Saturday, October 17, 2009

Near & Far - Opening reception - October 16, 2009







A Gallery Hop in Saint John, NB is an event that always brings out a crowd on Friday evenings as openings are held in several exhibition spaces in the port city. My son Jean-Luc was the official photographer during the evening of the opening of my own solo show at Handworks Gallery. At one point he said, there are too many people, I can't see the artwork.

It was fun meeting the public. I got to chat with fellow gallery artists Holly McKay & Lynn Wigginton. To share my enthusiasm with others who seem genuinely excited to see my new work. When the evening was over, 14 of the 21 paintings had a red dot. Many thanks to all the people who came to view the artwork, to all those who send me warm wishes and the patrons who acquired the paintings. Thank you to Cliff Turner and Shannon Merrifield, the gallery owners and their staff for doing such a superb job.

Photos- top- with Cliff Turner / Cliff is an amazing hyperrealist painter who had a solo exhibition that concluded on Thursday. The very large 5 x 7 feet painting entitled Hot Wheels in the bottom photo, was a piece of that show.

middle- with Jean-Luc / bottom- mingling !

In other news, I want to congratulate my wife Suzanne, whom this show was dedicated to. Today, she reached the final destination of Santiago de Compostella during day-28 of the 800 km walking / backpacking trek across Spain on the Camino Francés. Bravo!

16 comments:

Carol H. said...

Congratulations, Alvin! I love your work and it's great that so many of your works sold! I wish I could have been there myself.

Alvin Richard said...

Thank you Carol for your kind words, it's great when you get this kind of response.

Kari Tirrell said...

Congratulations on your successful show!! Your son did a good job as photographer. Thanks for showing the pics!

Colette Theriault said...

Congratulations Alvin on your exhibition and sales. Thanks for commenting on my blog and for your kind compliments! Likewise, your work is amazing and so lifelike!

**WE BLOG ARTISTS** said...

Congrats on your Show!
I found you through Kirsty's blog.
You're work is amazing.
I'll be back to see more.
Char

Todd Bonita said...

congrats Alvin,
wish I was there. The work looks amazing as always. Must have been nice to have your son there to be part of it too.
You've won in life as far as I can see.
All my best to you,
Todd

Alvin Richard said...

Thanks Kari, Colette, Char & Todd for your generous remark. I feel very fortunate to have this kind of support.

Pierre Raby said...

Congratulations Alvin for this impressive body of works and for the show! Exciting that the opening night was a success!

Joanne said...

Fantastic response to your amazing art, Alvin!!! Congratulations - you deserve this recognition and all that will come as a result of this show. All the best.

T.Ford said...

Awesome!! Congrats on the success of your show Alvin!

Alvin Richard said...

Pierre, Joanne & Todd, thank you so much for your hearfelt comments.

Dean Grey said...

Alvin!

I hate to ask a dumb question but what's the meaning behind "Near & Far"?

Is it because your pieces in the show deal with subject matter from various countries?

I bet your work must look amazing in person!

-Dean

Alvin Richard said...

Hi Dean,
I usually paint from photographic material that I find in my own surroundings. For this show, I have including imagery also found during my travels that still retains the same familiar attributes. I've decided to study the theme quite broadly, with acrylic paintings that makes references to consumerism and popular culture, while trying to create a narrative by linking some of the imagery together, either with subject matter, elements found within the artwork or cross references from my own life.

m collier said...

Congratulations on your show !!!!

Don Gray said...

Warmest congratulations on the success of your exhibition, Alvin. Wish I could see the show--it looks stunning.

michelle said...

Congratulations on your solo show. Very exciting!