Saturday, December 20, 2014

No Rain on This Parade! Seasoned en Vieux opening reception

"This was better then he had even imagine it to be"

So sayeth David Abbenante, president of HRI Properties who attended the Seasoned en Vieux opening reception.  Mr. Abbenante has been a very enthusiastic and  supportive of endeavors at the 1501 Canal Senior Apts from the beginning.  Most people normally would think of corporate people as very stiff, staid and about totally the bottom dollar.  David is not like that.
Truly I can see his vision  wanting their to be a participatory thread for this  new 6 month old property created for seniors.
He wants the entire HRI family and others to see this, the Galerie 1501.  A modest young man, easily approachable and what he can do, he does. 
I want to thank Slyvia Robinson, Darrin Jackson, Angelique Christina, Marion Eldridge,Sandra Berry, Lorraine McGee &  HRI's team here at the 1501 Canal-Marais Senior Apts, Lisa, Cassidy& Ronald for a great deal support before /during /after yesterday's event.  The artists & guests did not get the opportunity to meet Ronald or Lisa as she had just had surgery and poor Ronald came in to hang and clean up but was sent home as he was too ill.
Ronald maintains the 1501 Canal Senior Apts property and our porter. By the time they called me, it dominoed everything.  That is how instrumental Ronald was climbing ladders, hanging quilts & some of the art etc.  I guess he didn't know it was in his job description!  But we changed lanes quickly, ad libbing as we went along.
I'm a firm believer that there is always a way out of no way!
Darrin was the very tall good looking guy who again maintained security, kept water up and did a lot of behind the scene work the day of the reception.  Slyvia, Sandra, & Lorraine McGee were our docents.  In addition, Slyvia acted as my legs & arms when I couldn't do certain things and along with her son acted as couriers when I finally realize I could not anatomically split myself in 7 pieces even though I swore I could. But at the end I have to problem asking for assistance when needed and the artists stepped up, greatly.  One in particular, Sheila Pipps.
Lastly to our wonderful soloist, Gwendolyn Smith who performed so beautifully gracing us with that voice!  Prayerfully we will have her return for the closing celebration on January 10th,2015.  Hopefully all our artists, all 29 of them, will be present as well as allies, our Canal Street commercial neighbors, the !501 Canal Street Senior tenants and the buying public. 
Hopefully there will be no rain.



The first gathering in the beginning.
Michelle Lambert (l) & Ann Cooper (r)artists

SusanSilk Rivers,  Ann Cooper, & Sheila Pipps artists

Charlie Johnson, President of the La. Chapter of the National Conference of Artists, Professor at Xavier University & artist with Jacquelyn Hughes Mooney,curator

Beesiygne Ogden & Jacquelyn Hughes Mooney

My able assistance, Slyvia Robinson who has been my arms & legs the last 3 weeks.

Sandra Berry, Corrie Boudreaux, photographer & friend
Sandra Berry, Art Consultant

Michele Lambert , Silk Metal Rivers with guest

Doug Allen, Artist

"Apache"~ Jacquelyn Hughes Mooney, artist
Red Beans & Rice series ©14   8"x8" Machine quilted and applique, retrieved items and photographs framed to 8"x8"
Closeup of Apache~ Jacquelyn Hughes Mooney ©14

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