On January 4th PAQA-South (Professional Art Quilters Alliance -South) hung their 10th international juried exhibit ARTQUILTSwater. I get to add this show as a tick mark on my ever growing resume. My quilt “Spigot” was accepted by the jurors.
Since I joined PAQA-South, I’ve been really invested in this organization of inspiring art quilters. I joined a year ago this past November and since then have participated in two exhibits, I was elected secretary last year, and helped produce their 2013 annual conference.
The 2013 conference was held this past weekend. We scheduled two workshops and the artist receptions for ARTQUILTSwater and it’s sister exhibit ARTQUILTSrivers. It was lots of work and coordination with many folks involved planning every detail. Well, every detail except one…
We forgot to assign someone the duty of keeping winter weather at bay. On Friday before our first workshop was planned to start, the skies were dark with flurries and moments of freezing rain. Lesson learned: when you live in North Carolina you don’t schedule a big event the last 2 weeks of January. There’s always a threat of snowy and icy weather this time of year. And so, keeping with normal, the winter weather dumped on us.
Fortunately, the only thing that was cancelled was the Friday night artist receptions, which were re-scheduled for Sunday afternoon. Both workshops trudged on through the wintery mix. In a way, the bad weather was kind of nice. Our Friday dinner, which was planned for 23, turned into an unencumbered gathering of 8 in the hotel cafe. No agenda, just 8 woman chatting about life, Facebook, and our pursuits as professional artists.
On Saturday, the workshop offered by creative coach, Lesley Riley was delayed a few hours to allow the roads to melt. Once we began we were set on task to look and see. Through a series of journaling exercises we all walked away with a clearer vision of our personal artistic journey. It was a most inspiring day.
The workshops are over but the exhibits will remain on display through March 24, 2013. During that time, if you’re in Cary, NC stop by Page-Walker Arts & History Center and Cary Arts Center and be inspired by art quilters’ vision of water.