After a fabulous opening reception, there was a nice buzz going on Facebook. My son and I also had a nice chat remembering our conversations when this series began, and the success of the evening.
It was so nice to have many old familiar faces show up to the reception.
It was great to have the support of the West Vancouver Community Arts Council and to see their excitement about the show. The North Shore News was also there to take pictures for its ‘Events’ page in the next few weeks. So I was thrilled that my opening became an ‘event’.
Some of the comments from the opening;
“I just want to touch the wood.”
“You can also smell the cedar”
“They are so real”
“I just had to get close to see all the layers and detail”
“Is that a photograph?”
“Those are painted on canvas, right?”
“I love how the totems are so accessible, so close up”
“How to you do that!”
And then an assortment of explanations about the totems.
A number of people completely understood my fit (and approach) with the totems as a non-Aboriginal.
I will be doing some painting in the space during the show hours starting Saturday, January 31, 2015. It would add another level to the exhibition, and it gives me a comfortable way of being there and not make people uncomfortable. And conversations are so important.