The 10,000 Things exhibit by local artist, Leanne Russell, was the culmination of months of work, collaboration, struggle and introspection. Hosted at Bliss Coffee House, the titular “10,000 Things” references the way lives intersect, impact each other and, ultimately, leave fragments to remember us by – “things.” Specifically for Leanne, the art expressed at the show reflected meaningful moments she shared with her late grandmother who battled with cancer.
“This exhibition is a collection of my grandmother’s 100 things, as well as my 100 things, and those whose stories circle over ours, ripple out, and create the fabric of our combined histories.”
The exhibition which ran from 7pm until after 10pm on March 5, 2016, saw a steady flow of those who were curious, enthusiastic, creative, or just looking for a Saturday evening on the town. The atmosphere was celebratory and energetic as the hours waned. The positivity of the entire experience was infectious, cradled and nurtured by walls full of multi-media art created solely by Leanne or in collaboration with Scharad Lightbourne.
“I really was happy with the turnout,” said Leanne. She remarked about the overwhelming support of the community’s young adults (Abaco’s twenty-somethings with creative appetites) as well as a strong showing of Treasure Cay’s second homeowners.
Despite many hiccups and “last-minute meltdowns” Leanne was happy with her product and is looking forward to continuing the series by creating and curating even more pieces.
Of the problems she said, “If you’re not having a breakdown before the show, you might as well get out of it. I had to put everything aside at the end of the day. I had to invest in the atmosphere.”
The exhibition was broadcast live to dozens of viewers in the Bahamas and internationally thanks to an app called “Periscope.” Throughout the night, the energetic Adrian Whylly zipped throughout the space with mobile phone in hand, highlighting art pieces, interviewing patrons and broadcasting it all through Periscope.
As for the idea of a more curated art show, Leanne said she was happy people, “Got it.”