Unfortunately Kelly Gannon wasn't able to prepare as much work to hang in the library as he had hoped but, thankfully, I'm always the backup plan and because I'm in the midst of preparing for my next exhibit in August, I did have enough work to fill the rest of the library. I was glad to chat with him last night and am very excited for his Jr Artists Workshop at the end of May...the kids are going to love it!
It's actually nice to see my work from both series (the canoes & the tipis) together in such a large space. It's odd that my work feels so large at home and seems quite small in a 10,000 square foot space with soaring ceilings. And I always find it interesting to see the work against different coloured walls with new lighting, how it changes the look of the work, pulling out new colours that I may not have noticed previously.
It's also interesting that I had nothing planned for exhibiting work earlier in the winter and have now exhibited at AyrSpace in Ontario, Daffodil in Edmonton, Good Earth Café in Airdrie, currently at the library, will be sharing my Totem Animals at Bluerock in Black Diamond in May and then the canoes/tipis at Inglewood in August. I've found in this life as an artist that the old Scouts motto to 'Be prepared' certainly rings true.
So, after work last night I rushed home to finish off two more pieces I had been working on - got up early to complete the last one and do some wiring...thankfully I tend to wire as I complete work so it wasn't too bad - and I'm pleased with how it looks. I'm also grateful that it was only 30 trips up and down the 6 foot ladder, not 80 like our previous exhibit, though I have to admit I did get a good workout this week.
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