It’s always a bittersweet thing to end the season. The final show of 2018 closed yesterday and Cimpoe Gallery went out with a bang. We felt the weight of the entire year, so much of it complicated, hard, fun, and now we wonder about the future. Peter did his best to make an appearance and he came around throughout the weekend for short stints in order to talk to his fans. This was the first time the complete Pin Up on Birds series was unveiled and the feedback on them was incredible. Our partnership with the Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary is one that connected us to many of the fans. Bird people are weirdos but we are one giant family of Weirdos :) Love for birds, especially parrots, runs deep. As promised, 10% of all bird pin ups that we sell will go to the Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary. Please support them by giving to this wonderful organisation who work tirelessly to help abused, abandoned and neglected birds. Adopt don’t shop. We are so excited to move forward with Greyhaven and then to unveil the next collection of pin ups. I was glad Peter came out since he wasn’t sure he could but it is important - and this is something that everyone has whole heartily endorsed including his Doctors and various Therapists - that my brother connect with those things that make him happy. Injuries should not stop a person from living their best life. He is allowed to have fun. He allowed to enjoy the spotlight when the light is gracious enough to shine upon him. I got to connect with so many people who were genuinely touched and moved by the work. They laughed. They got to live inside the bubble of the fantasy. When Peter wasn’t around, all people wanted to do was meet and speak to the artist. This year has been one of great experiments. Not all of them successful but all of them worth the time and effort. Next year my involvement with Cimpoe Gallery will deepen as I continue to take the reigns and drive this beast forward. As long as my brother paints and he is okay with me taking the pieces out into the world, this is exactly what I plan on doing. In addition to the collaboration with Greyhaven, I want to hit the road harder and search out new way of introducing people to my brother’s work. There are a few things in the works that I just can’t quite talk about yet (hush hush baby) but I can say that it is exciting. It’s going to be another year of intense hard work and lots of new experiments. I don’t think I will do as many shows. When Peter was more physically capable, these shows were not so hard to manage since he could do a lot of the heavy lifting and put up with the long hours. Things have changed significantly since his injuries. He can’t do the set ups and the hours are too much for him. His appearances are welcome and I love that he wants to meet the people who are so excited to talk to him but I know that he needs to allow himself room to heal and breathe. I have worked so many of these shows pretty much on my own and although I have loved every moment of it, the reality is that it is not the same as it used to be. Without my brother’s continued presence, it’s a harder beast to tame. But I have some tricks up my sleeve. All Peter needs to do is paint while I unveil the next phase. Join us as we move forward. Thank you again for all your support and all the love. To those who have stuck by us and supported Cimpoe Gallery, you guys made it all worth it. And to those who dared stand in the way….as always, I will see you in Hell. Remember, witches don’t burn ;) Fuck you and your mother too! Ain’t that the best way to end it? Just live your life and keep moving forward.