It was with great pride and a touch of sorrow to be part of this last Carded show at Hot Art Wet City. There is always such a wonderful pool of talented artists and creators mixed in with a passionate community who genuinely make this gallery experience the funnest in town. I'm proud to be part of this fraternity. Much has been said already about the eventual closing of HAWC, which I am among those who agree that this really stinks. Despite this, it was a pleasure to be part of this show as a participant but more so as a spectator.
My card this year was based on the National Film Board classic, the Log Driver's Waltz. If you were a child in Canada, you know it all too well. Tonight, however, the highlight for me was meeting a pleasant pair of Scottish folks who at first were attracted to a card by some Haggis fellow. They had no idea of what this card was based on, but for their sake I sincerely hope they spent some time on Youtube after the show. They had just moved here, and I sincerely hope this event, the community, and our odd fascination with lumberjacks who birl down white waters makes them feel welcome in their new home.
Overall it was yet another fun event. Bummed to see HAWC close down, which is rather unfortunate because yet again Carded was seeing people lined up down the side walk, waiting to get in. With good reason as the artists participating in the show had produced stunning work as always.