Day Two: Opening Day!
I shake my head in amazement! How lucky I am to be a part of this experience! Truthfully, I feel so awestruck, I am reduced to sharing a ton of pictures rather than spewing words….
We all are having such a great time, and bonding like common language speakers (regardless of country or origin!) do when thrust into a foreign land. 😉 Laughter…. always the smiles and the laughter as we fumble through together.
All the artsists are housed in the same hotel, Hotel Aventree. As we gathered in the lobby this AM, we noticed all but Jeanne Jaffee (Florida) “got the memo” about the black and white Uniform of the Day. We all cackled as one by one we arrived in our black and whites.
The opening was fantastic! I mean, who can complain about wine at 11 AM?!? MiKyoung Lee, my mentor at UArts, is from Korea and served as translator and emcee for the English speaking participants. She introduced each artist individually. We were to state our name, where we were from, and perhaps one other statement about how happy we were to be there. Having lived in a foreign land, I knew the value of learning to say something in the language of the host. I had MiKyoung teach me how to say Thank You in Korean on the bus. I tried as hard as I could, but I just could not remember the syllables correctly. Fearing I would speak them incorrectly, I wrote them in my little notebook. A bit of horror covered their faces as I stepped up with notebook in hand. I did my introduction as instructed, and then opened my notebook to read, “com sang ham ne da” (sp). I obviously misspoke it a bit as the laughter and applause erupted, followed immediately by bows! Yay!
Here’s a shot of the wine toast. They put the tall ones in the back. 😁
After the the opening ceremonies, the gallery visits began. I suspect my stab at a Korean was a help, but my space was a hit. I was shocked at the number of other artists and visitors (particularly the Korea and Chinese artists) who wanted their pictures taken with me!
After the gallery festivities, we headed to the Guang Jung Market, a wholesale market the it open to the public. Tons of laughter, tons of food, tons of fun!
How did I get here?!?!? Com sang ham he da, God!
That’s all for today! Time to catch the bus for the Hangaram Museum! See you later!