LOOKING BACK, I HAVE TO LAUGH AT MY POST from Facebook, added when I returned home after my first-ever art exhibition at the Del Mesa Carmel Gallery. It is mostly tongue-in-cheek comments.
“Things I learned tonight:
1) Don’t wear heels, you idiot!
2) Don’t bring a snack (and *tray*) requiring a fork lift to carry from the car to event — (especially while in heels!) even if it looks really spiffy & you get a ton of compliments in your presentation.
3) If you’re going to go to the trouble of searching for and bringing business cards…use ’em!!
4) You’re no longer a high school wallflower — get off the wall and mingle.
5) Eat before coming, even if you know food will be present … you seldom eat much at these kinds of things and the wine hits you…right?!
6) Don’t be embarrassed to excuse your self to find a chair — any chair — to sit in if needed.
7) Don’t wear a ring on your right hand…you’ll regret it after shaking hands all evening.
Tonight was a definite learning experience. Met some interesting people. Saw some awesome artwork by fellow artists. Glad it was relatively low key for the first event. I’ll definitely know better for next week…”
That really says it all, but I’d like to emphasize the fun I had, despite the aching feet. Mingling with such wonderful artists was a delight. Seeing people spend time in front of my art was encouraging, too.
I didn’t have much time to revel in the afterglow of the evening, since the next day I dropped right into working on the next one, which, by the way, happens this weekend — beginning Friday.
This one is special. Very special. It’s not just a show-up-and-look-nice event. I am fully vested in this venture. It is the venue I will use to create, available to me 24/7, whenever my painterly side kicks in and to chill in while editing my upcoming novel. More than a handful of us have been working to make this an awesome place to work. Painting, building, tidying; creating a garden area (my niche) from a weedy patch to one filled with colour…the building has become a beautiful place to inspire creations. A home away from home, filled with amazing works of art — both 2-D and book art, some textiles and miscellaneous other things — makes this place a wonderful spot to call home, where I can play.
For those of you that are locals, please feel free to pop in on Saturday, 25 May, anytime between noon and 6pm to meet and greet the artists, see live demonstrations, and graze on nibbles available for all attendees. Come to Open Ground Studios for their Grand Opening at 1230 Fremont Blvd, Seaside CA — the old home of Alternative Café.