"It" happened last night at the opening of our show. "It" was actually a private moment that I can't really talk about - one of those holy moments - but I can tell you about the other less "it" moments that all added up to an amazing euphoria driving home.
First of all there was the miracle of getting it done. I am always amazed how eventually the show falls into place - never perfectly - but just enough to breathe a sigh of relief as the first guest enters the doors.
There is always the miracle of the people who come, friends and the beauty of indulging in those conversations that are quick, rich, deep and appreciative. There are always a few strangers that wander in and they add spice - newness - and growing edges to the show. It is also amazing how it is always the right people who come - and the right amount as well.
There was also the food, bread, wine, oils, vinegar dips and water, simple but wholesome, reminiscent of the last supper. The partaking was a spiritual reminder that we are spiritual beings, and that the partaking of these symbolic foods with that awareness help our bodies and spirits meet.
We did have a media camera walk through the door - so it did feel as if the outer world had also come to visit. I find it even harder to talk about our art than other parts of our story.
The art pieces made people cry. There is no better response. It touched their souls. It moved them. When we allow ourselves to move, we land in a new place.
We were part of Exchange Art Walk. Odia and Larry were able to taking in First Friday at the Winnipeg Free Press News Cafe, take in the artist talk and come back to tell us what they had learned. The topic of our conversation was the making of an artist. What makes art? Context, themes, goals, and meaning, it doesn't have that much to do with skill. It requires peer review. What is our place? Does our show have a place?
We will talk a lot about that in the next while, as we sit the gallery, talk about the show, stare at the pieces, and already dream of our next show. I hope we never come to a conclusion. The fact that we have so much to talk about, that we are growing and that we enjoyed our friends is enough.
And the fact that "it" - that simple off hand comment that delights my soul - happened does make it all worthwhile.
Most of the time you will fail, but you will also occasionally succeed. Those occasional successes make all the hard work and sacrifice worthwhile. Dean Kamen
Show Suspended: it is about pursuit runs April 3 – 14, 2015 at the Frame Arts Warehouse, 318 Ross Ave. Artist Talk on Saturday April 11, 7:00, program @ 8:00pm.
Show times visit: http://www.theotrinsic.com/showtimes.html .