Saturday, September 30, 2006

National Association of Catering Executives


On September 30, 2006 I had the honor of being invited to show my wares at a meeting of the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) in Washington, DC. It was a great opportunity to meet other folks in the wedding industry, and to let them know that my kind of art exists.

Among the people I met were Joanne DeLoache of Deloache Chocolate (www.delochoc.com), who had chocolate business cards!; Kathy Weil of MyFlorist (www.myflorist.com); Jack Hartzman and Monica Vidal of Washington Talent, Photo and Video (www.washingtontalent.com); Wais Maqsodi of eMisha, a wedding vendor clearinghouse (www.eMisha.com); and one of my favorite new people, Max Krupka of Washington Executive Photographic Services (mailto:photographicservices@adelphia.net. I also had occasion to see again the very creative and enthusiastic Travis-Lee Moore, Event Specialist from Capital Rentals(www.capitalrentals.com), to whom I owe $2; Mitch Rotker of Smoothie Time, a specialized ice cream and smoothie caterer (www.smoothietime.com); and last but not least Daniela Fazoli, Catering Sales Manager at the Omni Shoreham (www.omnihotels.com) and the person who invited me to the NACE event.

I was thrilled to accept Daniela's invitation because it gave me an excuse to go back to the hotel where I met my husband two and a half years ago. We were taking the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (ethics exam for lawyers) in one of the maze of conference rooms. We had assigned seats Number 13 and 14. I took one look at his handsome profile and told him I'd be cheating off him on the ethics test. He said that was okay. Then he asked me out. And then he asked me to marry him. And now we live together with our cat, Serendipity. And we have a wedding quilt.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Fame and Fiber Sightings

The Alexandria Gazette Packet, a weekly newspaper serving Alexandria, Virginia, published a picture of my "Blue Men of Alexandria" work in its September 14-20, 2006 edition. It featured a two-page spread on the Torpedo Factory's Arts Safari event and the Local Color booth at the Alexandria Festival of the Arts September 9. Under the banner headline "Artists Taking to the Street," my piece was pictured with this effusive, almost embarrassingly positive caption: "Blue Men of Alexandria by Kay Bailey."

In other news, I've added one more event to my calendar: the Dupont Circle Fall Fine Arts and Crafts Festival at the Church of the Pilgrims on 22nd and P Streets, NW. That's Saturday, October 28 from 10:00 to 4:00. It will be prime Christmas shopping and very convenient for DC dwellers. See http://www.churchofthepilgrims.org/fallfest.html for more details.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

DC Arts on Foot Art Market



On September 16, Fiber of Her Being had a booth at the DC Arts on Foot Art Market. Husband James, Mother Marcy and I staged Fiber's DC debut on this drizzly but happy Saturday. The Love Notes necklaces, blank books, and textile bowls were a great success, as were the free Hershey's Kisses that we put in one of the bowls as a demonstration of how they could be used. Alas, we took some of the fabric products home, but no chocolate.

Among lots of friendly strangers, we were happy to see the faces of Jane, Stuart, and Karen Yourish (representing Pippin the Cat and Eric the Husband), as well as Mark McGinnis, one of Washington's premier lawyer-cyclists. They dutifully bought stuff, as good friends do. Even Mark.

One great thing about participating in this kind of event is that it's a great chance to meet other local artists. I was very impressed by Jessica Lovelace, who paints amazing pet portraits (see www.jessicalovelacestudios.com and her work in the Stray Cat Cafe and Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, Virginia), Deborah Conn, a writer and beautiful watercolorist (www.deborahconn.com), Moira McCauley, who makes very sophisticated and imaginative blank books -- for the purists who like books made out of paper products (www.bookishlady.com), and Caitlin Phillips, whose purses made out of real hard back book covers are just absolutely wonderful (www.rebound-designs.com).

At the end of the day we packed up, went home, and slept for 15 hours. But we're ready to do it again on October 7, when Alexandria will be putting on a similar art festival called Art on the Avenue on Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray. Come visit us there and stock up on Halloween decorations and Christmas gifts!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Alexandria Arts Safari and Festival for the Arts






I had a fabulous day today sharing lots of art with lots of people. At the Arlington Arts Safari, perched on plastic chairs outside the Fiberworks Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, I made lots of friends and lots of paper Treasure Boxes. I got pictures of my friends Cameron (blonde with bangs), Linden and Bonnie (sisters in aqua and white shirts), and Jasmine (dark hair and royal blue shirt). We had a grand time. I also saw my friends Luke, Betsy and Francisco Balicao; Bailey, Sidney, Aimee, and Mark Weinstein; Anna, Larry, and Patty Lai; and the ever-loving Marcy Goode (Mom).

While that extravaganza was going on inside, the Alexandria Festival of the Arts was happening outside. One of my pieces, "Blue Men of Alexandria," was featured in the Local Color booth, sponsored by the Alexandria Commission for the Arts. The booth will be up tomorrow, too, September 10, and then will hang in the Alexandria City Hall until October 7. I've included a couple pictures of that booth. We all have to live through these pictures: Mom took them while I was box-making all day, and I never even saw my baby on display in person. For more information on the Alexandria Festival of the Arts, see the Commission for the Arts website at http://www.alexandriacommissionforthearts.org/. To see a better picture of "Blue Men of Alexandria," see www.FiberOfHerBeing.com/index_files/KaysArt.htm.

Girls Gotta Run Opening



On Wednesday, September 6, I attended the Girls Gotta Run Foundation art opening at the Sewall Bellmont House and Museum. The event was to benefit programs for the academic and athletic advancement of young Ethiopian girls, to give them an option in life besides early marriage. In attendance were my cheerleaders James Boiani and Marcy Goode. We had a great time seeing good art and eating good Ethiopian food. Attached are pictures of my piece ("Run a Mile in Her Shoes") and me with the Foundation's director, Pat Ortman. For more information on Girls Gotta Run, see their website at www.girlsgottarun.org. To see the exhibit, which runs until September 19, take a trip to the Sewall-Belmont House whose details you can find at http://www.sewallbelmont.org/. Finally, check out the wesite of an extraordinary artist I finally met in person that evening: Karen McCray. That's at http://www.aeomaia.com/.