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Archive for May 3rd, 2004

The WWA Group Show

Monday, May 3rd, 2004

Well, I pushed myself for a while on Friday night trying to finish a ColorJoy stole I’d started in January. Then I realized… I had one already done that I had not intended for myself, so I’d not worn it. Of course, I’m always most in love with the current project, but the finished one is lovely, and it had the great advantage of being finished! So I took my turquoise summery stole. I took the polymer vase, and the two single framed sox, plus the block print of the sox.

I was not part of the team which hung the show, but they said it pretty much hung itself. There were three cases, two of them very large wall cases, and one standing case. One case had jewel tones, especially purples and turquoises. This one was where they placed my vase and my turquoise stole.

Another case held more earthy tones including red, orange, yellow and brown. And the standing case became what they called “The Sock Shrine.” They put all three of my sock-focused pieces in there, and then Jane Reiter brought a bunch of yarn in, which they artfully arranged on the floor of the case. I had a lot of good feedback on the pieces, it was wonderful.

Brian and I played music, as The Fabulous Heftones, for the opening reception. It was great fun, and just about perfect for that size room and that crowd. We really enjoyed it. The librarian who was sort of in charge of making sure our group was happy, told me she thought that the crowd should have been quieter so she could hear us! I told her it was our job to just decorate and make the event more festive, we weren’t really having a concert. We did, though, have a bench and a few chairs near where we were singing, and most of the time we were singing, there were folks sitting there just to hear us. It was very pleasant.

What a great group these women are! If anyone out there reading this is a creative person within driving distance of Lansing, please consider joining us. We meet at Bare Bone Studios in Old town (Turner street not far from where it ends at North Grand River), at 6pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month. It’s a multi-media group, where we spend most of our meetings teaching one another new media. The next two months we will be making small clay masks (they can be pins or purely artful) led by Gail B, a new member who is an art teacher in Brighton but who lives in the Lansing area.

Here is a photo of my polymer clay vase (it’s title is Dream), and a photo of me with Eva, one of the two youngest members of Working Women Artists. She is the Eva of “Eva’s Socks” fame. Her mom, and her aunt, and both of her grandmothers are also in the guild. It all started when her mom, Marian, joined. Marian is very good at getting other people enthusiastic about things that interest her. I’m grateful to know all the women in the family, they are my family now… family of choice… as well.