Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Long Way Home...

After a lot of hard work, everything finally came together.  To celebrate the opening of the gallery, we kicked things off with the first ever art show in the space.  The show is entitled, "The Long Way Home".  I think it's appropriate on many levels.

The show features artists from all over the world:  Cora Yee, Gina Chalfant, Sheila Thornton, Celine Sheridan, Jame Kao, Iviva Olenick, Joyce Werwie Perry, Elizabeth Castaldo, and Natalie Willemsen.

The artists were asked to interpret the theme of "home" and the paths that lead to it.  Some of the artists created pieces with a more literal meaning, while others took a more abstract one.  I think the show in the Project Space is a great representation of the kind of shows we want to put on... a cross-section of ideas, examining things on an intimate level.  (Not to mention that the art is simply AMAZING!)

Above is a shot from the opening reception.  Although we're new in town, we were greeted with a warm welcome and had quite a few people stop by.

This shot is of the spread.  We opted for some of my summertime favorites like sangria and bruschetta.  William's mom baked a cheesecake and I made three different kinds of hors d'oeuvres (candied bacon with a blue cheese spread, brie with walnuts and honey, and caramelized onions with cream cheese).  We also had a cheese and meat plate with an assortment of tasty treats.

Later in the evening, our friends from Mountain Palace stopped by.  They brought with them a sampling of some of their phenomenal dumplings.  People were raving all night about them!  

One of the highlights of the evening was meeting Sue Kennedy of SueBeads!  She's such a talented glassworker and makes really lovely things.  It seems like we've almost met a dozen times.  In terms of geographic distance, she's not all that far away and is probably one of the closest of my fellow "bead people".  We just seem to keep missing each other. .  You should definitely check out her work, if you haven't already by CLICKING HERE.
This is the first window display for Allegory Gallery.  The window is piled with beads.  Everything is in white.  The vintage ceramic glove molds are draped with strands of vintage pearls from Japan, vintage glass from West Germany and Czechoslovakia, and vintage lucite.  It's taking some old and making something new, bringing hands together, and breaking the rules in a classy way.  (No white after Labor Day.)

20 comments:

Alice said...

What a wonderful theme for the opening, and so appropriate for all the work you put into this.

The gallery looks so inviting. Everyone has done an outstanding job, and should be very proud.

It looks like you already have the support of the local community!

SummersStudio said...

It is so nice to everything come together like this. Love the hands in the window surrounded by all the white beads. The space looks so comfortable. Congratulations!

Michelle Mach said...

Congratulations! Looks like it was wonderful!

Lorelei Eurto said...

Looks like a fun night, wish I could have been there to help you enjoy it! The window display is beautiful. I saw some of these glove forms at my local antique mall. Creates a unified look being white and all the white beads. HOW LOVELY!!! I hope to make it down there some day soon!

horimarika said...

You did it!!! Congratulations! I love the window display... touched me... It was also great to read about the food. They are kind of art I think!

Courtney said...

Congratulations! The space looks wonderful.

Barbara Lewis said...

The space looks amazing! You had a nice crowd at the opening reception. Your customers will soon become spoiled by your cooking talents ... not to mention your artistic eye! Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and William. :-)

Rebecca said...

Wow. I absolutely love the window display - so ethereal! I love that you've gone for texture and shape over colour, it's very effective. ANd it looks like a lovely party and exhibition! One day I will visit I hope.

Joan Tucker said...

It all looks beautiful and fun; congrats to you both. Joan and Lana

Shel said...

Congrats - this looks amazing! Love the window display. It's got this timeless feel to it - fabulous!

Mary Welsh Hubbard said...

Congratulations! The space looks beautiful - love the window display and the color on the walls!

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

Lovely! Congratulations to you and William, your hard work has paid off!

Gaea said...

CONGRATULATIONS! It looks like an affair to remember! Whooo hooo!

Patti Van said...

Congratulations! It certainly looks like a success!

Sally Anderson said...

Congratulations, Andrew. This is a wonderful accomplishment. I wish you many years of success!

somethingunique said...

Hi Andrew, i am so happy you made it through everything ok and that everything is going well with the gallery. I am also so happy i have found your blog and am part of your blog family...you inspire me!
take care ttfn Lana :)

Bobbie said...

Congratulations, best of luck, and a big woohoo on making your vision come to life! The place looks great.

Regina said...

Congratulations! And best wishes for the future. Good health and happiness too!

Salzanos said...

I am so excited with it all! Love Love the window display! OMG, it is yummy!

TesoriTrovati said...

Oh how wonderful! Great things have happened in my blog hiatus. So thrilled that this is turning out so well for you. I wish that I were closer to see it in person. More pictures please! Maybe a website someday? I love the window display. So mysterious and makes me need to come in those doors to find out more! Congratulations on making this dream come true!
Enjoy the day!
Erin