Debriefing: Through the Looking Glass

August 20, 2010 at 2:59 pm (Artist Musings)

Through the Looking Glass is now finishing its second week at Artspace, and if you haven’t seen the show already, you have a week left. On Saturday, August 21st, Artspace is having its Family Fun Day to celebrate the end of The Summer Arts Program. This summer, Artspace offered about 50 classes to over 500 students. Come celebrate  in a carnival-like atmosphere and check out the Through the Looking Glass exhibition at the same time.

During the opening of any exhibition, I feel like I am standing naked in the middle of Times Square. You pour your heart and soul into these pieces for months and then it’s finished and out there for the public to consume. The night Through the Looking Glass opened, First Friday, I was able to stand in the lobby, like a “fly on the wall” (I even wore black and white to blend in) and see  the reaction and hear the comments, and fortunately, the response was favorable.  Although our lobby exhibition wasn’t eligible to win Artspace’s monthly “People’s Choice Award”, many people did vote for Through the Looking Glass.

After the opening reception, many other artists who I have come to like and respect came to see the show. Artist Lisa Stroud called the exhibition “creative” and “inspiring”.

“When I walked into the Artspace lobby Friday afternoon, I could almost hear the incessant chatter of Tweedledum and Tweedledee!”, she said. “Your exhibit was just that fully realized. What a wonderful exhibit by you great artists.”

 Another well-respected and fabulous artist, Gerry Lynch called the show “exciting” and “powerful”.

So, what happens after an opening? One artist asked me if I was in a post-show slump. Although that could happen, especially after a very long installation week leading up to the opening, I had to get back to work. I shipped Arhaus an order of ROMA earrings and a luggage label bracelet, made another bracelet for a commission client, and now I’m getting ready for Cary’s Lazy Daze Arts Festival next weekend. No rest for the weary here.

So, until next week…


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  2. Donata Guerra said,

    Lauren, I was fortunate to catch this magnificent exhibit before it closes. Is there any way it could be reassembled in other venues? I thought it was a major undertaking and has value on which one cannot put a price!


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