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Leigh Ostin’s Exhibit Opening Night
Bette walked around the gallery and greeted guests as they viewed the spring exhibit that featured Leigh Ostin’s “Angels Watching Over Me” collection. The opening reception and the Los Angeles premier of her works had taken place earlier that evening. Leigh had made quite a name for herself with three successful shows in northern California and now the Bette Porter Gallery had the west coast exclusive.
“Leigh, I know I’ve said this a thousand times, but you’ve outdone yourself with this new collection. The pieces are exquisite. You are the new darling of the art world and I couldn’t be prouder.”
“Bette none of this would have been possible without your help. You, James, Rosie, Kristen everyone has been so supportive. You know Peggy Peabody came up to me tonight and apologized again for the way my work was handled at the Peabody Gallery. She’s purchased a few pieces and has commissioned me to do some special pieces for her beach home. Do you think she’s taking pity on me; to make it up somehow?”
“Once you get to know Peggy, you will realize that she doesn’t do anything out of pity. I know she feels very badly about that whole debacle, but her purchases and commissions are not a free ride. You’ve proven yourself. She loves your work, and she believes in you. She’s aware that serious collectors pay attention to the Peabody Private Art Collection so having your pieces amongst them is a credit to your talent. Her endorsement of your work will go a long way but take pride in the fact that you’ve earned this on your own.”
“Thank you, Bette for that and for the introduction tonight. It was so touching you brought tears to my eyes.”
“I meant every word. You are a brilliant talent Leigh. You deserve the recognition and the accolades. We are honored that you have agreed to show your work here exclusively. The appeal is so broad that we expect it will be a major attraction. If tonight is any indication, you’re going to be very busy trying to keep up with the demand.”
“I’m already working on a few pieces.”