Friday, March 03, 2006

Successful opening night

I was going to put up one of the Diva videos I did over the weekend, but I'll do that tomorrow and feature the opening night today. It went extremely well. Photographs and DVDs were selling like hotcakes, resulting in over $16,000 made last night. I will have to confirm the exact price, but it is in that vicinity. $6,000 worth of photos were pre-sold to individuals and companies who pledged to buy a piece each (even before the exhibit opened). On the night itself about ten photos sold (with each photo at $1,000). Add to this the sale of DVDs at $100 each and the donations placed in the Happy Hippy Hero piggy bank and we've got a good bit of money that is going towards the animals of W.O.R.C. In the next two days (today and tomorrow) that the exhibit is open to the general public, if we sell all 33 photos, we will have over $33,000 going to W.O.R.C.
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A section of the crowd listens to feature speaker, Professor John Cooper at the beginning of the night. More people arrived later. N.B. My parents: mum sitting in the creamish coloured dress. daddy standing in dark blue shirt holding catalogue behind him.
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The Happy Hippy Hero pig had a prime position on the podium.
See here for a few more photos which will give you a feel of the night. When you click on the photo it opens up larger and you get an explanation of what it's about.
For those who have not yet visited, the exhibition officially runs from today (03-06-06) to tomorrow (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. both days). See here for more details and directions to the gallery (a map).
Also see Page 31 and 32 of today's Trinidad Express for an article on the exhibition by Earline Andrews.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elspeth The exhibition was beautiful, I like the leaves it really added to the exhibition. Congratulations on your effort I am sure that Detta is very grateful for your help and for the help of all of the others involved. Hope you sell all thirty three (and more pieces) as it is for a very worthy cause.

8:00 AM  
Blogger Kaivalya said...

Fantastic! I enjoyed seeing the photos of the exhibit. I agree with Anonymous - the leaves were a lovely touch! I'll keep my fingers crossed that you continue to sell photographs and raise money for this worthy cause.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

Yes, everyone seems to love those leaves. Even though they are 'dead', they seem alive. According to Kristen, it's as if the tree (growing outside the gallery for years) always wanted to be in the gallery and it finally got its opportunity.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous theglasshermitage said...

Makes me feel such optimism, such hope hearing all the good news. The creatures aren't aware yet but more of them will be pleasantly surprised to be sheltered by caring human arms, if they should ever find themselves in need of rescue. Hopefully, the message will reach also the persons responsible for endangering and injuring these beings, so that there will be fewer hurt or killed. Wonderful too, that you got that photo with your parents. They must be so proud. Congratulations to everyone involved!

3:50 PM  

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