I have had way too much fun this fall with all things art and otherwise. As a result, I have been less than attentive to this blog as two people have recently reminded me. I think it is just like anything else you procrastinate with: the longer you put it off, the harder it is to return to it. So I will try again.
I kicked off the fall with an entry into Artprize 2014. It is always a whirlwind of excitement, social events surrounding art and of course, the art viewing. The art viewing experience alone takes up hours of walking amidst the crowds to a destination and then viewing a portion of the 1700 plus entries. This year was no exception.
I was a part of the Cathedral Square venue which had a great selection of artists and proves to be a growing destination site. 18,000 people passed through the doors to see art from 56 artists.
Some highlights –
Elizabeth Brandt‘s piece
Kids education days which is my favorite part of the event.
I loved their silly questions. I loved their thought provoking questions . And I loved their open eyes and surprised look when I explained what I did. There is no better than than watching kids get excited about art. This is a significant perk for me in participating in Artprize.
Gail and Bill Baar came to spend a night and attend the artist opening at the DeVos Center. Gail had a primo spot there. I took them on a whirlwind 3 hour trip around and I exhausted all of us.
It was great to catch up and we also snuck in a trip to Meijer Gardens before they left.
I was lucky enough to have an interview on a local radio station WGVSU and was fortunate to not say anything too silly. (Thanks Betsy for the opportunity!) It was nerve racking but not as intimidating as I thought it would be. And then the icing on the cake was a photo in the Sunday paper of my little old piece that was a total surprise.
In late September, I fulfilled my last duty as member to the workshop committee for my local guild, the West Michigan Quilt Guild. I was classroom monitor for the first day of Jacquie Gehrig‘s workshop titled ” Slice and Insert Improvisations”. She is a kind, energetic and a “meet you where you” are kind of instructor. She is very passionate about the Modern Quilt Guild and a great ambassador for it. It’s no wonder she received Professional Teacher of the Year for 2014.
October was filled with family. I had a quick trip to visit my daughter Hope in Iowa for parents weekend. I am proud of how hard she is working to make her way in the competitive pre-vet world.
Lots of soccer games and my son Ben was named to the Olympic Development team which will mean trips to Sarasota, Phoenix and Costa Rica in the next 6 months. Big news indeed but again he is such a hard working driven kid whose work is paying off.
We ended on a sad note with saying good bye to Grandpa and father-in-law Thurm . Death is always a lesson in appreciating the time we have today. We will miss you Grandpa.
It has been marvelous fall filled with art, friends, family and the making of things.