Toni and I would like to thank all the friends who came out to support our opening reception Friday at North Bank Artists Gallery including Erin Dengerink, Anni Becker, Greg Bee, Sara and Eric Sawyer, Shawn and Donna Sorensen, Christopher Williams, Kori Sayer and Matt, Sherrill Roberts, Cosimo Giovine, Rainy Knight, Olin Unterwegner, Lee Powell, Cara Cottingahm, Christine Eagon, Leah Jackson, Michelle Venclik, Kelly Keigwin, Lauren Perez and her visiting cousins, and Eileen Elliott. Eileen was kind enough to read her poem "THE HEART AS A REGENERATIVE ORGAN," which I recently turned into a broadside that is on display in the show. I'd also like to thank Erin Dengerink, who allowed me to display our collaboration based on my poem "YOUR SISTER, YOUR MOTHER, YOUR LOVER, YOUR FRIEND."
600 people came through over the course of the evening. We were overwhelmed by the positive response we received. We are particularly grateful to those hearing or seeing our work for the first time who took a moment to express their thoughts. If you were not able to join us, the show will be up until the end of the month.
Finally, I would like to thank Anne John for inviting us to show our work in the gallery, and to Kathi Rck and Terri Elioff for their assistance in the days leading up to the show.
Here are some images from the exhibit as well as the spoken word portion of the reception.
Art by Erin Dengerink, Christopher Luna, and Toni Partington
Christopher Luna reads his work near THE MATADOR
The amazing Anni Becker's photo of Christopher Luna
reading his poetry at the First Friday opening of "SKIN"
at North Bank Artists Gallery, Vancouver, WA
Local artist Greg Bee and his friend Paul listen as Toni reads her poetry
Kori Sayer and Matt check out the show
Thanks again to everyone who came out to show their support for our poetry and art.
Christopher Luna and Toni Partington