Friday, October 31, 2008

Going to the head of the Long Line

About 2 months ago we had the opening of an exhibit of various types of art, including photography and sculpture, at Rootz Gallery here in North Miami. I had a bunch of my photographs on display and the opening party was well attended. A couple of weeks ago I got a call from gallery owner Mario Flores telling me that the exhibit was being moved to the North Miami Public Library where they have a room dedicated to art exhibits. Another opening party! More publicity! I started running into folks, not your usual gallery goers, telling me that they'd enjoyed seeing my photographs. Starting last week I started getting calls and emails from people that I hardly knew telling me that they'd seen my photographs! I decided to check out the situation. I had to park a block away from the library. The line of people extended down the front walk, along the edge of the parking lot, and then down the block to the next corner. According to the newspaper sometimes the wait to get in was as long as five hours, even in the rain! People were being allowed in six or eight at a time where the first thing they got to look at was a wall of my framed prints on the right as they waited to be led to a voting booth or walked slowly by.Florida had "early voting" last week and the library was one of the few regional polling places open in the county. That's why all the hordes of people! Last week the hours were 7 AM until 1 PM and this week from 1 PM until 7 PM. This week the governor decided to increase the hours to 12 hours a day, 7 AM until 7 PM, and keep the polls open all weekend as well. Without a doubt this is the biggest turn-out in North Miami history. I'm interested in getting the final tally of just how many people voted at the library location when it's all over with.And yes, I got some photos of the lines and the crowds and people looking at my photographs. I'll be posting some soon!

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