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Monday, October 5, 2009

A Woman's Work Opening Reception Was A Great Success...

My solo exhibition "A Woman's Work" opened this past Saturday night and I am so so pleased with how it went. Oodles of people couldn't be there to help me celebrate but oodles of people were there with bells on and I was so so so filled with love and happiness and felt so so so supported by all who came, thank you thank you thank you...and this will be somewhat of an indulgent post but here we go... I do wish someone had told me my top buttons were popping open, ha ha...they were just fine before I spent the night hugging everyone honest:D!....

Here is me with my sweetie-pie niece Karly (on the right!:D) I am so glad she got to see her auntie in action...

My lovely friends Becca and Darren promised to be there and they were...
Here's my mom taking a look at my work...
I was so so happy to have my friend and inspiration and mentor and high school art teacher Dave Carlin there...he's a big reason why I became an artist, he was my original inspiration on this artistic journey of mine and one of my original nurturer's, he brought me a bouquet of flowers too, wow:D.....the night wouldn't have been quite the same without my dear old Dave there...
I was happy that my brother, Steph was able to make it out, he misses alot of my art stuff cause he's just so busy with his own stuff but this was a biggie for me and I was honoured to have my talented big brother there in support.
Here's moi with Dave being silly as always, that's my dad in the back and my brother on the right.
I made my brother lift his pant legs to show off his tattoo work.
The Gallery AOMer's put out a nice spread for me, thank you Pat, Edna, Rosemary and Michelle...and Jonathan and my mom for added in some goodies as well...
I love this shot of our dear friends Kirk and Jessie, their enthusiasm is always contagious.
Here's me and pal Leslie, and I was so grateful that she took time to come out and drive abit of ways too before she had to leave to here her dad play a gig that night...
And I was so so touched that some dear friends like Judith here zoomed all the way down from Toronto just in time to be able to support and celebrate with me, wow:D thanks guys...
Here's me and my mom in front of my members display (which I am so anxious to completely change very soon).
This is mousy little me, ha ha with my beautiful friend Jana, I blogged about Jana before, she's a jeweler and fellow AOMer and also made a long trek in for my show which was touching.
Hugs, Hugs and more hugs, ha ha....here's me with my dear Shelley, she was out for my last solo exhibition years ago and I was so happy to have her with me again...
Jonathan's aunt Lynn completely lifted my heart but showing up and being a lovely support....
Here is my dear friend Michelle and also fellow AOMer, we've spent alot of time together in the past weeks, she helped me alot and I was so happy to have her there to share the night and to be my date for the after party.
I was blown away to have Keith Campbell there, he's a dear, a friend, and I really wish I had a tape recorder to record his incredible comments and insight into my work, wow, ha ha...he made my night special as well.
Here's me with Kirk and Jessie again....they were patient and good enough to stick around the whole evening.
I was happy to have another fellow AOMer there and insanely talented wood carver Michael Mathieu there with his beautiful partner, thanks for coming guys:D...
And I love this shot of me with Terri Campbell and my new lovely kindred spirit Tracey Walsh, ohhhh you two added so much to the evening, thank you thank you thank you..
Here is Tracey and her partner whom I hope to meet again soon, signing my guestbook, I can't wait to see what everyone wrote, yay!....
The kids of course gorged on the sweet treats:D
I love this shot of my mom laughing with Jessie and Shell, my mom never misses one of my art openings, never....
and of course the evening wouldn't have been complete without having my dear adopted grandpa Arlie there as well.
My buddy John Weiss was a sweetheart to come out and he got some emotional, it made me emotional, ha ha, he was so proud of me and thinks of me as one of his babies having been my kick-ass junior high school arts teacher. I was touched by John's words, reaction and presence.
An artist often wonders if they've made certain people proud and with John I have no doubts, thank you for that John.
My pal, the lovely Kelley Allen came of course, I was hoping she would:D
Here's moi with my extended family, Shelley and Dean. Dean is Jonathan's best friend and 'brother from another mother' ha ha and they amazingly but not surprisingly:D stayed right to the very very end and even helped clean up, thanks guys.
That's me! giddy to finally be able to have a cup of sangria towards the end of the night!
The only thing missing is the most important person, the amazing guy who was behind the camera all night long, my Jonathan....the opening photos are not complete without of shot of me with him:C we were just so busy and pooped by the end we just forgot to get a shot of us. But Jonathan knows he is the biggest, most important, most amazing and complete support this little artist could possibly ask for....so thanks baby....thanks everyone, I know I am missing photos of alot of people, but I was fully aware of who was there and I am just so very very touched and feeling very full and blissful in the good company I am surrounded by in this little city of ours. Thanks again everyone.

8 comments:

Dogwood said...

Thanks for sharing all those wonderful pictures from your exhibit. You should be so proud of yourself. I love you hair-do.

Katalin Koos said...

It seems like you had a wonderful time on your exhibit :) Well deserved after your hard work! Thank you for sharing the pictures!
(and I also like your hair-do)

Jenn said...

I'm so happy to see a crowd! I wish I could have been one of the crowd. Thanks for the post of all the attendees. Not self-indulgent at all! Lets me live vicariously through your blog about your solo show. Sooooo happy for you. Congratulations, Miss Mandy!

The Little Fox said...

Congratulations on your show, everything looks so beautiful and I simply adore that photo of you and your grandpa..oh-so-sweet!
And yes, that is one amazing hairdo!
xoxo

Judit Gueth said...

Wow, looks like an amazing evening full of friends, family, fans and hugs! Congratulations! I would have loved to be there! You looked adorable with the hairdo. :-) Thanks for posting all the pictures!
Love,
J.

Lori said...

OMG- first of all, lets talk about your hair that was just way too cute. Then, WOW what a support of people! It looked just so heartwarming and exciting, I am just thrilled for you!

Christina said...

Congrats to you, how wonderful. I envy you and others like you who can create. Fantastic.

Jonathan said...

No worries Bijou...I like to be behind the camera. Like the Wizard of Oz sort of (but not in a bad manipulative way) :-)

Congrats on the show. Well done, and great turn out, especially considering the weather.