Monday, October 6, 2008
Low Key, Big Success
I write to you now from my parent's house in Covington, just before making my return to New Orleans, and after an amazing weekend that marked the culmination of my month-long residency in Hot Springs, AR at Low Key Arts. There is so much that can be said about my time in Hot Springs, and so I will try to keep it short and include some pics and video from the big show.
First, my heart and thanks most certainly go out to Shea Childs and Bill Solleder for hosting me at their space. Thank you for the opportunity, your hospitality, and so much more! My stay with you was certainly unforgettable and life-enriching. I wish you continued success with your valuable arts initiative in the community.
And Secondly, my thanks to the people of Hot Springs, the buzzing community of artists, the youthful energy that permeates the scene, the many people devoted to perserving the creative spirit of your home-town. I have great respect for that, as maybe you can imagine.
And finally, to my new fans, customers, supporters and all those who now believe in Rebecca Rebouche as an artist and individual. I thank you for opening your arms to my efforts. I can only hope that my show on friday night was able to instill a bit of hope and inspiration for you all.
And now, for anyone who was unable to attend Friday Night's opening, you missed one helluva show! It was a mad rush to pull together in those final hours of hanging, hoisting, clipping threads, cleaning frames, signing artwork, and labeling and pricing. But by 5:00 last friday, the track lighting was illuminated, the music was buzzing, and the doors swung wide to a steady flow of visitors at 118 Arbor St. in Hot Springs, during the city's monthly gallery walk. At 9:00pm began an impressive selection of musical performances and the focus drifted from the gallery wall to the stage and back between sets. Performers included Austin-based alter-ego country darling Lurleen (of the alter-ego Luna Tart), second to the stage was local couple "Itinerant Locals" who got the crowd going with their horn-accord combination of polka rumps and rowdy vocal-antics. Third was Miss Luna Tart, straight from 20's Paris, who with ukalele and feather in her hair shushed the rowdy crowd for some clever cabaret. And lastly, headliner and local Brian Martin hit this stage with his particular brand of Blues Folk stomp slap jam and twist that had everybody moving in ways they didn't know were possible.
The crowd was nothing short of colorful with the Sadie Hawkins theme of the night... all the local cats came out in their best hillbilly get-ups, and made for some photo ops that lasted late into the night.
All in all, it was a long and unforgettable night of art, music and all-out seam-busting culture energy in the little valley of the vapors known as Hot Springs. who woulda thunk?
My video uploads are taking too long for the time I've got right now for this post... So, enjoy the photographs above for now, and I'll share the video with you later.