September 1, 2016
My show was up for six days after the opening. The gallery is in a multi-purpose building (a couple of studios and one business), so people are in and out, but no one is attending in the gallery. I didn't want to leave the quilts unattended, so I set up a makeshift studio in a side area of the gallery and worked there from 12:00-5:00 each day. It was interesting to see what it was like to dedicate five straight hours to studio time. Since my regular studio is in my home, I tend to move back and forth from one kind of activity to another. The study with my computer is just across the hall from the studio, and all too often, I go in to check e-mail, and then get sucked into responding, following up on things, going to other links, etc. Being at the gallery gave me a sense of what it would be like to have a separate studio, at a distance from home. I still checked e-mail from time to time on my phone, but I don't like typing or web-surfing on the phone, so it really was just a quick occasional check. It was instructive to see how much more sewing I got done than if I'd been at home. I spent most of the time making bookmarks from the remains of several quilts in the show (photo above). I also planned out dimensions and cutting directions for two quilts I have lined up to do. Very productive! But I also found that five hours devoted to quilting didn't leave me enough time to do the other things I want/need to be doing during the day, in the relaxed way that I have been able to do them since retiring from academic work.
The show came down early this week, and I've been enjoying several days back at home. It's a relief to be done with the show, which took months of preparation. Having seen the benefit of uninterrupted hours in the studio, I'm spending more uninterrupted time there--not as much as five hours at a time, but more than before, and staying away from side-trips to the computer when it's studio time.
And the opening went very well! Here's a shot of the crowd just before my talk, and you can see a few of the quilts, too.