ver·nis·sage /ˌvɛrnəˈsɑʒ; Fr. vɛrniˈsaʒ/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[ver-nuh-sahzh; Fr. ver-nee-sazh] –noun, plural -sages /-ˈsɑʒɪz; Fr. -ˈsaʒ/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[-sah-zhiz; Fr. -sazh].
Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
|1.||Also called varnishing day. the day before the opening of an art exhibition traditionally reserved for the artist to varnish the paintings.|
|2.||a reception at a gallery for an artist whose show is about to open to the public.|
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.
I saw this word for the first time today. Is it commonly used? I'm going to use this the next chance I can. Since it has to do with varnishing, is it only for paintings, I wonder.
Courtesy of JB at Mainz Daily Photo, with a photo of one of Lloyd Harwood's painting.