Well, weirdness kicked in again today with the Silk Purse booking a therapy class of some sort which finished at 1:30pm. My closing show day was scheduled for Noon (as usual)! And again, I had no warning. In shock, disbelief, and anger, I paced the grounds by the entrance, left to explain to people coming to see the show why they weren't able to enter. I eventually went for a drive to de-stress. Always best to pull away and regroup in times like this. This was my closing weekend, and after being on site for weeks, much to the pleasure of the viewers and the Board, volunteers and staff of the gallery, and this is how my closing weekend is treated? Once the heat has dissipated some, I will be putting my thoughts and recommendations of paper. If anything, for the artists that follow me.
The weather was also not as originally forecasted; being colder and with overcast. So there wasn't a lot of people in the park, but there was still great conversations with people who came and typically had many questions. The anger from pre-1:30 didn't factor in as it is the totems and the viewers that matter.
And, on schedule as in the past month, my friend, the eagle, made an appearance, just as I needed him. I hold a special thank you in my heart for that beautiful noble bird.
So, aside from the bumpy weekend, the overall experience has been rich in sharing and great in generosity and support from the many who came to experience the totems series. There is so much to cherish and much to process internally as I move forward, to the next exhibition in the McMillan Centre in Parksville BC, and with my ongoing journey with this work.
Two paintings have gone to their new homes, and one other is going on its side trip to Parksville before it gets to go to its great home. Thank you all.
So the Show in West Vancouver has come to a close, the paintings have been loaded and returned to my home. I must say that it is odd to have them all back on my storage unit and everywhere again in my condo after seeing them all together in their spotlight. But they are scheduled for packing once again this week and ready for the ferry crossing very early March 2nd. I've prepared a different handout for the Parksville exhibition as I won't be able to be with the paintings there. Following the recurring themes and questions from this show, I wanted the handout having more talking points as the viewers experience the series. I plan to also post this new handout on the website in the hope that it will continue being helpful and keep the 'conversation' going.