There was a fire across the street from our gallery minutes before the artist’s reception. A warehouse burst into flames producing a brilliant blaze with a significant amount of smoke with the scent ranging from burnt plastic to burn rubber. This is a first for us to witness a natural disaster during a gallery reception. Something tells me that our higher powers were playing a game with us. Rain is one thing, but who sends fire? Luckily the warehouse was not occupied as far as we know, there were no injuries. After the smell had permeated the gallery, we started to look around for a short in a wire, only to see the smoke developing from the warehouse. As the smoke grew, our shock increased.
Check out these intense images. I rattled off to many, it’s close to 2am after the fire, but I wanted to get this up on the site so you can have a feeling for our situation. More later…
The air was filled with smoke, and we have to thank all of the firemen, they did a tremendous job, containg the disaster. We must note that the community had a positive impact on the outcome with calls to 911, and even down to one Patron of the arts who brought the Emergency Response workers Soda and Water from the gallery out of appreciation for their quick efforts to contain the fire.
Best of all, none of the art was harmed, the artist’s reception for the “Pinned” show continued, and we were pleased to have a fairly large attendance. Some actually said the red lights added to the ambience. Something we could never simulate in real life. Details to follow on the opening.