I had my very first solo gallery show back in May of this year. It was pretty spectacular, if I do say so myself.
That sounds terribly conceited.
Not the show, I was referring to the amount of love and support I felt and, for the first time in a really long time, a major sense of artistic accomplishment. I had enough completed work (FRAMED) ready to hang to fill a gallery space all on my own. I haven’t been able to say that since college and that was only because I couldn’t bear to throw out a single sketch.
I was hesitant and nervous and excited and a wee bit nauseous and extremely happy that the shop owner provided wine (to me… before the show officially started). The amount of friends and family and even a couple of long-lost classmates from high school (how we all relocated from Ohio to Portland is amazing to me) made it out to show their support was humbling. I even had a family member drive the almost 5 hour round trip just to come down from Washington for the night and as if that wasn’t enough, bought handfuls of my jewelry (love you Manda!). It was amazing. By the end of the night I realized that the friends/family-to-strangers ratio was so skewed that I had no reason whatsoever to be nervous. Yet at the same time I still learned just how badly I need to learn how to talk to strangers. I mean I had a room full of my own paintings to talk about and I was still blanking on what to say to people. Add that to the list of things I need to practice I guess.
I had to go back a few times throughout the month just to remind myself that it was real (and also to make sure all my hooks were still holding). It was.
But alas, that was May. My show came down almost two full months ago in a painfully unceremonious way. But I still remind myself of it as motivation. To keep going. To keep contacting new shops. To keep painting. To keep making.
Proof that I can do this.
So as a reminder, why not relive it via the terrible photos I took during one of those paranoid visits.
Now its not ‘I Can Do This’… It’s ‘I AM Doing This’!
OH! and by the way local Portlanders the lovely little shop that was wonderful enough to show my work for an entire month and who carries my jewelry year round is Be*Mused-Gifts Inspired at 1914 E. Burnside!
Go visit them, they are great!