Earle and I met in Lewiston yesterday to tear down the show. Gallery Director, Ellen Vieth was one step ahead of us in getting things started. Poor Ellen was feeling really crummy, but thanks to her we finished tearing down the show really quickly. Later that evening, the Swope family and Kirk and I enjoyed a great meal at Tomato Brothers where the food was good, the wine was fine and we had a great time!
The drive home from Lewiston was easy and the drive through the Salmon River canyon was beautiful!
Now, aside from the new panels and castings that should be on their way to Ellis Island, Immigrant Shadows is taking a much needed vacation.
Got up early today to meet Michael at the Basque Museum to take down my portion of Immigrant Shadows and load it in the crate. Earle de-installed his castings yesterday and the crate will soon be on it's way. It's legit! ImmShads is on its way to New York City! New York City? Uhhuh, NYC! It's all part of a very important exhibition about Basque Immigration at Ellis Island and Earle and I are beyond thrilled to be a part of this. The exhibition, Hidden in Plain Sight: The Basques opens February 6, 2010 and I'd give anything to join the Boise contingent. There will be a delegation from the Basque Government along with a huge delegation from Boise including Basque music, Basque dancers - a real celebration.
And just between you and me - I think Tom Trusky will be there in spirit. He, bless his heart, was the BSU professor that brought the story of the arborglyph to both Earle's and my attention in his Book Arts class. He was also one of our biggest cheerleaders and champions.
Actually, we've had incredible support along the way: Garth Claassen, Tom Trusky, John Bieter, Boise City Arts and History Commission, Idaho Commission on the Arts, Amy Jo Popa, Jody Ochoa, Ann Schorzman, Ellen Vieth, the Basque Museum, and many, many, many more.
We are well aware and so grateful for all of our good fortune and wonderful support!
We opened tonight at Boise's Basque Museum as a brief part of the exhibit that will be at the Ellis Island National Monument in New York City from February to May. It will travel to Ellis Island for the three month exhibition, which means Immigrant Shadows is going to New York! It's barely been a year since we opened at the Rosenthal Gallery at College of Idaho and we have had the tremendous good fortune to show in Idaho, Nevada, Michigan and now New York.