Bodie Ghost Town: The Opening Reception
Thanks to all of you who called or wrote to wish Kendall Reeves and me good luck with our opening reception last night. Your good wishes meant a great deal to both of us. Our Bodie show here in Bloomington at gallery 406 meant a few butterflies since you really never can tell what kind of a reception a new exhibition will get. But … it went really well!
One of Kendall’s images: mounted on an aluminum backing which really made his photos pop.
The reception was part of Bloomington’s Gallery Walk, a downtown event that features new shows at a number of galleries. We had about 365 visitors to Kendall’s gallery 406, a fantastic turnout. In fact, the event was scheduled for 5-8PM, but we had viewers coming in until a bit past nine. A lot of people spent a lot of time inside the gallery, and a similar number had a great number of questions about Bodie itself, its history and what our photo tour was like. Our images were well-received, with many comments centering on the colors portrayed and the subjects shown. It was a great experience.
Kendall mounted his images on Dibond, an aluminum backing material with laminate on top of both the backing and the image. His images just jumped off the wall, and viewers loved the look. He printed a few on metallic paper, and the combination of that paper and the Dibond process truly stood out. This is going to become a very popular mounting/framing technique in the future. My photos were printed with a white border surrounding the image, then mounted on gatorboard. Once that is laminated the image just shines (and it is very well protected). I used thin black metal frames to set off the combination, and at 22×30″ I think I have found a winning combination. Thank you, Kendall (who did all the printing and mounting).
Some of my photos: printed, framed and hung by Kendall.
The show will be up until the end of September, and Kendall’s gallery is a well-known one. I anticipate a lot of visitors by the time the exhibit comes down. Thanks go out to Kendall for all the printing and mounting he did and to him and his lovely wife, Stephanie for a grand opening. They are a real pleasure to work with, and even better friends. As are all of you.
Thanks to my lovely wife, Sue for photos of our opening reception.