May 1st I went over to Indio Senior Center and hung 21 paintings. Or more accurately, Nancy Vance, the community program administrator hung them after I opened boxes and set them out against the wall. And we put up the prices and signage and photographed the show. In 45 minutes. Talk about knowing what we’re doing!
First of three. These were painted together – small panels that would fit between doors in a hallway. However, I’ve hung them together in the booth and some people have considered they would make a nice triptych.
I was accepted to have a month-long solo show in what is considered an ‘alternative’ space – i.e. not a regular gallery. This is the Center for Healthy Generations in Yucca Valley. It’s quite an active center with a pretty full schedule of activities. When I arrived to hang my work, Darla, my handler – said there had been some dissent over the time of my hanging because they were setting up for an indoor yardsale on Friday.
That was the bad news, the good news being that lots* of people would see my work. Right behind the yardsale items. I had to stand on the tables and tiptoe between the partially completed display of yardsale items to hang my work. Fortunately I did not stand on the hands of the lady below me trying to arrange items while I trod between them.
Then there’s space on the other wall for two large paintings. Here, my progress was hampered by the fact that a yoga class was in session and I had to wait until they’d finished before we could put the last two paintings up.
Yes, there’s going to be a lot* of people who see my work in the next month!
I’m always open to shows in unusual spaces. I had the opportunity to show work in this church and had a silly thing happen when I went to set it up. I had agreed to meet one of the deacons, David, at 9am on the appointed day.
I arrived with 10 minutes to spare, so parked in the parking lot and got out and went round the church and confirmed he was not there – all doors were locked and mine was the only vehicle in the lot. So I waited. And waited.
Half an hour later I started to get concerned so I called him. It turned out he had approached the church from the other side, parked round the corner where I couldn’t see his truck, didn’t look to see if I was in the main parking lot, unlocked the church and was also waiting patiently but beginning to get a little concerned. Oh well. But then we had a bit of a rush as I had to be elsewhere later, and I forgot to take photos of the setup.
Yesterday, Doug and I went to the church service – it being the only Sunday during my show that I wasn’t at a show. Now I get to show you the show. I got to meet a lot of people, talked about the possibility of teaching some classes at their location, and once again, I forgot to take pics of the two in the sanctuary.
I loved the painting that ended up as this one and ‘Splashing Around’. It was one of the harder ones to cut up because it came out so well, and the two resulting children are ones I will be sorry to see go to their forever homes.
Some cultures, I believe, regard birds as virtual angels, hence the name for this painting.
So the one painting completed that evening that you can’t see in the photo on the prior blog post is my rendition of the original – this got photoed today and is now available on etsy.