The Grand Opening Party: Photographed And Blogged. Finally.

Claassen Gallery Grand Opening Party - August 21, 2009

WOW! The Grand Opening Party last Friday was awesome! I could not believe how many people showed up in support of my shop. It was either that or the free beer and brownies. I’m sticking with support.

Claassen Gallery Grand Opening Party - August 21, 2009

Claassen Gallery Grand Opening Party - August 21, 2009

Sounds were provided by DJ Wigatoni of Wollyhood Clothing, who also hooked us up with some shirts to include in our raffle. Speaking of raffle…

Claassen Gallery Grand Opening Party - August 21, 2009

Check out raffle winner, Ally Thompson. She was extremely stoked on her MNKR tank!!! Ally is a hairstylist at Studio 23. If you’re a slo local you should have her do your hair. To schedule an appointment call 805.781.6910.

Claassen Gallery Grand Opening Party - August 21, 2009

Here’s Jack pimping Pyramid Beer, which is quite delicious. I’m not even a beer drinker and I had a few cups! Behind Jack is Brandon and Susan from Pizza Fusion SLO. They provided the delicious brownie bites and cookies. So good! Sadly, I don’t think we got any photos of the breathtakingly delicious cupcakes from Éclair Bakery.


Claassen Gallery Grand Opening Party - August 21, 2009

Against my better judgment I picked up a microphone. No, no, no, I didn’t sing (remember, I only had a few cups of beer), but I did make a couple of announcements.

Claassen Gallery Grand Opening Party - August 21, 2009

At some point Steve asked me to draw on his arm. And here’s how that turned out.

Claassen Gallery Grand Opening Party - August 21, 2009

It’s upside down, but you get the idea. When you get a chance check out Steve’s awesome photography at www.semillerimages.com. As a matter of fact, I’ve got one of his photos right here.

Claassen Gallery Grand Opening Party - August 21, 2009

I decided to make a big live drawing during the party to be included in the raffle. Unfortunately, I never took a photo of the finished product, but I’m glad Steve got this shot of me working on it.

A BIG THANKS is in order to the following for helping out and making The Grand Opening such a fun and successful event!

Jack from Pyramid Breweries for providing tasty drinks. Next time your at a bar order Pyramid!
Pizza Fusion SLO for the brownies and cookies! They make pizza too. Visit them at 3971 S. Higuera SLO CA 93401
Tried And True Tattoo for the $150 gift certificate that they donated for the raffle!
MNKR Clothing for taking photos (almost all the photos in this post were taken by Matt), selling raffle tickets, and also donating shirts for the raffle!
Wollyhood Clothing for lending us their amazing DJ Wigatoni for the night, who kept the party bumping and also for donating shirts for the raffle!
Eclair Bakery for the deliciously decadent cupcakes!
Picking Daisies for the 300 lollipops!
Jon Haddeland from The Bladerunner Salon for donating a free haircut for the raffle!
Tyler and Kate for providing the Tecate when we ran out of Pyramid! Check out Kate’s creations at www.scissorclothing.com.
Kristen for donating some beverages!
C for taking charge of the register (and all kinds of other work) all night so I could party and mingle with everybody!
And of course, my wonderful parents for being so awesome and raising such a cool kid.
And last, but not least, all the contributing artists who’s work is currently making the walls of the gallery look extremely awesome! I will post a blog soon with all the new work that’s on display.

If I missed anybody I apologize. It’s taken me all day to write this blog and I just want to click “publish” already.

Thanks Everybody!!!

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One Response to “The Grand Opening Party: Photographed And Blogged. Finally.“

  1. allyson says:

    You're Grand Opening Party was a blast. I'm sad for those that couldn't attend. It was the event of the summer! And, yes, I was and still am extremely excited about my MNKR tank. I love it! Thanks for signing it, Matt and Jeff! I've already sported it…sooo cute.

    Ally