A couple weeks ago I told you about the new art show opening at Smith College Art Museum called "A Room of their Own - The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections." I've been to the exhibit 3 times in the last week. I was even able to go to two of the lectures including the one on Friday night given by Frances Spalding, the biographer of Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, and Vanessa Bell. I dragged The Farmer and Julia to this talk which was very well attended. It was fun to be back in a college atmosphere learning about something I am interested in. I do wonder though how I ever sat still long enough to sit through those college lectures. I surely don't have enough patience to go back to school now. I'd much rather be on the teaching side of things, I think.
The show has a great collection of work including paintings, drawings, woodcut prints and more by Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Roger Fry, and Dora Carrington. I was so over the moon to see much of the work because I got to see IN PERSON many of the paintings that I have swooned over in my art books. I can't urge you enough to go and see this exhibit. Besides the paintings, there are also many watercolors and plans for the fabric, embroidery, and pottery that the Omega Workshop made in the early 20th century and a couple of pieces of furniture. Fabulous. You must go! If you knit and like color, you will like this show! If you can't get there, enjoy the photos on Alen Macweeney's website. He was the photographer on one of the definitive books on Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant's home Charleston.
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.