We get the frames ordered along with the frame orders for our upcoming exhibit. No big deal- work on the giant frames first, save space and work on smaller frames around the big ones. August 10th- giant frames are built and are ready for 'fitting' or assembly, one by one, knowing that we'll have two weeks to get the artworks framed and ready to open the exhibition. Being on-schedule in the frameshop leading up to a show is unicorn-like magic. Checked off the list.
August 10th at noon: insert Derecho. Power is out, cell service is barely working and widespread damage can bee seen and felt across the city. We were very fortunate to not have any major damage to the gallery, but that first week after hurricane winds destroyed our whole city, it was tough to focus on anything except to fix our houses, help our neighbors, and try to get food and gas and other supplies to just get through.
Deadlines. We have pressed on throughout the pandemic- the derecho wasn't about to knock us out either. Even while we didn't have power, there was just enough natural light in the frame shop to 'fit' some of the small stuff. We had to wait until power was restored to get these monsters assembled. A week later, among other chaos, we get electricity back and were able to really grind away at catching up.
As much as we hate doing it, we had the final products out in our exhibit space while we were furiously trying to assemble the other frames for the show. They were so large, there was hardly any room to put them!