The hanging was a challenge for the gallery manager and her crew. Judie had to order more hooks and complete the hanging with her maintenance crew. I was so pleased with the beautiful job they did. Yesterday Bob and I arrived a bit early and posted the art cards beside the paintings. I find that people linger to read the cards and view the paintings, a suggestion by the manager of University Arts who also is a prolific artist. One woman told me how much she enjoyed my writing, which pleased me because I love to write. Here is an example of an art card. The number is cross-referenced to my spreadsheet that includes pricing.
“Winter in the Garden" #33
North Danville, Vermont
14" x 11" Watercolor
In summer the stylish scarecrow protected the prolific plants
from hungry birds. The crops have been harvested and eaten,
canned, or frozen. The garden was put to bed a few months
ago. Ms. Scarecrow continues her cheerful watch in the
Northeast Kingdom of Vermont on a subzero day.
Mary Paquet firstname.lastname@example.org
Judie displayed my artist statement and show description and I brought a dozen extra copies of each, which soon ran out. I shall send her additional. My business cards are available, too. I forgot my camera so used a cell phone, which affected the quality of the photos.
I selected the theme "Art and Place" because my inspiration comes through my personal experiences and travels, both local and worldwide. I featured the landscape, architecture, and people of California (my current home), Vermont (where I grew up), and the world. I had people tell me how much they enjoyed the Vermont paintings as many here came from the East. The snow scenes were especially popular.
The reception was top drawer and well attended. The room had large round tables with linens, a bounteous buffet of appetizers, and a bartender serving a selection of wine, champagne, and non-alcoholic drinks. I was asked to speak, along with Helga, a resident who displayed her beautifully knit crafts in cabinets. The head of the welcoming committee introduced people who recently moved to the Forum.
We then joined Helga, our friend Libby (who asked me to do this show), and Judie for dinner in the restaurant. Everyone dresses up for dinner and I felt like I was in a fine resort. Off to one side people were enjoying live music. Helga invited us to see her home with a breathtaking view of the mountains and park from high on a ridge.