (I have to keep saying that otherwise it won’t stick) in the Sylvia Winslow Art Gallery. The flight will take approximately four hours, with a scheduled potty stop in Kramer Junction (or Adelante if the coffee runs through quicker).

Coffee and breakfast bars will be served on this trip because with the 7am start, we won’t have time to eat before we leave. Highlights of your 3-day/2-night vacation will include helping the artist schlep the artwork into the museum and unbox it (box cutter and dolly will be provided), stuffing the resulting cardboard containers back into the truck, helping me find the hotel without a map and getting me back to the gallery, listening again to that rehearsed speech about the work that will be given on Friday evening at the opening reception, and talking to gallery goers.  (Please pack your own sales skills.) If you’re really lucky, there may be an opportunity to go fishing on Friday, but it would be wise to pack a couple books in case we end up just hanging out in the hotel.  The return trip will be more leisurely on Saturday morning.  Let me know if you want to drive!


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