29 October 2008
The Gallery Opening...
Ok...now for some old news about that gallery...it had it's grand opening a couple of Saturday's ago.
I wore a pretty dress.
Lot's of people came.
Rich got claustrophobic...
There. Happy now? Nah, I know you're not, just as I couldn't possibly be happy with those lame sentences describing our very wonderful night.
On October 18th at 5 pm, the Ian Russell Gallery of Fine Art had it's grand re-opening (seeing as there's a new partner there...Rich, and a whole new location...the front of the building facing the main drag we call Goodwin street) (what? The post office is on that street...it's sort of a main drag) (sheesh)
I worked all day prior to the opening, and it slowed down just enough for me to get out of work on time and have a bit of extra minutes to take a bath and get myself all gussied up (which I immediately filled talking to my mother on the phone, and barely made it out of here on time. Luckily I only live 5 minutes from the gallery, so I was fine) Now we all know that I ordered the most perfect dress in the world and then felt guilty at the cost and sent it back right? Ok, if we don't all know that, it's a sore point with me, and we shall skip it (only to say that it fit perfect and it was silk and it was turquoise...and perfect) (sigh) and decided to go through my closet (as a total last resort) which yielded all sorts of lovely surprises I didn't even know were in there (go figure) and came up with several options...one of which I wore.
A little black number. I actually planned it around the necklace Megan made me...I thought I'd wear black to really showcase the lovely jewels I had around my neck. Plus, I have an adorable pink pair of heels that have the sweetest little flowers and leaves on their straps, so it was just so perfect, right?
The gallery was all ready for the crowds of people that descended on it all night. There wasn't a slow time the entire 4 hours of the opening...just a sea of people everywhere you looked. Like I said, Rich felt claustrophobic at times, and had to step outside for air. There was a lot of excitement from all the attendees...people talking, laughing and buying. It was awesome. We got to visit with old friends and new...And Rich's family was still here for the opening as well.
Rich's wonderful neighbor volunteered to cater the event and made an incredible spread of the most delicious food, including Rich safe dishes so he could eat with the rest of us in a safe way and not collapse on the floor...which I'm sure would have attracted it's own crow. Towards the end of the night she even walked around with a tray of chocolates and chai tea candies to serve....it was all very swank.
The gallery is such a beautiful space and really came together in a wonderful way. Not only is there a ton of space to display the art and sculptures from the 10+ exhibitors, but there is a separate room for Rich's printers and computers, and Ian's framing area...
So, that's about the wrap up of the evening. I am so proud of Rich! He's done such an amazing job with the photography and then observing the area so that he knows just what we need (more art quality printing) and working to get this expanded gallery up and going was a tiring task for both Ian and Rich. I am really excited to see what the future will bring for all of the artists that the gallery represents!
I want to give a huge THANK YOU to Tombo for all the pictures! You totally rock!! (that's his gorgeous gal in the last photo!)