Other galleries were also open and had receptions, notably the George Post Gallery. It was featuring artists who are participating in the annual open studio tour coming up, Sonora Art Trails. This is an organization that helps support and promote the visual arts in Tuolumne County. If you're in the area, be sure to check it out (www.sonoraarttrails.org); you will have the opportunity to meet the various participating artists in their studios, buy art directly from them and find out all about their creative processes.
And, of course, the Aloft Gallery was in on the fun. I learned that one of my pieces sold that night, so I'm a very happy artist :-)