What is an Artist Opening Reception ~ why would you want to attend?

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

First it’s a party to celebrate the hard work of the artists. It’s the first public viewing of the art in a gallery. There is usually food, beverage and often music.  These events are free and open to the public. You do not need to know the artist to attend an opening.

Do you have to dress up…no!  But the Artist Opening Reception is an opportunity to get dressed up and wear your party clothes. At an opening at the former Rostel Gallery in Dunsmuir I overheard two women, who were dressed to the nines. They dress up out of “respect for the art.” It can also be  the perfect place to wear a beautiful outfit or try out those new shoes.  Do you have to dress up…no!

The Gallery offers food and beverage for your enjoyment. Please make a donation to help off-set the cost that is one of the biggest costs for the opening.  Making a donation toward the food and beverage can improve the quality of the food and wine at the next show.

What if you don’t know a lot about art? Don’t let that stop you from attending an opening. Every one of us has an opinion about what we like and why we don’t find interesting to look at. You don’t need to be an expert to express your taste. There will be artwork you like and some you don’t care for. That’s okay!

Please try to be positive when you are in ear shot of the artists.  Most artists are sensitive and this is a night for celebrating.

An art opening is a good date night experience. It will give you some things to talk about and it’s free! Many opening also feature music. Yes, if there is room you can dance!

Is it about the wine and hors d’oeuvres … no! It’s about the artists, the art, the gallery and the entire community. Come dressed  in what makes you feel comfortable, bring a couple of bills to toss in the donation jar for to help pay for the food and drink then enjoy the party and celebrate the art.

A few local galleries who host opening receptions~ check out there websites

Siskiyou Arts Council, Mount Shasta

Marble Rim Gallery, Fort Jones

Liberty Arts, Yreka