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Yesterday, I took a long walk around Richmond VA. It seemed like a hassle to get a bus card (or even wait for a bus), so, well, I just walked. In the end, I think I clocked around seven miles. This isn't a bad thing, as I'd been somewhat sedentary for a few days. The weather was quite lovely, in the mid thirties but with sun and no wind, so I even overheated a bit (yes, I was bundled up).
The first of two stops I made on this jaunt was the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts . The picture to the right is a diptych of inside and outside (the inside features a wonderful Chihuly piece!) the museum. I don't know...when I saw the two images downloaded, thinking of them side by side amused me, so there you go. I spent about an hour enjoying the collections before heading out again. The area around the museums is very cool from an architectural standpoint, with some really great old houses and buildings. That being the case, the walk to my next stop was very entertaining!
Candela Books was my other destination. I've been acquainted with the founder, Gordon Stettinius, through Flickr for many years, but just got the chance to first meet him last May. I like Gordon's sensibilities regarding the art he's gotten into the gallery and books he's published (and with his own work). There's a strong sense of integrity to the collections that have been exhibited in the gallery. It was a pleasure to chat with Gordon for a bit, about the work that's just winding up its exhibition now, future exhibitions and life in general.
An added bonus to the visit was that the artist who created the work I viewed just happened to be in the gallery, talking to some students that came from the University of VA. After she was done with the group, I was introduced and had the opportunity to spend some time conversing with Susan Worsham myself. It's not often I get the chance to spend time talking to other artists in the manner I did with Susan. Gordon had mentioned her very no nonsense, warm and real approach to communication, and in particular how she communicates about her work. I felt an immediate resonance and knew that this was someone from whom I could learn something. Now, I don't mean I want to pick her brain about how she got where she is or how to attain the level of recognition she's garnered. "Learn" isn't even really what I mean. I suppose what I mean, simply put, is that what she said and how she said it, inspired me. She's an artist because she has to be, her heart is totally in it and it doesn't matter much to her what anyone else thinks about her work. Because of all that, it's easy to see how completely unique and genuine her work is. What a great afternoon...I need more like that.