The weather had been less than desirable for days (well, weeks–to be honest). Strong winds and intermittent rains brought me to the conclusion that, while the weather the night of my opening was likely to be less than ideal, I assumed it wouldn’t actually impact the (indoor) event itself. We had finished installing the exhibition earlier that week. My work looked nice in the minimalist design and natural light of the Academia de Juventude. The combination of glass, white walls, wood and metal create the ideal architectural exhibition space–with or without my work.
The sun was still out when my husband and I left the house for a quiet dinner with friends. The opening wasn’t for several hours, but the wind was picking up and the rain had returned. My flimsy black ballet flats provided minimal foot-protection from the growing puddles on the cobblestone streets. By the time dinner ended, the mildly annoying wind and rain had evolved into a full storm. I was dressed for an opening, and therefore–which means, I was dressed entirely inappropriate for the horrible weather. I ran to my car from dinner (two blocks have never felt like such an immense distance), pathetically attempting to salvage any portion of my updo by with my coat-brella (coat serving the rain-protection function of an umbrella).
I can’t recall any other time in my past two years on this island, that I’d been out of my house in weather that awful. The wind poured water on me in sheets, and my run was slowed to the speed of a brisk walk against the intense winds, with my shoes slippery and soaked. Had it not been my opening, I don’t know if I would’ve left the house in weather like that. My dress was soaked, the lace trim of my slip dripped water onto the sleek tile floor and my feet made adorable little squishy sounds as I entered the gallery dripping to the restroom to attempt to make myself look less-cat-left-outside-in-the-rain.
However, I’m lucky to know some incredibly kind humans who were willing to venture out into the wet-windy-world-of-Terceira to see my art. I’m beyond grateful for their time and support. In turn—I completely understand the relatively low attendance to my opening. Several people expressed their disappointment at not being able to attend due to various (legitimate) reasons. However, even if their only reason had been, “Carly, I love your work—but seriously?! Did you see that weather?!” I still would have still completely respected their decision to stay inside–dry and warm.
Again, I do want to take a moment to express my gratitude to all those nice humans who support my work as an artist, as well as simply being nice to me as a human. Regardless of whether you were able to attend my exhibition opening or not—thank you for being nice to me. For anyone in my local area–my exhibition, Ancient Gods and Contemporary Circumstances, will be on display at the Academia de Juventude e das Artes da ilha Terceira until May 26.