Here are some snaps of my favourite pieces:
|Kristen Egan's 'Swarm'|
|Heather Gargon's 'Home Is Inside Me' and 'Wish Bat'|
|Lana Crooks' 'Heart Of The Forest #2' and 'Study in Monochrome'|
|Jordan Elise's 'Crowned Foxolotl'|
|Cody Williams' 'Alp'|
|Mab Graves' 'The Entomologist's Daughter'|
Mab's butterflies were beautiful, but I was completely smitten with the 'Cabinet of Curiosities Specimen No. 132' as soon as I laid eyes upon it.
|Mab Graves' 'Cabinet of Curiosities Specimen No. 131' and 'Cabinet of Curiosities Specimen No. 132'|
I had no plans to purchase anything that night. I was attending for the pure pleasure of seeing all these wonderful works in person. Besides, I assumed everything would already have been sold. Sure enough, little red stickers had been placed next to almost all of my favourites by the time I arrived.
Except for Specimen No. 132.
|Mab Graves' 'Cabinet of Curiosities Specimen No. 132'|
I really enjoyed checking out the other excellent works in the show, but kept glancing over at this box - particularly whenever the gallery's lovely owner, Leigh Cornish, moved anywhere near it.
Hubby noticed these furtive glances, and said something that made my heart smile: "I had planned to get you something else for your birthday, but I can see how much you're loving this piece. Should we ask if it's still available?" Aww, what an incredibly sweet thought! I didn't think it very likely, but I crossed my feathers tightly just in case.
We headed over to the counter to speak to Leigh. "Hi, loving the show. Is there any chance that Mab cabinet is still available?"
Please say yes, please say yes…
"As a matter of fact - it is! Shall we go over and place the red sticker underneath it together?"
Leigh peeled off that little red circle of joy and stuck it on the wall next to Specimen No. 132, then went back to the counter with my hubby. I stayed with the bugs, beaming, honoured to be the new owner of an original piece created with love by an artist whose work I absolutely adore.
|Mab Grave's 'Cabinet of Curiosities Specimen No. 132' hanging in my hallway|
Thank you Mab, thank you dear husband, thank you Leigh at Auguste Clown - you have all made me a very happy little 'mingo indeed!