One of the highlights was a trip to the Barnes Foundation. It houses an incredible collection of post impressionist and early modern art. 181 paintings by Renoir, 69 by Cezanne, 59 by Matisse, 46 by Picasso, all hung in a rather unique way. The paintings are displayed as "wall ensembles," which allows comparison of works of different styles, places and times. And they are interspersed with decorative metalwork, furniture and other collectibles. There is an underlying theme to each ensemble, and the viewer is asked to solve the puzzle. You could spend days in there trying to figure it out!
|Outside of the Barnes Foundation -- no pictures allowed inside|
|The courtyard, with an iron sculpture diagraming one of Barnes' wall ensembles|
One of the best things about the conference is meeting up with old friends.
|I bought Judith Roderick's piece in the silent auction. Love her work!|
|The Texas contingent|
|Dinner with friends|
|Art Quilt Elements|
|Maria looking fabulous|
Of course, you can't stay in Philadelphia for a week and not eat a cheesesteak. Jay, Andrea and I went in search of a good cheesesteak on our last day there.
We also visited the house where Edgar Allen Poe lived in Philadelphia. Very interesting, and complete with a very creepy cellar.
My room was on the 23rd floor of the Doubletree Center City, 2 blocks from city hall. My room looked out towards the Delaware River and had a fabulous view.
It's been a great couple of weeks, but I am SO glad to be back in the studio. Now, if I could only get to the bottom of that pile of laundry......
|It was a very very good cheesesteak indeed|
|Jay and Andrea and the Raven|
|Sunrise my last morning in Philly|