I have seen first hand how this program allows guests to get a hands-on experience of my work. I love to see guest reaction when they encounter my work up close and personal.
The best part of the studio is that you never know who will pop in. It continues to be one of my favorite parts of the experience.
Around the start of my second month, I had an epitomizing moment when Karen Walsh of the Geneva Lake Museum stepped into the studio. An instant friendship blossomed and a month later I showed an exhibit at their “History Loves Company Celebration.”
Not only were there replicas of 1900’s style Fire Stations, Law offices, Schools, Farms, Kitchens, etc. but they also had displays of turn of the century home craft, photography equipment, dentistry, boating, and the military.
If you have a passion, obsession, profession, or hobby, they will have the turn of the century counterpart. It is worth it to see the history of your work in physical form. Google-ing it online can only take you so far, in the words of the new director of the museum, Karen Walsh, “If you touch history, history will touch you.”
Here are some of my favorite sights from the trip.
My exhibit for the “History Loves Company Celebration” was a miniature version of my studio in the Pfister.
My set up was a fun compliment to the fiber art display they also had in the museum.
On semi-permanent display will be an exhibit of costumes that I’m making in the studio.
It was a wonderful experience and I hope to share many more during my residence. And, as always, please stop in, my door is always open.