The Opening…

Way Too EarlyWhat a whirlwind weekend.  As you probably know, I zipped down to Saint John to attend the opening of .  I flew down the day of the show, and I was up at 4am to catch the recommended  for my 7am flight via Montreal.

For some strange reason, I wasn’t able to sleep on the bus or on either plane.  It might have had something to do with my dire and unsatisfied need for from the time I got on the plane.  (For future reference, your travel kit should include at least one imodium and some advil… trust me!)

Luckily, once I arrived Sandy dropped me at his house for a rest before I was glaming myself up for the opening. My “rest” consisted of nattering with dad for a couple of hours, which was exactly what I needed… well that and imodium. (Quick tip: in a pinch apple sauce, apple juice and cranberry juice are very helpful in these situations because of their high pectin content.)

I know, I know, TMI about that and not enough about the show.

The 50 Paces Project Installation

It went very well.  The gallery said they had almost 400 people through the gallery that night. At the beginning, I could stand back and watch people checking the exhibit out without anyone knowing who I was. It allowed for some interesting insight into how people interpreted what they saw.

Checking Out Photos

Which was, for the most part, positive.  The rest was either uninterested or confused. But given that everything else in the gallery were paintings and a few sculptures, this was kind of conceptual and required a bit of context to see more than just a random set of tiny photos hanging from strings across one wall.

However, once people started talking about it, things got really interesting.  As with the photographers who participated, everyone had their own spin on what the key elements were – safety, relationships, neighbourhood, nature, finding joy, the rhythm of life.

Part way through the evening, Kathyrn McCarroll introduced the shows and the artists… little did I know I would have a microphone thrust upon me.  After that I couldn’t be the “fly on the wall” any more. But by that point there were so many people that knew me, or knew dad, I was outed anyway.

Layers of Dad

The Curator

One of the really cool parts of the evening was that on top of curating the exhibit, Peggy arranged for a little space to be set aside for some live music where dad and Sandy led a jam session.  The sound of guitars, banjos and singing trickled through all the second floor of the gallery. It really brought an extra “island feel” to the whole event for me.

Sandy on Guitar

I have a whack of photos (big surprise), but I haven’t had a chance to process them yet.  I’ll let you know when they are up on .


Alexa Clark

Alexa is a digital marketer and author with over 20 years in digital & interactive communications in the food and tech industries. Alexa's CheapEats Restaurant Guides, for both Toronto & Ottawa, were Canadian best sellers. She is a recognized authority on social media and has been named one of Canada's 20 Leading Women in Social Media.

3 thoughts on “The Opening…

  • May 12, 2007 at 7:22 am

    congratulations. what a milestone to have achieved! a gallery show…how perfect. sorry about your discomfort though. glad the apple juice helped 🙂
    oh i also wanted to mention that your 50 paces project made me think of the amazing Jane Urquahrt book Map of Glass. there’s a character named Andrew Woodman who ends up in a similar situation to your father. (this character has a stroke-I should warn you that the character dies, but the opening of the book deals with his disorienation on the ice, trying to find his way back home)

  • May 12, 2007 at 7:35 am

    Thanks Amanda. I’m not sure I’m ready to be reading that particular book yet. But thanks for the reco.

  • May 12, 2007 at 11:57 am

    Thanks for the link to your weblog. I have read with much pleasure your account on the opening. Must have been very exciting for you!
    (I know I am excited about my own little part in this…)


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