Having been to many an opening at the Sticks+Stones Gallery, I assumed tat Joaquin Jutt's show would progress in the normal fashion that all shows start: the space slowly fills while guests trickle in and push to the back area where the alcohol is kept; they then wander around for a fair bit while attempting to make small talk with eachother reguarding the quality and/or pricing of the pieces shown or what the possible message behind the pieces could be. Last night, however, was quite different. As soon as 5 o'clock hit, the atmospheric change was one that was completely noticable; instead of there being that awkward hour while guests arrive and quietly wait around for the party energy to begin and that innevitable odd zone that usually exists while the gallery is in-between partially empty and full, the vibe was electric. The second any visitor entered the gallery, they were warmly greeted by one of two excellent selections of beer (provided by Beer Revolution; also based in Oakland) and swept into conversation and involvment in the art itself. The curation of the show and of the prints Joaquin created went much farther than a simply hanging of a picture on a wall. The whole process was laid out, and had to be, flawlessly to create the effect that it did. Though the prints were completely different from one another, walking along side the wall on which they were displayed made them seem like they were all interconnected and shared a part of the same personality. It was clear that the artist, Joaquin, did not hold back in the presentation of his innermost self in any way; everything, down to the bare bones of his sketches, was there and tanglible for viewers. Everything, from the 7 or so sketchbooks laid out on the tables for inpection, to the careful selection of the prints, and even to the grafitti added to the wall was so expressive of Joaquin that it was clear why the energy and the feeling of the night was so positive and stunning; his pressence in the space, along side his art, was exactly what gave the show the ability to leave an enormous impact on the viewers and guests. I think, perhaps, that Joaquin's show was a fantastic example of the way art can affect us, as a community, in a completely beautiful and cohesive mannor and if we all try to live our lives a little more naked (so to speak), we can create an environment filled with encouragement and understanding.