My husband, David, (aka sherpa#1) and I just recently returned from a teaching trip to the East Coast and had such a great time. We stayed in Arlington, Virginia with our niece, Tavia and her husband, Matt, who just happened to be celebrating his big 30th birthday! (and of course, I have to mention their dog, Rodeo! We got off to a rough start but sorted everything out in no time!
The first stop on my teaching schedule was a return visit to The Queen’s Ink in Savage, Maryland. The ever wonderful Patti Euler is the Queen/owner!
Patti getting things set up
There are MANY things to love about the Queen’s Ink…..just the name of her store alone hooked me! Patti has a love of all things involving Queens and Crowns….sound familiar!? No wonder I love teaching here….in addition to the fact that she has a shop filled to the brim with fabulous stamps, art supplies, papers, etc. Patti also joined our Tesoro group in San Miguel last year and will be joining us again this year along with our buddy, Laura! You can see Patti’s santos on display in her store….it looked great!
Patti, Laura and I
The first class that I taught was Handmade Hearts and Hamsas and though it was a large class, many students had joined me two years previously when I taught there and they were masters at the art of polymer clay!!! They created a plethora of beautifully embedded and bejeweled hearts and hands! Each one a wonderful and unique reflection of the person who created it!
super cool octopus tendrils out of clay!!
Our wonderful class !
Here is just a sampling of the incredible work that was created in class that day…..
The next day I taught, Coloring on Clay. This is more of a process class rather than a project class, though students leave with a variety of hand painted tiles that they can use in mosaics or other projects. Again, I had so many returning students from the last time that I had taught there that it really warmed my heart….. Patti really has an incredible core group of people who have been attending classes there for nearly 16 years. Quite a loyal (and royal) following.
What I enjoy about this class is that students can go at their own pace…and whether they leave class with one tile or ten is up to each individual.
The tiles that were created were magnificent….especially when viewed all together! They would have made an outrageous mosaic if pieced together!!!!I truly loved seeing all my old friends at the Queen’s Ink! And hopefully I will be returning once again in 2018! Thank you one and all who once again joined me in Savage! Loved seeing you…..
After teaching at the Queen’s Ink, we had five days in DC to sightsee and take in a few museums. I always enjoy sharing art when I travel and this trip was no exception. Our first museum stop was at The Renwick…..(thanks to Linda Slayen for mentioning it!) We loved it….they had a special exhibition called Wonder currently on exhibit.
And you have to LOVE a museum that has signs that read:Here are a few highlights of the fabulous installations:
this was made from a 3D printer!
The next day we visited The Phillips Collection and saw more great art!And while the Appel exhibit allowed photography, the William Merritt Chase exhibit did not…so no pics from this really comprehensive exhibit about a painter and a teacher that I knew little about but who was extremely influential in the impressionist movement.
They had a concurrent exhibition with works from all of the people whom he had taught, many of them more famous than he! (Georgia O’Keefe, Joseph Stella and Marsden Hartley to name a few) They also had a series of pages from his journal and class notes that were highlighted…..I loved his writings about art.
The following weekend I had the pleasure of teaching at Artful Dimensions Gallery in Fredericksburg, Virginia. It was the first time that we had been to Fredericksburg and Tavia and Matt joined along for the adventure which included staying in a carriage house B & B!
It was Elizabeth Woodford who contacted me and organized my teaching engagement in this wonderfully creative space that is comprised of more than a dozen working artist studios and a huge gallery space.
Elizabeth and I
Elizabeth in her beautiful fiber studio.
Fredericksburg is a charming, historical town with many civil war sights to see. The colonial architecture and main street ooze quaintness! We found our favorite little coffee spot that started my mornings before teaching!
The first class of the weekend was Embedded Heart Shrines where students created a shadowbox shrine that housed a wearable heart pendant. I have to give my husband credit for coming up with this idea….and it truly is brilliant for when you are not wearing your heart pendant, it becomes the centerpiece of your shrine! (and you will always know right where it is!) Many thanks to Janet Moss, (on the right in the picture below) for organizing a reunion of sorts with our Maverick Mosaics group from two years ago! So nice to meet up again!Here are a few samples of the beautiful creations that came out of Saturday’s class……we didn’t quite get done but most students were well on their way!
The second and final class at Artful Dimensions Gallery was, Triptychs Crafted By Hand and the work that was created was phenomenal! Loved seeing the different takes on one of my favorite formats, hinged panels! The picture below shows the lovely space where we worked amidst the art…ever inspiring!Time for show and tell:A glimpse of some of the gorgeous triptychs…..
It was another fantastic weekend of classes with a talented and super nice group of gals. Thank you East Coasters so much for joining me and for making my job so enjoyable!!! I really appreciate each and everyone of you….
Finally it was time to say goodbye…..and even Rodeo was sorry to see us go!