It was the reception for the 20th Annual African American Art Exhibit (with a free catalog) held at Actors Theatre of Louisville each year. The art/artists is a good mix of Louisville artists and artists across the country with about 4,000 in award monies.
The receptions at the theatre are always held on First Friday Trolley Hops and right before a play opens its doors, so the attendance is always good. The art is hung in ground floor and mezzanine lobbies with a jazz band and open bar. The awards are presented in the atrium of the first floor (which isn't built for sound and hearing in a crowd is difficult). BUT I did manage to hear my name called for one of the merit awards given. I didn't know my piece had received that until I got there and saw the ribbon hanging. The show went up the first week in January and will come down at the end of this week. I'll return to view the exhibit when there is no foot traffic to hinder really looking.
Here are some of the photos from the night:
Crowbonics: The Prayer, Jeffery and Susan Callen Merit Award
love and I standing in front of XX, my other quilt in the exhibit.
The advice I received from Kevin Cole, the juror, was to work larger. Advice Juanita gave me years ago.
Mo and Anaya
(Anaya had interpretive dance moves going on with the jazz at the reception)