I’ve been hobbled a bit over the last couple of weeks by a pinched nerve in my neck that has made any work (or sleep) almost impossible to accomplish. Hopefully, it will soon fade and I will be working feverishly again. But while it has kept me from work, it has not prevented me from thinking back on 2012 and what it meant for my work. It was truly a great year for it, one that will be hard to replicate.
Four solo shows in galleries.
In June, there was A Place to Stand at the Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia. It was my thirteenth solo show at a gallery that has meant very much to my career.
July found my show, In Rhythm, opening at the West End Gallery in Corning, New York. I started my career at the West End and this show, my eleventh there, may have been the best of the lot.
Inward Bound opened in October at the Kada Gallery in Erie Pennsylvania. I have been showing with the Kada for what will be seventeen years in early 2013 and had a show there every two years since 2004. This was one of my favorites there or anywhere. There was a wonderful review in the Erie paper that I featured here.
December found me on the west coast with an opening of my show, The Waking Moment, at the Just Looking Gallery in lovely San Luis Obispo. It was my first show with this long established California gallery with whom I began a relationship earlier in the year. They have done an absolutely terrific job in exposing my work to folks from LA to San Francisco. It was a pleasure meeting the collectors and staff out there I look forward to a long term partnership with them.
Of course, the biggest event this year was my first ever museum exhibit, Internal Landscapes: The Paintings of GC Myers, at the prestigious Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York. It opened in August and just closed this past Sunday, A fitting end to a great year. The show featured a group of my work from the past several years including the new The Internal Landscape , shown above, which is the largest piece I have painted and one that I featured on this blog early in the year as it was being completed. The response exceeded my expectations in all regards and remains the high water mark in my career to date. It has given me a new perspective on what my work is and what it might be. A great experience, all in all.
In between shows, there were gallery talks as well as my work being featured on the cover of a new CD, Lowe Country. Plus, several of my paintings found their way to Uganda to hang in the US Embassy there, accompanying the new ambassador.
Along the way, I met scores of great folks who shared their stories with me. Many thanks to everyone I encountered as well as more thanks than I can ever fully express to all of the staff at the galleries and at the Fenimore who gave me the gift of this year.
As I said, it was year that will be hard to match. But as soon as I am able, I will be trying to do just that. Or more.