January 9, 2011

After the Reception

I woke up and saw a thick, fluffy snowfall outside my window. My first thought was “How beautiful,” and my second thought was “No one is going to show up to the reception because of the weather”. Luckily, the turnout was indeed very good – I can proudly say that we ran out of plastic cups.

I have to admit that I was pretty nervous before the exhibition. Whenever my family and friends would call me up throughout the days before, to try and assure me that everything will go well, I would remember three situations that had happened in my life in relation to exhibitions.

One of those situations was when I was still a student, and a friend of mine was having an exhibition for her graduation project. It was taking place in the late spring, and the weather was quite hot. All of us pretty girls showed up to the reception in short-sleeved or sleeveless dresses. What ended happening was that a guy who liked her bit her on the shoulder. Not too painfully, but hard enough to notice. My friend was always busy talking to people, and he chose to express himself that way to gain her attention.

The next story happened during a group exhibition, where all the artists were very attractive ladies. Only one sculptor was there to represent the male gender. He was quite excited to be in such company, and he decided to try and find an elegant shoe, to show off by drinking champagne out of it, like in the old times. It was the winter, so, what he ended up finding was the warm boots of the gallery manager.

The last story is quite recent. I was chatting with my husband during another reception when a young man practically squeezed himself right between us. He had to shove my husband aside a little bit. After that, he went ahead and told me that he was a beginner artist who needed some advice. He had his portfolio with him, which he handed to me for examination.

Yesterday’s reception was wonderful. I am so grateful to everyone who could make it, despite the weather. I would like to say a special thank you to those who work at the gallery.

Thank you also to the people I wasn’t familiar with, who nonetheless stopped by and offered some lovely words about my art.

And finally, hugs and kisses to all who have offered me words of encouragement. Thank you, my dear bloggers!

Those who know my husband's photographic style can try and find me in these photos.

After the reception I felt like that:


  1. Congratulations on your exhibition! I'm glad that it went so well.

  2. So glad all went well and the weather did not keep the people away. Wish I could have been there, I would love to have seen all your paintings properly. Hope that you had many sales. Diane

  3. So very happy for you. Loved the first 2 stories. Amazing that he bit her I guess that would get a person's attention and drinking champagne out of warm boots. Well! The photos are great of your paintings which look so colourful on the walls. Yodell-a-yo-ho yodel-a-yo-ho your hair looks lovely by the way :-)

  4. It looked like it was a success! Despite the snow. Wonderful picts!

  5. Hi Spangle,
    It was wonderful and surprisingly relaxing. Thank you for your congratulations.

    Hi Diane,
    Thank you for your interest and your lovely words. I wish you were there too, dear friend!
    You are right, there is something that can boost artist's life - sales:D

    Hi Dolly,
    Before I started blogging I always thought it is pity that all bizarre stories that I know or all my funny experiences should just disappear. Hooray to blogging! Now I can share my stories with my readers.

    Hi Lydia,
    Now I can let myself to be a party girl for a little while :)
    To be more specific, for me it means reading, swimming, walking and meeting friends.

  6. I'm very glad it went well. You are talented! I enjoyed reading your 3 stories :) The second one is hilarious!!
    I hope you have a great night.


  7. Hi tywo,
    I love that you like my paintings and my stories.
    Most importantly I can feel your moral support :)

  8. Congrats - always a good sign when you run out of plastic cups.

  9. Hieno Näyttely josta Hienoja valokuvia..
    Onnea Olga näyttelyllesi... Tiedän tunteen vuosikymmenienkin takaa - omista valokuva-näyttelyistä...!
    Teoksesi ovat värikkäitä ja korkeatasoisia.
    Hyvää jatkoa ja menestystä vuodelle 2011...!

  10. It wash a great success Olga.....compliments for this nice work.

    Greetings, Joop

  11. Olga, congratulations on a good turn out...
    and well deserved.

    Best wishes to success in the event.

  12. Oh, Olga! Your exhibition looked such a success! I love the bright vibrancy that your paintings give off, even at a distance. Congratulations, and well done you, for having the courage to show your creativity!

  13. Ooh, thank heavens the snow didn't put anyone off! It's always nerve-racking wondering if people will turn up to exhibitions!

    Love the vibrant artwork! Well done on a successful reception!

  14. Hi Olga, congratulations on your show.. So pleased the snow didn't change anything. Carla

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    Ass: Magno Oliveira
    Folhetim Cultural

  16. Muchas felicidades por tu exposición, Olga!!!...me alegra mucho que hayas podido mostrar tu arte y que hayas tenido el gran éxito que mereces.

    Es algo emocionante y gratificante. Te entiendo perfectamente, amiga!!!

    Un gran abrazo!!! ;)

  17. Muchas felicidades por tu exposición, Olga!!!...me alegra mucho que hayas podido mostrar tu arte y que hayas tenido el gran éxito que mereces.

    Es gratificante y emocionante!!! Te entiendo perfectamente, amiga!!!

    Un gran abrazo!!! ;)

  18. Congratulations! What fantastically vibrant work! I love it! It would look good here in Spain. I hope that much will come of your exhibition.

    The post itself is great, combining your feelings and the three stories ... and the ending
    of all endings to top it all!

    I would feel like that if I had run out of plastic cups ... and in fact did when I discovered that I had sold one book on amazon.com! So, I laughed and delighted in the pleasure of the yodelling.

  19. Hi David,
    It was thrilling to see that the people were having such a good time. My mission is accomplished :)

    Hi Eko,
    Paljon kiitoksia ystävällisistä sanoista.
    Olen erittäin iloinen, että pidit työstäni.
    Menestystä työssä.

    Hi Joop,
    This is the life of an artist - from one exhibition to another :)

    Hi Wong,
    It was a big step for me. The gallery is located in the downtown Toronto and has a very good reputation.

    Hi Bth,
    Thank you for the compliments! Basically I only now started to feel that I really opened the exhibition.

    Hi Sarah,
    Yes, there was a moment I have imagined an empty gallery and me in the middle :)

    Hi Carla,
    Here in Toronto sometimes snow spells a disaster :) Thank you for your lovely words.

    Hi Folhetim Cultural ,
    Gracias por visitar mi blog. Voy a visitar su blog pronto.

    Hi Ignacio,
    Muchas gracias por sus elogios y apoyo. Siempre es un placer escuchar una palabra bonita.

  20. Hi aguja,
    I am full of emotions, thinking and future plans.
    I wanted to say thank you for coming by my blog, for leaving lovely comments.

  21. Wow! Congratulations - I'm so glad to hear your exhibition went well!

  22. Very best congratulations to you, I am so glad your exhibition went so well. Always a good sign when you run out of drinking receptacles. The photos are lovely to. :-)

  23. Hi Talli,
    I don't know what is more lovely - to achieve something or to share it with family and friends.

    Hi Happy Frog and I,
    Thank you, dear friend. Now it is time for relaxing and then for a new project.

  24. nice exhibition ! I like your paintings very much

  25. Hi marty,
    It makes me happy knowing that you like my paintings :)
    Thanks for stopping by and for being my follower.
    I will try to keep it interesting for you.