Although the above photo doesn't illustrate it well, throughout the night there was a patient line of people waiting to take their turn in the walk in grave! Several people told me it was creepy. Several children refused to go in there! Lots of folks thought it was a nifty piece of art.
At one point, the gallery was so crowded that the gallery owner considered controlling the door---making sure some people left before more people could come it. It really was a huge turnout! I think out ad campaign worked well---lots of posters, postcards and emails. Also, I did a radio interview for the exhibit on KUAC which aired on a repeating news segment. That story got picked up by the state wide program, Alaska Public Radio News. That was fabulous advertising for the gallery and exhibit. To listen to the radio story, click HERE. The Bones Show interview is inside 'Friday's Newscast' by Dan Bross. Click on the "Listen MP3" ---it takes a couple of minutes to load.
(You'll first get to listen to a story about the controversy happening over the Stampede Trail bus, site of Chris McCandless's starvation---recent subject of a movie, "Into the Wild" based on John Krakauer's book of the same name. Alaskan's are sooooo frustrated by this whole thing....)
The only downside to the show was the lack of sales. In setting up a show in a commercial gallery, I do want to make sure that the owner is happy too, and this means revenue. Well, I still hope for sales throughout the rest of the month that the show is up.....
I woke this morning to a slight hangover---I only had TWO margaritas!---and a light dusting of snow on the world. Right now, it's snowing in slow, lazy fat flakes. This looks like a snow to stick. Hello winter.....
It seems like a magical confluence....the show opening, finish of a massive project, now a new day and a new season.
Here is Da-ka-xeen installing his whale jaw bones.....what a grip he has! And an adoring fan, too!
(I won't print her name, she'd kill me! Suffice to say she's a good friend and a very accomplished artist and you can admire her beautiful work HERE.)