Sunday, August 14, 2011

Art Trip

I spent a wonderful, art-filled three days with three of my quilting buddies. Part of the reason for the trip was to visit our friend and former quilt group member, Judith Reilly. She moved to Brandon, Vermont eight years ago, bought an old Victorian that she has refurbished and turned the front parlors into a gallery. She also had exhibits at two other galleries in town which we saw. Her work is terrific and she is very happy in her little town with her life revolving around her fabric art. We spent the day with Judy, catching up, having lunch, touring her charming town and admiring her work.

Here's Barbara, Chris, Nike and Judy in front of her home and gallery. The house has seven bedrooms and she uses three of them as her studio.

She's also a fabulous gardener. Here we are in one section of her sumptuous garden.

Judy's quilts are always in her own inimitable whimsical style. She also had these delightful artist's mannequins that she had painted for sale in her gallery and I couldn't resist buying one. Of course these colors look great in my mostly blue and white home.

I loved the vining details painted all around.

I'm getting a little ahead of myself. That was all about our second day.

The first day of our trip we drove to Stockbridge, MA and had lunch at the historic Red Lion Inn. Then we drove to Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA to see the Sol LeWitt exhibit, A Wall Drawing Retrospective. Mass MoCA is a collection of old factory buildings that have been turned into this center for modern art. It is quite something to see. The LeWitt exhibit took up three floors of one section of the museum. We found many of these pencil line drawings to be quilt inspirational. Be sure to go to the link and look around. It is very hard to describe, but we all loved it and spent at least two hours there.
Then we went on to Nike's lovely condo in Willmington, VT where we had dinner and spent the night. The next day we drove to Judy's.

Please come back tomorrow and I'll tell you about day three of our art adventures.

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