back from missouri
When I arrived to drop off paintings for a group show at PS Gallery
in Columbia, MO at the end of September, I was still undecided about making the trip back down for the opening on October 10. But the gallery itself (once a pool hall, later a hardware store, now beautifully refinished to gallery standards) the work therein, and the town of Columbia (art-friendly, charming, cultural) lured me back. My friend Chris agreed to make the 1200-mile round trip with me, which does seem a little crazy in retrospect since we only had one day that did not involve driving. Friday was ten hours in the car--somehow this seemed to go pretty fast, with conversation and several stops along the way including coffee in the river town of Hannibal (evidence of Mark Twain everywhere.)
On Saturday morning we dropped off a couple of more paintings for the show, and one was purchased before it made it onto the wall...along with a second painting of the same size and similar color that made a pair (on the right side of photo above.) Good signs! Four other small paintings were pre-sold and I'd had replacements sent from my Santa Fe gallery. So, it was a different show than I had envisioned--but that is definitely not
Later on Saturday afternoon, after lunch at the Ragtag Theater deli, we returned to hear one of the other artists in the group show, Chris Dahlquist
, speak about her luminous, compelling landscape images, and visited the Museum of Art and Archeology
on the University of Missouri campus--beautiful antiquities in an intimate setting. The opening itself was fun--a huge party. Lots of interesting people and talk. Jennifer Perlow and Chris Stevens, who own the gallery, are dynamic hosts and really pull in a crowd. I should probably end the story right here, since it was kind of downhill after the opening...the drive home on Sunday seemed endless--Chris and I were both tired, and I had picked up some kind of illness that still has me down today. Still, it all seems worthwhile in retrospect, to have made the trip and the personal connections. The show is up through December, if anyone is in the area or passing through and can stop in.