Thursday, April 09, 2009

Home Again after ArtFest & Road Trip

"There's No Place Like Home" by Lani

This adventure started with Julie, Kim, and their friend DJi and a great meal at King Fish Cafe in Seattle! I found it by looking for the best Red Velvet Cake in Seattle. Wow, was it great, from their starters (hushpuppies and fried green tomatoes) to the red velvet cake and even their website. Mmmmmm. It set the tone of the trip. Good friends, good food, and lots of great stuff to look at!

Before picking up Ellen at the air port we stopped at Pike Place Market. A feast for the eyes! Then we roared off to the ferry for Bainbridge Island and Port Townsend. Here's our secret hide away. Shhhhhhh.

Before ArtFest began we had time to wander in the cute little shops and buy some pretty weird stuff (helping the economy of Port Townsend), had some more great food, and then back to the pad to play with our treasure.

Here's Kim through an odd little filter lens I got at the local Sally Ann. Fun.

My classes were amazing! I started this piece in Keith LoBeu's class on working with paper. He's got some wonderful techniques. Take a look at his website!!!

Then there was Michael deMeng's class. Whew, I love what he does, too. Here's my wee tiny Ganesha shrine. What fun! Finally there's this tribute to Edward Gorey.

My last class was with Carla Sonheim which was filled with whimsy and delight. Now I do love assemblage art but there's an element of competition about who has the best "stuff" which became exhausting. So I found Carla's class and approach relaxing. Very delightful. The idea was to look for whimsical creatures in the water color splashes that we put on our paper. These little creatures will be popping up in my art journaling for sure!

Then we had our show and tell night and managed to get ourselves together to take the ferry back to Seattle.

Kim and Julie looking tired but happy.
Ellen, ready to take one last picture.

We were all pretty wiped out by the festivities but very satisfied.

Then off to spend the evening with Kiki MacInnis (childhood bff from Tainan, Taiwan) for hours of reminiscing (which are continuing via email). Kiki has the most amazing memory. Long may the reminiscences continue.

For more about our adventures see Kim's and Ellen's blogs.


Ellen Lyn said...

Love it! And love you, too. It was such a gas and I'm glad we could share the experience!! Remember, it's your turn next year! =)


jaihn said...

Lovely to read and see some of your adventures.
Thank you!
Lani-adventure reports are always refreshing treats.

Brenda said...

Looks like it was a lot of fun at Artfest!!! I wanna go!
Brenda Bliss

Dayna Collins said...

Thanks for sharing photos and comments about your Artfest experience. I went for the first time this year and loved it - all I needed was to have a couple of my good art friends along to add to the merriment!

Janis said...

hey lani--great to rediscover your website--you are one amazing artist. I love seeing the work started with keith lobeu-- we had keith give a workshop at offcenter (in Albuquerque) about 5 years ago. he is a kind person and also fantastic craftsman/artist. check out is still humming along. janis

Lani Gerity said...

Hi Janis,
Good to know that is still humming along. And wasn't that a lovely thing for Keith LoBeu to do! He is wonderfully generous!
Fantastic with virtual art as well!!!

dogfaeriex5 said...

what a bff fest..cannot wait until next year...i wore my necklace to pikes market and some kind identify the nut you used..thought that was cool!!