Sitting in a gallery, alone, at night, takes on an air of solemnity. The last vestiges of incense burnt earlier during gallery hours seeps into the stillness of the moment as the eye meanders from one painting to another. There’s no rush. The softly falling rain outside adds to the calmness, even the word Zen feels too harsh to describe the mood.
The new show is hung and lit, ready to open on Friday evening. The crowds will come, first a few people, usually fashionably on time right as the clock turns 6pm, then more and more until the gallery is full with people, conversation and a shared love of art, culture and friendship.
Paintings will be deliberated, questions asked of the artists, insights offered and purchases made. The mood will be celebratory and festive. These are the moments I live for as a gallerist. This is what all of the hard work is for, sharing artwork that I love with the public and promoting artists that I believe in and admire.
Then there are the moments like this, solitary and contemplative, the calm before the storm. These are equally the moments I live for.
I hope you can join us for the opening reception of “Kallos: The Order of Light” this Friday evening from 6 to 10pm at the Rogue Buddha Gallery. All of the details can be found at www.roguebuddha.com or on the FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1340390652696648/