Wentworth Gallery Perimeter Mall Atlanta Georiga 09/20/2008
John Upshaw Downs, Jr. on 09/21/2008
Dear Kiss On Line,
I just wanted to give you the second installment on my meeting the original Kiss members. As you know, I met Ace Frehley at the Kiss Coffee House and got him to sign Paul Stanley\'s artwork titled \" Shock Me\".
I heard Paul was going to be at Wentworth Gallery in Atlanta talking to and dedicating art work to people who purchased his art work. Since I purchased all four of his Kiss solo art works, I decided to take them and my family from Charleston, S.C. to Atlanta to meet him.
We arrived at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday September 20th at the Wentworth Art Gallery in the Perimeter mall. My family was on the guest list and security let us in immediately. I saw about thirty people looking at Paul\'s artwork, and I presume they had purchased art work and were waiting to meet Paul. Then, all of the sudden, I saw Paul walk by talking to one of the Wentworth Gallery staff. He was inspecting and signing some new art works.
Now you have to understand that the Wentworth Gallery is not a huge store, so when you see someone in the store, you are five to ten feet from them. It was interesting to watch Paul at work. Customers in the store were very nice and left Paul alone so he could focus.
After about thirty minutes, Paul started seeing the customers one by one. He took the time to talk about each art work and also to get to know each of the customers who purchased his art. He looked very relaxed and comfortable and made each customer feel the same.
Then the staff called us up to meet Paul. I sent my son Johnny up first to meet him. My son brought Paul a book on the Hunley Submarine as a gift. Paul said thank you and that he had a friend who was an Admiral on a submarine. My son also told him that he plays piano and that he had just gotten a Paul Stanley guitar and he is trying to learn to play it. Paul said that playing the piano first helps you to learn to play the guitar faster and he should have no problem. Then Paul posed with my son and the \"God Of Thunder\" painting for a picture. Then Paul dedicated the painting to him and drew a little guitar for him.
Next I sent my daughter Charlotte up to meet Paul. She handed him an invitation, and Paul said she had nice eye glasses. She said they were Hannah Montana eye glasses and that she had seen her in concert and at the movies. My daughter said she also plays the piano and she wants to learn to play the guitar like Paul. Paul smiled and said Charlotte is a very pretty name for a girl. Then Paul posed with my daughter and the \"Beth\" paiting for a picture. Then Paul dedicated the painting to her and drew a vase with flowers in it.
Then it was my turn. I walked up to Paul and shook his hand. I showed him the \"Shock Me\" paiting and he said he remembers reading the article where I met Ace at the Kiss Coffee House and got him to sign it. We then talked about each of the paintings and what I saw in each of them. I saw sadness in Ace. Confidence in Pauls\'. Inquisitivness in Peters\', and Defiance in Genes\'. I then got Paul to sign his paiting \"Love Gun\" at the bottom, and we posed for a picture with it. Then he dedicated the \"Love Gun\" and \"Shock Me\" paitings.
Then Paul called my whole family up and we got a picture of my whole family with Paul holding all of the art works! He then said he expects to see us next year. We said thank you and said goodbye. Wow! I had finally met Paul Stanley of Kiss. He was so nice. He is a true gentleman. My son and daughter still can not believe they met the lead singer of Kiss. They are so excited and can\'t wait until they go to school Monday and tell everyone.
Well, that is two original Kiss members I have met, and I have two more to go. I will keep you posted and let you know what happens in the future.
John Upshaw Downs, Jr.