Tuesday, November 17, 2009

ConcART II Review

I'm happy to report that this year's art show/recital was a success. The demographics were similar to last year: 50 people came in time for the recital and another dozen or so showed up later in the afternoon. Johanne sold 12 paintings to friends, neighbors, and even to other artists and a couple of guests of guests that we didn't know.

Welcoming our guests

I played a program of six pieces. I put quite a bit of thought into selection and sequencing of pieces, and I think it paid off. Several people commented on how interesting and varied the program was. And like last year, they really appreciated the little stories I gave to introduce each piece.

Playing the piano

I was disappointed not to have photographic proof of applause from last year. So this year I made sure to document it. Everyone seemed happy to accommodate, even through my low battery scare.

Proof of applause

Here's what it looked like from my angle.

From the "stage"

And even with about sixty people milling throughout the afternoon, we still way over-bought on food and drink. I guess that's why it's important to buy stuff you like: you're going to be finishing it for the next two months.

Looking at art

Once again, I'd like to thank several people for making ConcART II run smoothly:
  • Gary for tuning the piano and working on the hammers two weeks before the recital, and then coming back to put on a hard tuning two days before the show
  • Libby and Annabel for handling art sales
  • Laura for protecting the doors during the recital and for kenneling Maple dog for the day
  • Debie for monitoring the refreshment stations
All-in-all I'd have to say that this year's event was even better than last year's. Now to get to work on next year's party. What should I play?


  1. Thanks for the pictures Kenneth. I wish I could have been there. Next time, maybe?

  2. Kenneth,
    Thanks for directing me from Facebook to Art Facts for this review of ConcART II. The pictures are terrific. They make me feel like David and I just have to get to one of these events in the future.
    Congratulations to Johanne on the sale of 12 of her paintings and to you on your varied and captivating performance. I hope the two of you had a wonderful post-concART celebration. You had so many reasons to celebrate, including a Thursday birthday bash delayed by show preparations. Cheers!
    Lots of love, Louise