Meeting New People December 2015

I’ve been wanting to do a monthly blog post featuring the people I have met on my travels. I am not sure why, but it just seems like a fun idea to me.

I meet so many interesting people. Many of them have become email pen pals, or happy hour/coffee time phone friends. Some of them I see once a year for dinner at the Crow Barn or IQA. And some of them are one time chance encounters.

Maria Shell Quilt National 2015I have a little box full of business cards. Every month–or, you know, when I get around to it–I am going to pull five business cards randomly out of my box and share them with you. Who knows who we will meet.

Meeting New People December 2015This month’s selection includes some dear friends and some dear memories. First, I would like to introduce you to Margy Waller.

Maria Shell Meeting New People December 2015Margy was a keynote speaker at the 2014 Alaska State Council on the Arts Conference. We met while enjoying an amazing evening dance performance.

Pulse Dance Company Latitude 2014Here is a TED talk she gave about art in place. Margy’s CV is seriously legit. This year she is spoke at the Americans for the Arts 2015 Annual Convention. Here is what they had to say about her.

“Margy Waller is founder and Serendipity Director for Art on the Streets, senior fellow at Topos Partnership, and was recently a leader in the transformation of ArtsWave, an arts advocacy and support non-profit. Previously she was Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, with a joint appointment in the Economic Studies and Metropolitan Policy programs. Prior to Brookings, she was Senior Advisor on domestic policy in the Clinton-Gore White House.”

She believes art changes lives and that having art as a part of our daily experience enriches us all. Not only does she believe this, she has dedicated her life to making making those beliefs a reality. And I got meet her. That’s pretty dang cool. She is also a fashion icon and bike lover.

Maria Shell Meeting New People December 2015In the spring of 2013, I attended an amazing wedding celebration in Talkeetna, Alaska.

http://www.talkeetna-alaska.netWe stayed at the cutest bunch of cabins you could imagine called Chinook Wind Cabins.

Maria Shell Meeting New People December 2015The weather was spectacular, and the company was divine. I highly recommend a spring visit to Talkeetna.

I must have met Catherine Whall Smith during a speed dating ice breaker where you meet the person long enough to get a business card and little else.

Maria Shell Meeting New People December 2015Still, I kept her card. Who knows, maybe we will meet again.

vistaprintsticksandstones_cwsmith2015Catherine creates art in Chaplin, Connecticut.

22haye280a6leavemealone2212You can see more of her work here. I find her monochromatic use of color very interesting.

22balancingactsseries322-28hx35w22cwsmith2014I met Tamryn McDermott briefly at the Surface Design Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas in 2013.

Maria Shell Meeting New People December 2015Her work was part of the SDA student exhibition in•ter•face: Linked Up at the San Antonio Downtown Gallery, San Antonio, TX.

http://www.tamrynmcdermott.comAt the time, her business card simply had an email and a phone number on it. Maria Shell Meeting New People December 2015Now, she has a beautiful website you can visit by clicking here.

And last but certainly not least, my dear friend Nysha Oren Nelson.

Maria Shell Meeting New People December 2015Nysha and I met many years ago at the Crow Timber Frame Barn where we were taking a workshop with Nancy Crow. Nysha is owner of Studio Nysha  in Memphis, Tennessee where he works on his art and teaches an assortment of classes and workshops. Nysha is a master quilter and incredible line drawer.

12311306_974361402625393_1245018696893555613_nHis latest adventure is a DVD called Explorations in Free Motion Quilting: A Fundamental Guide. Nysha sent me a copy, and I am looking forward to reviewing it here.

11889483_932923896769144_1557801807696791531_nSome of you may have seen his work featured last spring in Quilting Arts Magazine.

4341.Fabric-art-Zentangles-Nysha-Oren-Nelson.jpg-550x0He also maintains an active Facebook page and blog. I consider myself very fortunate to have Nysha in my life.

Okay, what do you folks think? Do you like meeting new people? I do.

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10 thoughts on “Meeting New People December 2015

  1. MARIA!! What a lovely idea—you’ve been on my mind, as I tell people about my AMAZING trip to Alaska, and all the wonderful people and artists I met via Shannon Daut, your quilts for the passbook are a HIGHLIGHT. Not to mention the gorgeous clothes you made. I am still hoping to commission something stunning someday.

    Thank you!

    • I think you should come on back up for another visit! Thank you for doing the work you do. It certainly makes me feel better about this world knowing people lke you are out there!

  2. pmgarrett2 on said:

    you continue to amaze me with your energy, ideas and enthusiasm for what you do. Happy Holidays Momma Maria

    Date: Sun, 13 Dec 2015 01:15:16 +0000 To:

  3. What a great idea and thanks for introducing us to people you’ve met. Now to gather all my postcards and business cards…into a nice neat pile!

    • Thank you Colleen! Now the next task is to see if I can follow through and make it a monthly post! My cards are in a pile, but I don’t think I would consider it neat.

  4. Love your idea!

  5. Yes, I like this idea too. I have really enjoyed exploring some of the links you provided.

    • Thank you Debby! I love a good post with good links. One of my favorites is Closet Case Files she does a great job of sharing information she has found out in the world of stitching and blogging. I hope Zoey is doing good!

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