WOW! Last night I was in the colorful city of Eugene doing a demo on colored pencils for the Colored Pencil Society of America District Chapter 201. The chapter hosts a show every year and one of our main difficulties is finding a gallery where we can hold it. Having a large portion of our group in the Portland metro area we usually have the show up north. This is our first year in Eugene.
Eugene has a "First Friday ARTWalk" on obviously the first Friday of the month sponsored by the Lane Arts Council where the guided tour includes stops at galleries and interviews with artists. Some people go with the tour and others go it in smaller groups. Our show was at The Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA) a not-for-profit Center located in the heart of Eugene. I was at the gallery doing a demo of my work from around 5:00 p.m. to 8:00. I had a BLAST! It was estimated that over 600 people came through the gallery. They were of all ages and all sectors of the community and a joy to talk to. When I was not talking to people about colored pencils I was listening to the "Wows" as they viewed the art. The atmosphere was energized and people were just out having a great time.
In my many years being involved in this show I have never experienced anything like this. HATS OFF TO EUGENE AND YOUR SUPPORT OF THE ATRS!
Thank you to CJ for being there to document the event in pictures as well as moral support, Do Mi for demoing with me and Kelly for manning or should I say womaning the "Try It" table. Thanks also to Barbara for getting us into the gallery and her hubby Dan for backup and Sharrie for doing all the work as exhibit chairman, and my hubby for escorting me, and a BIG Thank You Eugene!