Friday, July 04, 2014
We had a wonderful trip to Cary, NC for the International Society of Scratchboard Artists' conference and 3rd annual juried exhibition. While my husband supports my artistic endeavors, hanging out with artists for days is not super fun for him, so he attended the opening reception for the exhibit with me on Friday night and then spent some time on the weekend with a friend who lives in nearby Raleigh. He also went birding, so it was a trip that had something for both of us. I went birding with him on Monday, after the conclusion of the ISSA event.
I had a fantastic time hanging out with my scratchboard compadres and a bonus is that "Cathy's Burrito Bouquet" received an "Award of Excellence". Because it's such a unique subject, honestly, I was happy it was accepted into the show; winning an award was icing on the cake and very much an honor!
The venue for the exhibit is the historic and beautiful Page-Walker Arts & History Center and the scratchboard work displayed there is amazing. Our opening reception was well-attended and the Page-Walker is a happening place, so many people will be introduced to scratchboard during the run of the show. Courtesy of Daniel Rode, here's a lovely video of the exhibit and the venue.
Here are a few photos from our trip. There are more in this Facebook album on my art page.
|In the evenings after dinner, some of us gathered in the hotel lobby or one of the conference rooms to chat & scratch|
|I gave a presentation on composition & cropping|
|Explaining my process for the burrito drawing|
|Group photo of the ISSA conference attendees|
|Eastern Box Turtle at the Mason Farms Biological Reserve in Chapel Hill, NC|
|Coneflowers outside the Page-Walker Arts & History Center|