1. LAST WEEK (after the “drippy nose” train episode) I arranged to meet Pamela (The Pamster) on an East Side corner at 10:45 am. We had only met once before so I told her I would be wearing my red winter coat with the hood up and she told me to look for a purple umbrella.
I arrived a bit early finding shelter out of the storm in a convenient doorway and fortunately she sort of recognized me because there were several purple umbrellas in the area.
We headed toward Loop of the Loom which was only one block up and 1/2 block across. Nobu met us at the door and gave Pamela the one-minute weaving lesson and she was off and running. Not a peep came from her for the next two hours. My piece was a bit rougher than the first one I did. I experimented a lot with weaving two or three fibers at a time and interlocking from the right and left simultaneously, occasionally also with multiple strands. I also used nubbier yarn in places. It is hard to express how much fun this is.
When she wasn’t needed by us, Nobu was quietly weaving a piece for her “Angel” series which she is preparing for a March exhibition.
I think that during my next visit I will try some of the fancy techniques I saw her doing that day.
These are the already finished companion pieces of the one she was working on.
The end of the two hours – sob – and we had to cut our weavings off of the loom and tie up the warp fringes.
Next we headed downtown a bit to Grand Central Station where we stopped in at the Holiday Fair. There was booth after booth of original art/jewelry/leather/woolens/ornaments/etc. Everything of very high quality and affordable. I fell in love with a bag made out of colorful vinyl from Argentinean bus seats but managed to control myself (obviously I’m still thinking about it). It is the perfect size to tote around art supplies when I’m going to the monthly JSG get-togethers.
At Booth #25 we stopped and spent some time with my friend Michael Leu – I etched with him in Huntington for a few years.
We both walked away with some of his photographs – not all of them paid for. Shhh.
2. YESTERDAY I met Shirley, Melly, Benedicte, The Pamster (going back to California at the end of the month) and newby Teri at Le Pain Quotidien on 84th-ish and Madison where we had “brunch”. Teri gave us all candy canes so we immediately accepted her without reservation and forgot that she was “new”. Shirley entertained us with her day-before acquired “smart” (ahem) phone.
We had an ambitious agenda:
–19 E. 82nd to see Sargeant paintings (not my cup of tea) but there were absolutely fantastic watercolors by other artists – see Melly‘s blog for the n
ame of the most impressive.
–18 E. 77th Leo Castelli Gallery where we saw Jasper Johns prints/paintings on top of prints.
Oh, they blew each and everyone of us away – for me the first Highlight of the day.
(I think Teri is going to be a Major Face-Making Competitor of mine.)
–945 Madison – Whitney. We went there for the Hopper exhibition and then four of us went up to the third floor to see Workworkwork (?). At the elevator we ran into a friend of Shirley’s who is a docent in the museum. She had just finished preparing a talk about the exhibition and was going to give it for the first time the next day. She agreed to “practice” it on us right then and there. Wow. Wow. Wow. What a lucky break for us. I, personally, would never have been able to catch the nuances, etc. without this talk. I came away mucho impressed with this artist’s work.
Yes. In the middle of the Whitney Museum’s lobby Melly and Teri decide to exchange shoes. Which inevitably led to the rest of us:
Pamela left us at this point.
–Since we unexpectedly spent so much time at the Whitney we skipped goingto the next stop, 21 E. 70th.
–1 East 70th – Frick – we viewed the Spanish Drawings. First Shirley gave us a whirlwind tour of the other galleries which resulted in two notable things: An extensive and ongoing discussion of codpieces and I was able to compare my “St. Jerome as Scholar” masterpiece in fun foam with the original painting. I whipped out my sketchbook – which caused the guard a moment of apprehension – and all agreed (even said security guard) that one would be hard put to distinguish my work from the original.
Benedicte left us at this point. The last Goya drawing she viewed was about a family’s concern for the non-pooping of their dog. This reminded Benedicte that her little pet at home was probably walking around with crossed legs and anxiously watching the clock.
–23 E. 67th for Giacometti(?) – we were running out of time so we skipped this.
–Time for a coffee/tea/sweet break. The galleries were closing and our next stop would not be open until 6. Teri showed us her sketch book which had a wonderful acordian/tunnel spread. Shirley sketched the wall behind me across the room and did a portrait of Teri. We examined Melly’s new sketchbook and I showed mine.
Melly left us at this point.
–47 E. 60th – The Grolier Club – “Hand Voice & Vision”. This was an exhibition of artists’ books created at Women’s Studio Workshop. There was a special talk starting at 6 pm in which the books and processes were described.
Around 7pm Shirley, Teri and I split and headed out in three different directions. Totally Plum Tuckered.
(Psst Shirley. One more thing happened but I’ll save it for tomorrow or the next day.)