It was a beautiful way to start the holiday weekend — with a people-filled opening.
Two artists selected for the Bambi Biennial came from as far away as New Orleans and Oklahoma City. And both of them flew in for the opening. Hugh Meade, from Oklahoma City, was looking to meet artists with whom he could talk about exchanging shows between Philly and his city, which he says is full of great art and lots of artists. The other flyer, Alissa Eberle, recently moved to NOLA from New York, so she took a detour to the Big Apple before showing up in Philadelphia.
We learned that Austin Lee (accompanying girlfriend Katrina Mortorff whose work was in the show) had auditioned for the reality tv show Work of Art; and we learned that sometimes work intended for a show doesn’t make it for the opening — it happened to Marie Perrin McGraw whose abstract ceramic creatures were tied up in some package delivery warehouse and haven’t yet made it to the gallery (we hope they’ll arrive this week). Here are snapshots of happy folks. We hope you enjoyed your weekend, too. We had fun playing hooky.
Apart from one accident with a viewer knocking into the artwork and damaging it, a great time was had by all. But what about the scene out in the Piazza, you may want to know. Well, imagine our surprise when we discovered people sitting on chairs watching what the Friends of the Barnes call a documentary. We call The Art of the Steal bald-faced propaganda.
If you want to see some of the work, you can find it on libby’s and roberta’s flickr sites.
alissa eberle, amy orr, art of the steal, austin lee, bambi biennial 2010, bambi gallery, barnes, bobby gonzales, candace karsh, emily satis, hugh meade, john woodin, justin rubich, katrina mortorff, michael bednar, montana torrey, phil diwilliams, tiernan alexander, tim eads