Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Day 3: Special Weavers' Hour (Followed by Afternoon Tea)

I recant (again!). Lloyd was a perfect gentleman (the way I knew him to be) and we worked out a way for him to sand the spackle and paint the wall without getting anything on the shawls, and the job was finished by 11am.

I was washing cups and getting ready for the afternoon tea in the back when I heard a person. It was my dear friend Gaylene and she was the very first person, of the people I invited, to come see the Exhibit(ion). We spent a quiet time looking over each piece, and it was lovely. That's exactly how I imagined my Exhibit(ion) should be. Lovely.

Jay from the Red came with afternoon tea goodies, and had a look around; she approved the way I set up the Exhibit(ion), and pointed out some of the details that I got right; this is better than Michelin's four stars.

By this time it was sweltering and I was busy making hot coffee and getting ready for afternoon tea. Weavers (and old faithful friends like my... ahem.... singing teacher Joe - yes, I've tried that, too) started to come in, and still I wasn't thinking of cold drinks to serve. By around 2.30, there must have been close to 30 people in the room, and I was worried about the number of chairs and ... hot drinks. I gave a short talk about how I came to have an Exhibit(ion), why I chose the title, and how I went about designing the pieces. I must say, this Newbie had a captive audience, who collectively had more than 500 (??) years of weaving experience.

It was great to see my friends, and meet other weavers. But it was like a wedding reception, where, as much as I wanted to, I couldn't sit down and spend time with everybody. Still, nobody fainted in the heat, and some old friends had a chance to catch up with one another. I think this is where Kiwis say; "And a good time was had by all". I hope.

At around 4PM, I noticed Lloyd had washed all the cups. I felt another Prima Donna Panic, because I had thought I had everything under control, but not so. Eendeavors like these are supported by so many people, even though this particular Exhibit(ion) has only my name on it.

It's been a roller coaster, but seeing friends finally made me comfortable and happy about what I've done; no more fear and loathing; just a nice, smooth ride from now on.

Thank you, everybody, for coming to see the Exhibit(ion), for the baking, and the washing up. Tomorrow, Kath Bee sings at Gallery 203.

6 comments:

  1. Congrats Meg, that crowd shot looks great! Lots of folks - good for you!

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  2. I am so envious, wish I could have been there. Dianne

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  3. Sorry I missed your exhibition! ;-)
    Everything looks fabulous to me, though. Great work!
    Enjoy "the morning after",
    Merisi

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  4. On the whole, it's not been busy, but this was a mayhem, I tell you. I was seriously worried someone was going to faint in the heat - I thought that someone could easily be me! And I just don't understand why I didn't think of a cool drink. Silly me.

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  5. I send you a big hug, meg.
    Stop worrying, just enjoy from now on.
    It was nice a very nice touch of you to have hot drinks ready (and next time, maybe you can delegate this task, maybe a a friend is more than willing to help).
    Thankfully you(r legs) didn't give out! :-)

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  6. Confirming receipt of a big hug, Merisi. VERY much appreciated. It's Saturday morning and I have to get ready to go back to the Gallery, but for the first time in days I'm feeling... conscious! It'll be a good day. Thanks for your continuing support.

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