The Stone Institute

The Opening

Hardly two days have passed from the opening at the writing of this blog. The inaugural public opening of Gallery Ouroboros located in the Merigian Studios. I have yet to fully appreciate the significance of showing my art to those who have been the most important part of my life in the last seventeen years.

It is a different feeling standing and talking about art amongst a couple of hundred of people than sitting and reflecting about illness in a patient care room on an individual basis. There is a sense of raw openness, the same one when I was a child, showing off my newly made mud pies to my friends.

I am honored that people came to see the space. I am honored that people bought art to place in their homes and sacred places. I am honored that people helped me with the planning and execution the event: volunteers for food service, wine pouring, and parking. Thank you. An extra-special thank you to Roxanne Evans. She was the skeleton behind the event, working whenever she could find the time to get things done.

Reflection can be a humorous adventure. I do not reflect to examine of what passed. I think about what can be different. Not different for different sake. Better. What can be better? How does art need to unfold? What work needs to mature? How can I make the next opening more appealing to those who have and haven't experienced my work?

It's as if I were infected with a virus that cannot stop replicating. Thoughts move through me like sound waves. Feelings change. I listen to those who have critical thinking. Those with the eye of the artist serve to help me refine my vision, not detouring me from what I wish to accomplish, but trying to help me continue on the journey of expression.

As I said to many, "This night is a commencement, not an end to an era."

Now the learning and living begins again, in a place where the creative meets healing, where life meets a new beginning, and where those who find something more as something less.

I listen. I watch. I learn. I create.

Thank you for being a part of my opening, an opening to my life. I hope the next one will be greater in every way.

Kevin S. "Kiki" Merigian

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