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Opening Night Success

November 14, 2011

On Thursday, November 3rd , SECCA celebrated the opening of two new exhibitions: Out of Fashion and Lilly McElroy. The whole staff went into high-gear to make everything perfect for the party, and the outcome was phenomenal.  I’ve been to my fair share of gallery openings here in Winston and in my hometown, Greensboro, but I have never seen such enthusiasm at an opening before.  As soon as the clock turned to 7:00, people flooded through the doors.  We ran out of space in the parking-lot within an hour and had to make 2 trips to restock the wine.  All sorts of people were there from around North Carolina, and everyone seemed to be having a great time seeing the exhibitions and enjoying the festivity.

The new exhibitions, curated by Steven Matijcio, are beyond amazing. Out of Fashion is a collection of works by North Carolina artist that explore aspects of time and memory that come along with clothing and fashion. Because the artists are all North Carolina based, the opening was unique in the fact that most of the artist were there to celebrate with their audience. I think it added so much to the excitement of the environment that night to have them there.

The best part of the night, for me, was seeing my Wake Forest community come out to celebrate the arts. Professors and staff as well as students were congregated around every turn and it was wonderful to have so many of my friends there to support SECCA.  The Philosophy majors had a lot to say about Gabrielle Duggan’s piece “Spectrum” because of its evolutionary theme. The Art Department was gleaming with pride over our very own Jessie Vogel who graduated from Wake Forest a few years ago (a piece in the show is actually on loan from the student collection on campus), and pretty much everyone had a lot to say about Lilly McElroy’s performance work which is all-around hilarious and a joy to see.

People stayed and celebrated right up to the end of the party, and I was thoroughly exhausted by 10pm.  Everyone is thrilled with the success of the opening and I suspect these exhibitions will stick in people’s minds for a long time.  SECCA has so much to offer the community, and I am thrilled to be a part of it. The party may be over, but these works have continued to impress our visitors. I encourage you
to come out and see these wonderful exhibitions and to support your local arts!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 16, 2011 5:41 pm

    Hey there – congrats on a successful opening night! I was at another SECCA event recently and have had the plearure spreading the word to interested folks in the Winston-Salem area about what you all are doing — via social media and photo sharing, no less.

    I invite you to have a look over at and share your thoughts in the comments (or just say hi).

    Great to see you all on WordPress – now follwing; keep the good posts coming!


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