Friday and Saturday just gone we had a busy time. Our debrief meeting with Albert, followed by meeting the Acquisitions Committee, First Friday Opening, invitation to supper after, and the open Gallery Discussion. And we had spent all Tuesday in the gallery arranging pedestals, work-table and pieces for the Allturnatives exhibit.
We were really delighted with the results, the layout with the worktable covered with maquettes, trial pieces and sketchbook drawings, leading into the gallery space. We only managed to get this one picture, because there were simply too many interested and interesting people to talk to…
So, it’s over this weekend that we found out what really makes the Center for Art in Wood so special.
For a start, seeing its mission in action: First Friday here was really different from a commercial gallery, as education was totally to the fore, welcoming everyone to come and look, to talk, to come again. To share with us some of the incredible education we having been getting from the unique ITE experience.
And so we talked and talked, getting to know more of the extended family that is the real core of the Center. Long time supporters, new patrons, staff, volunteers. So many people who play an essential part. For some old friends this has been seeing the Center’s new home with its fantastic spaces and hip location for the first time. All agree what a unique place the Center is, but that it is this sense of family that makes it unique.
And at the Center’s center, so to speak, stands Albert, its real heart, without whom none of this would exist. It’s been very special becoming a part of this family, and to get to call Albert a friend. So thanks again to all of you who’ve been a part of this journey.
Malcolm and Gaynor