Opening Reception of Colour: A Personal Response – Lesley and Sarah.
Thank you, Louise, for thinking of and taking a photograph of the 2 of us on the night of the opening.
The gallery waiting for the first viewers.
Each of the works is monochromatic, made using only one colour.
We hung the work with Sarah’s making a colour wheel going clockwise around the room.
And my work making an intersecting colour wheel going anticlockwise around the room.
The result was each work was hung in a group with its complement.
At the small books table, we asked people to pick a colour and write their thoughts or feelings about that colour. It was a popular centre on the opening night and throughout the week.
I love the little drawings the children made.
Sarah and I spent our time while sitting the exhibition talking to people about how the work came about and what our concept was. There were lots of conversations in front of the works over the week also.
People stopped to read our artist statements and bios.
Sarah at the front desk keeping track of visitors, sales and answering questions.
Sarah had cards for each of her works for sale and did a brisk business.
Each work had its colour book. Sarah’s were a result of her research on each artist she studied and made a work on. My books were marks showing the energy of each colour in a different medium – paint.
The fabric colour cards were displayed on turntables grouped by temperature.
The cool colours of the colour wheel.
The warm colours.
We sold a good number of individual fabric colour cards but the packs with all of the colours were the most popular.
The tally of visitors to the show tell it was a successful exhibition. For Sarah and I, we know it was successful because of the interest shown in our work by so many people over the week. They wanted to hear all about everything to do with how the idea started to how we worked, how we made each work and how we hung the work. There were people who came back again bringing other friends with them. Our viewers wrote lots of encouraging words in the guest book and have sent us emails of thanks since.
Sarah and I want to thank everyone who came to the exhibition and also all of those who have supported us while we worked to produce this body of work.
The exhibition is going to be travelling for a while. I’ll keep you posted on where it will be stopping.