Sunday, January 04, 2009

today's opening

Was fun, lively, and crowded. The show was beautifully hung, with lots of white space around each piece so you could actually have a dialogue with it as you looked at it. Every time I tried to take a picture, there were people in front of me so I couldn't really get a clean pic of the gallery. But here is Joan Dreyer's piece(with people in front, of course) and you can see all the white space. There were two smaller pieces on this wall, which also had plenty of air. Here is the opposite wall, which has four pieces -- also with lots of space around them.I am a lunatic when it comes to this (as are all of us in the group). Most people do not, IMO, know how to hang a show. Somehow, they are afraid of space - so most shows are much too crowded. Joan Dreyer, Diane Savona, and Lisa Basile, who hung it, should be proud of themselves. Here they are, with Diane's huge piece in the background on the left wall.Patricia Malarcher, Editor of Surface Design Journal, came to see the exhibit and it was a pleasure to see her and chat, as always. And then, look who else showed up!!! Looking especially beautiful with a classy new haircut, Kerr Grabowski, accompanied by John, the videographer who shot her fabulous DVD on Deconstructed Screen Printing. He did a wonderful job on the DVD and I had heard so much about it while it was being shot that it was good to meet him. I was really flattered that Kerr thought my chapter on deconstructed was excellent and that the photos were beautiful and it all complemented her video so well.(She is the guru, after all). I think everybody should have her DVD to watch the process in action and she thinks everybody should have my book so they can refer to the chapter while they work. LOL. Well, we each own both, so even if you have my book you need her DVD (and vice-versa, of course). All the artists had to pose for an official picture. I handed my camera to Marty, who took a rather fuzzy shot - but it's the only one I have at the moment. Cast of characters, below. back row: Kathy Grady, Rachel Cochran, Susan Brauner, Kristen Tyler, Judy Langille, Randy Keenan, Joan Dreyer front row: Lisa Basile, Joanie SanChirico, Yrs Truly, Hollie Heller Tomorrow, Diane, Susan, Lisa and I will hang another exhibit in corporate gallery space. Since it is an office building, there will not be an opening - but that's okay. We ate and drank enough wine today to make up for it!

8 comments:

Gerrie said...

Wow!! What a group of luminaries you get to hang out with. I like space in a show, too! It is often aluxury, but makes each piece have its due.

Connie Rose said...

Looks like a wonderful show, wish I could see it. And you, of course, always look totally happy and glowing!

WEST COUNTRY BUDDHA said...

Congratulations. It looks wonderful! I agree about the white space - less in more and all that - I've sometimes found that it's difficult in a group to put limits on what people do or to make choices about hanging. Political dynamite!! So sometimes it's necessary to have a squash just so you can be fair, but when there is space it transforms the whole show; finding the right venue is difficult where I live. Do you have lots of suitable places or is it hard for you too?

Eva said...

I wish you lots of success on this exhibition! If only I could be a visitor.

Judy said...

That piece by Joan Dreyer is exquisite!
I agree about the white space: it gives your eyes a chance to rest and also gives you time to reflect.
I'm proud to say that I have both your book and Kerr's dvd! I am still needing a second signed book....just to keep, since I've got paint and dye all over my first signed copy........can you help me out with that?

xo

tiedyejudy said...

Great post! And I love that you and Kerr share enthusiasm for each other's work! I own both her DVD and, of course, your book and couldn't agree more!

Susie Monday said...

Super! WHAT an opening. I wish I could have been there to partake of the love fest and love the art fest. Go girl.

Russ Little said...

How did so much talent end up concentrated in NJ? Wish I could have been there. Looks like a great show.

Ditto everything Rayna said about the value of her book and Kerr's video. I'm blessed to have taken a workshop with both of them--together--at the same time. What a hoot. Talk about chemistry! Have you guys considered another duet or do I need to arrange it?