Thursday, December 09, 2021

Behold the Wonder, a solo show at Good Shepherd Episcopal in Sumter, SC

(Above:  Window CCII.  Framed: 26" x 22"; unframed 15 1/2" x 11 1/2".  Polyester stretch velvet on recycled, black synthetic felt. Free-motion machine stitched with 100% black cotton thread. Melting techniques.  Click on image to enlarge.)

The curatorial team at the Sumter Gallery of Art is currently installing my solo show, Last Words.  It opens on the 16th. This is the first time that I haven't been the one driving the exhibit to the venue, installing the work, and creating the inventory list.  I'm honored that a real curator is doing this, and I can't wait to see my own work through his discerning eyes.

Part of the arrangements for this show included a "studio visit".  Another part was a Drop Box folder of images for available works.  One of the pieces was The Canopy.  The curator really, really wanted to include it.  There was a problem.  The ceilings at the Sumter Gallery of Art aren't high enough.  So, he reached out to Good Shepherd Episcopal for a partnership.  The result is Behold the Wonder, a separate solo show that will be jointly promoted!  The Canopy is going to be install over the entire nave.  The small church interior is entirely paneled in wood.  It is intimate and absolutely perfect.  They will also be hanging several pieces from the Stained Glass Series.  I'm totally honored and truly excited that The Canopy will be hanging in such a sacred place.

Of course, something went slightly wrong ... or right ... depending on how one looks at the situation.  One of the selected images was purchased last Saturday ... by someone else ... for a corporate gift that would be presented before the show in Sumter.  What is an artist supposed to do?

(Above:  Window CLXXXVIII.)

Well, I'm not sure how any other artist would handle such a situation but I knew exactly what I was going to do: Make a replacement!  Window CCII is the replacement for Window CLXXXVIII.  At first, I wasn't going to say anything about this.  I planned to attach a label with the earlier title and inventory number ... just pass off the replacement for the original.  Yet, there was a nagging voice coming from the back of my mind.  It told me "to confess".  After all, this is a show in a church!  Why lie?  So I did inform the curator for this show.  Thankfully, it is all okay.  Everything is forgiven so to speak! LOL!  


Christine said...

Well done in making a replacement.
This sounds like an amazing show, just in time for Christmas!

Ann Scott said...

That's exciting. Congratulations on the sale and your replacement solution (and confession). For years I have thought all churches should be turned into gallery spaces or museums. I'm sure your work will look fabulous and it's so cool that it happens they will show in two venues.