PREPARING FOR AN EXHIBITION
-- literally, "varnishing" -- is the historical term for a preview of an exhibition, an opening for an invited inner circle. The idea was that artists would be varnishing and otherwise putting finishing touches on new work.
I'm not scheduling such an event for my upcoming show at the Kings Highway branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Instead, all are invited to the opening of
Poetry and Prose: Flowers in Captivity
on Wednesday, October 3, from 6 to 8 pm.
But, since I've just completed a round of literal varnishing, I though it might be interesting to take my readers behind the scenes to look into some aspects of preparing for a show. In this case, the works will be shown under a good deal of constant artificial light, so I've limited what's to be shown to acrylics and oils, which can tolerate that kind of light exposure.