What a reception we had on Saturday evening!  As soon as we had everything ready to go, I took some more pictures of the work hung in the gallery from our Open Studio Sessions.  The doors opened at 5, and I took a few more pictures of people enjoying the show.  By 5:15, the place was packed!!!  I put the camera away and enjoyed a wonderful evening of being with friends, meeting new acquaintances, and appreciating some great art, as well as delicious refreshments. 
People really enjoyed the show, stopping to look at each of the paintings carefully.  Here are some of the comments our guests made to me ---

"I go to a lot of art shows, look them over, and leave. THIS ONE, however, is superb, and I've been spending time viewing each piece carefully."
"What excellent art that is so diverse.  I like how it shows the artist behind the work, and not the teacher:-)))"

"I'm coming back this week again to look over the show when it's not so crowded. The work here is so professional."

"You must be so proud of this show!" 
"The work in this show is amazing."
"The paintings are excellent, not a bad one here."
"This doesn't look like a 'normal' student show, where you can usually always see the influence of the instructor's painting style."

"I go to many many art show each year, and this is the best show I've been to in a really long time!"

And my favorite comment,  " This show makes me think that these artists have been set free to express themselves however they want. And the work is extremely well executed - just stunning." 
The comments made me proud of what everyone has been able to create.  Several guests were also art teachers who were really admiring the strengths of each painting. 
I was happy.  The purpose of this show is to feature the works that artists have created in Open Studio.  Knowing that others appreciate your art is very rewarding. 
My honey was also very busy shuttling people to and from the show to the overflow parking a few blocks away.  How I appreciate all he does to support me on this awesome art journey.
Many people were amazed, intrigued, and astounded by the various ways paintings were created. It was a classy show all the way around, thanks to all the artists in OPEN STUDIO.  The refreshments were provided by the artists also, and we went through a lot of wine, coffee, and apple cider, too.
Hours for the rest of the show are Tuesday from 9-2, closed Wednesday and Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday, then open on Friday from 9-2 and on Saturday and Sunday from 12-4.
The facility where we have the show is newly refurbished and has been a wonderful venue for our art.   "Thank you" to the Women's Art Club of Cincinnati for letting us display our work.
There are four different Open Studio sessions each week.  Tuesday's Tribe meets for four and a half hours each Tuesday morning, and Wednesday's group calls themselves "It Takes a Village to Paint a Picture."  I call them Wednesday's VillageThursday Mornings also meet from 10 - 2:30 and Thursday Night's Alright meets from 6-9.  Some groups presently have a waiting list to get in since open studio is limited to fifteen artists per session.  You are welcome to contact me for more information about Open Studio.
Thanks for so much stopping by my blog to enjoy the show.


Sadami said...

Tons of Congrats!!!

Unknown said...

What a wonderful looking show! Hope it goes well!

Jeanette Jobson said...

Looks like a delightful show, best wishes for lots of sales. I wish I could come along in person and see all the lovely work.

Studio at the Farm said...

Sandy, it looks like it was a fabulous event all round. The venue was so beautiful, the paintings superb ... and good food, too!!! I truly wish I could have been there.

Ann Buckner said...

Such a wonderful show - wish I could see it IRL - You all did a great job displaying the paintings to their best advantage.

Dawn said...

I am so jealous of all your students! Wish I could have been there. Congratulations Sandy, and go Bob!

Helen Read said...

Hi Sandy! How nice of you to find my blog ... and now I am able to see yours! Thank you for leaving a comment. I am enjoying what you've posted, and am bookmarking it to return in the future! Blessings to you and Merry Christmas!

Ann Buckner said...

Sandy, wanted to stop by and wish you and your family a very Blessed Christmas and a joyous New Year. It has been a real pleasure to visit with you and enjoy your blog.

Kathie George said...

Wow, Sandi. This is really cool.