Back from Athens, Ohio
I left early Wednesday morning and picked up Kathie Briggs. We drove down I75 to just below Flint and met Cathy Arnett for breakfast. Cathy is the organizer for the Fabrications Retreat which occurs every October at the Garland Resort in Lewiston , Michigan. We talked retreat for an hour or so and then we left to drive to Columbus. We got to Columbus around 3:00 and picked us Desiree Vaughn who had been visiting her family. After a couple of wrong turns we got into Athens around 6. We stayed at the Ohio University in in a wonderful room with a balcony. That balcony would prove to be a wonderful treat as the weather was very warm...so the air conditioning was running full tilt. We northern woman needed to go outdoors to warm up.
The next morning we were up bright and early. We were the set up crew for registration, It was the morning to make executive decisions on how that would be done,,,where to hang banners...settle last minute details with the Dairy Barn staff and a pocket full of other matters.
Katie PM joined us as she had to redo the members slide show, because her NEW computer had crashed the day before she left New Mexico.
The morning flew by...and suddenly it was time for the Regional reps meeting...and my hour long presentation on curating an international exhibit. The meeting was well attended and after the presentation we exchanged many ideas. Judith ended the meeting by thanking each representative and presenting them with a handmade heart badge. We all immediately attached them to our name tag lanyards and wore them all weekend.
At 6:00 there was a members welcome reception followed by the members slide show. This year it went by without a hitch. Each member could contribute two images. Each member stated their name and the inspiration for their work.
I will write more tomorrow on day two and the opening of Quilt National