This past Friday was the reception for my most recent show entitled “Collaborations With Anonymous”. The Gallery at the Jupiter staff put together a lovely reception and the June evening weather in Portland was perfect. The gallery is part of a complex that includes an outdoor atrium, the Doug Fir Lounge and the Jupiter Hotel.
As always, I was fortunate to have lots of friends and family attending, as well as many new faces, including other local artists and art enthusiasts. We also made some new friends who were serving their delicious local organic Sattwa Chai to attendees. It turns out we’re neighbors–they live only two minutes from us!
One of the most meaningful moments of the evening came toward the very end. An old family friend who had grown up in my grandmother’s town shared with me stories of the ways she had touched his life and influenced him. And he pointed out that my most ambitious piece, “Renewal Springs From Woman,” has a border created of ferns–my grandmother’s first name was Elva Fern! I had never consciously made the connection, even though I am always thinking of my grandmothers when I create my pieces. And, of course, the theme of this particular piece is connection to the generations of women of the past. So I felt that my grandmother’s spirit was really with me at this show.