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The meteorology of art openings

Last Saturday’s Shanghai Scooters reception was a lesson in how temperature affects art openings. August openings are perilous anywhere, with vacations and outdoor fun reducing the crowds. But Southern Ontario’s notoriously-humid late summer nights can render social butterflies into air-conditioning junkies.

Despite NAC’s efforts to get a breeze going, there was no way around the fact that spotlit area where the art was displayed was ten degrees warmer than the unlit side of the gallery. Add a bowl of spiked punch to the cooler side of the gallery and there was little chance of anyone taking more than a quick look at the drawings. Like moths against an invisible screen door, the patrons crowded at the threshold until we shut the lights off at 11 p.m.

By Rob

Rob Elliott dispenses creativity under the moniker Swizzle Studio.