|Alas, a Forest of Glass|
The opening was a lovely, and other than becoming a touch emotional in my remarks that day, I wouldn't change a thing. It was wonderful to have my family come, and then spend some time in St. John's.
Throughout the month the work has been on display I've been pleasantly surprised by the queries about how the show is going when I run into folks around town.
Another genuine surprise was scale. I knew of course how small jewellery can look in the gallery space, and had consciously made some larger (for me) sculptural items to help bring some visual weight to my pieces as they sat amongst the larger glass work. And still they looked so small! Next time, I will challenge myself further in this regard.
The last surprise was colour. With this being a group show, we had of course been in touch regarding our themes and, in some respects, the construction of our various pieces, but it wasn't until all the work arrived in the gallery that I realized we had been working in very different colour scales. Not that I would want all the work to match per say, but Heather Mills and I worked with subtle earthier colours in contrast to the vibrant and boisterous colours of Colette Samson and Urve Manuel's work. It did pose some challenges to the installation, but in the end I think the arrangement served to create a variety of moods which kept visitors on their toes as they moved through the space.
Two things that really seem to be in the fate's control, are the weather and the media. While we did have an adequate turnout for the opening, it was also one of our first lovely spring Saturdays this year, after quite(!) a winter. If it hadn't been my own opening, I might well have seized the day to awaken my garden too! The upside of the gallery not being jam-packed though, is that the folks who did come had the opportunity to actually see the work, not just the heads and shoulders of the people around them, in what can be a very stuffy space on a warm day.
|Heather Mills & I - not anxious at all before our artist talk.|
Mounting an exhibition is no small feat, and I didn't expect it to be. The challenges were well worth the learning experience, and I truly am looking forward to the next opportunity to tackle such a large body of work. I am so grateful to everyone who visited the gallery (or will do so in the next week!). Thank you! And thank you to the entire staff at the Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador for making it seem easy in ways I can't even begin fathom. Sincere thanks also to the Arts Council for their support of this project. Now, please be in touch with your feedback once you've visited the exhibit. Don't dilly-dally, there's only a week left!
|Some time with loved ones, not spent in the gallery - rejuvenating.|