Wednesday, September 12, 2018

"Woven Together" Artwork by Sherri Smith and past students at the Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey



Last month I delivered artwork to Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey for Sherri Smith's joint retirement show.  The show consists of Sherri's more current work in it's own exhibit and a joining exhibit of 14 of her past student's work, myself being one of them.  

This has been a huge honor to be part of Sherri's retirement show.  Sherri was definitely the professor that had the greatest influence on me as a student at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design.  She is the person who encouraged and pushed me to take my weaving and beadwork beyond the basics of crafting and into the realm of artwork and professional exhibiting. 

The day of the reception started off with a brunch with Guna, the current Dean of the Art School and a handful of colleagues (which was really lovely, thank you for organizing this Nan!), the opening reception at Crooked Tree and ending with a dinner outside at Leggs Inn that Shelia organized.  My boyfriend, Bryan joined me for the ride (and the trip to the U.P. between drop off and the reception), and my parents lets us crash at their place the night before and joined us at the reception (thanks for the extra photos Mom!)

I apologize for not having titles for pieces, but the first group are some of my favorites from Sherri's pieces and the second is her past-student show.


"Woven Together: The Fiber Work of Sherri Smith"









"Woven Together: The Influence of Sherri Smith"











Jenny and Bryan



Jenny, Mom and Dad



Thursday, July 26, 2018

Convergence Reno 2018



Convergence Conference, Reno NV, 2018.  To start, I did a terrible job at taking photos while we were there. So this is just a little run-down of our 5 days in July and my first year being a Leader with Handweaver's Guild of America's Convergence Conference at the Peppermill Casino and Resort.


HGA did a wonderful job with the Conference and Gallery Guides.  The map of the hotel/casino in the back of the booklet was indispensable.  It took us a bit to get a grasp on the hotel layout after being on the road since 4am.

I failed to take any photos of my room set-up for my 90-minute seminar on "Traveling Bead Studio" I had a full class of 15.  I think I'd open this up to 20-25 people in the future, but it was nice being able to have a small group with great conversation flow and easy to show my traveling studio set-ups in person. I had a lot of wonderful response from the class, thank you!  


This happened to be the first time I've flown with my jewelry set-up.  It also travels in cases like my mini studios.  I usually have a ton of displays and hat boxes for showing and storing things but for sanity's sake I simplified ( see above).  It was really nice to have the opportunity to show my work in the Leader's Booth and speak to the people who took my Seminar along with meeting other weavers and fiber artists.  I was a bit overwhemled with all of my running around and talking to people that I didn't market myself very well.  In 2020, I need to put FB back on my phone so I can use the Convergence Conference Attendees Page better.  I am loving that people are posting their finished projects from classes as they get home and get back to them.  

The fashion show...again, not great photos, but the energy was so amazing at it, I didn't want my phone in front of my face the whole time:




On our last day Bryan and I went up to the very top floor with the suites.  What a view Reno!



We also made it to Reno City Hall where the Complex Weaver's Exhibit was being shown.  I swoon at the talent we have in all of our national guilds!  (We did see the Exhibits at the Conference, Mixed Media, Garment, etc... again, I failed to take photos and happened to be really tired that day).

Complex Weavers Exhibits
















And we took a Lyft out to the Wilbur D. May Museum to visit the Small Expressions Exhibit and see my 2 pieces there, only to find them closed on Monday.  :(  We walked the ground though and found some dinosaurs and a bright figurative silk display.





When in downtown Reno, we did the tourist-thing and visited the Silver Legacy, Circus Circus (saw a short act there) and the National Bowling Stadium (it wasn't open for anything).





And one of the days had an AMAZING lunch from Miguel's!

Thank you so much to HGA, weavers, fiber artists and colleagues for another great Convergence Conference.  See you in Knoxville 2020!

(And in 2020 I won't be battling a cold!  I feel like I missed a lot due to naps to get over a cold, but I held it together for my talk which was the most important!)


"Woven Together" Artwork by Sherri Smith and past students at the Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey

Last month I delivered artwork to Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey for Sherri Smith's joint retirement show.  The show cons...