Another "Thank you" is appropriate
Under most circumstances it would only be realistic to think that "A Hundred Thank Yous" might be enough. Right? This past weekend friends, family, fellow artists and many admirers Lori Portka had never known before the 2 o'clock opening of her one-lady show at the Cazenovia College Art Gallery, couldn't be blamed if they thought otherwise.
Entering the gallery was
like walking into a rainbow, with the proverbial gold in plain sight.
For many months Lori's family, friends and fellow Cazenovia Artisans
had been anticipating this day right along with her. All were
familiar with her colorful, whimsical illustrations overflowing with
happiness, gratitude, kindness and love.
Still, as each entered the gallery, all of a sudden a hundred pieces of art, each saying thank you to someone Lori deemed important in her life, was suddenly real and all but overwhelming. One person at a time, the immensity of her self-imposed task was realized.
|A heartfelt opening|
Each painting was destined to become special in a certain someone's life, yet as you rounded the hall the specialness, the magnitude, the creativity and indeed the impact of Lori's total effort slowly formed their own thank you.
It has been a project she dedicated to her father, who passed away in 1985 yet still occupies a special place in her life. He “would have been one of the first people on my list” of thank yous, she wrote on her blog. And, while it's tempting to celebrate the completion of her “hundred thank yous” project, it's doubtful many people left Reisman Hall thinking that anything had come to an end. There is much more to come from Lori Portka, we can be certain.
Thank you, Lori.