Thank you to everyone who came down to the Pen Pal Pears show opening on Friday night. It was a great night and we didn't expect the huge crowd that came down. The reaction to the show was immense and nothing beat the great feeling that was there on the night as all the Pen Pal Pears finally met each other. So many hugs, so many high 5's so so many new friends made.
Thanks to Niall & his lovely girlfriend for making cake and the most amazing gummy bears shish kebabs ever!!! To Kerry for all the food and sausage rolls, flippin YUM! Lily & Kev we are still sooooo sorry that really expensive bottle of wine you got us was swallowed by the pirates but we are gonna relax today and enjoy our chocolate so thank you. Eleanor gave us a new edition for the gallery which you must come and see its actually magical and possesses powers beyond this universe.
A gigantic, massively huge whopper of a thanks to Michael McDermott from LeCool who opened the show for us. I don't think anyone has ever seen an opening like Michaels. Amazing! The man is a genius. I am dedicating a whole show to the Life and times of Mr Michael McDermott. We were lucky to have him stay down another night so the party never ended. Thank you sir you made the weekend.
To all the artists whose work is now on the gallery walls, thank you for your time, patience and dedication over the past few months. The whole experience was as challenging for Anne and myself as it was for you. We never realised how and simple idea could grow into a mini movement so quick. The stories of friendships being formed because of this show never grows old. Ever time I go back into the gallery I find something new on the wall. It is such a great show which such interesting artists. It was a pleasure hanging the work (long nights, stress, freak outs, panic attacks, fights, tea, coffee, tea, stiff drinks.......) and we hope to do it again so it is not a once off by any means.
The show is open all week from 12 - 5 pm and the artists in the show will be invigilating so make sure to chat to whoever is there and get to know their work. It's a show that takes time to view so when your there have a cuppa or bring like a really nice ice pop and browse those walls. It is like a traditional Facebook. You get to read peoples lives and see where they are at and what they have done in the past few months. You can like or ignore the work, logout or walk out, suggest it to a friend and also poke a real live artist when your there, poke them right in the arm!!!
We have a video on the way from Mr Paul Mahon who was so awesomely awesome to film the night with his lovely new camera and also provide the great visuals we had outside. There will be more visuals outside the gallery during the week so pop on down some night.
I stole some photos from Lily Reilly so shhhhhh she may never know. We will post up all the artists work over the next week so keep an eye out and please call down to see it and tell your friends.