Dara Pannebaker and I had a very pleasant evening Friday, meeting friends and Charlestown residents at the opening of our joint show at the StoveFactory Gallery on Medford St. in Charlestown. We even got to connect with my wife Dee, who came up from Falmouth with our friend Brenda Horrigan. Those two arrived after much convoluted driving between Cambridge and Charlestown, trying to find the right roads. Country girls ...
And fellow Falmouth potter Anne Halpin came up for the opening, with her sister, who lives in the area. Otherwise, it was lots of Charlestown folks, friends of Dara and friends of the Artists Group of Charlestown, who were sipping wine and beer and snacking on the food prepared by Dara's sisters Cheryl and Wendy. Lovely evening. Even sold a few pots.
The show looks very good in this open and well-lighted space in the old factory building. (And gallery-goers were greeted at the door by a huge poster featuring ... well ... I'll attach a photo and you'll see.) My pots have never been shown in such an elegant setting. Saturday and Sunday, we opened the gallery at 11 and kept it open until 6. We had a steady - if sparse - flow of people coming in. The gallery is off the beaten Charlestown path, so the people who come to see the pots and paintings are not just dropping by on a whim. They come because they intend to come. In spite of the relatively light turnout on the two weekend days, I sold some pots. And we still have three days - this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday - ahead of us with the gallery open. I'll be back in Charlestown Friday to be there with Dara from 6 to 9, then open at 11 Saturday and Sunday, with a mid-afternoon closing reception Sunday. Please come by if you have the chance.
Photos: From the top down, toward the end of the Friday night reception, the stragglers choosing work to take home; an overall view of the gallery; Shino bowls and Dara's small studies; paintings with vases; the poster (yikes!) at the gallery entrance.
And a PS: I apologize for misspelling Karla Quattrochi's name in the last post. It's Karla with a K, not a C. And now, no doubt, I've misspelled her surname.