Ok. So here's the full report of my first ever photo exhibit opening... Sorry, no pics, save the one at the bottom, but don't bother looking, it's part of a whole different discussion. Day started off with me ruining one of the Epson Ultrasmooth paper prints while matting it - guess thats what I deserve for working before my coffee... So I prepped everything I had ready, and starting to organize: 1 x 50"x40" gallery wrapped canvas print 4 x 24"x36" gallery wrapped canvas prints 2 x 24"x36" framed/matted fine art prints - 1 ready, one broken. 4 x 16"x20" framed/matted fine art prints 4 x 16"x20" gallery wrapped canvas prints 3 x 11"x14" framed/matted fine art prints 2 x 11"x14" gallery wrapped canvas prints 50x greeting cards name/price tags easels business cards Holy crap, thats a lot of stuff... Drop everything off, go reprint the one I F'ed up, mat it in the basement of the store where the show is, go have some beers. Go back, start setting up at 330. Show starts at 5. People from work start showing up at 4, as I was finishing setting up. Brought the wine out, the staff at the store changed into their 40's inspired clothes, turned on the 30's/40's music they made up for the opening, and started the party... Had ONE small lull throughout the entire night. Place was PACKED the entire time!!! Standing room only! It was crazy. Had a couple people from the Strobist Flickr group show up, bunch of people from HS that found me on facebook, and a decent amount of people who either found my fliers or just wandered in... Total of 85 people signed the guestbook - No clue how many actually wandered through... Sold 3 prints during the show!!!!!!!!! One small 11x14 matted/framed paper print, one 24x36 matted framed print, and one 24x36 canvas print! Must have drank most of the wine myself. Then about 20 of us moved the party to Nodding Head afterwards, and proceeded to get smashed. Good times. Exposure like I can't believe. left that night with the best feeling i've had about photography since I started shooting. Top of the world. Also, the store themselves did NO advertising for this show. It was all my pull and invitations. The manager asked if I would want to re-open the show in mid spring, this time with the store's PR company pushing the hell out of the show in using their resources.... Now, to the bad/ugly. When this was all in progress, I met with the store manager, and we measured out the space I was going to be able to use. We measured the front window, measured the tables and spaces I would have for display, and had a short discussion that went something like: "after the opening, we're going to have to move some of the stuff, so we can conduct business" - fair enough. To my knowledge, this discussion was limited to space inside the store, and as long as I kept to my measured dimensions, the window space was mine. So yesterday I went back, and saw the changes they made, which almost made me cry. Then last night, I saw the facebook page of the model for one of the shots, and this was her profile pic: They removed the 50x40 print, and instead tucked this print halfway behind a fucking wall, on the ground, and in a goddam corner. I almost threw up all over my desk. I don't know how to react. This is just shitty. 3 things to consider: 1. businessman inside of me says any exposure is better than none, and the inside stuff is still fairly nice looking. 2. artist inside says go get your shit and pull it, or at least yell at someone. 3. The people are genuinly nice. Not artists though. Prolly don't know better (or at least thats what i'm telling myself - this can't be intentional...) Help me formulate a reaction. I'm pretty upset over this. Really bad taste in my mouth.