I returned a day early from Chicago. Too much on my plate to stay and play. But I had a wonderful time there. Here are the highlights.
I’d Rather Be in the Studio workshop on Saturday in Lake Forest, IL with 67 artists from all over the Chicagoland area and even into Indiana and Wisconsin. Wonderful group. I sold 50 more books! At this rate, my goal of reprinting by July 1 will be a reality. Mike Brown did a fantastic job of organizing the event for the Deer Path Art League and had the support of Karen and Donna. A first: There was a post-workshop reception at the Deer Path Art League Gallery, which was such a bonus. I got to sign books, answer more questions, and get to know some people.
Chicago artist Anne Leuck Feldhaus (shown with me at left) helped me immensely by manning my workshop table (she says I need two people with my new book and the crowd we had!). Then I got to visit Anne’s impressive studio/gallery on Sunday and take her to dinner at Green Zebra. This is a vegetarian restaurant that has been on my radar screen for 3+ years. I highly recommend it.
I also visited the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art on Sunday. It had been years since I’ve been there. It was such a treat after speaking all day Saturday just to soak in the art–until two guards started sassing each other loudly so that everyone nearby could hear their entire useless conversation. It proved even more strongly for me just how much our perception and appreciation of art is influenced by environmental factors.
And some tidbits: If you’re ever in Deerfield, IL and need a manicure, call and ask for an appointment with Elena at Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa.
(I rarely–like every 10 years–get a manicure, but this was by far the best I’ve ever had.)
Need a place to stay? Check out the über-hip Ray’s Bucktown Bed & Breakfast. No schmalzy Victorian stuff. Lots of mid-Century design and pottery, a steam room, and a sauna!