The faculty opening reception was very pleasant, though Iâ€™ll leave describing the event to Laurence at her Kwan Fong Gallery Â blog,Â except to briefly report on a meeting with a new student who will come to CLU in Fall. She showed upÂ with her motherÂ at my office on Friday to meet me and talk about what to expect at the University should she come and join us. I told her what we are working toward in the department (hopes for a new building, recent improvements including the K2 studio, our work on the new curriculumâ€¦) and she responded by telling me that she had looked at our website and was very impressed by theÂ faculty biography pagesÂ and the range of the departmentâ€™s collective experience. Not only that, but she had visited the Faculty show at the Gallery and thought the work was â€œexcellentâ€. Â I felt great! Weâ€™re doing well in the Art department. Thereâ€™s a lot to do, and a long way to go, but weâ€™re definitely on the right road. Â Â Â
Â Later, at the High Gallery Closing reception we had a nice turnout in spite of a doom and gloom weather forecast that (in fine television fashion) promoted the idea that a storm was coming in that was going to be so heavy that most of California would be washed away into the Pacific.Â Â (((STORM WATCH))) boomed from television sets across the Southland while a luridly named weatherman who has clearly spent a very long time on a tanning bed and at his local dental office waved his arms around prophesying doom.
Meanwhile, in the real world at the High Studio we sipped our champagne and enjoyed good company and told stories. I enjoyed making new friends and ate a vast amount of lobster dip. Good times.Â