Once we got to Langenlois we felt as if we were plunged into the past. The village is reminiscent of a movie set. The stone plaza, the plaster surfaced houses applied over the field stones that surfaced every spring, the cafes with patios circled around the tiny ring road of the town, the architecture that is so typical of Middle Eastern mountain towns spoke of a time travel experience. We had Viennese ice coffee sitting in the sun under an evergreen tree raised to the top of the catholic statue in the centre of town.The May tree according to some internet research that I did is a tradition of Maibaumfest which is a German ancient festival welcoming spring after a long, cold winter.
The opening of the art show was wonderful. I counted over 75 guests and the occasion was doubly a pleasure because Cameron played bass with two students from the local Viennese Music School. One of the guitar players is a plumber who has taken up music as a second career. Interesting because Cameron is a musician who has taken up electrical contracting as a second career.
Many people ended up returning to the exhibit on a following day. The gallery owner said that a local art professor at the University of Vienna brought a class down to view the exotic Canadian artists’ work: that would be me and Jean-Francois.
Cameron and I got up early the next day, we were on a different time rhthym, and walked around town. We really enjoyed the local park with a outdoor pool, outdoor shower and change room; sand volleyball pit; climbing wall; mini-tower; and see-saw swings that are attached to one another so two people swinging can set up a reaction in the partner’s swing. Cameron had unfair advantage and jerked me around like a puppet. We were both laughing outloud. We thoroughly enjoyed the time alone just to explore and enjoy the new environment.
Later that day we had lunch with Matthias’ family who kindly adopted us and extended every kindness to us. We met his Aunt who, married to a doctor, lives in Graz and teaches English in a local school. Interestingly enough, it is the gallery in Graz that expressed interest in doing another show with my work in it. So now after I get the yard and house back in order, I will send off a portfolio for the Graz Gallery. Who knows what possibilities exit.