We had a fabulous time in New Orleans: good food, great music, friendly people. Lots of walking. And I was stuck, once again, by how our mixed media community makes the world seem so small and interconnected.
We were walking down Royal Street one afternoon, meandering lazily toward the Cafe du Monde, where we go every day for cafe au lait and biegnets, of course, and looking in gallery windows when we came upon the Nouvelle Lune Art Gallery, where we saw this:
and met Linda Berman, co-owner of the gallery and owner of Drunk Monkey Studio, where she works in raku-fired ceramic sculpture. We went in and admired the jewelry created by local artists and got to talking to Linda, and then I saw something intriguing on the wall at the back of the gallery. What was that? I went closer:
and saw a whole wall of work by Michael De Meng:
How cool! It turns out Michael and Katherine Engen of Valley Ridge Art Studio had been there to do a workshop in February, and Linda knows them and a whole bunch of other people I know/have met/work with. And it was just marvelous in that way it is when you’re somewhere far away from home and suddenly feel as if you’re Right At Home, no matter where you are. It’s a small world, filled with people who love what you love and know people you know and whose work you admire. And isn’t that just the ginchiest? Indeed!
Before you travel, take a minute to do a little research ahead of time and see who’s got work in local galleries, who might be doing a workshop, who might live in your destination city. You never know who might be there, and it’s always great fun to run into like-minded souls when you’re traveling.
Ricë also blogs at The Voodoo Cafe.
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