Well. Last night was the opening of my show, “Chrysalides” at the Buckland-Merrifield Gallery. This is my excuse for falling off the blogging wagon recently–after being sick much of April, I really had to scramble to catch up, and the past several weeks have had me working in the studio early mornings, all day, and well into the late nights. Yesterday, I delivered the last three pieces, and met up with several beloved friends who drove long distances to support me, and I’m so moved by the knowledge that there are so many loving people in my life. Thank you so much beautiful friends. Michelle, Lily, Eli, Alisha, Lisa, Nat, Mara, Katie, Allyson, Marie-Helene, David, Jaye, thank you so much for your support!
I wish I had taken some photos during the opening, but I was too overwhelmed by…everything. So the pictures, above, were taken by friends–it’s nice to have some documentation of the event.
Lee also showed up to the opening with all four kids, who all looked slightly clean. Horus only initiated a chase once, near the end. I’m so grateful to Lee for helping me fire the kilns, for carrying huge pots here and there, for tolerating my, ahem, artistic temperament, for mostly keeping things kind of sort of together during my weeks in the studio, and for always being so encouraging and supportive of my endeavours. And thanks to my beautiful kids for kind of sort of tolerating my absences. I’m looking forward to cleaning the house next.
Special thank-you to Maja for saving my life by letting me use your kiln, and for being so supportive of my work, from way back. I’m truly grateful.
I also have to thank ArtsNB for providing me with generous funding towards this project. And of course, an immense thank-you to Shannon Merrifield, the co-owner of the Buckland-Merrifield Gallery, and Peter Buckland too, for their enthusiastic backing, flexibility, and the warm welcome they have given me and my work.
If you’re close to the Saint John, New Brunswick region, please stop in at BMG and check out the show!
I also finally have some small pieces available through my website, here at www.yolandenorrisclark.com.
Finally, I wrote the following little vignette while I was pulling the show together, that discusses a little bit of my process and inspiration.