Ewan Tesla Gallery & Studio
Take Me to the Moon 5.5
Ewan had been working on cleaning up the old monastery for his gallery and studio. He had gutted out the interior, replaced the old stucco, refinished the old floors, and contracted new windows to maximize the view of the canyon and river below . Now he just needed to hang the art, and set up for his first show.
It was not in the swankiest part of town, but it had an incredible view.
The first exhibit the guests would see, would be the wall of Teslas and Goths on one side, with Ewan’s first masterpiece, Legacy House, on the other. On the end wall, there was a tribute to the family graveyard.
Ewan had two works featuring his illustrious grandmother, Bella. His sister, Elise, father, Alexander, brother Eric, and cousin Cassandra were also featured.
The box of chocolates painting he had created after the break-up with Adrianna was around the corner.
And the main wall of the interior of the gallery featured his mother, the amazing Delaney Tesla, space ranger, and first sim to build her own rocket and circle the earth in it.
“Our Street” was an impressionistic painting of the Tesla’s road, winding into the hills.
Upstairs, Ewan had gutted out the whole second floor to create a studio.
It was an inspirational, and quiet, place for him to work.
The basement contained an apartment for Ewan, so he could easily stay overnight if needed, or just to have some extra privacy.
The evening of Ewan’s debut arrived. His mom, grandmother, and his Aunt Cacey were downstairs getting ready, after having helped him set up all the food and drinks.
Zoe arrived before the first guests, and brought a warm glow with her.
Both she and Ewan were very impressed at the other, all dressed up.
Bella stationed herself near the family portraits and answered guests’ questions.
Ewan circulated to greet as many of his patrons as he could.
Elise chatted with Aunt Cacey, who had assigned herself to be the mixologist for the event.
Cassandra was not in a happy mood.
Elise told Zoe about how amazed they all were at her effect on him. “And you’ve had so many boyfriends,” Elise added. “I can’t believe you chose my brother out of all of them!”
Zoe didn’t know what to say. She had four other boyfriends, but something in Elise’s tone made her reticent to engage in an argument about how they compared to Ewan.
Meanwhile, the guests seemed enraptured with the art,
especially the Delaney Tesla wall.
Bella started feeling exhausted a few hours from closing.
But she powered through. Her grandson’s show must go on!
Ewan was sitting with Zoe, when Adrianna came over to introduce herself.
Ewan suddenly found his box of chocolates painting to be engrossing.
While they got to know each other, Delaney was talking with the guest who had been so enamored with the paintings of her, and offering to autograph one for her.
As Ewan took over in the front room, Bella made a graceful exit and headed downstairs to rest.
The family sold a lot of paintings that evening; over $1200 in sheer profit, even considering set up and re-stocking costs.
And Zoe charmed the patrons.
After the last guest had left, Ewan went outside to think.
His dad and grandma came out to congratulate him on a huge success of a debut.
Zoe stayed to help clean up, and hopefully, to spend some time with Ewan alone.
She waited in the studio as he said goodbye to his parents and grandmother, enjoying the warm evening and the breathtaking view of the cliffs. In the quiet, she was able to hear the brook below the gallery, tumbling through the canyon.
When Ewan came and found her, he thanked her for helping make the show such a success.
They watched the sunrise light up the gallery, one wall at a time.
“Zoe, please… I want you to…would you marry me,” he said.
The room suddenly was full of light. Zoe’s face glowed with contentment.
Zoe jumped into Ewan’s arms. “Do you think you can handle a woman like me,” she teased him.
“Teach me,” he said fiercely, as she threw back her head.
All the sudden serious, Zoe looked into Ewan’s eyes. “We’ll teach each other,” she said.