Sunday, September 04, 2011
Quartz Mining, Final Residency Presentation, and HOME again!
(Above: Hiking on the Hot Springs National Park trails.)
My wonderful husband Steve flew into the Little Rock National Airport last Wednesday afternoon. I was thrilled to have him with me for the final few days in Arkansas. We hiked several trails in Hot Springs National Park, cleaned the cute "ranger house" in which I'd been living for a month ...
...presented my work during "First Friday", the monthly "art crawl" in the town of Hot Springs ...
...officially donated three pieces to the National Park's permanent art collection, ate in the finest local restaurant, waded in the creek, took a scenic drive, and WENT QUARTZ MINING at Coleman's Quartz mine!
It was 96 degrees outside. We met all sorts of fun people digging through the dregs from the "professional" mining, found lots of gorgeous quartz pieces, and had a total blast. I even created a two-minute video of the experience. It is HERE. Then, Steve drove me back to South Carolina. I stitched on my Grave Rubbing Art Quilt piece, Anonymous, the entire way. There will be photos coming ... but for some completely insane reason, I decided to add very, very dense running stitches (kantha style ... like the beautiful work from India) to the piece. I'm estimating a minimum of 45 hours more stitching to complete the quilt top. Thank God I love hand stitching! Tomorrow ... I tackle the mountain of work that piled up in my month-long absence.
Posted by Susan Lenz at 8:32 PM