October 28, 2007

Go !!!

Our "Celebration of Art" was a big success! I am sooo happy! The exhibit was beautiful, the musicians were wonderful, the customers were generous and supportive. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the event. Personally, I had the best show I've ever had, by far. I'm grateful to everyone involved. And really glad we hired Rosanne to be our event coordinator. She made all the difference in the world.
And I'm really tired... Good night.
(Click here for pictures.)

October 26, 2007

Get Set....

Well, we set up the Social Hall at Neveh Shalom yesterday for our upcoming Art Show. Everything but the art itself... tables, grids,
glass cases, lights, draping, flowers. It looks amazing! And man, my back hurts today! Of course, as always, it was interesting to watch the human interactions. There was excitement, nervousness, tension, pettiness, encouragement. Laughter, hugs, teeth-grinding, whispers, eye-rolling, just about everything. It's a very human thing, mounting a show.

It will all come to a head Sunday morning, as we bring in all of our artworks, and commence THE SHOW. It looks like we'll have good attendance... most people in the community seem to have noticed our flyer in the JewReview. I have high hopes for this show, and I think all the other ORA members do too. Wish us good luck... and come see us!

A Celebration of Art!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
9 am - 3 pm
Congregation Neveh Shalom
2900 Peaceful Lane
Portland, Oregon
Admission: Free

October 22, 2007

Website Update

Finished re-doing the bracelet page. Whew! Well, actually I still need to take pix of the new Mah Jongg bracelets, but basically I got the pictures all re-done so they should all load without using up the bandwidth.

I think that means everything is basically presentable. Still have to reduce picture files on some pages, but at least it should all flow properly. Actually, I shouldn't say that until I check it all. Tomorrow.

October 21, 2007

Get Ready....

Things are pretty hectic, getting ready for the big show. Setting up tables in the living room to design my display. Last minute repairs, pricing, signs, and... so many purchases! Tablecloths, jewelry busts, jewelry parts... it doesn't end. I still have to figure out lighting, but the car died, so I have to wait till tomorrow to check out Ikea.

Still working on getting my own website into a usable shape by the time of the show. It's coming along, but it sure is slow work! I really need better software! Also I need to take new pictures of many things, but there's a limit to my productivity....

October 7, 2007

Takin' Care of Business

Well, this was an interesting day! We had our big meeting at Neveh Shalom to review things for the art show, and get our booth assignments. Rosanne had us draw numbers out of a hat, and I got a great spot. A corner spot, so I can have two long tables, plus the half-circle rounding the corner. I've never had that much space! This should be interesting.

Some people were happier than others with their assignments, of course. But it was heartening to see people trading, and working together to make things work for everyone. Robin got the stage, and she was happy with it. I was glad it wasn't me, because of the lack of handicapped access.

I also managed to get photos of the final "hands" for the ORA website... Lynn's and Laurie's. Truly a victory of persistence! Will finish revising the ORA Contact page tonight. What a relief to finally have that little project done!

But the really amazing thing today was that the group had a surprise gift for me! In gratitude for my work on the ORA website, they all pitched together and raised some money for two gift certificates. One is for a luxury pedicure, and the other is for a significant chunk of $$ to be used on web design classes and software! Gee, how did they know I need (or want) them? Because Gary advised them. And they all managed to keep it a secret! I was truly touched, and very surprised. (The card depicted here plays "Takin' Care of Business" when you open it.)

This is getting exciting. And a little scary.... I'm gonna be a web designer.... I still think that's very funny!