Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A great tote show!

Putting this show together wasn't easy. We had a vision of what it should look like and what kind of work we would get, but it wasn't up to us it was up to the artists that we asked to be in the show and at the end of the day we sent out 125 tote bags to 125 artists from across the world and crossed our fingers...
A week before the show was about to open we had received 5 bags, and we were worried... But a few days later, like we hoped, the bags just started coming in. UPS, FEDEX, DHL USPS all were coming twice a day every day, the bags were arriving at a record pace and we were opening boxes and piling them up, all right down to the wire (artists work best under pressure:) and all the bags were absolutely amazing! We had no idea how many of the 125 bags would make it back to the gallery but out of the 125 bags we sent out we got 105 back. It really makes it all worth it when you can get so many amazing artists to donate their time and talents to such a great cause.
So now that we had all the totes it was time to get down to business and hang the show. We rigged a post and nail system that worked out great and once that was all set we got to hanging...

In addition to hanging all the totes and making sure they looked great, we had a window display concept to realize and it took a few tricks but in the end it looked just as we had hoped.

It was down to the wire getting ready for Saturday night's opening, and we were working right up to it and a little after... but it all came together and everything went great! We had an amazing turnout and great weather. So many artists and friends came out to check out all the amazing tote's. Special thanks to Knox Robinson for keping the music proper during the opening (and stepping up at Next Step) And thanks to Nicole Horton Heather Sioux, Ken Bolton, andJeff Ashey and our intern Tim for all your help in getting ready for the show, we couldn't have done it without you!

Dick Crenson and Franc Palaia wonder, "why totes?"

Mike O'Driscoll came all the way from the Bronx (via a recent transplant from Seattle)

Maureen Beck and her family

Dan Funderburg and August Heffner made the trip from Brooklyn

Knox Robinson on the decks

Nancy and Jean came over from Carmel

Pearl and Blk Jks discuss totes

Dave Heasty and his lovely wife contemplate their carbon footprint

Kalene, Randy and Megan talk about the complexities of putting together a tote show

viva la totebag!
Keavan Rivers and GrandmaTom Moore says "peace out, tote show"

Next step was a blur...


Blogger Jenna said...


April 15, 2008 at 11:24 AM  
Anonymous patrick said...

wow, what a cool show! loved it!

April 17, 2008 at 6:30 AM  
Anonymous The Grocer said...

Looks like you put together a fantastic show - wish i could have been there for it. Thanks for including me!

April 21, 2008 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger Ashes and Milk said...

Looks like FUN!

April 27, 2008 at 7:20 PM  

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