It’s been a long, long day, and I’m beat right down to my socks. But what a wonderful day it was! Today was the opening reception for my solo show at the LaConner Quilt Museum, and I had a wonderful time! The museum is housed in the Gaches Mansion, a lovely old Victorian home, three stories tall. The first floor is used for meetings and receptions, and furnished appropriately for the age of the house. The dining table was loaded with goodies, but somehow I managed to behave myself! The second floor houses the office, gift shop, and display space. The third floor is display space, and I had the whole floor!
The show is entitled “Then & Now”, and is divided into three segments. “Then: Part One” was five quilts from my strip piecing days, and hung in the stairwell and landing area. “Then: Part Two” was in the first big room, and was 13 quilts from my Shattered Circles series. “Now” was in the second large room, and consisted of 24 quilts from my Rocks and Water series and 2 random pieced and beaded quilts. The Rocks and Water quilts are small, and are mounted on black cotton twill which was then stretched over stretcher bars for hanging. Mounting the quilts like that really helped to unify that room full of quilts, but was rather a pain in the neck to do all that mounting and stretching and stapling.
Early in the day, it was like a family reunion, as an assortment of my relatives came to lend their support and see the work. Most of them have only seen it online, and wanted to get an “up close and personal” view. And throughout the day, friends, students and strangers kept coming in and making wonderful comments about the work. In addition, some good networking was accomplished and a good time seemed to be had by all. I think it was the cookies! <G> And . . . (drumroll, please) . . .
FOUR QUILTS SOLD! Yippeeeee! I keep saying (and meaning it) that the reason to have an exhibit is to have an exhibit and get the work seen. But it’s a very nice layer of frosting on the cake to actually have work sell and move into someone’s home because they loved it.
Van came and took some pictures of the opening, and maybe I will get them up someplace where people can see them sometime. And eventually, Van will get my website redesign done and pictures of the quilts in the show will be up, as well.
Meanwhile, I think a small glass of something and a movie are in order. I definitely need to take my shoes off and get comfortable for the rest of the evening.
Oh, waiter . . . !?