Tonight is the opening reception for "Visions of the Cross". I'm excited and nervous, but mostly excited. This is my first opening reception as not only a participating artist, but also as the curator of the exhibit.
Someone asked me the other day if I thought the show had been a success so far. I guess it all depends on what your definition of success is. My hopes for this show were:
- To get great art from professional artists, and disprove the notion that all Christian art sucks. Check.
- To let people know that we're here and that we value the arts as an expression of our faith. Check.
- To have people outside our church hear about the show, and come see it. Check.
- To have people really enjoy and respond to the artwork. Check.
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I'm sure some of the artists (including me) probably hope for a sale or two, but this show will be a success, to me at least, even without that.
This is pretty much the same attitude I entered into when I was having my solo exhibit at the church (and when I do artwork like the altarpieces for the church). Though I did end up with several sales (my most monetarily successful show to date), the greatest feeling was having my work in a venue where it was truly experienced and appreciated on all its levels, spiritually as well as aesthetically. To let it be experienced as a gift from, and to, God.
Anyway, gotta go get the wine and cheese for tonight. Off to Trader Joe's!