Work never stops at the Center, and right after Four Corners came down I set right to work on Prelude to Open Studios. An exhibit of local artists that another non-profit runs through the Coconino Center for the Arts. The work covers all media and techniques and you never know whats showing up until the drop off date, which also happens to fall on the first day of installation.
A particularly difficult challenge when only given one week to put together an exhibit. But somehow these things always come together. In just 4 days I managed to rearrange walls, paint, layout the artwork and install with just a few extra sets of hands from time to time, invaluable hands of course. Out of the dust came an exhibit that covered numerous styles and approaches that looked as close to seamless as you can get, with one or two odd anomalies that just couldn’t find a dancing partner.
It perhaps wasn’t the most thought provoking show, but it was a unique challenge for me. I’ll remember this show for that. Challenging me to work quickly, trusting my instincts and responding to the unknown. At the end of the week the doors are still going to open. People are still going to come in, but there is never a reason that the look has to suffer due to a short coming of time and preparedness.