Believe it or not, this is the first spare moment I've had to breathe and really enjoy the opening of Quality Pictures. Opening day was insane! We had art coming in for the show as late as Wednesday night. Of course, it needed to be framed by 4pm the next day. Thursday morning found the electrician and the furniture maker still winding up their projects. We got our electrical approval at 10am. The inspector who came to give us final approval showed up at 3 hours before we opened only to tell me that I was one EXIT sign short! Luckily, he gave us final approval anyway, so we were ready to go!
I showed up late (only a few minutes) for my own grand opening. I'll be late for my funeral too. Just watch.
The opening gala was a great night. The art was wonderful, Chris Verene was effervescent and the food (by my parter Bryan) almost stole the show it was so marvelous. Sorry for gushing so much, but if I'm going to allow myself to gush on my blog, its going to be over opening night.
The crowds were steady and huge. At least 2000 people came through to see what I had brought to Portland. I shook tons of hands and remembered no names (okay, I remembered a few names).
Our DJ, Solovox, played and spun a perfect vibe. Incidentally, he was a childhood friend of Chris' wife Ani and totally freaked out when I pointed out Ani in many of Chris' photos. After Solovox, Trashcan Joe closed the night with original and jazz standards filtered through Portland's hip, hippie aura.
I locked the doors at 11:30 and looked forward to my first desk job in 10 years. Come by and see me!