The First of the First
Upon opening the door to Main Street Gallery, I was greeted with the process of artwork being hung on white walls. Three were already up; a portrait between two brightly colored landscapes. The brilliance of the landscapes, heavily steeped in Alaskan influences, accentuate the portrait, which delves into a steely monochromatic façade, peppered with gold flecks. Closer and closer, the gold is only pushed further by the colors beyond the frame. Sharp lines, subtle textures – I asked the artist, Lori Orlowski, how she had brought these pieces to life, and I was awed at the answer received. An ingenious technique showcased at the first gallery opening for Lori, with each brushstroke imbued with the precise creativity necessary to create an unmatched uniqueness.
I watched as pieces of artwork were put to the test of what worked well beside which and how they rested against among one another. These quiet moments of measurement and reflection enshrouded the task in something so profound, that I felt eager to see the finished exhibit. It was the sensible side of me that spoke of the impact of seeing the exhibit for the first time on opening night.
The full beauty of the artwork will be revealed at Lori’s opening night on Friday at 5 p.m., and of that, I’m confident.