Friday, February 15, 2008

Opening night at the Civilian Art Projects

It was opening night at the Civilian Art Project for the 2008 Corcoran Print Portfolio.

First - if you weren't there - get yourself there to see it. It's one of the best print shows I've ever been a part of. This year's theme you won't believe your eyes was a fabulous avenue for creative ideas. There are over 30 prints and almost that many different techniques used. Linocut, silkscreen, etching, and lots of wax this year. It's amazing and the gallery space is gorgeous.

Second - what an outstanding opening reception... I bet at least 200 people walked through the show. Not too shabby for February. I caught up with former and current instructors, students and fellow artists. (dang it felt good to be out!) Even the famous DC collector Philip Barlow was there - I see him at just about every decent opening, so I know I was in the right place. (I wanted to say something clever but couldn't think of anything when I had my chance)

Another observation I made this evening was that everyone was super supportive of my new role as a mom. Hows that baby? Last time I saw most of them I was looking rather round. Being this little man's mom is more amazing than I anticipated. Watching him become more alert is better than any movie I've seen. Observing him discover his fingers and toes makes me look at mine differently too?!?!? I had no idea that juggling motherhood and just about anything else (including making lunch) would call upon my highest skills as a multi-tasker. I've always liked to keep moving, but motherhood mixed with art work and teaching brings it to an extreme level.

Happy six months old Kailen. Mr. Man. Little Man. Zsa Zoo. Sir. Mr Dimples. I'm wild about you. This is not the best picture I have of the two of us but it makes me howl every time I look at it. I think of me holding him - and the camera - and making funny faces at him - and thinking that surely I could capture the perfect moment. And I did.


Blogger Lesley Riley said...

Here's my short list of things I missed doing:
seeing your opening
lunching with you & Kailen

Here's my short list of why I missed those things:
I lost my mother on Christmas
I flew to England when my long-time friend lost her husband
I finished the final draft & artwork for my book
I was sick the last 2 weeks of January
Sam had her baby Feb 10th

I am proud of the way you have learned to multi-task! Congrats on all your success. I'll see you before long!

I was sick the end of January

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