Weekend before last I drove to New York on a bit of a whim. As part of the online group 8 That Create, I had work in a small show at Etui Fiber Arts gallery in Larchmont. The reception was on a Sunday afternoon, and normally I wouldn’t drive 6+ hours just for a reception, but my good friend Natalya suggested I stay with her and we get some visiting time in. Time with friends is definitely worth a drive.
It goes without saying that Natalya and I had a lovely time taking about art, looking at each other’s creations, laughing a lot, and commiserating. The show at Etui was equally as wonderful. As a group we weren’t quite sure how all our work fit together, but by focusing on the fine details in all of our works, it came together perfectly. It doesn’t hurt that Etui has a bright, open, elegant space for it’s gallery. It is also a yarn shop and that section is pretty classy as well.
There were plenty of people coming to admire the work. The atmosphere was very convivial. On the wall are my works and Natalya’s, which work super together as they are all architectural.
I had met fellow artist Benedicte Caniell last Spring at Art Quilt Elements so it was a treat to spend more time with her at and after the reception. She drove me around Larchmont and to a gorgeous park on Long Island Sound. It was a perfect day and many people were out enjoying the great weather and scenery.
We also went to Benedicte’s house and enjoyed a toast in her and her husband’s charming garden. I look forward to more visits in the future with my ever expanding circle of artist friends.
While in the area, I also stopped at the Katonah Museum of Art to see the exhibit of Icelandic Artists. It was a small but well conceived exhibit and definitely worth the trip to see. My friend Vivien is one of the docents and I only wish that she had been there that weekend so I could join one of her tours, but she was out of town. Next time.
And because one weekend with friends isn’t enough, I drove to Frederickburg yesterday to have lunch with my gal pal Lorie. She showed me the new co-op gallery she’s part of and I got a sneak peek at her Quilt National entries (I got to see Natalya’s too while in NY, and Lotta’s two weeks ago). From what I’ve seen from my friends, the jurors will have plenty of great and varied work to choose from. It’s too bad we can’t share our creative process while working on these pieces because they are full of heart and soul.
Today is lunch with Nanette. I love being in the middle of things — without an ocean between my friends and our happenings.