A First Friday retrospective

(Above image of my gallery display taken by Ken Peterson. Check out his work on Flickr)

I had an idea that Friday night would be awesome, but I didn’t realize just how much of a success it would end up being. For those that follow me, I was part of a galley exhibit in downtown Phoenix for First Fridays. The gallery was organized by Day Twelve and displayed at their collaborative space on McKinely and 2nd Avenue.

If you’ve never heard of a church doing something like this, join the club. They invited six of us to show our work, they promoted it, helped create a very gallery-like space, provided snacks and wine for the patrons and basically put their heart and soul into the event. And considering it wasn’t right on the main Roosevelt Avenue route…the signs pointing to the Gallery at Day Twelve worked amazingly.

At any given time the house contained at least 20-30 people and at times seemed to be upwards of 40-50. Hundreds came through the house from 6-10pm.

I can’t speak for my comrades, but I know everyone had a blast.

For me…I probably had only 10-20 minutes free the entire night. The rest of the time I was talking to people about my photography. Everyday friends, friends from work, friends from Facebook and a few from Twitter showed up to support my stuff and make the night great. The picture above was taken by Ken Peterson, a guyI met on Flickr who is also friends with Rick, one of the other photographers. He took the time to walk around and photograph our displays and then send us the images. Stuff like that was awesome.

It’s hard to describe the feeling you get when you have your art displayed, someone loves it and starts to ask you all kinds of questions about it. If you are a photog like me, you probably make your close friends and family sick with all the photography talk. So being in a setting like a gallery and meeting people who are there WANTING to ask you questions about your work is like Christmas *grin*

People took a lot of business cards and I’ve seen my website traffic jump up significantly since Friday.

I want to thank Day Twelve for putting this on. It was a humbling and exciting experience, one I’ll never forget. I mean…ever since I started doing this I had wondered if I’d ever show my work in a gallery…and this was kind of that dream come true.

And to the other photographers there…Chareth, Tiffany, Steven, Dee and Rick…you guys had awesome work and it was great to be a part of this with you all.

A few more pictures from the event are below (pardon my lens hood with the flash on the first few…geesh)

  • http://heathofee.com Heath O’Fee

    Glad the night was such a success for you, man! Your display looks awesome too…congratulations!

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  • http://www.ShutterRunner.com Matt

    WOW! Your gallery looks amazing dude! I am so jealous.

  • http://dudewithcamera.com Jesse

    Mike, this is truly awesome you were able to experience something like this. This is definitely a dream of mine, which hopefully I will realize one day. Congrats on the evening, your work looks absolutely incredible being displayed.

  • http://www.avestyles.com Alex Evjen

    Yay! It was so awesome. Thanks for all of your help and for exhibiting, Mike!!!

  • http://www.behindmyeyes.me Jim Denham

    Very cool Mike. Would love to have seen it myself, but glad it worked out well for you and all involved! Well done!

  • http://www.marshacrockett.com Marsha Crockett

    Really fun to come to this event and we’ll definitely make a point of coming again. I’ve shared information about it with a couple of other folks since then.

    Thanks for putting this all together. So proud of you.
    Marsha