Last Thursday evening was one of those "firsts" that I didn't think I would necessarily experience. An actual gallery opening. My exhibit "The Suffering of Becoming" opened November 13th at The Nina Bliese Gallery in downtown Minneapolis. It will run through Dec. 21st. They hosted an artist reception Nov. 15 for me. It's always a surreal experience for a person who spends hours upon hours alone in the studio....to suddenly be thrust into a crowd of people. I was asked to do a Gallery Talk. My first. I have no idea if I followed protocol, but I definitely was myself. Not very hoity-toity. We had some good laughs and I attempted to talk about my process of painting an abstract. Crazy to try to explain visual art. It is a different experience to each viewer...according to their own lives and experience. That is the beauty of abstract paintings. My work is very active with movement and vibrant color. Plenty of room to enter in. A person asked where I thought my painting would be in 5-10 years. That is a very tough question for someone who spends most of her time in the present moment. I am just thankful I can paint....and I hope I will be painting til I drop over some day. A big thanks to my husband, my mom, brother Kevin and my kids for their endless support and encouragement! A really big thank you to Nina Bliese for taking me on!
Robyn Sand Anderson