A Fantastic Exhibition Opening
Well the day finally arrived! So much work, and then the party! No wonder we artists need a party to celebrate the hanging of an exhibition. After weeks of isolation as we diligently paint away and push nosy people out the studio door – especially spouses and children. I call them the Time Vampires. Its amazing how many people want to come and chat while you’re trying to paint. If you’re feeling nice you might mumble a reply, grunt or nod your head at the appropriate places. However if the painting is misbehaving, you will probably yell at them to get-out and give you some space, and they will slink off with hurt feelings. Sigh!
The show was opened by celebrated Newcastle Artist, John Morris who has many gongs to his name, including winner of the Gosford, Norville and Maitland Art Prizes. He has also been a selected finalist in many other competitions. John spoke about … The processes and development of an artists vision. He stated that the artist always puts a part of themselves out there on show and that there is no way they can avoid doing so. Before he spoke, I introduced refugee worker Pari, to speak a little on the refugee situation here on the Central Coast and the work they do.
There was a great turn out. – Thank you all for coming and making it a great success.
A special thanks go to Ava and Prue who both bought art works…. and several people purchased prints and cards of the works.
I am thrilled with the way the exhibition looks. The interesting thing is that once all the works are in place the exhibition seems to take on an energy of its own. It is not just a collection of single works, the theme pulls them together and a bit like a symphony orchestra it creates something greater than itself.
I would like to thank everyone who helped me make this event possible, Simone Dennis – the gallery owner, John Morris, Pari and Chay my daughter for her help with doing all the fiddly things like putting strings on the backs of paintings and painting around the sides of all the works, Esther, Hannah and Prue for taking photos, my partner John for helping with transport and putting the triptych together and everyone who turned up to support me. I really appreciate each and everyone of you – Thank you.