Open Studios has now come and gone, and a special memory is of all the neighbors who stopped by to say hello. I know some of these people by sight; we all wave at each other as we take our morning walks. But now we have put names and faces together, and chatted about our families and our hopes for them. So we have taken another step in building community, and it feels good.
Willy helped me set up the studio entrance as a friendly, welcoming spot. Bruce was as ever my number one support system, and incidentally inflated more balloons than I can count. The balloons & wall hanging are attached to the little hut that houses the air compressor for my TC-1, just beside the door.
And on the other side of the door is where we put a hanging I retrieved from deep storage, a double twill affair. W said it looked just right with all the autumn leaves, and he was right.
My friend Ellen sat with me and helped stitch up pincushions before things got too busy. She also ensured that guests remembered to record their zip codes (very important!!), and welcomed everyone with her distinctive warm greeting.
Here are some interior views of the studio while we were waiting for the first visitors. After they began arriving, there was no more time for picture taking.
The most thrilling moment of the weekend was when this bus pulled up in front of the house and disgorged the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Arts Council; somehow the entire crowd managed to fit into the studio!
Thanks family, friends, neighbors, MAC and all the other nice people who showed up. I love you all.