Although we technically opened on Wednesday, Friday was the first real day of sitting the gallery. Finally there were no big projects that had to be completed. Anna and I had finished labeling the art on Thursday, in addition to painting one more sign, and we cleaned out the studio space making it ready to create our working areas in there. Then Craig brought tamales from Leona’s in Chimayo for a great late lunch.
I arrived early on Friday to move my things into the studio (Anna will bring hers this week) and Bill Loyd came by to finish up some odds and ends, not the least of which was hanging a little pony shoe we’d found in the building, on the front door for good luck, AND bringing in the stereo! By normal opening time we were both done. I am in love with my working area in the studio, by the way. I’ll be painting again very soon and I am SO ready for that!
The way it will work now is that one of us, Anna, Craig or I, will sit the gallery every day. Rarely will more than one of us be there at a time. So Friday I was by myself in the gallery for the first time and I want to tell you it was so special! Craig came to call just before numerous visitors started to arrive. I snapped photos of some of the first but I really must stop documenting them. I felt a little like a blogging vulture and I want our guests to have more room than that. But I did get a pic of our very first sale: one of Craig’s photographs!
And then Trish, from Ghost Pony Gallery next door, came by to welcome us to the neighborhood. We shared a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
Tomorrow I’ll be putting together a “before” and “after” post so we can all remember exactly where we started and fully appreciate where we are now, so stay tuned!
Love to you all,