Early in the month my husband and I attended the Folk Art Society of America conference in Raleigh, NC. I was glad to be able to visit Mary Kircher's studio at Artspace while we were there. Mary was my studio assistant at Penland this summer. On the second visit to her studio during the First Friday gallery walk I ran into another person who'd also been in the Penland class--she was in town for an art educators conference. That was loads of fun. Mary's work is just beautiful and I was so happy to get to see her studio.
The FASA conferences are always filled with tours to quite interesting events and places, including visits to public and private collections of folk, self-taught, and/or outsider art. This time we visited the Vollis Simpson Conservation Project, Clyde Jones's Critter Crossing in Bynum, and several of the potteries at Seagrove, among other places. And, we made a visit to the Gregg Museum at NC State and the North Carolina Museum of Art. This gigantic El Anatsui hanging was astounding... that's me at the right of the photo--that piece is huge!
As soon as we got home on the 8th we began tying up loose ends of preparations for the wedding that was to take place at our house on the 12th! The weather turned out to be a glorious early fall afternoon for the event and everyone seemed to have a grand time. Here's a closeup of some of the wedding flowers a couple of days later, just before we began to disassemble them. The bride (our niece) and groom put the arrangements together. She also prepared small jars of jellies for guests and had a mound of local apples for everyone. Other treats, including personalized chocolate bars, were provided by her mother and the wedding cake was made by the groom's mother. The whole event was a beautiful family affair.