Hey Friend, we had another great opening for the show The Languages of Color. This was at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, CT where the exhibit is on view till May 13, 2022.
On that day, we had a break in the weather which had been rainy for the days prior. It was a beautiful spring day and I was happy to go out and meet people and chat about art.
I have three pieces in this exhibit – Queen Sissieretta, Mama’s Hopes and Dreams, and Gele – The Skyscraper. I’m exhibiting with two other amazing artists – Cynthia Cooper and Suzanne Jill Levy. They each have 4 pieces and 5 pieces respectively in the show.
Opening receptions tend to be busy. From the moment I arrive till the moment the event is over, I hardly get a chance to catch my breath. This reception for the Languages of Color was no different. After spending time to find parking, I entered the building exactly at 5:30pm when the event was supposed to start. And immediately I arrived I started answering questions and talking to people about my art.
We had fellow artists, curators, writers, art lovers and of course the support of our friends and families. The time really goes by fast when you’re talking so much and interacting with people. Moreover, the conversations become a gift in themselves. When you’re in conversation with people, you’re rewarded by seeing your art through their eyes. These conversations tend to be very enlightening.
For example, one of my favorite artists is El Anatsui. I love the way he uses simple materials to create complex pieces of art. I also admire his sense of composition. His use of pattern and color is brilliant. The way he transforms the complex structures he creates into visually pleasing works of contemporary art is nothing short of great talent.
So at the Languages of Color reception, when someone referenced El Anatsui’s work in comparison to mine, it was a huge compliment. This woman was talking about the details, dedication and patience I pour into my work, and how that reminds her of how El Anatsui creates his sculptures.
Like I previously said, opening receptions can help you see your work through fresh eyes.
Some of you were there at the opening. It was so nice to see both familiar faces and new ones.
Finally, I can’t tell you how appreciative I am for those of you who were at my “All Things Being” opening as well as at the Languages of Color reception. Wow! I have no words. I’m so grateful for your support. These two venues are more than an hour’s drive apart, so if you attended both, it means you had quite a drive.
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