Beginning with the imagination of Gallery Director, Barbara Sitar, this show is packed with tons of colorful art and Ikebana style floral arrangements. I’ve been told it feels like you’re walking into the land of sunshine!
Bas van Eijk and Alison Glasco, owners of Cal Coast Orchids, located in Los Osos donated tons of flowers and greenery for artists to use in their arrangements. Barbara had help foraging for driftwood and other found objects. Then, she arranged everything in the classroom for this creative project. Artists had fun making Ikebana style floral arrangements which are currently for sale at very reasonable prices!
Take-in or (exchange day) began the following Tuesday at 8am for some of us. Phil Lopez cleared the patio of leaves and debris. He and his wife Mary, set up tents, tables and chairs on the patio in preparation. (They came back at the end of the day and took it all down, storing tents, tables and chairs). Paperwork, cash boxes, signage and plenty of hand sanitizers were made ready and we began to meet artists. Everyone was patient and wore a mask. Thank you for helping us all stay healthy!
Marty Azevedo monitored the gate to ensure we were all social-distancing. It was Bill Rumbler's first take-in. Though this can be an overwhelming task at first, he got in there and did a fabulous job on such a busy day! Deborah Lord handled take-in like the pro she has quickly become and I hardly looked up during take-in myself! The (3) Nancy's helped out too! Nancy Johnson, Nancy Sands and Nancy David moved things along! Everett Lucero helped carry artworks from the patio into the gallery. Phil Colaprete, and student intern, Brooke Deegan helped move and pre-arrange artwork inside. Anne Grannis helped with take-out and ran credit card charges. Docent Director, Joy Chambers came to observe and learn.
Long after the crowd left for the day, Barbara, Brooke and Everett worked late into the evening to arrange art in front of each wall in preparation of the following day’s hanging crew.
The following day, Barbara Sitar, Carolyn Chambers, Bob Rodger, Nancy Sands and Phillip Colaprete gathered measuring tools, hammers and nails. MeLisa Dicus also came to the rescue. This show had so many wall tags it took additional time to get them all into place. Nobody had been turned away and 240 pieces of art were installed for an incredible exhibit!
Jan French created a bright new show poster and made all of those special wall tags so could everything fit.
We're incredibly grateful to all of those who volunteer. Our wonderful marketing and docent teams have taken over from here! Many thanks go out to everyone involved!
You won’t want to miss this uplifting show, with its amazing Flower POWER!