January 20, 2009
Yes We Did!
Was in awe of the Williams arrangement of "Simple Gifts," played by Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Gabriela Montero and Anthony McGill. How perfect! I played clarinet way long ago and respect the perfect tone McGill produced... whoa! Loved Yo-Yo Ma's exuberance as he played, so obviously 'in the moment'! Aretha was joyous! Elizabeth Alexander's poem opened the mind (I'm slow with poems, will have to reread.) And to top it off, a grand landscape painting was brought in special for the lunch and given special attention... who says the arts aren't given their due? Then you toss in marching bands (I've marched many miles and always tear up when I see the kids being so proud) and I'm totally won!
In spite of all of this, I managed to grab a bit of time to line up my inventory sheet for the retro show. So... it's honed down, separated from the rest and designated and documented. I'll take it to Florence, AL, on Monday, Feb 2... hang it and return home. There may be a gallery talk at a later time, but no special opening, no invitations mailed out. Something was said about a reporter and photographer, newspaper notifications... sounds good. I dig low key!
On Thursday I join several artist friends in Atlanta for some gallery running and other good times. Will document fully... home on Sunday.