Let’s skip the apologies for posting late news (and, yes, this is late news since the opening reception for the Art of Photography Show actually took place two weeks ago… but, hey, it runs for another six weeks, so get on out to the Gaslamp and check it out!)
So, yeah, the opening reception for the Art of Photography Show was pretty spectacular with 1,200 people packing the Lyceum Theater gallery to see the 103 photographs on display. Final frame at the Cuius Deo Optimo Open is displayed on the gallery’s the lower level and had a steady stream of people gazing by, many stopping to read the title card and examine the photo more closely. See?
I’m not exactly sure what the woman at the right is pointing to, exactly, but it appears to be the detail on the stack of yellow records that formed the stage for my nun bowling pins. Regardless, isn’t she well dressed for an elegant night of gallery viewing? In the woman’s left hand you can see the show catalog, which was handed out free to everyone in attendance and included images of all the photographs on display, along with artist profiles and what-my-photo-means write ups. I believe the catalog may still be available from the Lyceum Theater or through the Art of Photography Show web site (but don’t hold me to that).
The opening reception was covered by one of San Diego’s local TV news affiliates, and why not? Dignitaries, socialites, amazing hors d’oeuvres, a wine bar, live music… and bright shiny awards!
For those of you not lucky enough to live in the San Diego area (and for those of you do, but perhaps have never been to the Lyceum Theater), here’s a photo of the venue.
Venue? What venue?!? That’s just a picture of a nicely tiled hole in the ground!
Okay, well, yes, the Lyceum Theater does happen to be underground… Oh, but what a nice hole in the ground! Yes?
Descending underground and walking the red carpet to the box office where the show was nicely represented on the marquee and in the gallery window…
These photos were taken about a half hour before the doors opened and there were already people milling around, anxious to get inside to see what this year’s exhibit had to offer.
The gallery is located on two levels within the Lyceum Theater and my photo was on the lower level where things were jammed PACKED! I don’t normally like big crowds, so I mostly hung out fairly close to where Final Frame was hanging along with various members of my family, who luckily found some tables and chairs where we could sit and talk to people.
Here are a couple of more shots of all the nicely dressed patrons crowding around and checking out my work. It was really fun to watch people’s reactions and eavesdrop on conversations (actually, my niece and brother-in-law did the eavesdropping, while I merely took photos).
Well, that’s the report from my first BIG international exhibit, and I was pretty excited to be showing my work alongside some exceptionally talented photographers from all around the world.
Once again, I’ll make the pitch for anyone in the San Diego area to stop by the gallery between now and May 28th to see this fine exhibit. And thanks for taking the time to glimpse my camera through this brief overview of the opening!