The opening of an art show is always exciting and full of promise. Combine this with the opening of the gallery itself - especially one as well conceived as the new Terre Neuve Gallery in Aurora, Ontario - and I knew I was in for one special day.
Packed from the get-go the gallery stayed abuzz with positive energy all day long. I enjoyed chatting about my work with so many enthusiastic Aurora art lovers. In fact, the gallery was so busy, I didn't even notice that the "Jewel" 88.5 radio team, who had been terrifically supportive and complimentary to the art, had packed up and gone. (Ahhh, the keen eye of the artist)
I 'm honored to have made the acquaintance of Aurora's gracious and fascinating Mayor Phyllis Morris. Although my portrait painting of the Lorne Scots reservist, "Private Romeo" often garners a lot of attention, it's always particularly poignant to me, when someone with military experience, is drawn to it. Mayor Morris served in the military in the U.K., and was recently at the deployment ceremony for Aurora's Queen's Own Rangers Reservists.
There wasn't much time left over to talk to those who created this new gallery - Harold Hillier, Sarah Olson, Andrew Hillier, and consultant Karyn Lockhart. Their vision, has given me a place to share my vision, and for that I am very grateful.