Lurie Garden

July 18, 2007Journeys, Other Artists 6 Comments

In the middle of Millennium Park is the Lurie Garden. Wandering through the shoulder-tall flowers, I couldn’t help but think of one of my favorite Talking Heads song called (Nothing but) Flowers. “This was a shopping mall, now it’s all covered with flowers…” Now that I re-read the lyrics, could be great topic for a … Read More

Millenium Park

July 15, 2007Journeys, Other Artists 4 Comments

It was worth the trip to Chicago just to experience Crown Fountain at Millenium Park. Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, the 50-foot tall glass block towers are lit with the faces of city residents and reflected in a shallow pool of water below. At times the faces spout fountains of water out of their … Read More

Charlie’s Studio

July 13, 2007Other Artists 4 Comments

Somehow I walked out of Charlie Van Gilder’s studio (which used to be a bowling alley- how great is that?) without any really good photos of his finished art. But I love this layout of clay pieces waiting to be fired in the kiln, especially the little dog rolling on his back. Charlie has such … Read More

Wood Street Gallery

July 10, 2007Journeys, Other Artists 2 Comments

While in Chicago, we had some time to visit our friends Mary and Charlie at the Wood Street Gallery. It’s a beautiful old house that once had three bars and a bowling alley in it, until Mary enlightened its interiors and garden with her unique artistic expression. The gallery is now open only for private … Read More

Masters of the Brush

June 14, 2007Drawings, Other Artists 7 Comments

While in Philadelphia, we visited the Philadelphia Art Museum — one of the largest in the country, and fun to visit, especially on Friday night — live jazz music, wine and hors d’oeuvres in the foyer. I was most moved by the exhibition of Ike Taiga and Tokuyama Gyokuran: Japanese Masters of the Brush. The … Read More

Let Us Speak of Love

May 30, 2007Exhibitions, Journeys, Other Artists 8 Comments

In the words of Prem Joshua, “Tonight, let us speak of love. I can think of no better subject until the day we die.” I’ve been writing a lot lately, and it struck me that artists don’t seem to talk about LOVE very much. Maybe love isn’t one of those good art-speak terms, unless it … Read More

Kansas City, Here We Come

May 8, 2007Journeys, Other Artists 11 Comments

The reason I missed the bird house auction was a quick trip to Kansas City for the Kansas City Art Institute alumnae weekend. I’m not an alum, but someone I’m well acquainted with is. The first night was consumed with traversing the First Friday Art Walk, a totally fun event centered around the Crossroads Arts … Read More

Fiber and Photography

April 21, 2007Exhibitions, Other Artists 5 Comments

Last weekend Fiberarts International 2007 opened in Pittsburgh, PA, and will eventually travel to the Mint Museum of Craft + Design in North Carolina. My quilt “The Vintage Purse” is part of the exhibit, but I couldn’t attend the opening or next-day fiber forum. I was hoping to find some news about the events on-line, … Read More