Where on Earth do I begin? I have had one incredible day... and it is largely, if not completely, due to the incredible community spirit sent my way. Email after email, phone call after phone call came in from people expressing their support of Supple. By the time I went to bed last night I was worried there might be a backlash from not delivering Supple as promised. By noon today I received dozens of supportive emails from all sorts of people. Not a single negative comment came my way. Also, by noon I received not one, not two, but four offers for a space to mount Supple. By 4pm, I had secured an incredible location that, believe it or not, is even closer to the Convention Center. That location? Warehouse Gallery.
Early this morning I received a call from Sondra Arkin expressing her willingness to do what it takes to make Supple happen. I immediately got on the phone with her and listened to her pitch. Turns out, Sondra, along with Phillippa Hughes and Ellyn Weiss, were mounting an art show of their own at the Warehouse called "No Representation: abstraction in the capital." Sondra said that if Molly Ruppert, owner of the Warehouse, was onboard, they would like to offer me two rooms within the Warehouse to mount Supple. The Warehouse, for those who don't know, is located a mere half-block from the front door of the Convention Center.
Anyone who knows Molly Ruppert knows that there are few people in D.C. more passionate about our city and our art community. When pitched the idea to mount Supple at the Warehouse, she eagerly agreed to do so. Sondra called me back and we made plans to meet at the Warehouse at 4pm. So much for doing any real work at the day job today...
I met Molly, Sondra, Phillippa and Ellyn at the Warehouse and they showed me the rooms they could offer me. If you're familiar with the space, Supple will be on the second floor in the back two galleries. This is plenty of space and for the most part I think all of the artists will be able to include the same work they planned to use at the old location.
I could not have been more excited about the situation. 24 hours earlier I was dreading having to tell my artists that the show was cancelled. Then, all of a sudden I was excited to be able to tell them the show was back on and hopefully bigger and better. I believe even more people will be out to see the show now.
All of the logistics for the show remain the same except for the location and the duration. Please see below for the updated info:
Supple @ Warehouse Gallery
April 26 - May 12
1021 7th St, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Gallery hours (4/26-29):
Gallery hours (4/30 - 5/12):
Live performances of Matt Sargent's music will still be at 8pm on Thursday and Saturday.
I know the schedule is a bit confusing, but I wanted to keep as much of the old schedule intact as possible. If any of this confuses you, do not hesitate to write me and I'll clarify.
I want to take this opportunity to plug "No Representation." I saw much of the work this afternoon as it sat on the floor waiting to be installed. There's some great stuff there. The show will run from April 26 - May 12 as well. There will be a reception ("Freeform Bash: an unCONVENTIONal opening") on Saturday, April 28 from 6pm to ????
Here are the participating artists:
Sondra N. Arkin
Mark Cameron Boyd
Adrian Loving + Ayodamola Okunseinde (Dissident Display)
So that's the deal. It's been quite the learning experience and will be a great story to tell in the years ahead. I'm so glad to be working with folks who understand art, business and generally how to communicate with others.
Thanks so much to Sondra, Phillippa, Ellyn and most especially, Molly. I owe you guys big time!!