My show opened at the Fiesta Arts Gallery in Indio on Saturday the 25th. I have more than 30 weavings exhibited. I had a ball! In a four hour period on Saturday, more than 25 friends came to see my work, schmooze and drink wine. On Sunday another 20 friends stopped by.
These visitors were in addition to those coming to see my work after reading about it in the newspaper or hearing it on the radio. The Coachella Valley Arts Alliance (CVAA) also did a wonderful job getting the word out. And you know I e-mailed every person I could think of on 5 continents. Sorry, South America, I don’t know anyone in South America. Or Antarctica: not even a penguin.
Initially, I was disappointed with the turn out. Seemed there were few people in the gallery. I mentioned this to my paint-date buddy. “There are so few people here!” I said. Ok, I whined. Steven looked at me askew. It was actually the first time I’d seen an askew look…”Jerry,” he said, “this space is 40 feet wide and 60 feet deep. Lighten up, Dude!” He actually said that: “Dude...”
I then realized there were more than 20 people in the gallery. Most of them I didn’t’ know. The gallery was filled with my work. The gallery looked three quarters empty. It takes a lot of bodies to fill a 2,400 square foot room.
They came to see me and my work. I was overwhelmed when I realize that. Thank you, Steven, for smacking me upside the head with reality.
The gallery looked great, too! For the first time I was able to step back from a piece and see it from 40 feet away. Wow! Those 3 ½ X 7 foot pieces look much different from afar! Loved it!
Friends came from Huntington Beach. They purchased a piece. Jim & Carole came and brought their friends. Friends came from Palmdale. My neighbors came even though they’ve seen most of my work.
Friends came who I never expected to come. I love them for that.
I lightened up. Then I had a glass of wine and introduced myself to everyone I didn’t know.
And I had a good time!
Oh, and all these works are for sale. Please take a minute to visit my website at www.JerryLHanson.com Take a look at my artwork. Contact me if you want to purchase one or if you have any questions about a specific piece. My contact information is on my website or you can leave a comment on this blog site for me to contact you (include your contact info!). You can e-mail me at JeryL@JerryLHanson.com or you can telephone me on my studio phone 760-992-3157. Monday, Wednesday and Friday I’ll be in the gallery between the hours of 11 AM 1 PM Pacific time.
Thank you for listening.
Jerry L. Hanson