Besides the beautiful space at the Willow Gallery, the best thing about a LynnArts' opening is that there are multiple openings happening at once and a lot of opportunities to connect with other artists. I enjoyed chatting with several of the artists who are exhibiting work in the show, War and Peace: Images of Conflict and Resolution in the 21st Century, juried by Ken Hruby. I appreciated the very specific and useful feedback that some of the artists gave me as they looked at my work. David Lang creates intricate sculptures that are fascinating to look at. He and C.J. Stevens told me about an upcoming installation on loss and love by Evelyn Berde at Mass Art. I'm not going to miss that show. I also enjoyed meeting and talking with artist Tamara Wolfson, who was passing through Lynn and decided to stop in.
As a mother artist, I couldn't help experiencing the day partly through the eyes of my kids. When we first arrived, and my nine year old looked around with wide eyes and a proud smile, I felt deeply satisfied; the opening was just beginning, and as far as I knew, strangers hadn't praised or rejected me, yet, but his wordless response gave me what I needed from this day.
I was really grateful to see the familiar faces of several friends who came by. Old friends, new friends, family, and art -- it was a memorable day.