With a lot of help from my friends…


This blog is dedicated to Rose, Gary, Zaineb, Sharon, and Nubia.

On a day when the landlord locked the deadbolt and I couldn’t get into the studio to pick up my paintings for my first solo show…

On a day when the elevator was out of service and I had to carry each painting down five flights of stairs, one by one, occasionally bumping them on the stairs or wall…

On a day when I had to carry each painting a full block to the car…

On a day when the street sign where I needed to turn was missing and I got hopelessly lost…

When I had all the paintings as well as all the food and other accoutrements for the evening with me…

On a day when I started crying in frustration and was a sweaty, weeping mess when I arrived, late, at my own opening reception…

My friends were there to take over. They greeted all of the guests and bought them drinks while they waited for me to arrive. They prepped the gallery space and offered to come pick me up in their own cars. They reserved a parking space in front of the venue, carried the paintings in, and parked the car for me. They hung my paintings in less than ten minutes.

They made everything perfect.

Thank you to my wonderful friends for all of your help in making my solo show a success. I truly appreciate it!

Love, Maura