Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Exhibit(ion) Explosion

I went to see Martin and Julia at Arts Marketing again yesterday, and was given such a lot of good advice that my head is exploding. I then went to Gallery 203 to check in and update Lloyd of my plans. Some of the PR-related matters, which I was going to leave until later, needed to be done first, and I had to think quickly. I had to give my exhibit(ion) a name; I have been using "To The Sea, To The Sea" as a working title for the series I'm weaving now; I have also thought "(W)rapt" might be more this-century, but in the end, I decided on a unassuming, self-explanatory one: "Sea, Sand and Sky".

Kath has offered to come and perform each Thursday during the three weeks during lunch hour. I am having a Weavers' Show-and-Tell on the first Wednesday, followed by "afternoon tea" right there in the gallery. I have been mulling over a lot of bits and pieces, but suddenly this exhibit(ion) has sprung to life in front of me. So here it is:

"Sea, Sand and Sky"

My first exhibit(ion) is scheduled at Gallery 203,
upstairs, 203 Trafalgar Street, Nelson, New Zealand,
from 29 January to 17 February 2007.
Entry is free.

Nelson song-writer Kath Bee will be performing live at the gallery
on Thursdays 1, 8 and 15 February,
from midday to 1pm.

A special Weavers' Hour will be held on Wednesday 31 January,
from 2 to 3pm, followed by afternoon tea.
Weavers are invited to a show-and-tell-and-chat.
For catering purposes, if you are interested, please contact me at
Info@MegWeaves.com.
Look for the Arts Council entrance between Unichem Pharmacy and Max on Collingwood Street. The gallery is upstairs.

At times I'm reminded of one of my previous incarnations as a conference administrator; at other times weaving looks like the easiest part of putting an exhibit(ion); but this is my first time and as I am a control freak, I am enjoying making decisions on all aspects of the exhibit(ion).

Except one thing: I have been told that in New Zealand I must call this an exhibition, which seems so over-the-top-ly, ostentatiously, conspicuously, pretentiously misleading; I see it as a mini exhibit, a bit of fun. Must I get used to calling this by the longer name?

14 comments:

  1. good luck with the exhibition = = happy pre Thanksgiving!

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  2. [on my blog - yes now that you mention it, it probably is a wine cellar dooe]... Your blog - in one of my previous jobs I coordinated exhibit shows - what a logistic dreamland that is...good luck! I'll check back.. happy Thanksgiving!!

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  3. Ah-ha! Now I can feel the passion. Get weaving.
    Dianne

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  4. East of Oregon, thanks for a return visit. You used to coordinate exhibits? Wow, the things I could ask for your advice!!!

    Dianne, yes, FINALLY!!!!

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  5. Wow, if I become magically rich in the next 2 months, I'm SO coming to your opening! I'm proud of you. As an artist, it's good to be looking forward to the next thing. I'll be pleased to see your progression here. Have a great day. Oh, and on Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for people like you, Meg, who so freely share of their creativity - this is a wonderful age that affords us this medium to meet and know each other. Bless you!

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  6. Exactly, Phelgmy. Sometimes I worry about the dilution of regional characteristics in arts (and everything else) but we get to share experiences, see pictures, and make inquiries - it's so mind-blowingly fantastic and I couldn't have even imagined this, say, 25 years ago! And thank YOU, too, for sharing what you do.

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  7. Meg, congratulations on your upcoming show. Hey, "exhibition"... why not? You put so much time and work into it, it is more than just a bit of fun. I really wish I could see the show, but you will post some photos, won't you?

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  8. Thank you, Felix. That time of Jan/Feb is warm and really beach-y weather over here. You just might have to come over for a short break!

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  9. I too am really looking forward to seeing your exhibits. I often work to the theme of "Coromandel Seascape" and am wondering how you will interpret the colours of the Nelson sea as the light is so different down there - very clear.
    Dianne

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  10. Hi, Dianne. I was in fetal-position-crisis-mode twice today, but I think I might be able to work around it. Sometimes I get frustrated I yell, "Amateur!!!" for hours; today was such a day.

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  11. Meg you are far from an "amateur" from what I've seen of your work but weaving is an enormous subject and we are always learning. I'm pretty sure that as you are creating "exhibits" for your "exhibition" you will be pushing the boundaries and getting right out of your comfort zone. I wish you could see the pickle I'm in rethreading my loom, not something I do often but pretty basic to the weaving process. If it gets too bad take a break - go create a poster or take some photos.
    Dianne

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  12. Or bake Christmas cookies, Dianne. I might be in a rush; I'm just a bit dismayed at the weekend's progress/regress. Hummm... The thing that frustrates me is that the biggest mistake, I had thought about and made a mental note in October and forgot all about it since. I'm sampling my heart out, but I may not seeing things I should be paying attention to. Yikes...

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  13. Yikes!

    Exclamation of alarm or surprise; perhaps from yoicks, a call in fox-hunting, attested from c.1770. Yike "a fight" is slang attested from 1940, of uncertain connection.

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  14. Well, I am not going to use that phrase again, or I'll try at least, because I am so against hunting for pleasure!

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