Up bright and early after a day of driving for 7 plus hours. I hit the road yesterday morning from Ann Arbor at 10:00 am. Not exactly sure what I packed because I was up all night and by 7:00 am I still didn’t know what I was taking. I still need to hit a hardware store for my very own personal respirator. ( I think I will need to have my Elsewhere Portrait taken with that on…because I have no idea what else I could possibly need that for.) But it was on the list of things that I will need so…I will find one before I get there on Wed.
I have a bit of trouble mixing all facets of my life on this blog, which could perhaps be the reason why I don’t update it that much; but I am going to try to do that a little more while I’m on this adventure. As some of you may or may not know I am currently the president of the Women’s Caucus for Art. It’s a national organization whose mission is “to create community through art, education, and social activism”. I have been on the board since attending my first summer board meeting over 7 years ago, spearheaded start of the Michigan Chapter and have not stopped since.
The work is exhausting and exhilarating at the same time but I knew that I would not have much time for my personal art practice so I decided to try to get an artist’s residency going so that I could take a break from all my board duties and focus on some art and creative exploration.
I applied to come to GoElsewhere, which is a living museum in Greensboro, North Carolina. An old 5 and Dime, resale shop that has become a community art and fun center that offers residencies for up to 50 artists a year. I will be there for 3 weeks.
Anyways I have just over-nighted in Nashville, TN. I drove out of my way a tad when I learned that my friend and mentor Carol Cole had an opening here at a gallery called Seed Space during a local art crawl. I had the pleasure of meeting Adrienne Outlaw the Director of the gallery, and of course many of Carol’s family that had also come in for her show, and some of the other artists who are on Seed Space’s artist advisory board. It was a fabulous evening filled with art and interesting people.
I hope that Adrienne will post the picture they took of herself, Carol and moi on their blog…because as usual I dragged my camera around with me all night but did not take a single picture. I think that by that time 9:00pm ( CST ) I was pretty zonked.
Anyways I’m starting to feel a little more like myself again. Looked in the mirror and was liking what I saw, with that slept in make up look…my bizarre dinner of Kroger’s Veggie Tray (probably the weirdest road food I have ever decided to get)….got me through the night…now I’m going to try and find something yummy for breakfast and to work on my Powerpoint presentation for my Artist’s Talk on Thursday night after my orientation in Greensboro. And of course hit a few Sunday Flea Markets.
OMG look at the time…I’m late already…I guess the Powerpoint will have to wait.