Well folks, we are planning to open THIS WEDNESDAY, whether or not all the details are finished, whether or not the remote switches on all the lighting work. WE WILL BE OPEN! Expect some champagne action very soon now.
Anna and I started hanging the art, which felt so great. We have more to hang today, but we’re very nearly done. Just as Bill arrived to PUT UP OUR SIGN!! (can you tell how excited I am from all the caps and exclamation points?) we discovered that some of the walls had been finished with a cement coat. It was so hard that the screws were bending as we tried to put them in, but Bill was able to break through.
Then came the hanging of the sign—a momentous occasion indeed. Once again, I am so deeply grateful that Bill Loyd is part of our gallery, not to mention our lives. Simply put, he makes everything possible.
Then Anna and I went back to hanging and Cynthia came to call.
Here’s something VERY cool about our studio space: we’re making our own little kitchen corner in it. We will have—get ready for it—an ESPRESSO machine (providing it doesn’t trip our breakers) and plates and glasses and cups, a kitchen cabinet, refrigerator, hot-plate and convection oven. I just may have to move in—although my animals might have something to say about that. But we are making it cozy for ourselves so we can work well there.
And then Bill and Jessie came at the end of the day to plant our Torii Arch out front (see Bill Loyd’s website “Gong With The Wind” for more info on his bells and bell supports). The Torii Arch comes in various sizes to handle larger bells, from one bell to as many as five on one arch, and also “planted” or “footed”. We’ve decided to hang one large multi-tone wind chime in front of the gallery. Are we lucky or what? And we also decided to plant it, meaning it is installed in the earth rather than sitting on “feet” on top of the ground. And let me tell you, the ground here is very dry due to little snow this past winter and no rain to speak of so far this summer, which makes digging the holes for the arch very hard work. As William deBuys says in his memoir, The Walk, “People who dig a lot learn how to dig less.” But Bill and Jessie planted the arch.
Anna and I came back another day to finish up the painting. Through additional work on the place we sort of undid what had been done in some places, like the front door jam. So we fixed that and we put additional coats in places that needed them. We blended light switches and plates, you know, the odds and ends finish work that always needs to be done. Very satisfying.
And Bill came by to place and fit the “OPEN” sign—a VERY important detail!
Then Anna and I headed over to their patio to paint it.
So today, Monday, we go in to finish hanging and cleaning. We’ll see how late we work tonight. I’d like to post the photos tomorrow, fingers crossed and energy willing.
And, by the way, something I think most of you would appreciate: My friends who were visiting told me about a very cool art site. I’m finding it to be an amazing, amazing tool—very instructive and inspiring. When you get a chance you should take a look for yourselves: http://smarthistory.org/
I am finding new ways of devoting some time to artist blogs. There is so much great art out there and wonderful people communicating about it. Being a blogger myself, I wanted to start supporting others by telling you about them, so I’ll be doing this fairly regularly.
A blog I’ve been following for several months now is Stephanie Levy’s (http://stephanielevy.blogspot.com/). Some of my favorites of her more recent posts are: 16 Germans & Me at a Zen Meditation Retreat, Studio Sneak Peek: New Paper Designs, and Painted Pages: A Beautiful New Book from Artist Sarah Ahearn. Take a look at what she’s doing and let me know what you think!
Love to you all,
Jeane, Anna and Bill