It's now 2019, and with a new year comes a new schedule of exhibitions at the Boatworks, and it has been tradition for several years that we kick off those years with a Salon style show. That means a members show, where the opening reception invites all participants to spend a few minutes presenting their work- talking about where the idea came from, materials used, or anything else they think is relevant to the piece. There is not always an overall theme, but this year there is. This is LOL: The Humor Show. What constitutes humor can vary from person to person, but words commonly thrown around here included funny, light, amusing, playful...you get the idea. Welcome to the Humor Show.
The over two dozen works include paintings, prints, photographs, fiber based art, sculptures, books- the whole range of two and three dimensional artwork.
The whole exhibition fills both galleries, but when the events were ready to begin tonight, most of the crowd was in the back room, near the food and the bar. So it was decided to start the Salon part of the evening back there.
Our current gallery director Louise Krasniewicz (who also helped to hang this particular show) was on hand to get things started, talk a little about works whose artists were not present, and about her work when we came around to it in the gallery.
As expected, we had a fairly large crowd of people there for the event, listening as each artist shared the story behind their work. At this event it is always fascinating to hear these stories, which illuminate each piece, and this being a humor show, often came with a bit of fun.
With the back room artists all done, we moved the event to the front room and heard from all those artists. And with that completed, it became a regular party.
The LOL Humor reception has now passed, and all the stories now just part of our collected memories, but the show will remain on display for the rest of the month. Come see art that explores the lighter side of life, while still being art that doesn't ignore the rest of life, or art. The work will remain on display through February 1, 2019 during regular gallery hours. Admission and parking are free as always.
Before the night was over, we were told of changes coming to the organization, including a new website possibly as soon as next week (the blog isn't going anywhere), a new logo, and other fun changes. Check back here for more details.