Eau Claire is a beautiful city and I was fortunate enough to attend college there. They have a gorgeous, revitalized downtown and have a sculpture collection in that area- located down Barstow. It is apparently not a permanent collection, but is there for a while. I did walk the sculpture tour a couple times- the first time being on Thursday afternoon, when I was trapped under awnings and then a bus stop during a rain/sleet/hail scattered shower kind of event. There were blue skies within view while it was downpouring.
|Mind, body and soul|
|Circle of Friends|
We had some really good sessions to attend, including a session on creativity, lots of art based sessions, mural making and all sorts of other things.
I really love seeing all of the great art all over the city, too. That is besides the wonderful sculpture walk! There are tons of shops and random beautiful vignettes all over.
|Sculpture idea- Nevelson based|
|Sculpture idea in process|
|My dear friend and professor, Lynn Jermal, Phd|
|Ceramic pieces in the Janet Carson Art Gallery|
|More clay pieces|
|Painting by a former prof of mine|
|I love this!|
|Stained glass light fixture|
|Set of torsos|
|I love the random Mona Lisas!|
I found and hung out with Paula McD at the conference- Paula is just awesome and we have a great time together at these meetings. We find wonderful places to eat and this year was no exception. Harmony Corner is a place that features local food, including homemade soups, great coffee, and wonderful salads with fresh breads.
|Debi and Paula|
|GREAT place to eat downtown Eau Claire|
|Luncheon salad with a side of turkey- plus a Mocha lite, no whip|
Then of course there was the requisite shopping excursion, which lasted from about 3:30 or so until 9!! Power shopping is a must when you have that opportunity!
|BEHOLD: The Oakwood mall of fabulosity!|
One of the BEST things I did was participate in a hands on vendor workshop where I made two fused glass necklaces. They are so so beautiful and I have most of the materials to make them.
So, I was blessed with mostly great weather, a very nice place to stay and an awesome convention that renewed my energies and boosted my spirits..... and what more could a joyful person ask for?
Until next time, find your joy!