Sunday, June 03, 2007

A Day in the Life

Copyright Tattered Edge 2007

So the exhibit of my artwork has been installed at Poirier Library and will be on display now from June 2nd-30th. If you are local, I would like to invite you to come by and have a look. I managed to set it all up in 45 minutes, which was record time. Being an experienced window dresser for a quilt store paid off! What was really encouraging was that while I was busy working on it, several people stopped to look, give positive feedback and ask questions about whether I offered classes. They happily walked away with my flyer, which was great. It's good to know that the art its self is attention getting, even before I have fussed over displaying it.

It's funny to think that something I have been doing for 6 years is still pretty new here in Canada. It's starting to catch on in Vancouver, which is pretty artsy anyway, but out here in the 'burbs, it's like a whole new world. I will just be happy if by sharing my art in this way I can open people's minds up to new possibilities.

After installing the exhibit, I went with friends to Hats Off on the Heights, which is big annual street fair in Burnaby. They close down a large section of one of the main roads (about 10 blocks) and fill it with a parade, show & shine, vendor's booths, food booths, music, firemen dunk tanks and tons of other stuff. It was smokin' hot, but we had a good time just being a part of the sea of humanity. I have to share this with you:

Isn't this wild?!? It's an art car and it was pretty cool. I can only imagine how much fun it was to gather all the different bits and bobs to create it.

This is the hood section and see that white thing in the middle? That is a working water fountain! Amazing! My hat's off to whomever created this and has the moxie to drive it around town. That's taking altering to a whole new level!

Speaking of cars, through a series of {insert whatever adjective here} events, my husband and I managed to find ourselves stranded on the side of a major highway, in the dark, with nary a drop of gas in our tank. I won't go into whose fault that was (*surreptitiously points at the guy who insisted we had enough to make it to the gas station he wanted to go to and since we were in an area I was not familiar with, I listened to him!*) but let's just say it was very scary barely making it off onto the shoulder and having huge semis roar by at 110 km or more with just a whisper between my vehicle and theirs. The car would rock each time and I was so worried we were going to get creamed. Finally there was a break in traffic and my husband was able to push while I steered it farther over to the right. Thankfully, after a quick call for help, our friends whom we had driven out to have dinner with showed up with a jerry can and 1/2 tank of gas and we were on our way again. Surprisingly, I didn't kill my husband. I didn't even raise my voice. I just said that from this point forward, when I want to buy gas, I am buying gas. I don't care if it's cheaper somewhere else. The "E" on the gas gauge is not merely a threat-it's a promise! We finally arrived home at 11 p.m. and I fell into bed, utterly exhausted.

All in all, Saturday was a good day, up until the point of our little misadventure. Never a dull moment, I tell ya! In any case, I was utterly exhausted today so I didn't managed to finish the other banners for my Etsy shop. They will keep till tomorrow. Uh oh! I hear thunder in the distance-I'd better quit while I am ahead!


liz said...

your exhibition looks SO beautiful!! well done you!!
scary about the gas!!--those guys never listen do they! glad you are both ok!!
liz xx

Deb said...

Your display looks fantastic! I can't wait to hear your feedback.
As for the car - Get back, momma! How fun is THIS?


&rew said...

The display looks FABULOUS! And these cars - WOW! But the gas story - UH OH!! Glad to hear you are safe...


Judy Wise said...

The display! Beautiful! What a great job; well done.

Sandy said...

Love the display and all your art. I have no doubt that you will get wonderful feedback on it. Good for you, you GO Girl!!