Where Have I Been?

Cindy Grisdela - Naples Contemporary Craft Exhibit

May has been a whirlwind month! I made a quick trip down to Naples, Fl at the beginning of the month to see my family and visit “Intuition” and “Amber Harvest” at the Naples Contemporary Craft Exhibition at the Longstreth-Goldberg Gallery. The show is up until June 15 if you’re in the area and have a change to stop by and see it. I was only allowed to take pictures of my own work, but there are some wonderful images on the gallery website. It’s always such a pleasure to see my work hanging in a gallery setting alongside other great art.

Next was a weekend trip to the Boston area, where I visited friends and stopped in at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College to see a fabulous exhibit by El Anatsui titled “When I Last Wrote to You about Africa.” The artist creates large scale sculptural installations from discarded liquor bottle tops held together with copper wire. No photos were allowed in the gallery, but there are some interesting images on the museum website at the link above. It’s like wonky stripes gone wild!

Denver Botanical Gardens Cindy Grisdela 2011

Finally, I just got back from an inspiring weekend in Denver at the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) annual conference, where I took workshops on creativity, met other studio art quilters from all over the country, and visited three fabulous exhibits of art quilts in the Denver area. My head was spinning when I got home! Since I work in relative isolation in my studio, it was exciting to be around other creative people for three whole days–there are lots of new ideas percolating in my head.

An extra bonus was getting to reconnect with a childhood friend who lives in Denver and spending an afternoon at the Denver Botanical Gardens. The colors and textures were so appealing. I loved the golden orange wall in the image below with the blue containers repeating all the way down the length. And the texture on this walkway was irresistible!

Wall at the Denver Botanical Gardens Cindy Grisdela 2011

WalkwayDenverGardens Cindy Grisdela 2011

This week I finished up the commission piece I’ve been working on for the last few weeks and shipped it off to its new owner. Plus I had several quilts photographed, so I’ll have some new work up shortly.

Mark your calendars for the Annapolis Arts and Crafts Festival in Annapolis, MD on June 11-12, 2011. I’ll have a booth there at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium and I’d love to see you if you’re in the area!