I awoke this morning with the most wonderful feeling. The friendship and kindness that I experienced last night at my opening was overwhelming. People keep asking to see more pictures, so here is just a few. Chad Nodland captured opening night with his digital camera. It was a good day for friendship, heritage and art. The director from the Bismarck Art and Galleries Association told me that the attendance on opening night broke any previous opening in the galleries 30 year history.
I was given two very special gifts on the day of my opening. The first gift was from Ernie LaPointe, the Great Grandson of Sitting Bull. I had taken a wet plate of him earlier in the day, the last plates at my old makeshift studio and he handed me his personal lance as a gift. I also received from Chairman Charles Murphy a handmade buffalo bone necklace with Italian trade beads that he made for me personally. I am very blessed to be on this creative path and my only goal is to make everyone proud who is involved in the series.
Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio was founded on October 4th, 2012 by Shane Balkowitsch.