(Above: The former park ranger, historic house at the Gulph Gorge National Park Campground on the grounds of Hot Springs National Park ... aka ... HOME FOR A MONTH! Click on any photo in this post to enlarge.)
I am now the official “artist-in-residence” at Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. It is a privilege. It is an honor. It is an awesome opportunity. The orientation took a full two hours and was filled with all sorts of governmental paperwork … like agreeing not to carry a firearm, litter, or sexually harass anyone. Most of the paperwork was really helpful ... like emergency telephone numbers and personnel contact information. I was provided with an official name tag and nicely monogrammed park shirt that I’m not even required to wear! The people here couldn’t be nicer. The park is beautiful … hot … but I’m very used to that!
I came early to Hot Springs so that I could go to the monthly “First Friday” art crawl through the historic district. Next month, I’ll be part of it … and I wanted to get a feel for the evening in a leisure way. It was so much fun. There’s plenty of great art on display and the gallery owners were all so gracious and easy to approach. It was 9 PM before I knew it! (Actually, the event lists hours of 5 – 8 but each place was still busy when I left for dinner at 9 PM. This is a great, supportive arts community!)
Even before "checking in" to my new home/studio, I was busy pursuing art inspiration. I went to four historic cemeteries … Calvary, Greenwood, Hollywood, and Friendship (a historic Black cemetery established in 1924.) I scouted for rubbings, wrote down epitaphs, and snapped photos. My orientation was at 1:45 that afternoon. I was moved in before 6 PM.
So … here’s a look at my quarters for the next month! Art photos and "Hot Springs Park" photos coming soon!
(Above: The Kitchen.)
(Above: The Living Room.)
(Above: The other side of the living room. I will not be using the lovely fireplace. It topped 100 degrees here today!)
(Above: The closed in front porch ... which I'll use for melting fabric ... perfect for ventilation!)
(Above: The "dining room" ... which, obviously, has been set up as my "sewing room". I found two folding tables in a closet ... which elevated my Bernina to an ideal height. I actually stand while machine stitching.)
(Above: The "studio" ... through which you can see the "dining room/sewing room".)
(Above: Another view of the "studio" room!)
(Above: The bedroom ... linens provided!)
(Above: The bathroom ... complete with a water-saving flush toilet! Our government believes in water conservation!)