Hanging Party

I feel utter­ly intoxicated.

Reading poems around the piano

With a ham­mer and a lad­der, we hung my pic­tures tonight, care­ful­ly decid­ing where to place each one to bal­ance the colours, the ori­en­ta­tions, the shapes, and the concepts.

Amongst the wine and the wood, the kids and the colours, we stopped to admire the art in the house. Adrienne dropped by to share her lat­est graph­ic poems with us, along with her alco­holic find­ings. “From The Desk Of” Penelope was writ­ten that day, dense and deep, full of details tak­en for grant­ed. The words must write them­selves, I thought.

Thumbnail: Poem reading
Thumbnail: My fruit and body series wall
Thumbnail: Old fashioned side-table
Thumbnail: Akio
Thumbnail: A hammer and a poem
Thumbnail: Old style heater
Thumbnail: Frederic and Akio
Thumbnail: Nicole Beaumont artwork
Thumbnail: Akio on the ladder
Thumbnail: Wine, ice, and salad

Misun and I seem to share a kin­ship through our appre­ci­a­tion of expres­sion, some­thing I’ve nev­er had with my friends. Not that there’s any­thing wrong with them, but I’ve always felt like they can’t relate to me when it comes to emo­tions or cre­ativ­i­ty. As I seem to be the cre­ative broth­er she’s always want­ed, and she seems to be the sup­port­ive sis­ter I’ve always need­ed, we agreed to be adopt­ed siblings.

In a recent inter­view, Frédéric said, in his ebul­lient Parisian accent, that one of the rea­sons he want­ed to open the Salon is to pro­mote dia­logue and inter­ac­tion. Perhaps it’s this hunger for dia­logue that con­nects us. He also men­tioned to me he was stressed out about being inter­viewed; being put on the spot made him freeze up. I told him I had the same prob­lem with pret­ty girls. “You’re affect­ed by beau­ty”, he said, some­thing I knew, but not some­thing that every­one understands.

I left, feel­ing like I was a part of some­thing won­der­ful, some­thing greater than myself.


  1. How long will your work hang for Jeff? I get back to cana­da next week and would love to walk through. My stom­ach whirls with antic­i­pa­tion for you, what an excit­ing day! 

    My fond­est wish­es for your unvel­ing tonight,


  2. Good to meet you in per­son. It looked like a great turnout. Happy buzzing crowd. over­heard a few peo­ple were talk­ing about your straw­ber­ry one as a fav. I’m more par­tial to pep­pers myself; nice mix of moods and tones in all tho.

  3. jeff my broth­er im tru­ely sor­ry i missed ur expo man i love ur work and u know im a die hard fan it just wasent in the cards i hope it went super well and ur anx­i­ty was at a low

  4. @loo — It’ll be there for the week, so it should be open until Friday. The times that the gallery is open is list­ed on the website.

    @Pearl — It was def­i­nite­ly nice to put a real face to a blog. Good to know that peo­ple liked the straw­ber­ry one because I was too busy talk­ing to hear a gen­er­al consensus.

    @Rob Mayer — Rob, you missed a fun night, but no wor­ries, there will be oth­ers. Anxiety start­ed high on the dri­ve over, but I was able to con­trol it for the rest of the night.

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