Sue and Julia woke up Friday morning knowing the day would be long and busy, but we were so excited that everything was coming together. We were especially happy that we would get to show our new space and share it with friends and the community.
The day started off crazily for Julia, who went to buy the wine for the party and unknowingly walked into the most crowded store she had ever seen at 9 o'clock in the morning (there was huge weekend sale going on) and was quite overwhelmed by the situation and the prospect of buying so much wine at once! Back at the studio, Sue was scrambling to clean up after the 2 weeks of construction and dealing with phone calls that never seemed to stop coming while polishing the wood floors (on hands and knees!). JoAnn Baker Paul, one of the artist's that will be represented by Oehme Graphics, was busy cleaning the apartment, making it sparklingly beautiful (especially considering all the glass she had to toil with!) William Beity, from Denver, is also a saint. He came in, said hello, then rolled up his sleeves and got busy cleaning the entire workshop--including the bathroom. There is no way we would have been able to pull off the party on time(ish) without him.
By 3 o'clock the kitchen was bustling with food, Beth Banning had arrived with the catering goods. Everyone was pitching in and making adjustments until the final moments. The plumber even arrived at 5:30 pm to install the giant paper-soaking sink, which was a relief because we needed it to keep all the beer cold. Jeffrey Keith, our first visiting artist at Oehme Graphics, arrived just as the party got swinging. The party was so much fun; we are happy that people were interested and wanted to understand more about printmaking. Thanks to everyone for stopping by and sharing the special night with us. Sue and Julia also cannot thank enough everyone who helped make it a success.