I'm not even quite sure how to describe my feelings about my first solo art show. I was afraid to have any expectations. I had to keep fighting the thought about "Who do you think you are...to do this thing?" But fight it I did. I went feeling confident about my work. But I was not prepared for the deluge of reactions I got from the people who came to the show. Verbally and in writing in this little comment book...enough praise to last me the rest of my life here on earth. I kid you not. My dearest, oldest FRIEND Patty came with her husband Bob, early so we could go to dinner together before the show. My brother got there at five too and I was just finishing putting everything on the walls. The store hadn't even closed yet, so the store owner, Maia, set the three pieces up on these low table top easels and one large standing easel for me after we left.
We enjoyed a delicious dinner down the street, DH got there in time to eat with us too and then we all walked back to the art store.
Friends started arriving, and it was such a rush to watch them looking so closely at each wall hanging.
People had a hard time keeping their hands off the textured pieces here. And I invited them to please touch as the ribbons and velvet in so luscious. I wanted them to have the whole experience. It was strange and wonderful to see all my art quilts on a wall outside my own home. And not just one or two as when I've had some in a juried or non juried show at the local gallery, but to see 16 pieces all mine, all at once was amazing. Terry Busse was one of the first to arrive. She gave each piece her full attention. It was so much fun to hear her reactions and to talk about the Seeds of Hope I & II with her, as I had used her wooly bits from her ETSY store, and her generous gift of fabric for the borders.
My dear friend, Diane, who you know as a quilter extraordinaire of many years experience, had many favorites. Here she is appreciating my families memory quilt depicting the times during WWII. Many visitors spent a lot of time looking at this one. I'm glad I decided to bring it to share.
And there were many, many people who I did not know at all. People who came to see one more artists works for the 2nd Friday Art About in town. And they were so effusive, had questions, listened while I explained things... and gave much appreciated kudos for it all.
The cookies were a big hit too.
And then there were the comments that filled several pages of my reactions book, written in English, Chinese, Hebrew and French!
Thanks to everyone who came and let me share my art with you.
Thanks to all of you in blogland who listened to me ad nausea prepare for this show and supported me so strongly and continue to be the spirit that inspires and moves me to create more.
Maia, the store owner, said that I had absolutely without a doubt drawn the biggest crowd
she's had at any of the artist showings till now.
That felt good to hear too.
Oh and one man wants to talk to me about possibly hanging my art at his
dance studio, and maybe commission me to do something for his walls.
We'll see. Good night.
Lynn, finally getting sleepy
midnight after the show