Tonight I had the pleasure of presenting an exhibition of my photography as part of a larger showing of works on loan from the U.S. State Department Art in Embassies Program and the wonderful oil painting of American Artist, Janie Keeler at the U.S. Ambassador's home. The invited guests were prominent members of the local art community.
The Ambassador asked me to create an exhibition that would fit into the venue and I came up with the idea of pairing similar shots from Estonia and America. I focused mainly on Tallinn and nearby locations and compared and contrasted them to shots from my native home in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. It was a real journey down memory lane as I searched my archives for appropriate pairings and in the end, I was pretty happy with my choices and was honored to be invited to show in this exhibition.
The gathering held a few surprises for me personally. A number of the guests, artists and art patrons, brought me gifts composed of prints and books of their own work. I met some fabulous artists, all of whom were engaging conversation despite language barriers and finally, was interviewed by a Russian language television crew about my project, my photography and my perceptions of life in Estonia versus life in the U.S.
Overall, the local art community was very supportive. There was a nice turn out and the event was a real success. Best of all, it was fun. Wine, hors d'oeuvres and art are always a good combination. Add in the pleasure of Dr. Indrek Laul playing an impromptu piano lead-in to the Ambassador's remarks and the lively chats with local artists and it turned out to be a great evening.
Thank you to everyone who attended and also to those reading this right now. The biggest compliment to any artist is to have someone appreciate what he (or she) does.