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.
I 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.
“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.
We stayed at the cutest bunch of cabins you could imagine called Chinook Wind Cabins.
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.
You can see more of her work here. I find her monochromatic use of color very interesting.
I met Tamryn McDermott briefly at the Surface Design Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas in 2013.
At the time, her business card simply had an email and a phone number on it. Now, she has a beautiful website you can visit by clicking here.
And last but certainly not least, my dear friend Nysha Oren Nelson.
Nysha 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.
Some of you may have seen his work featured last spring in Quilting Arts Magazine.
Okay, what do you folks think? Do you like meeting new people? I do.