Jaray Watkins, whose smile and laugh light up the room, found out about the event from the same website as Neal.“Honestly, this is very out of my comfort zone,” she says, adding that at first she was disappointed when no men showed up, but that her disappointment soon gave way to relief. There is Champagne and laughter, and quite a few creative pictures are completed.
A few men walk past the picture window on Main Street, but none turns and enters.
Hogan, now sure that no surprise attendees are in store, finally breaks the ice by gathering the women together and stating the obvious.“I’m sorry.
He becomes incredibly gracious and debonair as he turns to exit the museum.“Oh no, no,” he says, bowing ever so slightly.
“But thank you much.”Solomon turns back to the women, shrugging.“I tried,” she says, adding: “He was very polite.”Meanwhile, at another long table, women have been instructed to cut out quotes from printouts provided for that purpose.
I watch movies and I count the number of women, because our stories don’t matter.”The men who thought of coming to this event and decided against it (if they exist) are missing out. The kind of women you imagine you might bump into at an art gallery.
Katie Neal, a petite blond, found the event through a popular South Bay events website.
I didn’t realize that the men out there aren’t good men — those are staying in their marriages.”Solomon is a performance artist, but she says she doesn’t meet a lot of single men in art circles.“I think they’re just there to buy art,” she says.
As she finishes her thought, a distinguished-looking man walks into the museum.
The plan was to have the guests sit at a long table and draw one another’s portraits. All the men, the women joke, are across the street at Rock & Brews.
Each portrait would take about eight minutes before people switched partners. With rows of massive TV screens, more than 100 craft beers and a rock-themed beer garden, the restaurant is a bit of a macho magnet.
” Solomon says, perking up and speaking a bit too loudly.