Schenectady Art Night: Opening Night Results

So here’s what happened last night at the Schenectady Art Night, and my opening night of my first gallery show.

Fellow TU blogger Teri Conroy suggested that if I wanted to make a good impression, I should wear an Oxford shirt and jeans to the event.  So that afternoon, I pit-stopped at Lodge’s and picked up a comfortable Oxford shirt.  I went home, and played the “new shirt” challenge game.  The challenge is to find every stickpin in the shirt and pull them out.  If you do that, you win a prize.  The prize is that you won’t get stuck in the neck or arms with a stickpin when you put the shirt on.

On my way to the gallery, I swung by FedEx Office on Wolf Road, and picked up some business cards.  The night before, I crafted up some business cards and e-mailed them to the print shop, so that I would have them printed and pre-cut that afternoon.  And naturally, as I expected, FedEx was running behind schedule – the cards were printed, but not trimmed.  Luckily, I had anticipated any sort of delay, and by the time they finally got around to trimming the cards, I had just enough time to get them, pay for them, and then burn rubber to Schenectady.

As I pulled into a parking lot just outside of downtown, another car parked in a parking spot just behind me.  Surprise, surprise, it was KC Orcutt, a fellow TU blogger (she works on the College Life blog).  We walked over to the 440 Art Gallery, where gallery show organizer Meghan Murphy was hanging up some last-minute art pieces and making sure everything was ship-shape for the opening.

Kevin Marshall, another TU blogger, came by as the show opened, and he was very impressed with the works of all the artists in the group show.  You know what – it’s great when co-bloggers like Teri and KC and Kevin and others are supportive of their fellow TU co-bloggers.  These are people I would never have even known existed six or seven months ago, when I first started writing for the TU blog page, and the fact that we’re able to go to their special events and support them in their endeavors – it’s a great thing.

Anyways, back to the show.

You’re looking at Chuck Miller’s first art display of the “polar panorama” series.  Top row, left to right – Washington Park, the Hamilton College Chapel, and Buckingham Lake in Pine Hills.  The second row features the Peggy’s Cove lighthouse and the Empire State Plaza, redesigned as a mecha fighting robot.  Third row – two Nippers and the waters of Mt. Ida Falls in Troy.  And finally, on the bottom row, another Empire State Plaza polar panorama and a shot of the Corning Preserve.

Believe me, these pictures got a lot of lookers at the event…

and a lot of pointers at the event…

I also have to take a minute and acknowledge the support of my friends and co-workers, who also took the time to come to Schenectady and see not only my works, but also those of my fellow gallery artists.  Even my Street Academy trivia teammates, Jeremy and Alexis, came to the event – they had to stop first at Bomber’s and get some food, and if I know Jeremy he probably ordered the spiciest, hottest burrito Bomber’s could make.  Thanks for the support, guys.

And then, next thing I know, Meghan Murphy takes down one of the identifying tags next to the Mt. Ida Falls polar panorama shot.

With a black magic marker, she scribbles something on the tag.  Then she puts the tag back on the wall.

The Washington Park shot also received the magic-marker-on-the-tag treatment.

It was a great night, I still can’t believe everything worked out as well as it did.  And a big thank you to everyone who showed up at the event, as well as to show organizer Meghan Murphy.

I also want to thank everyone who said that although they couldn’t make the event, they still wished me good luck.  I realize that not everybody has a flexible schedule, and that people sometimes have to work on a Friday night, but the fact that they at least are supportive and offer good wishes and all – that still means a lot to me.  It really does.

The group show will remain on display at the 440 Art Gallery until July 11, and can be seen whenever any of the 440 Upstairs at Proctor’s events take place.  Please come down at some point and check out the work – not just my work, but the pen-and-ink drawings of Dan Orapallo, the wood-and-aluminum “crutch” sculptures by Kris Hauser, the black-and-white photographs from Cookie, the planetary paintings of Noelle Macgonigle, the colorful architectural artwork from Clark Seeley, and many many more.  You will not be disappointed.