It was my first experience showing in a gallery setting. I had some pretty specific ideas on how I wanted my work shown: to me, it's not just about the images, it should be a mixture of sights, textures, and scents that put you in a setting that enhances the viewing of the images being shown. I wanted it to feel like a barn with the scents of hay, leather, and apples taking the viewer to a place not normally experienced in an art gallery. I feel like I accomplished that and that everything came together beautifully.
My team set up my exhibit (Greg, April, and Mike - THANK YOU - I could not have done it without you!!!), and at 12:30 the evaluators moved in to do their thing. Overall, my evals were really good (though judging by a couple of comments, one or two people just didn't get it - my prints on the table were *meant* to be touched -I can always make more (!), and to the guy who thought my business cards looked like a belt buckle - where did THAT come from??? There wasn't one western *anything* in the entire display. Baffling, especially given that the tack in both the images and on display were entirely english.) Several evaluators did get it, and one in particular, a well known photographer that I find particularly inspiring, sought me out to discuss my work in detail and at length. His comments made the evening a very special one for me. Words. They can be so powerful. It makes an impact when they are chosen carefully. Always remember that.
Here are a couple of snaps of my exhibit. I have my hopes set that at some point I'll have the opportunity to do this on a much bigger scale. Thank you for viewing, supporting, and encouraging!