What a night!

I’m still on a bit of a high after an absolute knock-out of an evening! I had no idea an opening could be so much fun. We had a wonderful crowd of close to 300 people¬† – the wine from Crittenden Estate was Beautiful and much loved, the chocolate from Koko Black was sumptuous, we had lots of gorgeous cheese and olives, great beer and everyone looked very happy.

It was the most lovely crowd. And what I absolutely loved was looking around at a room full of people all engaging with the stories in the paintings. I heard so many ideas of what was going on – new things I had never thought of, aspects of characters, tensions, emotions, back-stories – there were people who were very emotional about some of the work and people with childhood memories that were suddenly brought back to the surface. Emma, assistant curator of contemporary art at the NGV, opened the show with a wonderful speech. She so obviously understood what I was trying to do and could see how it had come about. Peter was the MC – my most steadfast and needed supporter. I gave a speech about the work and how it came about… But for me, the most important part was the chance to thank everyone who has been so supportive, so engaged and so enthusiastic about this series of paintings. Had I not had that support this would never have happened. It is one thing to discover something I love doing and get incredible joy from – it is quite another to realise that other people love it too. And so many people!

It was an incredible experience. And because I knew I would be in a room of friends I really wasn’t anxious about it at all. And as of tonight… exactly half of the show has sold!

Tomorrow is a big day. We have the family event – which was in The Age’s EG today so I think there will be a great crowd.I’ll do more photos soon but for now I just want to say thank you! To Peter, Emma, Andrew and Tim, Crittenden, Koko Black, Avant cards, my family, my friends and everyone who has been so supportive. I’ve forgotten people, I know!

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  1. Posted May 22, 2010 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Dear Elise, everybody,
    Congratulation~~~s!! Please have more fun and more sale!!
    Love and smile, wink, wink,

  2. Posted June 4, 2010 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    Hi Elise
    Congratulations on the exhibition. Looks like a great occasion. I wish I could have been there.
    Best wishes

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