Much to my delight, the opening party for “Drawn from the Sea” turned out to be quite a success.
The weather couldn’t have been finer, and Jay and Louie Howland had the gallery looking great.
Flatrocks proprietors Cynthia and Anne Marie stood back in awe, and became increasingly excited by what Jay and Louie were doing over there.
They adopted a “salon” style of hanging the pictures, in which the eye is met with a welter of images rather than the usual one picture/one wall format. That turned out to be just the right approach. Gallery visitors were fascinated with the lively texture of the exhibit, and soon empty spaces began appearing on the walls. By the end of the day Jay and Louie had sold upwards of a dozen images. Well done!
It was also an interesting experiment for Flatrocks Gallery. The combined customer lists of Howland and Company and Ten Pound Island brought a new group of people to this exhibit. Our hope is that they liked what they saw, and that they’ll come again. Next month, after “Drawn from the Sea” comes down, Flatrocks will begin their regular season with a similarly themed, but radically different visual adventure called “Deep Water.”
That show will open on May 23rd, and Cynthia and Anne Marie are looking forward to seeing some of our new friends then.
I didn’t have long to bask in our success, however. Monday morning it was back to the usual routine of itching and twitching, trying to select stock and prepare for next weekend’s Washington Book Fair.
This year it’s going to be in a new location – The Sphinx Club, 1315 K Street, NW, right in downtown DC. We’re all eager to see how the new venue fares.
The Washington event will be followed immediately by a pedal-to-the-metal drive to my shack in Cape Breton, where I am determined to finally finish my novel.
I’ve been working on the thing for two years or more, and it has grown. Now I am badly in need of a bookectomy, and am in high hopes I can accomplish this up in Canada next week. (Note the axe in the image above.)
However, as much as I’m looking forward to all this, more pressing matters demand my attention.