Saturday, February 02, 2013
Art Shadow Shadow Art
The husband of a dear friend of mine, Neil B. Smith passed away on Feb. 7, 2012. For those of us who knew him, it seemed quite sudden. Although, I suspect he kind of knew the end was in sight as he suddenly expressed an interest in exhibiting the art work that he had been creating for a good part of his adult life. However, he ran out of time before he could complete that goal. After he passed, his wife, Elizabeth, decided to execute that dream and asked if I would curate the show. Mind you, Neil was prolific! Choosing what to hang got overwhelming at times, but this past Wednesday, I hung the show. There are several large pieces amongst the 24 or so pieces that were hung that are 36" x 36" on wood panels that weigh a ton. As I was getting the tags on the wall, I noticed this lovely patterned shadow on one of those large pieces that is a geometric abstract.
So, I took a shot of the art shadow and shadow art (you only can see about 1/4th of the artwork by the way).
Tonight was the reception and when Elizabeth walked into the gallery seeing the work hung for the first time, she seemed very pleased and of course, a bit overwhelmed. I know this was a hard corner for her to turn, but she did so with the help of her family and friends. I know too, that there are still many more hard corners that she will have to turn in the future. I like the advice my mom gave to my husband before she passed. She said that when the going gets tough, you just pick yourself up by the bootstraps and put one foot in front of the other. Just one step at a time. And, you will find that you will get there. Wherever 'there' is.
"Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see." (Martin Luther King)
Every week, a group of us from around the world post our shadow shots over at Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Entertain your muse and be amused by stopping by to see what others have posted! You can view all of my 2012 Shadow Shot Sunday images on my Flickr account.
Click here to view them.