Sunday, August 9, 2009

Fun and ease

The flow of support came streaming in from every quarter of the island last night. Friends, family, associates, acquaintances, collectors and strangers combined to create an atmosphere of sweet harmony and success for us all. Some had come a tremendous distance, from Chicago and California to Atlanta and Singapore, in a gesture of support, that only they knew what trials it took, to accomplish their being there. The mood was "happy" and "generous" in spirit, and one we all needed that night.

As they say, folks were there "representing" themselves and loved ones who were unable to make it for whatever reason. Some who wanted to attend were unable to come but their spirit of support filled the spaces and added smiles to all faces. There were many new friends, who were only met in the space of this week, bringing well wishes and appreciations, alongside the ardent supporters who have held us in their prayers for many years. Adding to the mix were people who came for the first time, whether by an invitation or by curiosity, who soon felt the energy that held us together. To all of them, I say "Thank you".

As I assembled the paintings for the exhibition, I knew I would be saying goodbye to some of them, for the last time, as they'd venture forth to new homes.They were gathered up slowly at first and then a sudden flurry of acquisitions left me seeing red dots where the paintings once hung. The gracious gallery owner, Zita Cousen, and her team attended the needs of the collectors with aplomb and assurance in a very committed way.

For many, the evening was enhanced by the fun and ease that my life partner, Joe Steele, brought to the event. He welcomed many of our dear friends, "family" and colleagues, in his inimitable way, that brought joy to their hearts and smiles to their faces. A very few of which are presented here by quick photos he took of them.






























26 comments:

Bruce said...

"Congrats Glenn...wish I could be there. Represent my Brotha...and I hope we will get together when you return to the city."

Kimberly said...

"Good luck! Wish I could've been there!!"

Sandie said...

"All of our best..wish we could be there with you this year. As always, you'll be fabulous! Hugs and love to you and Joe!"

Sandie said...

"We will miss you and Joe this year. Have a wonderful art exhibit. We'll know it'll be a smashing success, as always. Please give our regards and love to everyone for us. Please give a hug and kiss to Dr. Ezeze on my behalf (if he's at the Vineyard at the same time with you and Joe). We hope to visit the Vineyard next year, and spend some time with you all. Be blessed and stay strong. Hugs and kisses to you and Joe."

Enid said...

Congratulations, Glenn! It looks wonderful. Wish we could have been there too.

xx Enid

Ken said...

BRAVO!!!!! Look forward to seeing you both soon.

Gretchen said...

Luv u Glenn! Missed ur opening last night. I know it was fab. Went to Clinton hill apt block party yesterday. How's the vineyard? Luv to you and Joe!!!

Carson said...

Congratulations darling!

Mary Anne Davis said...

You are amazing! Well done and hope to see you and Joe this fall in Columbia County.. xoxo

Ima Wizer said...

Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Glenn I wish I had been there to support you and Joe and to see all the love!!!!

Cheers,

Annette

bobby bell said...

all i can say is man i wish sandie and i could'be there you know i am there in sprit for both of you
next year for sure ill be there
lot of love to yall
peace

Pamela said...

Sounds and looks like a marvelous time was had by all! Congratulations. You deserve every success!

Enaid said...

Sounds like your event was a rousing success both in terms of friends, family and others. In addition, I love learning that your art work is being collected. Great seeing those red dots wasn't it? I need to buy something so that you can list Mexico as one of the international locations of your collectors. :-)

Take care and big hugs,

Renaldo said...

What a wonderful gathering of friends & family! I wish that I could have joined you!!

Best,
Renaldo

Genita said...

Great Show! Glenn darling, you wrote this email blog with such passion and warmth. I would like to thank you and Joe for a job well done. Edward's exhibit was well done as well and the energy along with great support. I feel the love if the arts and the only true love we all share. Peace and lots of blessings. Big kisses and tight hugs to you and Joe.

Anonymous said...

great news !! I just knew it !!

I am so pleased that the gallery was packed and positive. You have earned a night such as that . We are so sorry that we were not there in person, but oh so there in spirit !

now take three breaths and look at that view and think about nothing , at least for a moment.

Enjoy

Sarah said...

Glenn, I so long to own some of your art! Each time I read your blog, your work takes my breath away & I feel fortunate to have studied under your wing once upon a time :)
Next summer I will be in the States & must see what I can of you & your work!

Jelani said...

Yeah!!!! for the great turnout. I even saw someone I knew (Cheryl) other than you, Joe, Billy and Brenda.

Continue to have fun. See you when you when you get back.

DeeDee said...

I love the paintings, btw. So happy. And your people are so beautifully tanned and relaxed. You definitely want to be part of each scene.

Ward said...

Dear Glenn,



I felt like I was there! All our love and congratulations on what sounds like a memorable event. See you soon!

Pat said...

love it.
that's not quite as nice as being there but it sure was nice to see the festivities.
hope the show sold out.
you done good!
love to you and joe from the shut-ins.

Leo said...

VERY NICE GLENN!!!!!! Love what you created this past Saturday!

Leo

Brenda said...

This is great to see all of the photos; wish we were still there. Enjoy the week!



Xx,

-Brenda

Romney said...

Dear Glenn,

I've been meaning to tell you what a wonderful and inspiring writer you are. Happy to know that your latest show went so well, but...…I'd love to purchase one of your fashion illustrations. Do you have anything that you'd be willing to part with?

Love, R

Regina said...

I had such a great time with you. I find myself going to the blog a couple of times a day to forward it to friends or just to look at it to remember the time.



I sent it to my friend Tawnya whose son is an artist. She was wowed by your use of color!! She said her son Michael, is looking for resources to learn about emotion and color in art. He’s a graduate of RIT and is striving for a career in animation. Can you recommend books for him?



Love ya!

Regina