You can see Mutope Johnson there in the back giving a short talk about his work. When Townsend and I arrived, there was a talk going on by attending artists (oops...how come I am always late to these sort of things? Again...not really a question). It had started before the "official" opening time because it was a group from the Art Museum.
This is artist Rosemary Ollison, who, after seeing Della's television interview where she was standing in front of my work, said that she MUST have a picture in front of the infamous piece. Clearly, I was not in top blogging form because had I been, I would have made EVERYONE stand in front of that thing.
You can see gallery owner Cissie Peltz in the background (she is the only non-African American person in the picture facing the camera...you can find her). In the foreground is artist George Williams, Jr. and curator/artist Della Wells (wearing a Sonji cowl...crocheted by Sonji from hand spun wool by Sonji...mmmmhmmm...very warm and stylish if I do say so myself...do I really need to finish the run on sentence? You know what's coming. And no, I did not make the hat, it is a commercial object, but still very attractive on the curator).
Oh, and look...super stylish attorney and businesswoman Genyne Edwards and what is that she is wearing? Mmmmhmmm...I will say it...an equally super stylish, one-of-a-kind (very warm), Sonji cowl...Sonji knit (yeah baby...I knit now despite my issues, the wool called for it) from Sonji hand spun wool.
And all the way from Washington, D.C., artists Amber Robles-Gordon and Jamea Richmond Edwards. (Why aren't these fantastic women wearing Sonji cowls...how did they get into this post without them? Of course, next time ladies...you know what you have to do).
Portia Cobb Heyward and THE Brad Bernard (both Sonji cowl-less, but still looking great...once again, this shan't happen next time, right?)
So, as I wrote this I got a little ridiculous about the cowl thing (because one, meaning me, must have some sort of thread to lead you around my blog...and that thread (yarn) is ME), but seriously, it was a great event. A lot of attendees doing the gallery night run around. I got to see lots of people I hadn't seen in a while...some I hadn't seen in hours, some a year and some 20 years...seriously, isn't that crazy? It was definitely inspiring and helped me get back into my art groove. Now, if there were only about 12 more hours in the day, OK realistically 5 more hours would work...I think I could really get things rockin' again.