First of all, let me thank the wonderful people who really put the night together and made it such a great party: Valerie Schindler, owner of "Save the Date" weddings, who created the incredible centerpiece and ran the entire event - we were literally able to "just show up" because of her expertise ( www.savethedatewithvalerie.com), her Chef, Soren Pederson (www.chefpedersen.com), who prepared all the fabulous food and provided his lovely staff of servers, our musician, Sam Perez - http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sam-perez/35/ba8/946, who entertained us all night with classical Spanish guitar. Also thank you to Donnette Riel, who created the invitations. If you would like more information on any of them, just me know.
A gigantic thanks to Christ Church Cloister Gallery for asking me to do this exhibit (and giving me a year to getting the art ready), for the wonderful space you provide with free parking for our guests, and the guidance your staff provided in getting the show to go. Special thanks to John Runnels and Caroline of MotherDog Studios in Houston for their handling and hanging expertise, Dr Ellen Harrison for her patient answers to all of my questions and to Tricia and all the staff at the church, who are invaluable the night of the opening.
Wow, what a fun night! It went so fast. It took over a year to put the show together - painting, deciding, culling, framing, unframing, reframing, arranging, marketing, delivering, hanging. About 40 paintings, and it's all over in 2 hours. Yikes. (Well, not really, the exhibit is actually up all month, and Treebeards serves lunch at the Gallery from 11-2 weekdays. There is still time!)
We had so much fun seeing so many of our friends. Thank you for joining us and for all the kind comments on the work. Thank you especially to my family who came from as far as Tampa, Pensacola, Denver, and Dallas. It was fantastic to see all of you again!!! Hugs and kisses to everyone.
I think I am going to take a nap now.