I had a completely different blog written for today – and frankly it was kind of cute (oh go ahead and ask me to publish it some day!). It was all about how some of us Huffingtons have handled the stress of the election season, which has hung over us all for far too long, and what we do to “de-stress.” It had examples from Meg, who has a new favorite TV show, to Barb, who eats Brownies (although we’d never know it by looking at her), to Alva, who has fallen in love with Ove, a fictional hero of a bestselling Swedish author, to Alex, who whips through the NYT crossword puzzle. It even had an elaborately concocted scheme from Sam Jones, who came up with a whole different way of handling the election – with far less controversial candidates for President!
I was all set to hit the “publish” button, but got caught up hanging the new show at the Gallery for Lorraine Christie, which opens to the public on Friday.
Of course we had already seen images of the 22 paintings that Lorraine has especially prepared for this show. And as always, we admired their evocative titles and powerful “scenes” portrayed as they came across our computer screens.
But it wasn’t until we started hanging the show yesterday, with the unusual energy of people with pent up stress and itching to get their hands on the actual work, that something really hit me about this show. As the paintings came to life, and we carefully examined each one to find its rightful spot in the gallery, we got caught up in the raw emotion of the scene, the relationships between the characters, or even more powerfully, the things not being said. Admiring Lorrraine’s paintings, which are as loaded with nuance as they are with beauty, it hit me that pulling this show together was as de-stressful an activity as any of the things that I had been ready to blog about.
It literally took my breath away … and took me back to what Lorraine had written, as she was developing the work, over six months ago. We had come up with a name for her show called “Rendez-vous” (which we thought was pretty clever). But Lorraine politely nixed it and came up with her own name, “Time Suspended,” which she explained as follows:
“As I mature, I often wonder how amazing it would be to have certain moments in our lives suspended in time. Not just a quick snap shot. An entire day or evening generally cannot be documented: How the air smelled on a wet pavement, or how it felt under our feet. Was a heart broken at that very moment, or a spark ignited?
Suspending time might also give us a chance to think about words that were spoken or perhaps should have been spoken within that moment or slice of time. Would we take back things we said? An entire lifetime could be reshaped perhaps if we had in fact said more.
There are myriad ways to communicate, not just verbally.
Importantly, this brought me also to consider Men – often cited as less capable of communication — and it made me try to understand things from the masculine perspective.
The majority of works in this show are my attempt to feel the time suspended and it is my hope the viewer has this experience.”
So there you have it.
The outcome of the election has been decided, and hopefully the country will start to heal from the negative divisiveness that has hung over us for too many months, and once again live up to the United States of America.
Meanwhile, how have you been handling the stress? Reading a book, eating brownies, watching TV or challenging yourself to a daily crossword puzzle? Because here’s a suggestion, and I mean this sincerely: the best way I know to calm nerves is to get lost in something exquisitely beautiful, thought provoking and evocative – like art and music.
Proudly, we are offering both at Huff Harrington Fine Art on Friday evening, as we celebrate “A Time Suspended” from Lorraine Christie, from 6 to 8 p.m. We’ll have live music and nibbles and the chance to be in a stress-free zone, surrounded by the beauty of 22 spectacular new works, unveiled for the first time. In this environment, as you take in the paintings, listen to the music and feel the emotion of a Time Suspended, we hope you’ll let the load of the last few months drift off your shoulders and lift you up once again.
PS: All 22 new works by Lorraine Christie will be available on our website at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 10th. You can check it out right here: